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MAKGADIKGADI PANS • BOTSWANA
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About Jack's Camp

At a Glance
A relic of one of the world's largest super-lakes, the Makgadikgadi dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth's crust.

Jack's Camp is sited in this prehistoric setting offering just ten bedouin-style canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and spacious bedrooms with persian rugs and cool cotton sheets.

WOW factor: WILDEST DREAMS
Surreal aerial views from Taylor Swift’s Out of Africa themed video were filmed here at Botswana’s Jack’s & San Camp location.

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Jacks Camp, Uncharted Africa
AT A GLANCE The striking desert contrast can be viewed from the comfort of your private deck and when out on game drives, quadbikes or walking safaris to experience the rugged wilderness. In addition to the Black-maned Kalahari Lions, rarer and elusive species such as Brown Hyena can also be seen.

Quick Facts on Jack’s Camp

  • Only Ten luxury desert tents at Jack's Camp
  • A unique camp in a private area of Great Kalahari
  • Some of the most knowledgeable guides in Africa
  • Exotic bedouin furnishings and rare African art
  • En suite bathroom in every tent and 24hr electricity
  • Elegant candlelit dinners with wine, all included
  • Walking safaris with the San Bushman
  • Interact with the Meerkats of Meerkat Manor!
  • Kalahari Black-maned Lions & rare Brown Hyena
  • Phenomenal astronomy evenings
  • Quadbiking on the prehistoric salt pans
  • The most enchanting desert safari in Africa!
Gemsbok Lithograph
The Book of Antelopes (1894)
The Gemsbok (Oryx gazella).

A desert antelope with spectacular horns (averaging 33” in length) inhabiting the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert. They can survive for weeks without water.
Oryx Lithograph

What you’ll love at Jack’s

Your Private Guided Safaris® Journey to Botswana

What you’ll see at the Makgadikgadi Pans

One of the largest salt flats in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans are all that remain of the former “super lake” that once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up due to continual shifting of the earth’s crust several thousand years ago. This sandy desert offers an interesting melody of rare wildlife in an otherwordly landscape. Some of the rarest species such as Brown Hyena and Kalahari Lions can be sighted at this concession. Home to Southern Africa’s last great migration that occurs in the wet ‘green’ season.
Kalahari Makgadikgadi

1940s sophisticated desert safari tents.

Ten luxury ‘suites’ offer dramatic old-world safari glamor amidst the shimmery white heat of the Great Kalahari environment: Green Canvas tents with bukhara muslin-draped walls on the interiors; Crisp linens and a cool pool pavillion keep the desert blaze at bay. At night time, warm hot water bottles and persian rugs underfoot warm the mood. Designed to take in the flowing Kalahari breeze, the tents feature romantic outdoor showers, throne-like wooden commodes, cool copper basins and campaign-style collapsible furnishings. Home of Ralph Bousfield, one of Africa’s most coveted safari guides carrying five generations of African safari experience, this stylish desert getaway carries the nostalgia of the pioneers’ story-telling tents. The walls inspire a quirky, ‘cabinet-of-curiosities’ atmosphere with vintage natural history lithographs from Deyrolle of Paris and the photo journals of safari legend Peter Beard.
It seems strange in today’s luxury-obsessed world to remember that, as far as I know, we were the first safari company in Botswana to use silver, white cotton sheets and napiery on the tables as well as traditional wooden safari chairs and feather bedding.
Jacks Camp Botswana

The People behind Jack Bousfield’s Safari Company.

Scouting for land to set up camp back in 1992, Ralph Bousfield accompanied by his father, the legendary explorer Jack Bousfield, and his partner Catherine Raphaely, a NY-based stylist, suffered a plane crash on the same site previously sought by the pioneer in 1962. To honor the memory of Jack Bousfield this site was selected for the eponymous camp. A man of extraordinary safari pedigree who led aristocrats and film stars to glamping in remotest Africa in the 60s, Jack had a vision to start a safari camp in the Makgadikgadi. The set-up was extremely rustic, attracting guests who came not just to see the magical moonscape...but the character Jack himself, serving to bring one closer to nature in his old-style safaris that emphasized the basic pleasures of the bush. He told the most intriguing tales from his pioneering days - such as when called to train the lions used in the filming of the Born Free story in Kenya.

Jack believed that an authentic safari camp experience should be more than just a hotel in the bush; Jack’s Camp is a striking place that celebrates the savage beauty of a forgotten Africa, on the same site where Bousfield once set up his rustic camp in the ‘70s. Ralph describes his father's influence and lasting legacy at Jack's Camp & The Uncharted Africa Safari Company:

“We inherited his ethos that the experience that people received through excellent guiding and interpretation of the environment is what they should take with them from Africa. It was real pioneering stuff. The area and the concept were both untried and untested.”
Ralph Bousfield, Jack Bousfield

What you’ll see at Jack’s Camp

Unique Activities

Guided game drives offer a chance to explore the 6,200 sq miles of Makgadikgadi Salt pans further to see rare desert species such as Brown Hyaena (third rarest carnivore in the world) and the Kalahari Lion. Ornithology enthusiasts will enjoy birding walks to seek migratory & resident bird species.

Scenic Quadbiking with experienced guides through the lunar-like and mysterious fossil pans in the Great Kalahari basin.
Jacks Camp Activities

Kalahari’s Cool Cats!

Jumping onto your hat and into your heart: Get up close with the world-famous burrow of the “Meerkat Manor”, fighting off old enemies and air attacks from eagles, and hoovering up every juicy morsel in sight! Thanks to a special, ongoing habituation program guests at Jack’s Camp can get up close and personal with these lovely captivating creatures! Remember - they are not tame, just used to the non-threatening presence of humans. A treat for families!

Surreal landscape

Nature and anthropology walks to seek ancient stone tools dated 2,000 to 500,000 years old. Sunset “sundowners” on the pans and surreal astronomy evenings with the guides. During the wet, rainy season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators on the hunt of their trail. See hundreds of thousands of Pink Flamingo on the soda lake at Kubu Island in the wet season - the greatest flock on earth.
Jacks Camp Surreal landscape

Livingstone’s Africa

Visit the iconic Chapman’s Baobab -
The Oldest Tree in Africa and a national monument, with a circumference of 25 meters; historically used as a navigation beacon and early “post office” by passing explorers, traders and travelers, many of whom left their inscriptions on its trunk! Hiking for scenic vistas and seeking stone-age tools at the enormous Sowa (Sua) Pan, first described in the travel journals of David Livingstone.
Jacks Camp Livingstone’s Africa

Walking with the San

Compelling bush walks with San trackers from the Zu/huasi bushmen tribe. A dignified and sensitively-developed anthropology experience with the San (Basarwa) bushmen trackers, guests gain ethnographic sense and participation in age-old rituals to observe the San bush culture, their beliefs, art, morals, law and custom of day-to-day living in an authentic state of nature unobtrused by “imported civilization” or the dilutive effects of “farming colonialism” and national agricultural startegies upon Paleolithic traditions.
Jacks Camp San bushmen tribe

Bushman culture

Hunter-gatherer tribes such as these are the last remnants of the previously extensive indigenous San people in Southern Africa;

The San are one of 14 known extant "ancestral population clusters" from which all known modern humans descend. In various Y chromosome studies conducted have demonstrated that the San people carry some of the most divergent (oldest) human Y-chromosome haplogroups.
Jacks Camp Bushman culture

An ancient magic

Watch the San children learn hunting skills and accompany the San women in the gathering of food, herbs and medicinal plants; Experience the magic, ancient song and kinship symbology of the healing trance in African dance.

For longer stays, guests can visit the sacred caves of Tsodilo Hills to see 200 individual ancient Rock art sites with ancient artefacts and pottery. Ask about Mobile excursions.
Jacks Camp Mobile excursions

The forgotten songs

In an interview for Live at Radio City, South African musician Dave Matthews told a story about meeting the San, hearing their songs. On inquiring with his guide about the words in the music, he received the response:

“There are no words to these songs, because these songs, we've been singing since before people had words.”
Jacks Camp San Bushman culture

Horseback Safaris

Arranged as an add-on from Camp Kalahari, the Ride Botswana horseback safaris are guided into the wild Makgadikgadi landscape. Explore the vast pans and sprawling open woodlands on horseback. An unforgettable riding experience. (Dry season offering)

These horseback excursions can also include staying overnight in our mobile fly camps set up under the stars for extended riding safari. Non-riding days offer guided game drives.
Jacks Camp Horseback Safaris

Where you’ll stay with us

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RESERVATIONS: Jack’s Camp Rates & Offers

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    Price per person per night
HOLIDAY SEASON AT JACK'S
Dec 20 to Dec 31, 2017
$ 1,535
includes ALL safaris, meals + drinks.
Jan to 15 Apr /
Nov - 19 Dec, 2017

$ 1,225
includes ALL safaris, meals + drinks.
PEAK SEASON AT JACK'S
JUN to OCT, 2017
$ 1,535
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GETTING TO JACK’S
Daily flights from Maun are available and can be added on to any of our packages. Private charters are also available for larger family groups or those seeking a customized flight itinerary in Africa.
Book our special packages and take advantage of great savings on the prices at Jack’s Camp for a longer stay combining our camps.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN JACK’S CAMP PACKAGES

    Your stay at Jack’s Camp will include:
  • Welcome and Luggage assistance at Jack’s
  • Elegant safari accommodation at Jack’s Camp
  • All Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All drinks inclusive: bottled water, wines, beer, tea & coffee
  • All scheduled Desert activities and cultural interactions
  • Daily game drives and walking safaris with expert guides
  • Traditional afternoon tea service with canapés
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Organic toiletries and en-suite bath amenities
  • Support community & conservation efforts at Jack’s Camp
  • All applicable VAT and government taxes
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN JACK’S CAMP RATES
+ Explore the great Kalahari desert
+ Quadbike excursion onto vast saltpans
+ Seek the black-maned Kalahari lion
+ Tracking with the San bushman
+ Walk & drive on moon-like Makgadikgadi saltpans
+ Ancient baobabs and prehistoric shores
+ Interact with friendly Suricat (meerkat)
FLYING TO JACK'S CAMP
Daily flights are available from Johannesburg or Maun Airport to the Tsigaro airstrip at Jack’s Camp. Plane Schedules are matched to your Botswana itinerary with Guided Safaris. Private air charters to camp for family or traveler groups are also possible (Price on request). Length: 1000m (Advance arrangement must be requested to land)
What’s Extra?
Flight arrangements to Jack’s Airstrip (*Can be easily purchased based on your travel plans and itinerary from Johannesburg). Import liquor, Tipping (at your discretion), Shopping and Personal expenses such as spa treatments, Travel insurance can be purchased.

CHILD POLICY Children under the age of 12 years pay 50% of the adult rate. Child participation in any game activities is dependent on their aptitude for widlife interaction as determined by the guide.


Helpful travel info

Luggage weight for safari flights: 44lbs per person, packed in a medium-sized duffel bag with no wheels. Suitcases and hard luggage not permitted. Excess bags can be stored at Maun airport, depending on your itinerary.

Jack’s Camp Packing notes & Safari clothing

Given the ease of daily complimentary laundry service you do not need to pack much. Our camps are informal and guests are requested to dress comfortably for the season and adventure ahead.

A Complete Safari Packing List will be provided with your Guided Safaris® travel confirmation when purchasing our packages.

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