Jack's Camp

Extreme Luxury lodge on the Makgadigadi Pans



Jacks Camp

Turn back the clock to a bygone African safari era with a visit to Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. Jack’s Camp was named after the late Jack Bousfield, who regularly camped here on his trips to the Makgadikgadi Pans in the 1960s. Today, Jack’s Camp is managed by his son, Ralph.

Jack’s Camp, set in a palm grove, is decorated in the traditional East African safari style of the past. Guests are accommodated in green canvas tents, with Persian carpets and cool white linen adding a touch of luxury in the harsh Makgadikgadi climate. All tents have en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and overhead fans. Memorable gourmet meals are served at a long table in a mess tent, while high teas are taken in a tea tent, with Persian carpet cushions. Since 2008 Jack’s Camp also boasts a swimming pool.

But the main reason for visiting Jack’s Camp is the magic surroundings of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. The Pans used to be a giant inland ocean, that dried up because of shifts in the earth’s crust. Today you can still find many fossils of animals long since extinct.

A bonus at Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans is the very knowledgable guides – many of them students in Zoology or Botany pursuing PhD-degrees. You are likely to learn more about the Makgadikgadi, its inhabitants and their fascinating adaptations to survive in the harsh climate, than from many a travel book.

The Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana are bone dry in the winter and guests can undertake quad bike safaris across the Pans. When the spring rains come, the warm shallow water in the Pans attract many bird species, including flocks of flamingos. After the rains, the resulting grasslands attract herds of antelope and their predators to the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Jack’s Camp is close to Chapman’s Baobab, which is a landmark tree used by Livingstone, Selous and other intrepid explorers of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The guides can also arrange a 5-day quad bike safari to Kubu Island in the Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana. This is a granite island dotted with giant baobabs, protruding from the floor of the Pan. Nobody quite knows how this island was formed.

Jack’s Camp offers a traditional safari experience of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana – luxurious, yet stripped of touristy gimmicks.

Game Drive Jack's Camp
Makgadigadi Pans Botswana
Jacks Camp Botswana
Swimmingpool Jack's Camp
Jacks Camp Dinning room
Buschmen at jack's Camp Qaud Bikes Makgadigadi Pans
Jack's Camp room Jack's Camp Makagadigadi Botswana

Wet season activities (February, March, November and December)

  • Game drives to experience annual zebra and wildebeest migration 
  • Bird walks to observe migratory waterfowl breeding/feeding sites (flamingo, storks, wattled crane, duck, terns etc) 
  • Limited usage of 4WD quad bikes and vehicles on pans 
  • Night drives 
  • Game walks with Bushman trackers 
  • Visits to the historical baobabs 
  • Fly camp on the Pan under the stars for trips of more than two nights (weather permitting) 

Dry season activities (April to October)

  • Extensive usage of 4WD quad bikes 
  • Explore undocumented archaeological sites and discover early hominid settlements 
  • Night drives to view unique desert wildlife (brown hyena, aardvark, aardwolf etc) 
  • Game walks with Bushman trackers to observe desert wildlife (gemsbok, suricate/meerkat, springbok) 
  • Visit the historical baobabs (the campsites of Livingstone, Selous and Baines)