Sands of the Kalahari

Day 1 - Day 4
  • Meet & Assist by your pilot on arrival at Maun Airport
  • Charter flight from Maun to Jack’s Camp
  • Jack’s Camp is located deep in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest saltpans in the world. While on a trapping expedition in the Makgadikgadi Pans during the 60\'s, Jack stumbled upon a site that captured his imagination and led him to establish the first safari camp in this area. The choice of such a striking locale owed much to his original taste for the savage beauty of a forgotten Africa. The camp is fashioned in a classic 1940’s style – luxurious and authentic, spacious and exceptionally comfortable. Accommodating a maximum of 16 guests the camp offers 8 large walk-in classical style tents with en suite bucket showers, Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets - situated in a palm grove creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments. Jack’s Camp is unique in that it is one of only two permanent camps to offer a chance to explore and understand the Kalahari. The concession adjoins the Makgadikgadi National Park with its endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands. Desert palms line the horizon…. Behind are the huge saltpans of the Makgadikgadi. It is also a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as gemsbok, brown hyena and springbok, as well as the geology, archaeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi. Jack’s and San Camp are the only places in the whole of Africa where you are guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyena. Many of the guides are fully qualified Zoologists/Geologists, often working on PhD research. As such, they are most able to convey all the nuances of the desert and the adaptations of its inhabitants, which are considered to be one of the most interesting features of the environment. The Makgadikgadi is also one of the most important wetland sites remaining in Africa. In the wet season (November-March), the Makgadikgadi Pans fill with water attracting flocks of flamingo and other migratory birds. Additionally, the area is the only place in southern Africa where one is able to see a migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra followed closely by predators. Although migrations do occur elsewhere in Botswana, the tree cover prohibits a view of the magnitude that one is able to see due to the exposed nature of the surrounding grasslands. Four-wheel drive quad bikes are used to venture far into the middle of the Pans to explore remote archaeological sites. In the dry season (April-October), you search out the desert game such as gemsbok, brown hyena, springbok and other small and unusual mammals. Walks with a Bushman tracker and visits to historical baobab trees used by Livingstone and Selous are alternative options. Activities at Jack’s Camp include: game drives; bird walks to observe migratory waterfowl breeding/feeding sites; limited usage of 4WD quad bikes and vehicles on pans; night drives to view the migration and unique desert wildlife; game walks with Bushman trackers to observe desert wildlife; visits to the historical baobabs (the campsites of Livingstone, Selous and Baines) and weather permitting, a fly camp on the Pan under the stars for trips of more than two nights.

    You stay at Jack's Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4
  • Charter flight from Jack’s Camp to Maun Airport
  • On arrival at Maun Airport you continue with your onward travel arrangements.

    Breakfast