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Jack's Camp, Central Kalahari, Botswana

Our rating: Deluxe

"Give them an experience they never knew they wanted." Such were the words of the late Jack Bousfield, founder of Jack's Camp, who passed away in a tragic plane accident. His son Ralph is now very much in charge and the experience at Jack's remains unique, living up to the founding ideals.

On a small palm island nine characterful tents look out over the grass and salt pans. With dark wooden floors, antique chests inlaid with brass, iron four poster beds and silver soap dishes in the en-suite bathrooms, the camp is as original as it is stylish.

The main dining and living tent has antique glass cabinets, full of stone tools, fossils and animal skeletons. There are photos of Bushmen, silver jugs of iced lime juice, and a library of books. It has the feel of a rather swanky museum.

Activities from Jack's vary enormously and are organized both by guides and researchers. There's the chance to view the shy brown hyena and curious meerkats, watch the earth's shadow grow as the sun sets over the Kalahari and lie on a salt pan watching the stars.

In addition to these there is Bushmen interaction and much more besides, but to unveil the magical secrets of Jack's you must visit yourself!

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