For many safari-goers Botswana is the most sought-after destination to explore. Indeed, it has been dubbed the most expensive country to take a safari with thanks to the limitations on visitors, remote location causing expensive air transfers and many of the camps are mobile, leading to higher nightly rates given the exclusivity of visiting in season.
San Camp is one such camp that year after year quite literally pops up in the desert. The camp is only seasonal through dry season from April until October each year and when the camp is not open, it entirely disappears.
Here’s a look inside one of Botswana’s most exclusive safari camps with an emphasis on going off grid, tuning in to your senses and adding a little adventure in to the mix.
There are just seven tents at the camp which iconically line the landscape on the edge of the salt pans in the Kalahari desert. The white canvas tents might look simple from the outside, but as you step inside you enter a bygone era of what the term safari really encompasses: an expedition in to the wilderness.
The 1940s safari tents are decked out with real life treasures and trinkets – ranging from old books telling the tales of bushmen to childhood photographs of the owner’s time as a child in Africa.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the main tent as you enter the lodge and it is here where you will find an endless array of boardgames, books, and booze – the perfect way to wind down by the fire after a day of adventures and discovery.
Inside the main tent you will also find the tea room, characterised by its’ many Moroccan rugs that line the floor, combined with endless cushions to kick back and unwind, all the while indulging in a high tea offering before setting off for evening game drive.
The rooms: Inside my tent
There are seven white canvas tents in total, each with their own unique layout and style. My tent was characterised by four-poster beds, a lukewarm shower (quite the luxury in the bush), lights but no electrical plugs (fair warning) and my favourite feature of all: no cell service or wi-fi connection. A chance to truly switch off.
Meerkats in the Kalahari
One of the main reasons this camp is chosen by travellers and indeed, a core consideration in my own planning, is the chance to walk with meerkats in the wild. The walk lasts about 20-30 minutes as the sun is setting, while the meerkats make their way to shelter for the evening.
Other activities on offer include horse-back riding (for an additional fee), quad biking in the salt pans, dinner in the desert when available due to weather and of course safari staples such as game viewing and sundowners.
Staying at San Camp
What is included: full board with meals, laundry, game drives and some activities
Rooms: Seven tents
Price: From $1250 USD per person, twin share
Details: There is no wi-fi on property, no cell service and electricity is only available in the mess tent
Bookings: Natural Selection Travel
A very warm thank you to Natural Selection Travel for welcoming me to San Camp, I couldn’t have faulted a single moment of the trip!