For those who crave an escape from the world surrounded by an immense untrammeled landscape, there are few places more suitable than Jack’s Camp, a collection of tents set at the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi salt pan, in Botswana’s trackless Kalahari Desert. Long a favorite of more-adventurous Hideaway Report members, Jack’s is scheduled (as of press time) to reopen this May after a seven-month closure, during which the property has been entirely rebuilt in time for its 25th anniversary.
The camp will now be run on Tesla solar batteries, which will permit air-conditioning in the 10 new, dark-green canvas safari tents. These will be nearly double the size of the previous accommodations and will come with plunge pools, woodburning stoves for the colder months (June to August) and indoor and outdoor showers. The camp’s pool pavilion has been redesigned with a new sundeck, and there will also be a dedicated spa tent. The main mess tent has also been expanded, but it will retain its distinctive décor, with antique furniture and Oriental rugs, complemented by an extraordinary collection of fossils and stone tools assembled by Jack’s owner, Ralph Bousfield, over the past quarter century. (The inspiration for the overall design came partly from Deyrolle, the famous “cabinet of curiosities” on Rue du Bac in Paris.) One of the world’s most exotic retreats has just become even more alluring.