Makgadikgadi Pans

Set in the heart of “The Great Nothing” are the charming camps run by the legendary 5th generation Safari Guide, Ralph Bousfield. 

Ralph’s passion for the Kalahari and the Bushmen began at a very young age, as he was very lucky to have one of the greatest teachers and mentors, his father, Jack Bousfield.

With a pioneering vision and a passion for adventure, Jack embarked on a lifelong obsession with the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the early 1970s, with a vision to start a safari camp. 

After spending many years on safari, Jack was satisfied with the most simple of satisfactions with no appetite for frills and fancy.

Today Jack’s legacy lives on as Ralph continues to train the guides and pass on his encyclopedia of knowledge, and the utterly enchanting lodge staff make every guest feel part of their family.

Jack's Camp

One of Africa’s most iconic safari camps, Jack’s Camp takes its name in honour of Ralph’s father, with his lasting legacy resonating throughout the camp.

The camp pays homage to the property’s enduring and much-loved 1940s campaign style with an extensive mess tent featuring its own Natural History Museum and Persian tea tent, with a separate pavilion complete with swimming pool and lounge area. There are 9 gloriously lavish rooms (270sqm) with over-bed cooling systems, indoor and outdoor showers and a spacious verandah with a private plunge pool.

Price Range: $1, 480 — $2,545
Single supplement: $640.00-  $770.00

Open: Year Round

San Camp

Perched on the edge of Ntwetwe Pan you’ll find a smattering of billowing white tents, shaded by desert palms and surrounded by a thousand acres of shimmering, sparkling nothingness.

Magically minimalistic, San Camp is the sophisticated little sister of Jack’s Camp. A light and airy mess tent is also filled with natural treasures and a Persian tea tent, with a yoga pavillon and communal plunge pool. The 7 rooms each have stunning views onto the pan with a veranda to enjoy the sunrise and freshly brewed coffee left on your doorstep.

Price Range: $1, 625 — $1,950
Single supplement: $640.00-  $770.00

Open: Year Round

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari is the understated and affordable base in the heart of the great Kalahari. Set amongst the waving palms and acacia trees of Brown Hyena Island, the 12 raised tented rooms each have their own deck.  

A large thatched communal area with lounge, dining room and swimming pool are perfect for families and groups.

Price Range: $650 — $1,025
Single supplement: $315.00-  $400.00

Open: Year Round