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Why we like it
- A traditional East African 1940's style camp
- 10 en suite luxury canvas tents
- The opportunity to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but, wild meerkats
- Learn about the Bushmen, they may even join some of the activities on offer
- Jacks Camp is perfect for everyone wanting a true desert experience and children of all ages welcome
Venture far into the centre of the Makgadikgadi Pan on 4wd quad bikes and explore remote archaeological sites, periodically discovering never before documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo.
Ben Harrison was helpful and knowledgeable. Easy to deal with. (Much better then the Kuoni rep I talked to first, then abandoned!)
- JC, Botswana
Sited on the original spot chosen by Jack Bousfield in the 1960's, Jack's Camp is set on the Pans of the Makgadikgadi. A relic of one of the world's largest super-lakes, formed some five to seven million years ago, the lake dried thousands of years ago to leave a vast salt pan. Jacks camp has 2 distinctive seasons dry Season (winter) 16th April - 31st October and Wet season (summer) 01 November - 15th April. During the wet season the landscape transforms, clouds of flamingo and other migratory birds along with herds of zebra and wildebeest who are drawn to the lush long grass ultimately the predators head this way too.
It's not uncommon for guides to team up with local bushmen to escort you on morning walks or game drives. Four wheel drive quad bikes will allow you to venture far into the centre of the Makgadikgadi, explore remote archaeological sites and periodically discover never before documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. Jack's Camp is the only place where you are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyena. Close by is the famous Chapman's Baobab (Also known as the Seven Sisters) which is acknowledged to be the largest tree in Africa, and was the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area.
At the camp there is a beautiful swimming pool where you can escape the heat and relax in the cool waters. Afternoon tea at Jacks camp is a sumptuous affair and the chef goes to great trouble to create mouth-watering sweet and savoury delicacies. The meals at the camp are served in the dining tent surrounded by interesting artefacts.
Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg
12 hours 40 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
March - November
The best time to travel is between March and November, rain fall is at a minimum and the days are cooler but clear. Early mornings and evenings can be chilly. The Delta is normally in flood from May until August.
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