Uncharted Africa Safari Company
Real adventure and unreal style.
Uncharted Africa’s camps and safaris all have a completely unique feeling, style and quality. This strong sense of individuality characterizes both the staffing as well as the style of the accommodation and, in a sea of increasingly very similar safari product, is something we are very proud of. Uncharted Africa has proven that one can make a very challenging area successful while at the same time pioneering new standards. Our strengths lie in our original, but always sensitive approach to marginal environments and sensitive community issues.
Jack’s Camp was originally established in the 60s by Ralph’s father, the late Jack Bousfield, who lived there for many years preceding his unfortunate death in an aircraft accident in 1992.
The camp is furnished in a traditional East African 40s safari style. Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana‘s Kalahari Desert, surrounded by spectacular scenery and unique desert species.
San Camp followed in 1995, set on the edge of the salt pans, a relic of one of the world’s largest super lakes, it is possibly one of the most romantic camps in Africa and definitely one of the last surviving authentic safari camps as it is entirely under canvas.
Directly translated from Swahili, “safari” means a journey on foot with porters, a true safari should always be a mobile expedition and so they were Uncharted Africa’s next foray into the unknown – all over Botswana; to the Okavango Delta; to the Western Kalahari with a fascinating insight into the unique way of life of the Bushman people; to Nxai Pan, the northern-most vestige of the super lake that created the entire Makgadikgadi complex; to Deception Valley in the Central Kalahari, one of the most remote areas in the Kalahari and to Kubu Island, a 2.7 billion year old granitic-extrusion island studded with baobabs.
Planet Baobab opened in 2000, its style is original and funky and inspired by local painted mud hut villages of the Kalanga people who live in the area. A visit to Planet Baobab offers cultural understanding, insights into the history of early man and ecologically correct access to the mysterious beauty of the Makgadikgadi.
A new offering from Uncharted Africa. Camp Kalahari opened in 2007.
In the same area as Jack’s Camp and San Camp, nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Hyena Island, on the edge of the ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park, in memory of Jack’s first visit to this area, Uncharted Africa Safari co. set up another truly original camp – Camp Kalahari.
Camp Kalahari is a return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, and is the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way.