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Jack's Camp

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9/10

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Highlights

- Incredible location
- Good facilities
- Unique game
- Family Friendly

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Overview

A traditional 1940s East African safari-styled living space situated on the verge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the vestige of one of the largest super-lakes to have ever existed, Jack’s Camp is a high quality trip back to a colonial age defined by comfort, astounding views, and intimacy in which guests can become immersed in the indigenous cultures of Botswana’s ancient bushmen.

Jack’s Camp comes as close to offering the complete wilderness experience as luxury will allow. It is made up of ten spacious canvas tents set among a mokolwane palm grove. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, is decorated with Persian rugs, and has cool and crunchy cotton bedsheets. There are also indoor and outdoor showers. All of these look out onto the immense plains of the Salt Pans. The Camp’s living quarters strike the perfect balance between a rugged desert aesthetic and a reflective relaxing atmosphere. An elegant green mess tent contains a museum and library to consolidate the first-hand education guests can obtain outside. During the day, the Camp also has a pavilion pool that offers spectacular views of the dry plains. At night, guests can lay out under the clear and starry skies in complete silence.

Activities at Jack’s Camp are suitable for all. Its guides are often graduates who combine guiding with research and work with San trackers from the Zu/’hoasi bushmen tribe. The San are one of 14 known extant ancestral population clusters from which all known modern humans descend. You have the chance to watch San children learn hunting skills and immerse yourself in a rich indigenous culture. The guides lead morning walks to explore fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo and game drives. Do not expect to see big 5 game, but instead to learn about unique local animals during your exploration of the 6,200 square miles of Salt Pans.

During wet season, the plains become a luscious bed of green on which flamingos descend to adorn the wildernesses, and 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate to run free across the flat expanse. During dry season, you can experience the Makgadikgadi plains on quad bikes. You can see animals unique to the area, such as aardvark, gemsbuck, and springbuck, and have a fantastic chance of spotting the third rarest carnivore in the world, the brown hyena, and the Kalahari Lion. Above all these game-spotting opportunities is the fun to be had by interacting with gangs of wild but habituated meerkats at Meerkat Manor. It is said that if a meerkat cannot be found to be standing on the ground, they can be seen casually perched on top of your giggling child’s head.

Jack's Camp is part of the renowned Unchartered Africa portfolio of remote camps along with Camp Kalahari and San Camp. Like its sister camps, Jack's Camp is very accommodating towards families. Children of all ages are welcome although families with under8s will need to take a private vehicle and guide at extra cost. Children are able to do all the activities, such as quad-biking and visiting the Camp’s natural history museum. However, those under 12 years of age will have to share a quad bike with an adult driver whilst children 12 years and older are allowed to drive a quad bike but only at the Guide / Camp Manager discretion. Children using the swimming pool must be accompanied by an adult. There are no family tents, a family of three can share one tent with a bed roll for the child, whilst a family of four will have to split across two tents with one parent in each tent.

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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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