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Jack's Camp, Kalahari Desert

This isn't your normal safari camp experience. You won't get lush bush here or herds of migrating wildebeest. Just saltpans stretching to a shimmering horizon. The Camp was established by the late Jack Bousfield in the 1960's. He was an adventurer credited in the Guinness Book of World Records with hunting 53,000 crocodiles, surviving seven plane crashes, being gored by elephants, and stung by killer bees. Perhaps only someone this outrageous could have created Jack's Camp.

The camp is on the edge of the Makgadikgadi saltpans, once the largest inland sea in Africa, which dried up around 1500 years ago and left hard, salt-saturated clay behind. Nothing grows here - no plants, no grass, no trees. No wonder the pans have been called, 'the largest expanse of nothingness on earth'.

Jack was attracted to the barren, savage beauty of this part of the Kalahari Desert and thanks to the impeccable style of present day co-owner Catherine Raphaely the camp is an extraordinary touch of opulence in a landscape as confronting as the moon.

The ten tents each have en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers. Inside you will find Persian carpets, cool cotton sheets and four-poster beds - all in marked contrast to the stark environment outside your tent flaps. The heart of the camp is a giant canvas pavilion that looks almost like a medieval jousting tornay. Here you will find an antique-style pool table and gourmet meals served at a long baronial table.

Jack's son Ralph now runs the show through the Uncharted Africa Safari Co. With flowing locks and chiseled chin Ralph looks like something out of a Mills and Boon romance. He went on his first safari when he was three and has five generations of safari explorers behind him as a pedigree. The Luxury Travel Bible also admires Raphaely and Bousfield's equally extravagant San Camp -six white tents on the edge of white saltpans.


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The mad, over-the-top opulence in one of the most unforgiving environments on earth. Out-of-Africa eccentricity at its best.
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