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Jack’s Migration Camp

LOCATION:

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

NUMBER OF ROOMS:

8

PRICE FROM:

$1,350

DATES OPEN:

October 2019 - April 2020

LOCATION:

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

NUMBER OF ROOMS:

8

PRICE FROM:

$1,350

DATES OPEN:

October 2019 - April 2020

Why You’ll Love Jack’s Migration Camp:

  • Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in a vast, beguiling landscape that’s as beautiful as it is haunting.
  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Makgadikgadi in the green season, including the zebra and wildebeest of Africa’s second largest mammal migration.
  • Spot the unique, desert-adapted wildlife: zebra, wildebeest, springbok, steenbok, elephant, brown hyaena, oryx, Kalahari lion and cheetah.
  • Peruse the collections of ancient artefacts in the mess tent, collected by the Bousfield family over many years.
  • Cool off in the swimming pool and enjoy the intoxicating Kalahari sunsets from the comfort of your tent.

A new home for the iconic Jack's Camp

From the 01 October 2019 to the 30 April 2020, we are closing our beloved Jack’s Camp for a refurb and refresh, ready for the 2020 season. From 16 October 2019 to 15 April 2020, Jack’s Migration Camp will be open just down the road (two weeks are closed are either side to allow time to move the furniture). The new Jack’s Camp will open on the 1stMay 2020 (please click here to see the images and for more information).

Jack’s Migration Camp is a tented camp with eight tented bedrooms, all spread out under the waving palms of the Makgadikgadi. The main area will be similar in style to the original Jack’s, complete with plenty of comfy, campaign-style furniture, intricate Persian carpets, a small library, well-stocked drinks cabinet and the infamous Natural History Museum cabinet. Jack’s Migration will also have a small swimming pool with a shaded, chill-out area andwill be run by the Jack’s Camp team including the legendary guides Super Sande and Chabba Selei

We recommend booking Jack’s Migration Camp as part of a complete Natural Selection safari, but if you want to book it separately or just check availability, click here to select dates and book.

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Jack’s Migration Camp Accommodations

The eight, emerald-green canvas tents at Jack’s Migration are scattered below a canopy of molokwane palms. Inside, you’ll find the same, 1940s-style interiors as the original Jack’s Camp with Persian rugs, vintage dressers and the comfiest four-posters we’ve ever slept in. Outside, the shaded verandas look out over the ethereal landscape where glittering salt and sun-baked plains stretch as far as the eye can see. And then there’s the bathroom; as exquisite and quirky as a bathroom can be, you’ll find an indoor shower, traditional sink and vanity unit, and a wooden throne toilet.

At the mess tent, a museum of vintage artefacts, maps, photos, and manuscripts all collected by the Bousfield family, is the centre piece. Meals are served inside, surrounded by history, and the food is the same, much-loved creations from the original team at Jacks’ Camp – perfectly roasted Botswana beef, triple-layered chocolate cake, and just-out-of-the-oven scones at tea.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 8 tents: 5 twins, 3 doubles
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers.
  • Swimming pool tent and shaded chill-out area.
  • Mess tent and library.
  • Wifi available: No
  • Hairdryers: No
  • Battery charging facilities: In the mess tent (from 07h00 to 17h00)
  • There are electrical lights in the bedrooms, but not charging facilities.
  • Complimentary laundry service.
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations.

When to Visit Jack’s Migration Camp

Jack’s Migration Camp will be in operation from the 16thOctober 2019 to the 15thApril 2020. This is the green season in the Makgadikgadi and the rains turn the vast, thirsty pans into a place of abundance. With plenty of water available, the zebra and wildebeest of Africa’s second largest migration arrive soon after the first drops fall (roughly October/ November), and to watch them grazing is an incredible sight. It’s also a fantastic time for birders with plenty of migratory species in the area and the arrival of the flamingo in March, creating pink clouds across the water. The usual desert species are still present however and photographing them against the emerald backdrop is magical.  

Seasonality

Jack’s Migration Camp will only be open from the 16 October 2019 to 15 April 2020. On the 1stMay 2020, the brand-new Jack’s Camp will reopen.

  • Green season: 10th January to 31st March
  • Shoulder season: 1st April to 31st May; 1st November – 19th December
  • High season: 1st June to 30th June; 1st September to 31st October; 20th December – 9th January
  • Peak season: 1st July – 31st August

NB Please see our rates sheets for changes to the seasons in 2020.

Jack’s Migration Camp Activities

From 16thOctober 2019 to 15thApril 2020:

  • Witness the second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest in Africa (and it’s also the last remaining one in Southern Africa). 
  • Spend time with our habituated meerkats.
  • Meet the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and embark on a fascinating bush walk, learning the tricks of their trade.
  • Enjoy game drives and night drives and spot the desert-adapted wildlife.
  • Take to the pans on horseback and gallop to the ends of the earth (almost!).
  • Quad biking may be available in April, but is highly dependent on the weather. Please check with us for details as it cannot be guaranteed.

Jack’s Migration Camp Landscape & Wildlife

Landscape

Jack’s Migration Camp is situated in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, on the eastern side of Camp Kalahari island.The landscape is mysterious, haunting in its beauty and like nowhere else on earth. Jack’s Migration Campoverlooks the amazing Makgadikgadi National Park and our private concession, home to a major migration route for zebra and wildebeest as they migrate across the stunning landscape.

Wildlife

The desert is never a place of abundance. But we’ve spent many years here (not quite as many as Jack, but a good number!), and it still surprises us. The Makgadikgadi is full of elusive species and desert-adapted animals and the perfect complement to Botswana’s traditionally game-rich areas, like the Khwai Private Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

The brown hyena is a symbol of what’s to come in the Makgadikgadi. There are only 8000 of these special hunters left in the world, and there aren’t many other places you’ll encounter one. Other carnivores that know how to eke out their survival here include aardwolves and bat-eared foxes, honey badgers and black-maned Kalahari lion. Then there’s aardvark, gemsbok, springbok and black-backed jackals to look out for on game drives, and perhaps even an elephant or two. And last, but definitely not least, the meerkats. We’ve been busy pioneering a meerkat habituation project with some of the world’s pre-eminent researchers. The cheeky creatures are still very wild, but they do enjoy coming to say hello.

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