Jack’s Camp is considered one of the most legendary and iconic camps in Southern Africa and sits in a striking spot on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, with views over glittering salt pans and shimmering expanses of sun-scorched earth. Within this landscape of savage beauty is this elegant and enchanting oasis of style and old-world glamour.
The camp is quirky, with forties-style interiors, decadent furnishings and a sleek swimming pool pavilion. Accommodation consists of ten, Bedouin-style tents which are scattered below a soft canopy of molokwane palms, each one an ode to safaris of old. Although it is currently being refurbished, the newly refurbished Jack’s Camp promises to be bigger and better than ever before. True to its original feel and iconic interiors, there will be some exciting additions. To begin, with it is now offering an enlarged mess area of around 271 m². There will also be the addition of intricate textiles from all over the world, Natural History Museum cabinets, wood burning morso stoves, an overhead bed cooling system and a private plunge pool at the front of each unit.
Activities won’t be changing at Jack’s Camp and will include all those which you have come to love. Guests can still enjoy those habituated meerkat walks, Bushman Cultural Experiences, quad-biking (dry season only), witness Southern Africa’s largest zebra and wildebeest migration during the green season and year-round game drives including night drives and so much more.
Why we like it here
Relax in the sleek swimming pool tent or take your afternoon Bedouin style tea in the tea tent from 16:00 every afternoon.
The camp’s museum of vintage artefacts, maps, photos and manuscripts is the only registered Natural History Museum in Botswana and will soon include so much more to enjoy – watch this space.
The private veranda of the guests’ tents will increase in size and include a private plunge pool.
Bathrooms are quirky with enormous showers, splashy washbasins and wooden throne toilets.
Things to be aware of
Jack’s Camp is currently undergoing refurbishment and will reopen in May 2020.
Jack’s Camp welcomes children of all ages.
For families travelling with children under the age of 12, a private vehicle will be required.
The migration of 50 000 zebra and wildebeest takes place from January to April.
There is no air conditioning, but instead a new overhead bed cooling system will be installed which will blow a soft breeze onto you as you sleep.