Starting in October 2019, Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi, Botswana will be entirely rebuilt from scratch. The project is expected to wrap up in May 2020 when the luxurious camp can show off its new look just in time for its 25th anniversary.
During this time, guests can choose to stay at Jack’s Migration Camp—a temporary camp near sister property Camp Kalahari, which will have all the same facilities as Jack’s Camp, like a tea tent and swimming pool. The same Jack’s Camp staff, including popular guides Super Sande and Chabba Selei, will be running Jack’s Migration Camp.
What to expect from the rebuild
Overseen by camp owner and founder, Ralph Bousfield, the project will create 10 safari tents, nearly double the size of the existing tents (140 square feet inside). The traditional green exterior canvas of the tents will remain the same, while the interiors will be decorated with family antiques and a miniature “natural history museum” consisting of a cabinet of curiosities showcasing fossils and stone tools collected by Bousfield over the years.
The brand-new Jack’s Camp, to be opened next May, will pay homage to the property’s enduring and much-loved 1940s campaign style. The guest tents, seven twins and three doubles, will be made much larger and each will be a whopping 271 square metres in size: 136 sq m inside, and 135 sq m outside. The iconic interiors will remain but with the addition of intricate textiles from all over the world, Natural History Museum cabinets, wood burning morso stoves for the chilly evenings and mornings, and an overhead bed cooling systems. Ensuite bathrooms will have both indoor and outdoor shower and outside, each veranda will have a private plunge pool.
The new, larger mess tent will be resplendent with the renowned Natural History Museum, library, antique pool table and a well-stocked drinks chest. The iconic nomadic Persian tea tent will be made larger, whilst the swimming pool pavilion will be reimagined with the addition of a sun deck. The shop will be renovated and restocked with new treasures, and a dedicated spa tent will be added.
There will be seven twin tents with two queen size beds and three double tents with extra-length king beds. For families travelling together, note that each tent can also accommodate a child on a third day bed in the living room. Tents include plunge pools, wood-burning stoves for the colder months, and indoor and outdoor showers. Part of the Natural Selection portfolio, the newly rebuilt Jack’s Camp will be entirely run on Tesla’s “clean and green” solar battery technology. (This includes the new air-conditioning units in the guest tents.) Note that 1.5 percent of revenue generated by Natural Selection’s camps goes back to local conservation projects.
Source: luxurytraveladvisor.com, naturalselection.travel