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Jack's Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana


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Luxury Holidays At Jack's Camp

Legendary explorer Jack Bousfield discovered the site of Jack’s Camp in the 1960s, describing it a 'savage beauty of a forgotten Africa'. Re-opening in May 2020 after a major rebuild, Jack’s Camp will retain its romantic 1940s style, making it a great addition to your luxury Botswana safari. The large mess tent stands in the centre of the camp, where there is an antique pool table and a very well-stocked drinks chest, as well as natural history cabinets displaying the Bousfield family’s collection of ancient artefacts from Botswana. Explore the rugged desert landscape on game drives in search of the fascinating species, mingle with a family of habituated meerkats, or take a quad-bike adventure across the salt pans. Another camp highlight is the opportunity to walk with the San bushmen, witnessing how they forage for food in the sparse, yet spectacular, environment.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Summary: A romantic 1940s camp in the heart of the Makgadikgadi
  • Feature: Quad bike across the lunar landscape of the desert
  • Rooms: 10 luxury tents
  • Nearest airport: Johannesburg International Airport
Location and transfer

Approximately 15 minutes by road from Jack’s Camp Airstrip.


Large guest tents open onto a deck area where you can relax and absorb this dramatic landscape from the private plunge pool. En suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, while over-bed cooling systems provide relief from the heat of the desert and wood-burning stoves provide warmth during chilly evenings.

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The Makgadikgadi combines perfectly with a luxury safari in the Okavango Delta. During game drives, spot various species of desert-adapted wildlife - including the large black-maned Kalahari lion, brown hyaena, gemsbok, springbok and oryx. At night, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, porcupine and aardvark are just some of the nocturnal creatures that can be seen. Probably one of the main attractions of the region, though, is the population of cheeky meerkats. Habituated by researchers, these curious creatures provide great photographic opportunities. For a safari with a twist, one of the best ways to experience the remoteness of the area is on horseback. Two-hour safaris are available for all levels of riders, while experienced riders may want to head out for several days and sleep out under the stars.

Hotel Experiences

The vastness of the salt pans is truly appreciated on an epic quad-bike expedition across the lunar-like desert landscape. Travelling in convoy to ensure minimum impact on the scorched earth, you will head to Kubu Island where you can camp under the stars for two nights. Another must-do while here is a visit to the Fallen Baobab - one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa. For a cultural experience unlike any other, spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/'hoasi Bushmen and gain a fascinating insight into their ancient practices.


Jack’s Camp is probably as remote as you can get. It’s just one of three camps in a million-acre reserve, so is truly a place to get away from it all. The vintage-style tents exude romance, with their private plunge pools and vast vistas over the desert landscape.


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