Location: South Africa / Kruger National Park / Kruger Park Private Concessions
Accommodation Type: Luxury Safari Lodge
Midway between Skukuza and Berg-en-dal rest camps, in the south-western corner of the world-renowned Kruger Park, lies Jock Safari Lodge. Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers, the lodge is built in the 6 000 hectare Jock of the Bushveld Concession Area.
In the late 19th Century, the lure of gold brought men from all corners of the world to South Africa. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, the author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld, was one of these pioneers. The lodge, named after the gutsy Staffordshire terrier, combines the romance and elegance of the colonial past with elements of the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures, ensuring guests of an authentic yet luxurious safari experience.
The twelve luxurious thatched suites are screened by verdant trees and reed walls, offering guests seclusion and privacy. The gracious suites have a private ‘Sala’ (outdoor lounge) overlooking the river, offering stunning views of the pristine bushveld and sightings of the Big Five from the comfort and privacy of the suite.
Guests refresh themselves in Victorian ball-and-claw baths and outdoor showers and retire to beds enveloped by a walk-in canopy of mosquito netting. Private terraces with plunge pools provide the perfect spot for sundowners before ambling along the wooden walkways to the main lodge.
Guests frequently sight the Big Five during their stay, along with cheetah, hippo, wild dog and a large variety of antelope. Evening game drives reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as porcupine, aardwolf, genet, serval, white tailed mongoose, civet and brown hyena. Rock dassies, baboon and klipspringer occur frequently in the rocky landscape of the southern Kruger, while giraffe graze on the tall trees and herds of wildebeest and zebra occur in the open plains.
Birdlife is prolific with over 350 species recorded. Raptor sightings include Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards. Southern Ground Hornbills have nesting sites close to the lodge, and iridescently plumaged birds, such as the Lilac-breasted roller, Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, and Malachite kingfishers are often sighted.
Frogging safaris provide opportunities for sighting, or hearing, the 34 species of frogs located in the area.
Children of all ages are welcome at Jock Safari Lodge .Rooms accommodating children sharing with parents contains one sleeper couch per room or on request cots are available .
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.
Child minding services are available upon request and can be arranged at an additional cost .
The Kruger National park prohibits the use of roads within the park once the gates are closed. Guests, therefore, need to be at their destination by the time the gates close.
Take the N12 national road to Witbank which becomes the N4 national road. Follow the N4 through Nelspruit and Malelane. About 2 km outside Malelane, take the turn-off to enter the Kruger National Park at the Malelane Gate where an entrance fee is payable. Please have your confirmation or voucher with you.
Once you enter Malelane gate, drive straight on the H3 road, for about 37 km and turn left at the “Jock Safari Lodge” sign. Then a 3 km dirt road and you are at the lodge. Distance from Johannesburg: +/- 458 km
Note:The camp is situated half way between Skukuza and Malelane gates approximately 35 km in both directions with only 3 km of dirt road. Due to the rules and regulations of the Kruger National Park, nobody is allowed on any Kruger National Park roads during the period of gates being closed. Therefore, guests must be at their destination by the time the gates close.
S 25’ 13.059’ | E 031’ 33.850’
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