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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 and the camp can also experience the outer reaches of the Great Migration, when herds of wildebeest thunder dustily past.

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. The communal dining tent features an extra-length dining table that groans under the weight of silver and crystal while the billiard room and lounge are dotted with animal trophies and relics, not to mention maps, photographs and lithographs that hark back to the early years of southern African safaris. Even the swimming pool is sheltered under a canvas tent and surrounded by decking – a lovely spot to wait, crispy 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.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler 2010 - Readers' Travel Awards
  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 - Best for Location
  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 - Botswana Hotels & Resorts - Readers Choice
  •  The Safari Awards 2013 - Best Safari Property in Southern Africa - Finalist
  •  The Safari Awards 2013 - Best Safari Guiding Team in Africa - Winner

highlights

  •  Authentic legacy camp
  • ‘Off the grid’ with no electricity
  • Quad biking on the pans
  • Great Migration in season
  • Excellent dining & shaded swimming pool
  • Meerkat interaction
  • San cultural experiences
  • Visit Chapman’s baobab

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Facilities

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.

The more adventurous can take to the pans in quad bikes (all-terrain vehicles) or play with the ever-present and very inquisitive meerkats. The local San people will also guide you through their ancient culture, traditional hunting methods and beliefs first hand.

General Facilities

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    Swimming Pool

Dining

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.

Standard Tent

Old-fashioned glamour is the over-riding aesthetic at Jack’s Camp: canvas tents lined with printed fabric, polished wooden floors and canopied 4-poster beds combine to create an ambiance straight out of a Rider Haggard ‘tales of the bush’ novel. Each tent has a cosy en suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers. On the private deck, catch up on your holiday reading, diary writing or more then forty winks.

Standard Tent AMENITIES

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    En-suite shower only
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    Outdoor shower
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    Outside area

Activities

  • Birding
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Picnics
  • Quad-biking trails
  • Walking safaris
  • Private game-drive vehicles on offer
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 16 Apr 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $1490 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $1190 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 15 Apr 2015 $1190 Fully Inclusive
  • 16 Apr 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $1490 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 20 Dec 2015 $1190 Fully Inclusive
  • 21 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $1490 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Jacks Camp was magical. The staff was super friendly and the old world charm of the place makes it like a place out of a movie. Just beautiful.

    Silvana Cominelli, April 2014
  • Jack's was well worth going to as well for the museum-like decor and the splendid isolation and vistas. And the other guests we met at Jack's seemed to be a more adventurous and interesting crew as well. The guide was superb and the staff were very helpful and responsive.

    Philip Bennett, April 2012
  • Our favourite property was by far Jack's Camp which has been an amazing experience both as exposure to a different natural environment and as a camp in itself. Jack's Camp was superb in all its aspects. Highly recommended and worth its cost.

    Maria Vittoria Beria, September 2010

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Jack's camp is loaded with a rich history & will offer you the most unique experience. This is a must on any trip to Botswana if you're looking for something different."

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Jack's was well worth going to as well for the museum-like decor and the splendid isolation and vistas. And the other guests we met at Jack's seemed to be a more adventurous and interesting crew as well. The guide was superb and the staff were very helpful and responsive.

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