Go on a magical four-day adventure to one of Southern Africa's least visited safari destinations - the Makgadikgadi Pans in central Botswana, a haunting landscape of pancake-flat salt pans surrounded by rolling grasslands and scattered woodland. You'll be staying at the exclusive and romantic San Camp in a luxurious tent beneath the African stars.

Exciting activities await: go on quad-bike excursions across the boundless salt pans, discover enigmatic archaeological sites and learn a few secrets from the Kalahari's San Bushmen.

There are a lot more animals in the region than you might think so you'll also be going on game drives in search of the Kalahari's wildlife. Top of the must-see list are the big cats - lion, cheetah and leopard are all resident - plus the shy brown hyena and playful and curious meerkats.

  • Tour duration: 4 days
  • Start: Maun
  • End: Maun
  • Destinations:
  • Accommodation:
    3 nights at San Camp
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable
  • Type of Accommodation: Accommodated

Itinerary Highlights

  • Fly into the remote & wild Kalahari
  • Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans' archaeological sites
  • Spend a morning with a family of meerkats
  • Search for big cats & the elusive brown hyena
  • Enjoy a drink under the vast starry African sky
  • Learn about local customs on walks with San Bushmen
  • Visit Chapman's Boabab, Africa's 3rd largest tree
  • Race across the pans on a quad-bike trip
  • Perfect add-on to an Okavango Delta safari

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your desert adventure

Arrive at Maun Airport today and board your flight to Jack's Camp private airstrip. Here you will be met and transferred to San Camp, a luxury tented camp set at the heart of one of Africa's most extraordinary locations, the Makgadikgadi Pans, once the deepest part of a super-lake that covered most of Botswana.

Days 2-3

Enjoy the peaceful Kalahari

Enjoy two full days on safari surrounded by the stark beauty of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans, set within the rolling, golden grasslands of the Kalahari.

There are many opportunities for adventure in this virtually unvisited region - kick off with an exploration of the seemingly boundless Makgadikgadi salt pans themselves - you'll even make a stop at a fascinating archaelogical site, incongruously located in this inhospitable environment.

Game drives are offered in the morning and late afternoon - pay an early morning visit to a family of endearing and curious meerkats before an afternoon in search of one of Africa's rarest large carnivores - the brown hyena. The general game viewing away from the salt pans can be very rewarding, especially during the rainy summer months when large numbers of zebra and wildebeest arrive. All the major predators are resident in the area with lion and cheetah often seen.

Bird watching is good all year round but keen birders should visit from December to April when many migrant species have arrived.

You'll also admire Chapman's Baobab - apparently the third largest tree in Africa, and learn about the history of the early explorers of the area such as Baines and Livingstone.

Day 4

Fly over Botswana to Maun

Return to Jack Camp's private airstrip and board your flight to Maun where you will continue with your own onward arrangements.


  • 3 Nights at San Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • Shared light aircraft return flights from Maun to San Camp


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Additional Tour Notes

Please note that San Camp is closed between 16 October and 15 April.

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 16 Apr 2017 - 15 Oct 2017 $4610

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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