On four-wheel-drive quad bikes guests can venture far into the centre of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi. Remote archaeological sites can be found, periodically discovering never-before-documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pan’s immensity. There is nothing out there, absolutely nothing; not even sound but the crunch of your boots in the crust. During the wet season the landscape transforms. Clouds of flamingo and other migratory birds descend from the heavens to decorate the watery grasslands. Herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game.
The nine large, luxurious and stylish canvas tents have en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin and veranda with private plunge pool. The tents are set into a palm grove creating an oasis of civilisation in what can be the harshest of stark environments. Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own veranda. The camp’s hub, a romantic canvas pavilion is where everyone meets for lavish and elegant meals at a long communal dining table. There is also a larger pool to cool off in during the heat of the day.