- Founded by explorer Jack Bousfield in the 1960s, the camp sits in a striking spot on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, gazing over glittering salt pans and shimmering expanses of sun-scorched earth of the Central Kalahari.
- Jack’s is one of Africa’s most storied and iconic camps and just one of just three in a one million-acre private wildlife reserve.
- Reminiscent of a traditional East African, 1940s safari camp aptly furnished in dark wood antique colonial pieces, this spectacular and indulgent retreat offers roomy and stylish canvas tents,— each with a lovely ensuite bathroom with an alfresco shower and a private veranda.
- The only camp in Africa with a swimming pool tent – and a tea tent! Relax by the tented swimming pool with its amazing views.
- A blockbuster of activities, including quad biking, horseback riding, bushman walks, traditional game drives and meerkat encounters with some of the best and most experienced guides in Botswana.
- Have some fun as you get up close and personal with playful meerkats on the Meerkat Adventure. Visit 5000+ old year Baobab tree and marvel at the magnitude of its presence.
- Witness and participate in a rapidly disappearing Bushmen ritual, an eight-night initiation hunt. Visit a remote cattle post to learn about the traditional culture of the Botswana people.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Game drives to experience unique desert wildlife! such as brown hyena, bat eared fox and if you’re lucky enough you might even spot a lion or elephant wandering the concession.
Get up close and personal with our families of meerkats. Head out from camp just as the sun it rising, so that you are on the ground as these little guys set off in search of their breakfast. Walk amongst them (you’re not allowed to touch or feed them) and if you take a seat you might be lucky enough to be mistaken for a termite mound, where you’ll be used as a look out point for predators.
Spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and gain insight into their ancient culture.
Enjoy a 2 hour morning or afternoon leisurely Horse Riding activity across the pans with our Expert Horse riding guide.The 2 hour Horse Riding activity is an additional activity offered and it is not included in the nightly rate. 2 Hour Horse Riding Activity is on offer either in the morning or afternoon (or both) Guests booking the Horse Riding activity will forfeit the other Camp activities running at the same time. Children above 8 years of age are welcome.
During the dry season, go quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans.
A visit to the Fallen Baobab – one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.
During the green season, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.
The legacy of the colonial explorers of Africa lives on at Jack’s Camp: a unique encampment that combines the gracious living of the past and the high-speed thrill of modern quad bikes with the natural splendour of the endless Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. The pans, which were once a pre-historic lake roughly the size of Switzerland, are today among the largest salt flats in the world. Despite being both remote and unforgiving, the area teems with life: genets, Cape hares, honey badgers, brown hyena, Kalahari lions and porcupines can all be spotted. Jack’s Camp has a family of habituated meerkats who enjoy interacting with humans.
The interiors of Jack’s Camp rival the landscape. With a collection of canvas tents set up under a grove of mokolwane palm trees, the settlement looks like a royal encampment from days past. Even the swimming pool is sheltered under a canvas tent and surrounded by decking – a lovely spot to wait, crisp white wine in hand, for the heat of the afternoon to pass. Guests’ tents are as romantic as the communal ones: there is no electricity so paraffin lamps are provided, spreading a warm and inviting glow around your room. Antiques are scattered everywhere, from the canopied 4-poster beds to the old-fashioned vanities in the en suite bathrooms. But, if you are lucky, your tent will not be only place you sleep: Jack’s Camp can arrange a night out on the pans under the Milky Way and an unforgettable way to greet the new dawn.
The ten large, luxurious and stylish canvas tents have en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin. The tents are set into a palm grove creating an oasis of civilisation in what can be the harshest of stark environments. Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own veranda. The camp’s hub, a romantic canvas pavilion is where everyone meets for lavish and elegant meals at a long communal dining table. There is also a pool to cool off in during the heat of the day.
Jack's Camp Double Tent
Jack’s Camp has three double tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers.Guests are accommodated in ten large Meru-style tents set into a palm grove, with en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. The sumptuous tents are uniquely designed and decorated to reflect the height of Victoriana. Deep red silk-screened textiles line the walls and ceilings of each tent, and are reflected in the gleaming wooden floors. Rosewood armchairs with plush velvet seat cushions, teak campaign chests, Bukhara Rugs, and canopied beds complete the antique ambiance. Although at first the Victorian excess appears anathema to the stark environment of the Kalahari, it actually provides a soft and welcome compliment.
Jack's Camp Twin Tent
Jack’s Camp has seven twin tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers.
Wake up to the gentle knock of a member of staff in the morning as they come laden with freshly-brewed coffee and biscuits to enjoy in bed – a sign of things to come. Dining is among the best in Botswana and relies on fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Expect fresh basil soup, ostrich piccata, roast Botswana beef and freshly-baked orange tartlets, all taken at in the grand dining tent.
Jacks Camp Dining Room
There is a tented sitting room where “Kalahari Koolers” are served after the morning activity and where cocktail hour is held in the evening. Dinner is served in the elegant “mess tent”. The table is always splendidly set – draped in damask with bone handled silver cutlery and floods of lantern and candlelight. The innovative cuisine is a fitting complement to the ambiance.
All of the food and drinks are included in a stay at Jack’s Camp. And all of our meals were absolutely delicious. Best of all, they are very accommodating for all types of diets, so you can always find what you like.
Stepping into Jack’s Camp is as close to stepping into the past as you can get while on safari at the Makgadikgadi Pans. Every detail has been considered, from the print-lined and specimen-filled library and bar stocked with cut-glass decanters to the cosy billiard room and polished silver that gleams on the dining table. This is a place to enjoy a warming sherry next to the fireplace or cooling down with a gin and tonic at the swimming pool.Creative menus emphasising fresh tastes and original cuisine; home to a unique national museum, library, pool pavilion and plunge pool.
Jack’s has an awesome pool pavilion, and it’s the perfect hangout space. There’s plenty of space to lie out to soak in the sun and watch the animals wander past.