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Botswana - Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Pans

A white guest tent at San Camp glows under a fiery sunset in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.
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Safari camps in the Kalahari/Makgadikgadi region are few in number and notably eclectic in nature - as unique as the environment itself - and include both permanent tented camps and an unusual lodge. Some camps are open throughout the year, while others operate only during the dry season.

Vintage campaign furniture lends a classic safari atmosphere to the interior of a guest tent at Jack's Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.
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Activities are highly seasonal, focusing on game drives around the grasslands during the rainy season and quad biking and drives on the pans during the dry season. Night drives enable you to observe the nocturnal life of the desert, when many animals emerge to forage after hiding from the heat of day. Some camps offer opportunities to observe sociable meerkats and even the notoriously shy brown hyaena at close quarters.

A swing on the deck of the mess tent at Jack's Camp in the Kalahari adds a whimsical air.
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A journey to the Kalahari is as much about experiencing the sheer vastness and complexity of this unique environment as it is about game-viewing. The opportunity to explore the region's geology, anthropology, and archaeology should not be missed - strolls along prehistoric shores scattered with Stone Age flints, lessons in desert bushcraft from San guides, and visits to massive landmark baobabs where the names of early explorers remain visible in the bark are fascinating features of a visit here. The night sky is remarkable for its clarity, and star-gazing here is unforgettable.

To experience the Kalahari, we recommend a stay of 2 or 3 nights - a perfect start or finish to your safari in Botswana.

The mess tent at Jack's Camp in the Kalahari is the only safari tent also designated as a National Museum.
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PRICING NOTE:   Because pricing depends on time of year, length of stay, and the particular combination of camps in a given itinerary (which affects the cost of light air transfers), we do not include pricing on our website. Please feel free to contact us - we are happy to provide a quote for your desired itinerary or to suggest camps which will fit your budget.