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Jack's Camp
Jack's Camp Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Jack's Camp is a Kalahari legend. Sitting in Botswana's immense Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a 50-minute flight from Maun under a grove of palm trees, with Jack's extensive views across the Pans. Jack's owner is a veteran safari guide, and the camp takes pride in its motto: 'Give them what they never knew they wanted.'

Jack's Camp has undergone a complete rebuild since COVID-19 while still maintaining its enduring, unique and much-loved 1940s campaign style.

Beautifully constructed and decorated in classical safari style, Jack's offers a unique, inviting and romantic oasis in this harsh environment. Think early settler décor, with a mix of old mahogany furniture, copper basins, Persian rugs, Moroccan and Ethiopian artefacts and natural objects. Jack's has no electric lights, but paraffin and solar-powered lanterns provide ambient lighting after dark.

The guest tents, seven twins and three doubles are now much larger at 135 sqm. The iconic interiors remain, yet with the addition of intricate textiles from all over the world, Natural History Museum cabinets, wood-burning Morso stoves for the chilly evenings and mornings, and overhead bed cooling systems. As you walk into your spacious tent, you will be greeted by a beautiful lounge area, which leads out to your own private plunge pool. All tents include private indoor & outdoor showers, charging points and all tents offer 24 hour solar-powered electricity

The new, larger mess tent is stunning, keeping the renowned Natural History Museum, library, antique pool table and a well-stocked drinks chest. The only camp in Africa with a swimming pool tent - and a tea tent!

A dedicated spa tent has now also been included.


Jack's Camp Guest Tent Pool
Jack's Camp Guest Tent Room Suite
Jack's Camp Guest Main Area
Jack's Camp Dining Tent
Jack's Camp Tea Tent
Why Jack's Camp?

The guiding here is superb, with guides being real experts who aim to enrich and give you an understanding of geology, archaeology and anthropology in aspects of this unique environment.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are dry for much of the year, meaning the larger animals are often scarce. The wet season (November–April) transforms the pans filling them with rain, attracting clouds of flamingos and other migratory birds and herds of zebra and wildebeest to the grasslands, followed closely by opportunistic predators. The Kalahari lion, cheetah, and leopard also roam this area - although elusive, they can be occasionally spotted.

The addition of pumped waterholes now attracts a good number of zebra and wildebeest (and accompanying lions ), making game viewing a more year-round experience.

Come here for the stars of the show - the meerkats – there are a few habituated colonies near the camp, and an encounter with these playful creatures can almost be guaranteed. Otherwise, you're looking for desert-adapted wildlife that is here year-round, such as ostrich, springbok, steenbok and black-backed jackal, while by night, you might come across brown hyena, aardwolf, porcupine, bat-eared fox, honey badger and scrub hare. And if you're very fortunate, the aardvark.

Other highlights include informative nature walks, concentrating on the plants and smaller animals, led by San Bushmen trackers, with translation by your guide, giving a fascinating glimpse into a dying culture. Various other activities include 4WD and quad bikes during the dry season (May to October) and visits to archaeological and anthropological sites.

Jack's Camp

Property Details

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
10 Luxury Tents (7 Twins and 3 Doubles)
Guest Room Facilities
Pure Cotton Linen, Lounge, Fan, Bed-Cooling System, En-Suite
Camp Facilities
Pool, Spa, Library, Battery Charging, Bar
Family Policy
Children of all ages - policies apply
Safari, Bird Watching, Massage, Horse Riding, Night Drives, high Tea, Quad Biking, Nature Walks
Available Services
Private Vehicle, Credit Card, Laundry Service Complimentary and Massage/Treatments
Guided Safaris, All Meals and Drinks (excluding French Champagne), Laundry
Not Included
Curio Purchases, Massage or Gratuities
Why Jack's Camp?
Iconic Botswana property, Luxurious and unique 1920’s campaign style

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