Jack's Camp
Jack's Camp Guest Tent Twin Jack's Camp Mess Tent Exterior
Jack's Camp Guest Tent Twin
Jack's Camp Mess Tent Exterior

Jack's Camp

The savage beauty of a forgotten Africa; this is where Jack Bousfield’s imagination was so captured that he could never leave. Past Safari Awards Winner of 'Best Safari Camp in Africa' and 'Best Safari Guiding Team in Africa'.




The contrast between the harsh Kalahari and the layered sophistication of Jack's Camp is the first thing that strikes the arriving guest. A quirky, opulent camp with the charm of a bygone era, Jack's is, 'more suited, I would say, for the better class of Maharajah' - Thomas Pakenham.

Need to Know

Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. The Makgadikgadi is truly like nowhere else on earth. Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, unique desert wildlife, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other.


Driving, walking and quad biking. Most safari guides have a degree in zoology or biology and all are trained by Ralph Bousfield. Enjoy the wildebeest and zebra migration (green season) or quad biking on the saltpans (dry season).

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Habituated meerkat, brown hyenas, zebra, bat-eared fox, kudu, caracal, aardvark, gemsbok, springbok, vulture, eagle, aardwolf, porcupine, honey badger, a large variety of desert birds and animals.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Year Round
• Get unbelievably up close and personal with a group of habituated meerkats.                  • Spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and gain insight into their ancient culture.                                                                                                                                  • Game drives to experience unique
desert wildlife.                                                                                                                       • Visit the site of Chapman’s Baobab,
campsite of Livingstone & Selous.

Horseback Safaris

Dry Season Only:
• Quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans.
• Lie out on the pans as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium show unfold with horizon-to-horizon stars.
Green Season Only:
• Experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.



• Mess Tent with Natural History Museum, Library, antique pool table and well stocked drinks chest.
• Refreshing swimming pool housed in a beautiful tent with deck and deck chairs.
• Tea Tent & Shop Tent.


Overlooking the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Jack's Camp's ten tents, mess and library tents are unique in every way. Persian carpets underfoot, and authentic campaign furniture form the frame for the 360 degree wilderness, all en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers.


Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2010:
'No 1 in the World'
'No 1: Best hotel in the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands'

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2016



Wet Season: 1st November - 15th April
(special rates apply)

Dry Season: 16th April - 31st October

Jack's Camp is open all year round.

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Green Season: US$1190 per person per night or US$960 per person per night (min 3 nights)
Dry Season: $1,490 sharing per person per night

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children at Jack's Camp are welcome!

Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to stay alone in their own tent and must share with an adult. Children pay 50% of the adult rate.
• A max of two adults and one child sharing per tent. A child can be accommodated on a Bed Roll .
• Families travelling with two children under 12 years of age will be roomed as follows: One adult and one child per tent.
• If Guests are travelling with children 8 years of age and under, a Private Guide & Vehicle is required.
• Jack’s Camp accommodates a maximum of 20 Guests.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Jack's Camp's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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