Jeremy Clarkson reveals he’s been ‘marooned’ in Botswana with Richard Hammond and James May

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond  (PA Media)
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond (PA Media)

The Grand Tour stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May quipped that they have been left “marooned” at a luxury camp in Botswana.

The three former Top Gear hosts were filming in Africa for the forthcoming Grand Tour specials, which will air on Amazon Prime Video, when Clarkson claimed that their flights back to the UK were cancelled.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the Clarkson’s Farm star, 63, shared a photo of his co-stars looking at their phones at dinner and poked fun at being stranded at a five-star resort.

He penned: “BA [British Airways] have messed up our flight home so we are marooned here at a luxury camp in Botswana.

“With only 40 staff. It’s all about survival now.”

Since revealing their situation, both Clarkson and May, 60, have posted several sarcastic updates on social media about their “desperate” situation.

May wrote alongside a snap of a cheese board on X, formerly known as Twitter: “Staff/guest ratio ‘as low as 40:1’ in hell-hole safari lodge where GT presenters have been abandoned by their crew. Cheese has arrived.”

He later shared some footage of meerkats playing: “Thanks to the incompetence of British Airways we’ve had to endure a sunset safari with gin and tonics and meerkats. #Unacceptable.”

While Clarkson uploaded a photo of an outdoor pool and joked: “When BA delay a flight by 12 hours, do they not realise how much hardship they inflict on passengers? We are fighting to stay alive here.”

In another post, the Prime Video star shared a clip of the lodge’s open-air lounge, which featured May opening a fridge fully stocked with cold beverages.

“We are coping. But for how long?” Clarkson captioned the post.

Details about the next series of The Grand Tour have been kept mainly under wraps; but Clarkson did reveal that they were filming in Zimbabwe for a portion of it.

He revealed in a tweet: “My profound thanks to the people and government of Zimbabwe for helping to make a very special Grand Tour special, very special. We absolutely adored everything about your country. Apart from the pot holes maybe.”