Jack's Camp
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Central Region

Accommodation Botswana

Jack's Camp is located deep in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest saltpans in the world. Jack's Camp is a classic desert safari camp accommodating 18 guests in nine large walk-in tents, each with en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. Accommodation is comfortable and in keeping with the character of the Makgadikgadi. Facilities include a mess tent for dining and a tea tent with Persian carpet cushions for socialising. After the rains (December to April), there can be enormous herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and Springbok - with the accompanying predators - on the open grasslands. The summer rains also leave a warm shallow layer of water that entices Waterfowl and Flamingos. Activities are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles custom designed for this terrain and accompanied by knowledgeable guides. In the dry winter months, all-purpose ATV vehicles (a four wheeler motorcycle/Quad bikes) available, allowing guests to travel across the saltpans. Walks with a Bushman tracker and a visit to Chapman's Baobab - the historical baobab tree used by Livingstone, Selous and other early explorers - are activities also on offer.
ACCOMMODATION: 9 large walk-in tents, consisting of:
6 Twins
3 Honeymoon tents
1 twin guides tents (same standard as guest tents)
Triples are available for small children on request
This camp can accommodate 18 guests + tour leaders, escorts, guides
Room Details
Traditional Green canvas tents
Access to tents through a zipped door
En-suite bathroom facilities including shower, basin, flush toilet and outside shower

Dry season: Meerkats, Yellow Mongoose, Ground Squirrel, Brown Hyaena, Aardwolf, African Wildcat, Caracal, Spring Hare, Porcupine, Steenbok, Kudu, Jackal, Honey Badger, Genet, very occasional Lion.
Wet season game viewing:- Zebra, Wildebeest, very occasional Cheetah and all of the above, however, seen a lot less often due to the high grass.
Dry season Birding:- Large number of vultures (whitebacked and lappetfaced), Bateleurs, Eagles (Tawny, Martial, Black-breasted Snake), Lanner and Red-footed Falcons, Gaber and Pale Chanting Goshhawks, Francolin (Redbilled and Orange River), Ostrich, Secartarybird, Guinea fowl, Black and Red-crested Korhaan, Kori Bustard, Crowned Plover, Double-banded Courser, Spotted Dikop, all species of Sandgrouse, Giant Eagle and Pearlspotted Owls, Lilac-breasted and Purple Rollers, large numbers of Hornbill species and a huge number of LBJs, Larks, Cisticolas and Pipits.
Wet Season Birding:- All of the above plus a massive number of migrant waders, Sandpipers, Ruffs, Greenshank, Stilts, Pratincoles, Wattled Crane, Storks, Egrets, Flamingos (Lesser and Greater), Spoonbill, Terns, Teals, Ibis, Montagu's and Palid Harriers, Brown Snake, Steppe and Wahlberg's Eagles, Lesser and Rock Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Swallows, Swifts and Martins.

Mkgadikgadi Pans: The Makgadikgadi pans consist of two major basins, relics of a massive lake and swampland that existed over much of northern Botswana between about 2 million and 40,000 years ago. On the edge of the western basin, also known as the Ntetwe Pan are Jack's and San camps. Jack's is situated on an isolated island filled with tall fan palms and commiphora trees. Named for the legendary Jack Bousefield, who was a pioneer of these remote wastes, Jack's Camp remains one of the most intriguing and mysterious places in the Kalahari or Kgalagadi. Owned and designed by Ralph Bousefield and Catherine Raphaely, Jack's and nearby San Camp offer guests access to a completely unique area.
During the summer months (November to April) the focus is on the thousands of zebra which have migrated from the Boteti River and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park immediately to the west. During these same months, the pans fill with water and attract numerous species of birds from flamingos to wattled cranes and pelicans. During the dry, or winter months, the migrations move westwards to the water available in the Boteti River but many desert-adapted creatures remain resident.

This is the domain of the brown hyena, a shy and elusive creature, as well as suricates, aardvarks and small bustard species. Ralph Bousefield and his guides have made many important finds in the field of palaeontology, with stone implements and other evidence of Stone Age dwellers. This is an extremely fragile environment filled with fascination and interest. The management and guides have an approach of maximum care for the environment, and this is a destination for the true lover of remote experiences.

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Rates per person per night: on request

Single/double rooms -

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