Reviews of Jack's Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
21 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Jack's Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Amazing staff at Jack's Camp"
The only disappointment was not being able to spend more time with the meerkats which was our main priority. We were able to spend one afternoon with them and our guide had arranged for us to see them on our last morning. However we had a early flight out and were unable to go. Wished there had been more flexibility regarding activities but know that is difficult when other guests are involved.
Ogel and Godwin(guide) were also great and we laughed the whole time we were there. Would love to return someday just to be with the staff and meerkats. Also missed quad bikes because it was too wet." See all these reviews: 6n in Malawi; 5n in Botswana; 5n in Zambia
"Jack's Camp was exceptional - great safari"
We are not sure we really agree with the manmade water holes but they certainly bring in the game." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
"A lot happens in the middle of nowhere"
The trip to Kubu Island is spectacular. You feel like you are going to drive off the edge of the world. Beautiful location for camp, baobab trees everywhere , even one with a bucket shower! Great guides and staff. A true once in a lifetime experience." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"A total surprise!"
A shame that for two nights we were the only guests there - but it would have been worse having the camp full of HNWI Americans (all had of course cancelled because of Ebola in Africa!!!)." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Loved the meerkats"
The camp is lovely. There is a waterhole just in front of the camp where many zebra, wildebeest, and birds frequently came to drink. There was also a large bull elephant and a brown hyena.
I found the quad bikes fun. The pans were amazing. As many others have said, the scenery is quite different.
The game is quite sparse in November. We were lucky enough to see 2 lionesses and 2 cubs.
It was a little disturbing to see cattle mingling with the wildlife.
I would recommend the day with the bushman--very interesting.
I think 2 nights is probably enough. The night under the stars was not an option--I suspect too much potential for rain. We had a great time, but I am not sure it is worth the cost compared to the other camps if we hadn't wanted to see the meerkats, at least during the off season." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 2n in South Africa
"For Meerkats only"
We felt that everything else on offer was just fill in around visiting the Meerkat clan.
We did not enjoy the camp greatly, this goes for management, food etc except for Sheila who was delightful. Did not care for the paraffin lamps either as the fumes from them are quite suffocating
Quad biking was fun!" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 6n in Mozambique; 2n in Zambia; 1n in South Africa
"Jack's Camp review"
Some of our people on the tour felt a bit disappointed in the number of Meerkats but you cannot manufacture their presence.
Their pool area was very nice and evenings by the fire especially relaxing." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Worthwhile different experience at Jack's"
Again, an excellent management team. Our guide was Chabba - very experienced, although could have consulted us more about our preferences. He gave an excellent introductory talk about Makgadikgadi. I celebrated a big birthday while here, and got my wish for a meerkat sitting on my head (plus 8 others on various other parts of my anatomy). The staff put on a wonderful "cabaret" for my birthday dinner, plus a chocolate cake. The Bushmen took A on a very interesting walk.
An enjoyable stay although very little "game" - porcupines, jackals, a few wildebeest, ostriches, korhaan. The quad bike drive was interesting. Sundowners were wonderful under the clear, enormous, sky alight with stars. Worthwhile visiting Jack's for a very different aspect of Botswana. However, like Selinda, I would have much appreciated better lighting in the tent." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana
"Fantastic Meerkats at Jack's Camp"
Our guide, Fanuel, was excellent particularly, having no tracker to help, he had both to drive and track or spotlight at the same time which with only one pair of eyes could mean fewer sightings particularly during the green season when the grasses are high and the trees are in full leaf. The Meerkats were probably the highlight of the visit but we enjoyed walking and talking to the San Bushmen." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Jack's Camp review"
We enjoyed the laid-back and somewhat historic athmosphere. However, we felt that when the camp is fully booked (as it was during our stay), the number of guests (more than 20) does impact the remoteness and silence of the desert feeling, especially if 7 of the guests are children.
This having been said, we did love our experience at Jack's, especially with the meerkats. Chapman's baobab, the bushman walk as well as the sundowners at the salt pans were highlights, too. We would like to return some day, but that would most probably be during low season when the camp is more quiet." See all these reviews: 16n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
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