***Jack’s Camp is currently closed for refurbishment. Jack’s Migration Camp, situated nearby, will operate during this period. The images here are a mix of the current and impressions of the new camp.***
Jack’s Camp is set among desert palms on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana. It offers a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as meerkat, gemsbok, brown hyena and springbok, as well as the geology, archaeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi.
Accommodation & Facilities
The ten spacious and stylish tents at Jack’s Camp have comfortable four-poster canopy beds with overhead cooling systems, a woodburning stove, indoor and outdoor showers and flush loos, and a plunge pool on each outside deck. Meals are served in the superb 1940s style mess tent, which also houses a museum comprising Botswana’s most remarkable collection of artefacts, collected over several decades by the Bousfield family. The camp has a large swimming pool set under a canopy similar to the mess tent with great views of the surrounding plains, and a spa located in its own tent.
Wildlife & Activities
The Makgadikgadi Pans are a relic of one of the world’s largest super-lakes that dried up thousands of years ago, where, during the dry season, clients can use 4×4 quad bikes to travel where conventional vehicles cannot. At this time of year guests can also visit the historical Seven Sisters Baobab Tree, made famous by the explorers Livingstone, Selous and Baines. Unique highlights of a stay here are walking with a family of habituated meerkats, as they go about their daily life, and walking with Bushmen to learn about their lives and how they survive in this harsh land. Year round day and night wildlife drives are a great way to observe desert dwelling wildlife, and during the wet season you can see the annual zebra and wildebeest migration and seasonal waterfowl breeding sites. Riding a large-tyred bicycle is a great way to explore the pans and the desert. Excellent horse riding is also available at an additional charge, and must be pre-booked.