Our last stop on this whirlwind tour is San Camp
, a place seemingly dropped from the sky onto Botswana's stark Makgadikgadi salt pans. The landscape has completely changed, from rivers and lagoons to start white, Kalahari desert. From $2,200.
The owner, Ralph Bousfeld, is a safari legend—he's even guided Elle McPherson. San has six guest tents, which are like colonial-era time capsules, with teak furniture and four-poster beds. The main tent slash lobby has a cool, Moroccan-inspired lounge area, and tons of fossils and 19th-century maps of Africa on display. We set out with our guide Vundi, and ride ATVs—so much fun!
Photo: Courtesy of Uncharted Africa Safari Co.