It is easy to see why Jack’s Camp rivals Mombo as Botswana’s most renowned accommodation. Based on an island of palm trees on the edge of the Ntwetwe Pan and overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, a rustic bush camp was first established on the site by the legendary Jack Bousfield in the 1960s, becoming more permanent in the 1960s and more luxurious in the 1990s! Jack’s is styled as a mid-20th century vintage safari camp, with colonial furnishings, Persian rugs, four poster beds, antique panels and spacious verandas, all offset with quirkier touches such as the billiards table in the main lodge building and the fossils and animal anatomy paintings in the grand dining room. Despite these grand designs and an extremely attentive level of service, the tents are very comfortable rather than outrageously luxurious, with outdoor showers and private balconies that offer superlative views over the ethereal pans.
Jack’s is more renowned though for its pioneering range of activities. There are intimate Bushman interactions, quad biking expeditions, sleepouts on the pans, guided nature walks, visits to the impressive Chapman’s baobab, horse riding, meerkat encounters and game drives to view the wildlife that arrives in huge numbers during the zebra migration. With all this on offer from such an opulent, imaginative camp, now you can see why everybody wants to stay at Jack’s!