Named after an adventurer who stumbled upon the site in the 1960s, award-winning Jack’s Camp sits in the shade of palms amid a giant salt lake which dried up thousands of years ago. The award-winning camp pays homage to its past, adorned in vintage 1940’s style campaign furniture.
Located adjacent to Botswana’s astounding Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the vast pans offer a unique desert experience in the dry season, offering otherworldly lunar terrain to explore. The landscape is home to several fascinating desert species including brown hyena, porcupine, aardwolf and aardvark. Other wildlife you may see include black-maned Kalahari lion, honey badgers, jackals or bat eared fox. After the rains, the ecosystem transforms into watery grasslands, attracting huge herds of zebra and wildebeest. For several months, the landscape teems with game. During this green season, guests can bear witness to Southern Africa’s last remaining mass mammal migration of zebra.
The central hub of the camp, the expansive and gorgeous mess tent houses a grand dining table, lounge room, museum, antique pool table and bar – set within a large chest. Throughout the mess tent, guests can find beautiful campaign furniture and cabinets filled with fascinating artefacts, old maps and fossils. Not far from the main area, there is a separate tent that houses a sensational indoor pool, surrounded by elegant sun loungers.
Jack’s Camp (and sister property San Camp) is home to several authentic and special safari experiences few other camps can match. A 3-night stay complements a greater Botswana safari, and some activities are only available during the dry season. Aside from morning and afternoon game drives in search of unique desert-adapted wildlife such as brown hyena and aardwolf, guests can also enjoy walks with the local Zu’/hoasi Bushmen, quad biking through the ancient salt pans or visit Chapman’s Baobab – an ancient fallen tree and a national monument of Botswana. A highlight of a stay at Jack’s Camp is a visit to see the habituated meerkats.