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Brian has always nurtured his passion for travel in his spare time. He's traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries. Over time, this passion grew to the point where he began to search for opportunities to work in the travel industry. He's been an African Specialist at Mango Safaris since early 2006.

Jack's Camp

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Jack's Camp History

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The choice of such a striking locale, owed much to his original taste for the savage beauty of a forgotten Africa where he lived until his tragic death in an aircraft accident in 1992.

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The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remnants of the once great Lake Makgadikgadi: 80,000 square km in extent, and up to 30 meters deep. This was the largest inland sea in Africa. Jack's Camp, located on a private concession, provides guests with 8 authentic, roomy tents.

Located in the centre of Southern Africa and covering an estimated area of 581 730 square kilometers making it the size of France. Botswana is bordered by Zambia and Zimbabwe to the northeast, Namibia to the north and west, and South Africa to the south and southeast. At Kazungula, four countries - Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia all meet at a single point mid-stream in the Zambezi River. The shortest border in the world!

The vast Kalahari Desert, the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covers 84% of Botswana, extending from the Orange River in South Africa to the equator in Gabon. With the exceptions of the Okavango and Chobe areas in the north, the country has little permanent surface water.

Earlier travelers to the region referred to it as a 'thirstland'. 'Desert', however, is a misnomer: Most of the Kalahari is covered with vegetation including acacia woodland and golden grasslands. This empty and pristine terrain is occasionally interrupted by gently descending valleys, sand dunes, large numbers of pans and, in the extreme northwest, isolated hills, such as Aha, Tsodilo, Koanaka and Gcwihaba. The clay pans fill with water during the rainy season and their hard surface layer ensures that water remains in the pans and is not immediately absorbed creating life-giving sustenance to game and birdlife.