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The fantastic San Camp has the art of pared down safari elegance down to a tee.
Located on the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, accommodation is in seven billowing white tents on the shores of a large salt pan, each protected by a cluster of desert palms. The luxury tents are all ensuite and elegantly decorated with four poster beds and antique furniture, such as vast wooden trunks and writing desks.
Food is served in a mess-style tent on a long wooden table - adding to the authentic safari feel - and is delicious. Indulgent and original menus are created daily, using the freshest ingredients where possible. There is also a tea tent scattered with cushions, and decadent teas are a daily occurrence. Elsewhere around the camp, there is a small natural history museum and tented yoga pavilion to stretch those aching muscles after a day out and about on safari.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are in the middle of the Kalahari Desert - which extends across 80% of Botswana - and the activities on offer are endless. Walk with Zu'hoasi Bushmen Trackers to glimpse into their ancient culture, go on game drives, or visit Chapman's Baobab - one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa. The Kalahari Desert is also a great spot for bird lovers, and the camp's resident meerkats are particularly friendly. During the wet season see the zebra and elephant migration, and when its dry zoom around on quad bikes.
A bonus point is that San Camp also runs almost entirely on solar energy - dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuels, and putting our eco-conscious minds at ease.
After a day out and about on safari, take to the yoga platform and soak up the spirit of the surroundings.
Tom, Original Traveller