Makgadikgadi Salt Pans | Botswana

Jack's Camp

The new Jack’s pays homage to the much-loved 1940s campaign style of the existing camp. Adorned with a classic East African safari feel, the nine guest rooms, 7 twin tents featuring two queen-size beds and 2 double tents with extra-length king beds, have almost doubled in size. Whilst the iconic green canvas and muslin-draped walls remain, each tent is embellished with Persian and North African rugs, paraffin lamps, brass fittings, luxuriant textiles and mahogany campaign furniture.

There is a comfortable living area, with a sofa and day bed for expansive views of the Kalahari. You’ll discover Natural History Museum cabinets curated by Ralph Bousfield himself, an overhead bed cooling system to ward off the desert heat and an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. Outside, each veranda has a private deck with a sparkling plunge pool as well as several velvet-clad chairs overlooking the glittering ancient landscape.

The new, larger mess tent still houses the renowned Natural History Museum, library, vintage 36 seater dining table that served as an officer’s mess table in the 1820’s, well-stocked drinks cabinet and antique pool table. The iconic, nomadic Persian tea tent remains, now a little larger in size. Framed Peter Beard pictures sit alongside original posters from French taxidermist Deyrolle, both complemented by Bousfield family photos. The swimming pool pavilion is still the only one of its kind in Africa.

Time your visit with Botswana’s seasons

Botswana is a destination that holds unique wonders every month of the year. While it's very easy to say that there's no bad time to visit a country, we really, really mean it for Botswana. The seasons follow the same climactic patterns of most of Southern Africa, bar a slight curve-ball.

The best way to understand when to go to Botswana is to look at the three 'safari seasons', Green, Shoulder and Peak:

Green Season: This typically runs from mid-December to the end of March and is when there is the greatest chance of rain. It is, however, unlikely to rain continuously for long periods, and if it does rain it is more often than not a big storm which then clears, which makes for phenomenal photographic compositions. It is during these months that many zebra migrate down towards the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Nightly rates are at their lowest in this season.

Shoulder Season: As the seasons change from the rains towards the drier winter we enter the first Shoulder Season, which runs from the beginning of April to the end of May. In this time you can expect to find a bush full of life and wonderful green grasses all around. The second Shoulder Season runs from the beginning of November through to mid-December as the summer rain storms build.

Peak Season: From June to the end of October is when Botswana, and in particular the Okavango Delta, is at its peak. The water from the rains has largely evaporated but the flood waters from Angola will have arrived to top up the channels of the Delta.

You can read more about Botswana's seasons in our 'A Year in the Okavango Delta' blog post.

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