3 NIGHTS LAVISH MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS SAND & STARS
Arrive at Jack’s Camp, pitched on a low grassland knoll amongst an oasis of dignified desert palms and Kalahari acacia. The camp’s hub is a romantic canvas pavilion of low spires and finials with a fluttering valance beneath its eaves and could be the site for a medieval jousting tourney were it not a deciduous green. Three poles support the main chamber where everyone meets for meals at a long communal dining table.
After settling in to your tent, join your Guide for tea before driving into the grasslands and the beautiful evening light. Stop to watch the sun set and listen to an explanation of how the Makgadikgadi pans, the remnants of the world’s largest ever super-lake, were formed.
Return to camp for a lavish dinner in the elegant mess tent, a designated national museum of Botswana.
Set off in the morning to visit some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
As a meerkat’s wake up time is weather dependent, breakfast might be enjoyed in camp on cooler and rainy days, or as a picnic on warmer, sunnier days.
Due to an ongoing habituation programme, it’s possible for Guests to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. Remember, they are not tame – just used to our non-threatening presence.
Leave the meerkats as they continue with their eternal foraging and head to the site of the famous Chapman’s Baobab (also known as the Seven Sisters) which was acknowledged to be the third largest tree in Africa until it recently fell to the ground. This was once the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area and a visit here gives you an opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the early explorers.
Return to camp for a rest and refreshing lunch. After tea, head off in search of some unique desert species such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, and the elusive brown hyaena, which is the third rarest large carnivore in Africa, with only about 8,000 in the wild. Brown Hyaenas are the consummate desert specialists, surviving in arid areas where both food and water are scarce.
A timid, nocturnal species rarely seen by humans, but in spite of being solitary foragers, they are very social animals, living in clans of up to 10-12 hyaenas.
Enjoy an evening game drive back to camp for a lavish dinner.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast; then head off in search of the zebra and wildebeest migration. As the migration is constantly moving, sometimes you need go no further than the veranda of your very own tent to see hundreds of zebra, and on other days the search could take you into the Makgadikgadi National Park and beyond.
In the Kalahari Desert rain is the ‘currency of life’ and it is incredible to see how, as soon as the rains arrive, the desert transforms into a green oasis teeming with life. Within days of the first rain, thousands of Burchell’s zebra and blue wildebeest make their way across the Makgadikgadi National Park to feed on the sweet summer grasses, and benefit from the high mineral content found in the salt pans.
Return to camp after a jam-packed day for hot showers, and a delicious dinner.
After breakfast, walk through the bush to the traditionally built Bushmen village, where the community gathers during the day. The huts provide shelter from the harsh Kalahari environment, but are not the community’s permanent accommodation.
On arrival, the elders of the community will meet you in a traditional manner after which you will walk out into the bush with the men, women and children.
The focus of the walk will be to provide a gentle introduction to the Kalahari and Bushmen way of life. The group will point out the distinct ecological characteristics of this area and its animal and bird species.
Spontaneous gathering and discussions about the uses of plants and wildlife by your Bushmen Guides provide the link between culture and wild environment that we seek to offer our Guests.
For those of you who would prefer to spend a little less time exploring and little more time lounging – Jack’s Camp is perfectly adapted…
Time for one more delectable lunch; before you bid farewell to Jack’s Camp in preparation for your onward journey.
2 HOUR HORSE RIDING ACTIVITY
EXPLORE THIS WILD, UNSPOILT AREA IN THE SAME WAY MANY OF THE EARLIEST EXPLORERS, HUNTERS AND MISSIONARIES DID – ON HORSEBACK!
Guests staying for 3 nights can now enjoy a 2 hour riding activity in either the morning or afternoon through the “land of a thousand islands”. Stranded on the ancient lakebed, these sand dunes covered in palm trees are one of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of the Botswana wilderness.
At the height of the migration season, the islands and adjoining grasslands are awash with zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest and ostrich.
During the Dry Season the white encrusted pans between the islands provides excellent conditions for the horses. Incredible scenery, memorable wildlife encounters and above all superb riding!
NOTE: The activity is suited for riders of any ability, for both adults and children of 9 years of age or older. The riding activity is included in the nightly rate for guests staying for 3 – 4 nights. Guests doing this activity will forfeit one of the activities.
3 Nights’ accommodation at Jack’s camp
Transfers to/from Maun International Airport
All activities as specified on itinerary, including horse riding
All Meals as specified on itinerary
International and Regional Flights
Travel Insurance (Mandatory to have travel Insurance)
All Items of personal nature (Crafts, Gratuity etc.)
All other items not mentioned on this itinerary