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Jack's Camp - Botswana

Guest Tent at Night

Jack's Camp was originally established by the late Jack Bousfield while on a trapping expedition in the 1960's. The choice of such striking locale owed much to his original taste for the savage beauty of a forgotten Africa. Jack was immediately inspired by this special place and envisaged a new and innovative safari. His son, Ralph, is now pursuing Jack's vision.

The camp's hub, a romantic canvas pavilion of low spires and finials, with a fluttering valance beneath its eaves could have come straight from a medieval jousting tourney, were it not a deciduous green. Three poles support the main chamber where everyone meets for lavish and elegant meals at a long communal dining table.

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) have been 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 carpets and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one's own verandah. Using four wheel drive quad bikes, guest are able to explore a hitherto unknown and impenetrable area in an exciting and eco-friendly way. Jack's Camp was voted '12th Best Leisure Hotel' in the World by Condé Naste Traveller Magazine readers - making it the 'best Safari Camp in the World'!

Kubu Island

Resting in the southern tip of Sua Pan, this small rocky outcrop was once an island in the great Lake Makgadikgadi. Stunted baobab trees and the ruins of unexplained stone walls lend a mystical aspect: Kubu Island has a magic that touches every visitor.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The largest game reserve in the world, the Central Kalahari encompasses some of the hottest and most inhospitable areas in Botswana. In this seemingly limitless expanse of scrub desert and pans, you will encounter animals and plants that are specially adapted to survive in such harsh conditions.

Nxai Pans and Baines’ Baobabs

Nxai Pan lies to the north of the Makgadikgadi Pans area, on the migration route of the great herds: a wide, grass-covered pan dotted with umbrella thorn trees. With its bountiful wildlife, the area provides excellent game viewing opportunities.

Just to the east of Kudiakam Pan, and south of Nxai Pan, is an impressive group of baobab trees, standing on the pioneers’ route to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. First painted by Thomas Baines, and inscribed with his name on 22nd May 1862, the trees are known as Baines’ Baobabs.

Guest Tent in Grove of Palms, Kalahari Desert

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