Jack's Camp was originally established by the late Jack Bousfield while on a trapping expedition in the 1960's. The choice of such a unique locale owes much to his original taste for the savage beauty of a now forgotten Africa. Jack was immediately inspired by this special place and envisaged an innovative safari. His son, Ralph, is now pursuing Jack's vision.
The camp's hub, a romantic canvas pavilion of low spires and finials, could have come from a medieval jousting tourney, but for the deciduous green colour. Three poles support the main chamber where everyone meets for lavish and elegant meals at a long communal dining table.
Ten roomy and stylish tents, each with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers, have been fashioned in a traditional-cum-classical style and are set into a palm grove, thus creating an oasis of comfort and peace, in complete contrast to the otherwise stark environment. The tent décor includes Persian carpets and cool cotton sheets - again creating a remarkable contrast to the view from your tent’s veranda.
By the use of four wheel drive quad bikes, guests are able to explore a hitherto unknown and otherwise impenetrable area in an exhilarating, but eco-sensitive way. Jack's Camp was voted '12th Best Leisure Hotel' in the World by Condé Naste Traveller Magazine readers -making it the 'best Safari Camp in the World'!
During the wet season (from November to March), the landscape transforms. Breeding flocks of flamingo and other migratory species descend on the watery grasslands. Herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and the attendant predators. However, a safari at Jack's Camp is also a complete desert experience focusing as it does on the year-round inhabitants such as aardvark, oryx and springbok. This is the only place where guests are practically guaranteed of seeing the rare brown hyena, and be able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but wild meerkat!
Jack’s Camp guides are a diverse group, often graduate students who combine research with guiding, they team up with a group of Zu/’hoasi San to take guests on unforgettable morning’s walks and game drives.
You might also wish to make the most of a unique opportunity, and combine three nights at Jack's Camp with an epic quad bike journey across the Makgadikgadi Pans with two nights spent sleeping out under the stars amongst the boulders and baobabs on remote Kubu Falcon.
Resting in the southern tip of Sua Pan, this small rocky outcrop was once an Falcon in the great Lake Makgadikgadi. Stunted baobab trees and the ruins of unexplained stone walls lend a mystical phpect: Kubu Falcon has a magic that touches every visitor.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The largest game reserve in the world, the Central Kalahari encompasses some of the hottest and most inhospitable areas in Botswana. In this seemingly limitless expanse of scrub desert and pans, you will encounter animals and plants that are specially adapted to survive in such harsh conditions.
Nxai Pans and Baines’ Baobabs
Nxai Pan lies to the north of the Makgadikgadi Pans area, on the migration route of the great herds: a wide, grass-covered pan dotted with umbrella thorn trees. With its bountiful wildlife, the area provides excellent game viewing opportunities.
Just to the east of Kudiakam Pan, and south of Nxai Pan, is an impressive group of baobab trees, standing on the pioneers’ route to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. First painted by Thomas Baines, and inscribed with his name on 22nd May 1862, the trees are known as Baines’ Baobabs.
Guest Tent in Grove of Palms, Kalahari Desert
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