OVERVIEW ON JACKS CAMP IN MAKGADIKGADI
Jacks Camp offers ten green roomy and stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers (for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin) fashioned in classical style and are set into a palm grove creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments. Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own verandah.
Location Of Jacks Camp
Jacks Camp is located in Makgadikgadi Pans which is the one of largest salt flats in earth. The remote Makgadikgadi Pans lies on the south eastern side of the Okavango delta and embracing the Kalahari desert around it.
Safari Experience At Jacks Camp
During the wet season the landscape transforms. Clouds of flamingo and other migratory birds descend from the heavens to decorate the watery grasslands. Herds of zebra and wildebeest materialize, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators. The guides at Jack’s Camp are an erudite breed. Often graduate students who combine research with guiding, they team up with a small group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen to guide our Guests on a morning’s walks and game drives. The response from those who have been there is always the same: first your question is echoed, ‘Jack’s Camp?’ followed by a reflective pause/ ‘It’s different.’ And there they leave it, the difficulty of describing it hanging in the air like a half-built bridge.’ The Makgadikgadi is not without drama and, here, the emphasis is on observing the intricacies of a truly unique ecosystem to which the camp has added stylish adaptations of its own.
Activities At Jacks Camp
A relic of one of the world’s largest super-lakes, the Makgadikgadi dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth’s crust. When the lake was formed, some five to seven million years ago, its shores were the setting for the mysterious transition from ape to man.
Venturing far into the center of the Makgadikgadi, on 4wd quad bikes, we are able to explore remote archaeological sites, periodically discovering never before documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pans immensity. There is nothing out here. Absolutely nothing.
A safari to Jack’s Camp is also a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck. It is the only place where guests are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyena and be able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but, wild meerkats!
Activities focuses on
- Wildlife adapted to the desert e.g. meerkats, brown hyenas etc.
- Kalahari and Makgadikgadi geology, archaeology and anthropology
- Experience the vast saltpans on quad bikes.
- Cultural Walking safaris with San Bushman trackers
- Game drives
Jacks Camp Summary For Your Botswana Safaris In Africa
- Sophisticated 1940’s safari style
- 7 stylishly appointed twin tents and 3 double tents
- All with en suite bathrooms
- Creative menus emphasizing fresh tastes and original cuisine
- Home to a unique national museum, library, pool pavilion and plunge pool.