Jack’s Camp

An extraordinary destination deserves equally out of the ordinary accommodation; multi award-winning Jack’s Camp, set on the edge of the spell-binding Makgadikgadi Pans, doesn’t disappoint. A long-established lodge, Jack’s Camp was created to give safari travellers a taste of the glory days when mess tents were decked with antiques and art pieces, and suites came with Persian rugs and four-poster beds.

Loaded with history and radiating a quirky charm, Jack’s Camp is one of the most unique in Botswana. Its ten stylish tented suites look out over golden Kalahari grasslands with the shimmering salt pans in the distant. Remote and off-grid (lamps and candles provide illumination), the camp is nevertheless well appointed and ideal for returning travellers or those in search of a safari with a difference – combine it with the Okavango Delta for a superb ‘desert and delta’ experience.

It’s also perfectly placed to deliver thrilling game drives as well as adventurous quadbike explorations on the pans. The Kalahari is surprisingly rich in animals and the camp’s expert guides track big cats and wild dogs, and will take you to interact with a habituated meerkat family. In the green summer months, herds of zebra and wildebeest pass through the area and there are always opportunities to spot the Kalahari’s more unusual animals such as honey badger, wild cat and brown hyena.

Jack’s Camp Rating

4.5 / 5 (from 113 votes)

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  • Beautiful Hemingway-style tented camp
  • Remote, game-rich Kalahari location
  • Game drives, tracking & quad bike adventures
  • Cultural interactions & tame meerkats!

Fast Facts

The Luxury Tents

  • Colonial-style Glamour & Comfort
  • Private Viewing Deck
  • En Suite Bathroom & Outdoor Shower
  • Four-poster Beds

The camp’s ten tented suites lie under rustling palm trees on the edge of the Kalahari grasslands, each a study in colonial-style comfort and extravagance. Persian rugs cover polished wooden floors, brass fittings gleam and the canopied four-poster bed takes centre stage. A viewing deck with easy chairs accompanies each tent as does an en suite bathroom, complete with flush toilet and shower; an outside shower is discreetly located for you to enjoy in the warm Kalahari sun or under a ceiling of stars.

Jacks Camp Facilities

  • Eclectic, Hemingway-style Lounge & Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Sun Loungers
  • Dining Room
  • Extensive Reference Library
  • Fire Pit
  • Battery Recharging Points

From wall-mounted skulls and art pieces to mahogany furniture and an antique billiard table, there’s not much that you won’t find in the camp’s much talked about lounge, dining room and bar. Guests can browse through the reference library (registered as a national museum!) and gaze at old maps, faded photographs and charts, a legacy of the camp’s founder.

A swimming pool provides welcome relief on hot Kalahari afternoons while the communal fire pit is popular on winter evenings. Jack’s Camp is off-grid and relies on candles and lamps for illumination at night; a generator provides limited up-time but is enough to recharge camera and video batteries. The camp prides itself on serving some of the best cuisine of any lodge, enjoyed in the fairytale ambience of the dining tent or under the stars.

Activities at Jack’s Camp

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Tracking with San Bushman Guides
  • Sleep-outs on Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Quad-Biking Safaris (Seasonal)
  • Bird watching & Night Drives
  • Archaeological & Historical Excursions

Jack’s Camp offers one of the most diverse safari experiences of any lodge in Botswana. The Kalahari is a game-rich destination and early morning game drives usually begin the day. You’ll enjoy the company of informative, expert guides as they unlock the secrets of the Kalahari and track big cats on the hunt. Afternoon game drives end with sunset drinks and a spot-lit return to camp, searching for the Kalahari’s nocturnal species.

But Jack’s Camp also offers thrilling quad-biking safaris on the great salt pans of the Makgadikgadi – you can even arrange for an overnight sleep out on the pans, an unforgettable experience under a dazzling night sky. There are archaeological sites to visit too, colossal baobab trees to find and the summer bird watching is phenomenal. Guests also have the fascinating and rare opportunity to accompany San Bushman trackers on a hunt, and even sit with members of a habituated meerkat family – these endearing mongoose-like creatures may even use you as an observation tower!

Jacks Camp Rates 2016

  • Low Season 2016
  • USD1190pp sharing
  • HighSeason 2016
  • USD1490pp sharing
  • Low Season 2016
  • USD1190pp sharing

Low:  January – 15th April    |   High:  16th April – 31st October & 21st – 31st December    |   Low:  1st November – 20th December

Includes & Excludes

Includes: Accommodation, activities, all meals, drinks, laundry, national park fees, VAT

Excludes: Premium drinks, transfers, flights, tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

A Single Surcharge is applicable to bookings during the High Season and is charged at USD400 pppn.

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Jacks Camp on 25/06/2014 rated 4.5 of 5