Jack's Camp

About Jack's Camp, Kalahari Desert

Jack’s Camp is located in the heart of the Kalahari Desert, next to the largest saltpans in the world. Set amidst palm trees, this remote camp aims to teach about the archaeology and anthropology of the area.

This stunning location was discovered by explorer Jack Bousfield in the 1960s - a legacy continued today by his son, Ralph. Built in traditional, 1940s East African safari style, Jack's Camp is appointed with rich, Persian rugs and crisp cotton sheets.

The varied activities here aim to give guests an in-depth understanding of the area. The wet season in the Kalahari Desert attracts thousands of pink flamingos and herds of zebra and wildebeest, and in the dry season, guests have the opportunity to explore the immense Makgadikgadi salt pans on quad bikes.

Jack's Camp is located in prime hyena territory.

Lodge Details


A classic desert safari camp, with spacious tents.


Jack's Camp is located deep in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans - the largest saltpans in the world.

Accommodation & Facilities

The ten, spacious tents at Jack’s Camp are beautifully constructed in a classic safari-style, each with en-suite private showers (indoor and out), a washbasin and flush toilet.

Set amidst palm trees, Jack’s Camp is set around a large, central dining tent and a Persian-style 'tea tent', which comes complete with a small library of books, fascinating local artefacts, comfy cushions and rugs.


Good food served at individual tables, indoors and outside. 


Big game on this side of the Makgadikgadi National Park is scarce for much of the year, and so the unique activities here aim to give an understanding of the area's geology, archaeology and anthropology, as well as a chance to observe its wildlife; a den of hyenas and family of meerkats have been observed in recent years, with the summer rains enticing waterfowl and flamingos.

Jack’s Camp offers guided walks and wildlife drives in customised 4X4 vehicles. In the dry winter months, quad bikes are available, allowing guests to travel across the saltpans. 

Child Policy

All children are welcome. Children under 8 years old require a separate vehicle.

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