Uncharted Africa

Ralph Bousfield and Catherine Raphaely founded the Uncharted Africa Safari Co. in 1993 in memory of Ralph’s legendary father, Jack. Determined to preserve the ideals and atmosphere of Jack’s original operations, Ralph and Catherine have created a safari experience that is truly ‘out there’ ! Besides the original Jack’s Camp, they built San Camp, Planet Baobab and Camp Kalahari, Uncharted Africa also run mobile tented expeditions and Bushman safaris in the Makgakidgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert. Old Jack Bousfield would be happy to know that Uncharted Africa’s rustic camps in the middle of nowhere have not become flash bush hotels. Instead it is the close  experience with nature that is a luxury these days. All of the Uncharted Africa camps have a completely unique and individual feeling. This originality has become an Uncharted Africa trademark and runs through the whole operation from the decor of the tents to the personality of your guide.

Excursions and safari expeditions on to the salt pans and into the Kalahari desert are fun, educational and unforgettable experiences. And there is always a sensitive approach to marginal environments and sensitive community issues. Special Interest expeditions take place depending on the season, often to areas that are closed to other operators. The most fascinating are a series of Bushman safaris, an unbelievable opportunity to witness a disappearing ritual like an initiation hunt.


Jack’s Camp

Jack’s Camp

Named after legendary explorer Jack Bousfield, Jacks Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans of the Kalahari Desert has been called “a camp like no other in Africa”, and offers guests stark, African beauty in a truly remote location. Luxury goes hand-in-hand with welcoming hospitality, and staff go over and above the call of duty to provide a comfortable, memorable experience for their guests. A true oasis in the desert, accommodation is in ornate, elegant tents, which only add to the exclusive African adventure. Reminiscent of a bygone-era, a pool and deck in an open-sided tent offer a tranquil area for relaxation.

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Planet Baobab

Planet Baobab

If you are looking for a lodge in Botswana that is breathtakingly original in its approach and décor, then look no further than Planet Baobab!  This quirky, playful lodge is situated on the edge of the Ntetwe Pan, off the Maun-Francistown road to Gweta Town.  It does not get more authentic that this – the lodge is made up of huts that are built in the traditional fashion and reflects the original methods used by the earliest residents of the expansive Makgadigadi Pans.  Huts are made of mud or grass and other natural materials, and decorated in colourful traditional Bushmen fashion!

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San Camp

San Camp

The idyllic and intimate San Camp is situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Standing beneath the desert palms that are scattered around the pan, the white-tented camp is a secluded haven of simple charm. Overlooking the dramatic Kalahari Desert, six spacious tents are spaced a considerable distance from one another, offering guests optimal privacy and quiet relaxation. Designed to place minimal impact on the environment, they afford a uniquely African experience – one where the outdoors and indoors have become one. Guests are greeted by endless skies at sunrise and a heaven of limitless stars at night.

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Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Look amongst the shade of the trees on Brown Hyena Island and you’ll find Camp Kalahari’s luxury bush camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ten en suite Meru-style tents offer guests an authentic taste of Africa, blended with colonial splendour. Known for its dramatic sunsets and vast, starry skies, the Kalahari envelopes visitors with the wonders of nature. Bushman trackers guide the bush walks, giving adventurers a chance to interact up-close with the legendary Kalahari meerkats. Game drives allow guests to explore the endless African plains, revealing wildlife and the majestic Baobab trees that break the horizon.

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