Jacks Camp

Unique experiences and activities in this camp which is a also a museum

Makgadikgadi
2018
$1290 - $1750

 

Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$1290 - $1750

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Our Highlights

  • Unique styling makes this camp a must
  • The setting for the great Zebra Migration
  • Bushman experience from camp
  • Learn about the extraordinary Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Habituated Meerkats

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It’s hard to think of Jack’s Camp as being a museum within a Lodge or is it a Lodge within a museum? Certainly the camp is unique. Styled like a dark Bedouin tent, the interiors are often grand and ornate without being too imposing. The camp actually is a registered museum and is the only one we know of housed within a lodge in Botswana, and as such is full of stuff to ponder over. Exhibition cases are stacked with skulls, ancient tools and the like. It’s a rare place in that the lodge itself is just as interesting as its surroundings.

 

The area is not necessarily known for its game viewing, however it does play host to the spectacular zebra migration, which occurs in the early months of every year. Jacks camp and its sister camps, San Camp and Camp Kalahari, make the very most of the area, with probably one of the best bushman experiences in the country, including game drives, quad biking and even habituated meerkats.

 

We have to admit that on first appreciation, you may consider that there is not much at Jacks Camp, but this is definitely the wrong conclusion and staying here is truly an unforgettable experience. Be warned though, this area is not for everyone so read carefully and take our advice on whether or not this location fills your requirements on your holiday. We think its its one of the best destinations in Botswana and is completely underrated.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Dry camp. Day and Night drive. Bushman walks and meerkat experience. Quadbiking

Location

Private concession bordering the Makgadikgadi National Park

How do I get there

By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle transfer to camp

Lodge Type

Elegant style lodge with 10 fully en-suite tents

Whats Included

 

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included

 

  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy

Children of all ages accepted with conditions

 

Up to 8 Years:   A private vehicle needs to be booked

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Wildlife

Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities

 

Wildlife

 

This particular area is not traditionally known for its big game such as its neighbouring areas in Botswana, however, there is interaction here with wildlife. The largest sightings occur when the Zebra migration appear close to the beginning of each year. At this stage you will find thousands of Zebras crossing the pans.

 

Regular sightings of lion and elephant also occur around camp and this is a good area for the nocturnal habits of Brown Hyena.

 

The Bushmen experience here is also one of the best ways to understand that you do not have to walkt more than 100 meters from camp to find areas that are teeming with wildlife, just on a much smaller scale.... you just need to be taught where to look.

Activities

DAY DRIVES

NIGHT DRIVES

WALKING

QUADBIKING

BUSHMEN

HORSE RIDING

MEEKATS

The Camp

Camp Overview

 

While on a trapping expedition in the Makgadikgadi Pans during the 60's, Jack Bousfield stumbled upon a site that so captured his imagination, he set up camp under an acacia with the unshakeable expectation that others would feel the same...

As a homage to the vision of his father, Ralph, his son, and his partner Catherine established Uncharted Africa Safari Co starting with Jack’s Camp which was refurbished at the beginning of 2003 - in a traditional East African 1940's safari style.

 

Ten green roomy and stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers (for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin) have been fashioned in classical style and are set into a palm grove creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments…

Lodge Layout

 

The lodge itself sits on the edge of the Makgadikgadi slat pans and has great and uninterrupted views over the surrounding grasslands. It is difficult to describe the facilities of this camp without making it sound too simple as one could say that the only living areas are a mess tent and a covered swimming area. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

 

The unique styling of the tents are comprised of an outer layer of green material with a shape that could be described as Arabic. The interior walls and inside to the roof is of a beautiful and ornate patterned maroon. You will not see any other camp like this in the whole of Botsana and thus even the tents are part of the attraction of this camp.

 

Great thought has been given to the interiors. The "mess" tent is centrally dominated by a long wooden dining table flanked by classic African bush directors chairs. The floor is made from polished dark hardwood and there are plenty of Arabic style rugs and grass matting. To the one end is a bar area and an old small feature pool table. To the other end through to an extension is the library with some seating. The library is extremely well stocked with books about the surrounding area etc...Jutting out are 2 small covered decks with extra seating.

 

More than this however is the fact that this whole living area is a registered museum and in amongst all that has been described are old wooden cabinets stuffed with antiquities and skulls, cases full of taxidermy and antique pictures to the fabric walls.

Separately there is a baronial guest ablution of a similar construction but bedecked with wood and throne like toilets.

 

Outside and short walk toward the grasslands is the ornate covered swimming pool. This is one of the largest you will find in any Botswana lodge. here there is expansive decking with plenty of seating and a small bar. This whole area is open planned and affords great views.

Room Description

 

The rooms are all reached via a short bush walk. The tents are all in the same style, design and colour scheme as the main lodge. They are not huge but are spacious enough and hold ample seating with a lounger, a writing desk and twin "mini" four poster beds. 7 of the tents are twin bedded and 3 of the tents are double rooms.

 

Each tent is entered through a zipped door from a small decking which has extra seating. To the rear of the tent is the en-suite facility with washbasin, shower and flushing toilet.

 

Even though these tents are not the biggest, they are ornate and original in that they really do convey a sense of style.

Camp Environment

 

There are two distinctly different seasons in the Makgadikgadi: The dry season, lasting from the 15th of April to the 31st of October and the wet season, lasting from the 1st of November to the 14th of April.

 

When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season, the landscape is transformed. Water gathers on the salt Pans. Algae bloom, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend to feed on them. Then herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators.

 

Guests visiting Jack's Camp during the wet season can witness the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa. Most people associate migrations with East Africa and don’t know about this, the second largest migration of African ungulates, with an estimated 30,000 animals, the majority being zebra, participating each year.

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