Time for a Spot of Salt Pan Camping

Desert & Delta Safaris now offers intrepid travelers the chance to spend the night out under the stars in Botswana’s acclaimed Makgadikgadi Salt Pan.

Living in cities, it’s often hard to get a sense of the majesty of the heavens above. Whether you’re into star gazing or you’d just like to add a touch of romance to your next African safari, Desert & Delta Safaris has created a new once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of Southern Africa’s most remarkable landscapes.

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Sleep Out is an extraordinary, experiential sleep out, under the stars on the vast salt pans of northeastern Botswana. Guests staying three nights or more at Desert & Delta’s beautiful Leroo La Tau lodge between August 15 – October 31, 2021, and July 15 – October 31, 2022, are offered a complimentary experience of their choice. Guests can visit the wildlife-rich Nxai Pans on a day trip or venture onto the stunning Makgadikgadi Salt Pan and spend an unforgettable night under a blanket of stars with a dedicated guide.

Described as a life-changing experience, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Sleep Out will awaken your senses in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is the one of the world’s largest salt flats – a place so remote that both sound and light pollution is non-existent. With nothing more than a bed between you and this vast expanse, there is no better place to find a deep sense of inner peace and tranquillity. The outstanding staff at Leroo La Tau will prepare your ‘bedroll’; consisting of a duvet, pillow, and extra warm blankets, this gorgeously comfortable bed will provide a cozy haven that protects you from the cold desert night. At three-quarter size, the bedrolls can fit a couple close together for the most romantic evening. In addition, guests will enjoy a delicious bush menu, prepared and served around a roaring fire.

Desert & Delta Safaris now offers intrepid travelers the chance to spend the night out under the stars in Botswana's acclaimed Makgadikgadi Salt Pan.

Excursions occur from July to October, when the dry season transforms the flats into a shimmering landscape of pristine white salt. With endless horizons and an enormous night sky, you will be astounded by this stunning starry spectacle. Available for only six people at a time, this intimate experience must be pre-booked before arrival. For the ultimate luxury experience, journey to the pans by helicopter from US$1,072. With no doors, this incredible flight provides uninterrupted views of Botswana’s unique landscape and wondrous wildlife.

Full of rustic charm, luxurious Leroo La Tau lodge offers an authentic Botswana experience. Just 12 thatched and glass-fronted suites sit on a raised wooden platform to showcase incredible views of the African bush. These breath-taking panoramas continue throughout the lodge, where guests can sip cocktails at the picturesque bar, or cool off in the large swimming pool, surrounded by river vistas.

Located on the edge of the Boteti River, the lodge offers game drives and river viewing activities. This fantastic location is the best place to witness Botswana’s astounding abundance of wildlife, as the fertile plains ensure phenomenal sightings of lion, zebra, wildebeest, leopard, and cheetah.

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.

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