Jack's Camp

Jack's Camp

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Overview

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. 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, 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.

Highlights

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

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Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Picnics
  • Quad-biking
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Private game-drives
  • Fly camping
  • Bird watching
  • Horse riding
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Rooms

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.

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.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Library

Amenities

  • En-suite shower only
  • Outdoor shower

Rates

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2018-06-15 — 2018-07-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,610
2018-08-01 — 2018-08-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,750
2018-09-01 — 2018-10-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,610
2018-11-01 — 2019-01-09Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,450
2019-01-10 — 2019-03-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,350
2019-04-01 — 2019-06-14Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,520
2019-06-15 — 2019-07-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,690
2019-08-01 — 2019-08-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,860
2019-09-01 — 2019-10-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,690
2019-11-01 — 2019-12-19Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,520
2019-12-20 — 2020-01-09Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,690

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Jack's Camp
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Silvana Cominelli

"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."
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Philip Bennett

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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Maria Vittoria Beria

"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."

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