Jack's Camp in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is an eclectic and elegant permanent camp that provides guests a completely unique experience in the Kalahari. Its roots date back to the 1960's when Jack Bousfield, a true character in his own right, stumbled upon a place so incredible that it captivated him for the remainder of his life. This breathtakingly beautiful location is both savage and glorious, and it is here where guests can meet Jack's grandson who continues to carry on the family tradition.
Jack’s Camp in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a classic desert safari camp accommodating 20 guests in 10 large walk-in tents, each with a flush toilet and en suite shower. Jack’s Camp accommodations are comfortable and elegant and are in keeping with the character of the Makgadikgadi. Facilities include a mess tent for dining, a tea tent with Persian carpet cushions for socializing, and a shop tent.
Namesake Jack Bousfield came upon this beautiful piece of land when he was on a trapping expedition in the 1960s. He never left the site and stayed until his tragic death in the early 1990s. Following, Jack’s son, Ralph, started Jack’s Camp and recreated the venue in the traditional safari style of the 1940s era.
Guests are in for a myriad of unforgettable experiences. Interact with a family of meerkats who are regular visitors. Observe the desert wildlife such as the gemsbok, springbok and more. Here too, visitors can meet the indigenous San people who have survived in this seemingly inhospitable land for many centuries.
During the dry season, embark on a quad bike into the salt pans. The camp also operates a five-day fly camp option to Kubu Island with quad bikes for parties of at least four guests.
Should Jack’s Camp be full, guests can always opt for the delectable San Camp.
For more information on this area, please read about the Makgadikgadi Pans, a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana. This unique site is one of the largest salt flats in the world.
We also caught up with Jack’s Camp owner Ralph Bousfield for an interview in Quest Magazine. There we chat about life and style in the bush. From growing up in Botswana to being a fifth generation guide, we cover it all.Request Information