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Botswana's San Camp

Text Nicola Jackson Photographs David Crookes The new San Camp is astounding even from the air. The prehistoric lake that used to lap here has left ripples of earth and islands of palm groves that create an unexpected romance for a place that is essentially in the middle of nowhere. Strewn across grassland like bleached bones, the nine white tents seem beautifully random in the vast landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana. We were in Ralph Bousfield’s tiny safari plane, one door removed so that we could take photographs, retro headphones hugging our ears and sun pinking through dust as we looped lower and lower over the scene, eventually landing on an improvised strip on the crust of the pan. The lifestyle here is very Out of Africa – small planes, lamplight, flushed cheeks, bleached grass and lion stories. The difference is, this is a reality you can experience. To read the full story titled 'The Five-Thousand Star Safari', and to see the mesmerising photographs of this world-class location, turn to page 112 of our January/ February 2012 Trends issue, on sale 19 December...