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“Camp with a museum and History”
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Jack's Camp
Reviewed June 19, 2014

We went to Jack's camp in May End , Which is dry season. We came here from Central Kalahari camp , Camp is on the edge of the pans. We arrived when everything was very dry; animals were few and far between; and the temperature was very cold and Windy , Best time to go is when its wet and there is water in Pan which attracts lots of animals and Zebra migration. our reason for going to this camp was markets. its best place on earth to see and come close to markets. Camp is designed Colonial style , it also as small Museum , They offer many activities , ATV , Bushman walk , and of course Game drive , Sunset and Sunrise are super , out of the world and the landscape is super for photographers. Staff is very friendly , Knowledgeable , and service is top class , The food quality is very good , but some people may have issue with quantity they give , for me it was not a issue as on safari its good to eat less and watch your calorie count. Rooms have no electricity , but they give liquid fuel lantern, The bathroom is really Victorian style , good for a change , Beds are really high , but comfortable , Size of room is also very comfortable , few rooms do not have good view , No phone coverage and no wifi in Lodge ,

Room Tip: Near to Dinning area , Room number 6 to 10 have long walk , Really long walk ,
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Don't get me wrong, Jack's camp is beautiful. I loved the tents and I loved the dining area, complete with it's own little museum. What I didn't love is that I thought I was going to have a genuine experience with the local Bush People, unfortunately it's totally setup. I also expected a bit more organization for what this place costs.
It's a unique spot and there are parts I really enjoyed. I think it would be a great spot for half the price.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Jack's Camp is different from all the other Safari Camps. It has an unique atmosphere created by the furnishings, ethos of the camp and not to forget the paraffin lamps. You are looked after as if you were in a 5 star hotel - you just have to adjust being without electricity but it gives you the chance to really enjoy the Salt Pans as they should be - without all the trappings of the modern world. The food is delightful and so are all the staff - enthusiastic and totally committed
to make your stay special. The drives are beautiful with all the glory of the Salt Pans, the vastness of nature - and then you have the Meerkats! You cannot price the experience of having baby Meerkats sitting in your lap, trying to climb up on your head. Loved it all.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

By wife and I stayed at Jack's camp earlier this month. It was our first stop on a 3 week journey through parts of Botswana and Namibia. Our draw to the area was to interact with the meerkats and that experience was really good. Some indicated in previous comments that it seemed like a circus. However, if one truly watches the little creatures, it is truly an interesting morning observing how they interact with one another and how the team is more valuable than the individual.

From an overall perspective, I found the camp overpriced and a bit "stuffy." We have traveled in a prior year in Botswana staying at Wilderness Camps and did so again this year with the exception of Jacks. For my money and time, Wilderness provides a much more meaningful experience…with the camp staff, the wildlife and the landscape!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

This camp is run as if it were a 40,s safari. Even though it wasn't huge in game, ( loads of birds ) the experience makes a stopover very worthwhile in the kalahari salt pans. Beautiful tents, no power or wifi, Super was a super good guide, very luxurious and lovely 5 star safari touches. Great food ....really an amazing experience ( the bushmen seemed a bit Disneylandish though )

Room Tip: They have very few king beds, so if you want that request it and ask for confirmation . Closer to ma...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

Service that you never knew you wanted or some better-stated version of this is what they live up to. Afternoon spent by the pool which had a fully-provisioned bar. Coffee tray delivered with wakeup call. Loved the "throne" toilet!
Food excellent- the lentil salad and their version of the nicoise salad particularly memorable. Guides were terrific. The work they have done to habituate some of the meerkats makes seeing them an even more fun experience. The zebra migration was phenomenal. Walking with Bushmen very educational.
You can just imagine a turn-of-the century hunting party. Read "Cry of the Kalahari" before going- it will all be very real to you upon your arrival.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Holly W
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Arrived to Jack's knowing it had a vintage ambience and this was charming. Good guide, amazing sky and salt pans, meerkats with no fear of humans, bushman walk into the scrub all great. Food and drink in spades with attentive service. We asked to walk not remain in the vehicle and this was a good move. Watch the time of year - the ATV trips are only in the dry season - October to Jan/ Feb so we in March onwards its game drives and walking

Room Tip: Some rooms are a long walk from the dining room
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Will H
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Additional Information about Jack's Camp

Address: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
Location: Botswana > Central District > Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jack's Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jack's Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana's Kalahari Desert. An authentic, 1940's style tented safari camp, which houses a private museum, shop, drinks tent and pool pavilion. Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other. Activities vary, combining wildlife with culture, history, archaeology and geology. Activities on offer all year round include: interacting with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman's Baobab - one of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, birding and night drives. Dry season activities: 16h April - 31st October Quad bike across the saltpans Wet season activities: 1st November - 15th April Zebra and wildebeest migration ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Jack`s Camp Hotel Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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