The iconic 1940’s style Jack’s Camp in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park offers stylish accommodation in luxury canvas tents.
Jack’s Camp is located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remnants of an enormous super-lake that used to cover most of Southern Africa. It’s a landscape of space and remoteness, and the spectacular, otherworldly vistas, unique desert wildlife, and old-world glamour of Jack’s Camp all come together to create an experience that is unlike any other on the continent.
The Makgadikgadi is full of elusive species and desert-adapted animals and the perfect complement to Botswana’s traditionally game-rich areas, like the Khwai Private Reserve and the Okavango Delta.
The brown hyena is a symbol of what’s to come in the Makgadikgadi. There are only 8000 of these special hunters left in the world, and there aren’t many other places you’ll encounter one. Other carnivores that know how to eke out their survival here include aardwolves and bat-eared foxes, honey badgers and black-maned Kalahari lion. Then there’s aardvark, gemsbok, springbok and black-backed jackals to look out for on game drives, and perhaps even an elephant or two. And last, but definitely not least, the meerkats. We’ve been busy pioneering a meerkat habituation project with some of the world’s pre-eminent researchers. The cheeky creatures are still very wild, but they do enjoy coming to say hello.
After several decades of setting the standard in the Kalahari, Jack’s Camp has undergone a full rebuild and refurbishment and has reopened in January 2021.
The brand-new Jack’s Camp pays homage to the property’s enduring and much-loved 1940s campaign style. The guest tents, seven twins and two doubles, are much larger and each is a whopping 270 square metres in size: 135 sq m inside, and 135 sq m outside. The iconic interiors remain but with the addition of intricate textiles from all over the world, Natural History Museum cabinets, and an overhead bed cooling system. Ensuite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor shower and outside, each veranda has a private plunge pool.
The new, larger mess tent is resplendent with the renowned Natural History Museum, library, antique pool table and a well-stocked drinks chest. The iconic nomadic Persian tea tent has been made larger and the shop has been renovated and restocked with new treasures, and a dedicated spa tent has been added.
Best time to visit:
Jack’s Camp is a year-round destination, yet the two seasons couldn’t be more different. The dry season, from April to October, is the desert as you know it: a shimmering whiteness envelops the scorched landscape, like a mirage floating over the crusted salt, and you’ll spot nomadic herds in the distance, as if an illusion. This is the time of year for whizzing across the pans on the back of a quad bike, sleeping under the stars, and enjoying the pans in their most iconic state.
When the rains start to fall in November, the Makgadikgadi Pans are transformed. It’s a time of plenty (even in the desert), and the salt flats are turned into watery grasslands, almost unrecognisable from the previous months. A layer of emerald-green grass stretches out in every direction, pink clouds of flamingo and flocks of migratory birds arrive to nest, and Africa’s second largest mammal migration of wildebeest and zebra floods the plains. The green season in the desert is one of Africa’s, great unpredictable spectacles, and a magical time to visit. The safari activities are similar in these months although you usually won’t travel as far; on many days you can see the wildlife direct from your veranda. This green season continues until mid-April and corresponds with the off season for tourism in Botswana, making it a slightly cheaper time to travel.

Activities at Jack's Camp - Year Round:
Get up close and personal with our habituated meerkats.
Discover the secrets of the pans with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen on a fascinating bush walk.
Take game drives and night drives in custom built 4x4s and spot the unique desert wildlife that inhabits the pans.
Embark on an adventurous horseback safari (for all levels of riders; additional charge applies, but one two-hour safari is included if staying for three nights or longer). Multi-day riding safaris are also available for experienced riders – please contact us for more information.
Enjoy a spot of R&R with a spa treatment – we guarantee that it will be the most unique massage you’ve ever had (additional charge, but one treatment is included if staying for three nights or longer).
Activities at Jack's Camp - Dry Season (16th April – 31st October):
• Take a radical sabbatical and quad bike across the salt-crusted pans.
• Lie out on the pans as the sun sets and watch the planetarium of stars unfold above you.
Activities at Jack's Camp - Green Season (1st November – 15th April):
• Witness the second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest in Africa (and it’s also the last remaining one in Southern Africa).
Why You’ll Love Jack's Camp:
Jack’s is one of Africa’s most iconic camps and it reopened in January 2021, refreshed and reinvigorated, yet still retaining the classic style we all know and love.
Enjoy the ultimate in space and exclusivity; the camp is one of just three in a one million-acre private wildlife reserve.
There’s a blockbuster of activities to be enjoyed including quad biking, bushman walks, classic desert game drives, meerkat visits and horse rides.
The camp has one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artefacts in Botswana, collected and curated by the Bousfield family over decades.
Indulge in a lazy afternoon in your private plunge pool watching the world go by, G&T in hand.
Keep your eyes peeled for the year-round desert wildlife: brown hyena, oryx, Kalahari lion and, after dark, aardvark, porcupine, honey badger and bat eared fox.

Children 0 - 5 years accommodated free of charge, sharing with adults
Children 6 - 18 years charged 50% of the adult rate per night (sharing with adults)
Children 19 years and over charged full adult rate
Jack's Camp rates:
Green Season: 10 January - 31 March 2021: $1450 (no Single Supplement)
Shoulder Season: 01 April - 31 May 2021: $1795 (Single Supplement: $720)
High Season: 01 June - 30 June 2021: $1950 (Single Supplement: $780)
Peak Season: 01 July - 31 August 2021: $2195 (Single Supplement: $880)
High Season: 01 September - 31 October 2021: $1950 (Single Supplement: $780)
Shoulder Season: 01 November - 19 December 2021: $1795 (Single Supplement: $720)
High Season: 20 December 2021 - 09 January 2022: $1950 (Single Supplement: $780)

INCLUSIONS: All prices are per person, per night and include accommodation, all meals, & beverages, guest laundry, daily activities, expert guiding, park entry fees & VAT.
EXCLUSIONS: Premium brand drinks, gratuities, flights and fully comprehensive personal travel insurance is not included in the price.
Jack's Camp special offers:
Long Stay Special:
Stay at any of Natural Selection camps in Botswana or Namibia for 5 nights or more and receive a 20% discount off published rates. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Terms & conditions apply.
BOTSWANA - Offer is valid for travel between 01 October 2020 - 31 March 2021 & 01 October 2021 - 31 March 2022.
NAMIBIA - Offer is valid for travel between 01 November 2020 - 31 March 2021 & 01 November 2021 - 31 March 2022.
Honeymoon Offer:
Partner stays for 50% off at selected Natural Selection properties including Jack's Camp, Meno a Kwena, Tuludi, Skybeds and Hyena Pan in Botswana and Hoanib Valley Camp and Kwessi Dunes in Namibia. Offer is valid all year for an unlimited number of nights until 09 January 2022. Proof of marriage within 12 months of travel must be provided at the time of booking. Cannot be combined with other offers. Terms & conditions apply