Jock Safari Lodge

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From ZAR 13770

ZAR 18150 per single traveller

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Overview

Jock Safari Lodge Safari Lodge

 

Situated in a private concession within the Kruger National Park Jock Safari Lodge is inspired by the classic African tale of Jock of Bushveld. With an air of luxury and elegance, Jock Safari Camp is reminiscent of a time when adventurers and fortune seekers roamed this land. The natural surroundings of the camp are as pristine and wild as they ever were. The Kruger National Park is known for excellent Big 5 game viewing. Operating in a private concession of the Kruger Park Jock Safari Lodge offers its guests exclusive sightings and a romantic escape in one of two luxurious lodges.

In the heart of the iconic Kruger National Park lies a place steeped in legend and history, a place that inspired bedtime tales and captured the imagination of generations. This place is none other than Jock Safari Lodge, where the timeless African tale of courage and companionship between man and his faithful friend, Jock of the Bushveld, unfolds amidst the untamed wilderness.

As the very first private concession granted within Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge stands as the original safari legend, offering guests the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable journey through the pages of Sir Percy FitzPatrick’s classic tale.

Nestled in Kruger’s southern region, where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers converge, the lodge transports you back to South Africa’s gold rush era, where every corner echoes with the echoes of adventure and exploration.

At Jock Safari Lodge, your journey is not just about witnessing the wild spaces and wildlife surrounding our lodge—it’s about becoming a part of it. Dive deep into the bush’s delicate balance and fascinating stories through Big 5 game drives, wilderness walks, and guided explorations of the local flora, fauna, and birdlife. Our conservation efforts extend beyond the lodge, offering guests the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of this precious ecosystem.

Experience the ambience of a bygone era as you step into our lodge, where decor elements pay homage to the past and celebrate indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures. With exclusive traversing rights in one of the Kruger National Park’s best areas for Big Five wildlife sightings, every moment at Jock Safari Lodge is an opportunity to witness the magic of Africa’s most iconic creatures.

Indulge in relaxation, excitement, and discovery as you create unforgettable memories with loved ones.

 

Things to Do at Jock Safari Lodge

 

With its exclusive riverbed traversing rights, the 6,000-hectare natural landscape provides visitors with one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in South Africa.

 

What to Pack

  • Lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing for hot days and layering options for cooler mornings and evenings.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for bush walks and exploring the lodge grounds.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection during game drives.
  • Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens for capturing wildlife sightings.
  • Personal toiletries and medications, as well as any necessary travel documents.

 

Game Drives

 

Drove by seasoned rangers, covered 4×4 Land Cruisers undertake morning and evening game drives.

As you make your way through the concession, you may be astounded by the variety of wildlife you see. Elephants, pride of lions, and a sea of buffalo horns emerging from the grass as they rest in the rising heat are all captivating sights to behold.

A breathtaking view of Kruger National Park is selected at dusk from atop a strategically placed vantage point. While sipping sundowners, one can listen to bush tales, see the sights, and be enchanted by the sky’s ever-changing colour palette as the sun sets. Night-time wildlife, including lions, hyenas, and leopards, are frequently spotted on the way back to the lodge.

 

Etiquette During Game Drives

 

During game drives, it’s essential to observe proper etiquette to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for all guests:

  • Listen to your guide’s instructions and follow their lead regarding wildlife viewing and behaviour.
  • Keep noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing the animals and fellow guests.
  • Refrain from standing up or leaning out of the vehicle while it is in motion.
  • Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that could startle the wildlife.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from the animals and never attempt to approach them for a closer look or photo opportunity.
  • Remember to respect the natural environment and leave only footprints behind.

 

Wilderness Walk

 

When viewed on foot, the diverse fauna and flora of this unique concession come to life.

Walking safaris are encouraged after a hearty breakfast, moving through the veld, enjoying the views and discovering one’s place in the natural cycle.

Qualified walking guides allow guests to experience the excitement of approaching species on foot.

 

Activities for children

 

  • Junior ranger training while on kiddies’ drive
  • Night walk within the camp
  • Arts, Crafts and Games
  • Play dough session
  • Mini Chef’s
  • Arts and crafts
  • Puzzles of varying sizes and difficulties covering a broad
  • A selection of entertaining and educational children’s books
  • A selection of fun board games

 

Flora & Fauna

 

The park contains 404 tree species. Because the Kruger National Park is so large, it naturally has a high level of botanical diversity. The Kruger National Park can be divided into 16 macroecozones. The northern half of the park, north of the Olifants River, is predominantly mopane veld, whereas the ecozones south of the Olifants are thornveld.

 

Bird Watching

 

For the avid birdwatcher, the concession is home to a diverse range of bird species, including raptors like Martial, Tawny, and Fish Eagles, as well as Steppe Buzzards.

The Lodge’s tranquil atmosphere allows avid birdwatchers to observe the diverse bird population that visits the area.

A wide variety of Bushveld Birds can be spotted from the comfort of one’s room or while lying next to the Rock Pool. Hornbills, Starlings, Boubou’s, Shrikes, and Woodpeckers are among the most common birds seen.

Rates

2024

R 13770 per person sharing per night
R 18150 per single traveller per night

2025

R 14665 per person sharing per night
R 19330 per person sharing per night

Facilities

Perched on a wooden platform Jock Safari Lodge is protected by lush vegetation and still offers sweeping views of the surrounding bushveld. The dining and lounge areas take advantage of the view allowing you to savour this pristine environment even while you relax between game drives. 3 meals a day are included in the lodge’s package.

swimming pool on the viewing deck is the ideal venue to relax and escape the midday heat. The Pilgrim’s Rest Spa offers pampering and relaxation for all guests who want to refuel and rejuvenate.

 

Main Jock

 

At Main Jock Lodge, seclusion meets serenity in the heart of the African wilderness. Nestled amidst lush trees and reed walls, the twelve secluded thatched suites offer the ultimate retreat, ensuring utter privacy and tranquillity for guests.

Step onto your private deck and enjoy the beauty of the riverbed below. With a plunge pool inviting you to cool off from the African sun and a Sala—an outdoor day bed—beckoning you to unwind amidst nature’s embrace, every moment at Main Jock Lodge is designed to soothe your soul and reconnect you with the rhythms of the wild.

Inside your sanctuary, discover a haven of comfort and luxury, where modern amenities blend seamlessly with the rustic charm of the bushveld. From air conditioning to a private minibar, every convenience is at your fingertips, ensuring a truly indulgent stay.

Awaken your senses with an outdoor shower, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the wilderness, before retreating to your en-suite bathroom to relax and rejuvenate. With personally selected books, a relaxation retreat with a sauna and exercise room, and a gift boutique offering unique treasures, Main Jock Lodge invites you to unwind and explore at your leisure.

With complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the lodge, you can stay connected to the outside world while immersing yourself in the beauty of the bushveld.

The main lodge offers 12 free-standing thatched rooms that subtly blend into the environment. All rooms can sleep two guests and offer the following facilities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Private minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Private plunge pool
  • International dial telephone
  • Electronic safe
  • Ceiling fan
  • En-suite bathroom, with outdoor shower
  • Sala (outdoor day bed) overlooking the river

 

Fitzpatrick’s at Jock

 

Fitzpatrick’s At Jock is your exclusive haven in the heart of the African bushveld. Stylishly appointed and impeccably designed, this intimate villa offers the ultimate private villa experience, perfect for small groups and families seeking luxury and seclusion.

Step inside and discover a world of elegance and comfort, where every detail has been carefully curated to ensure an unforgettable stay. With two of the three luxury suites accommodating up to 2 adults sharing with 2 children (age dependent) per room, Fitzpatrick’s At Jock provides the perfect retreat for families and friends.

Indulge in modern amenities and luxurious touches, from air conditioning and a private minibar to a private plunge pool and deck, where you can unwind and soak up the sights and sounds of the surrounding wilderness. With an en-suite bathroom featuring an outdoor shower, every moment at Fitzpatrick’s At Jock is an invitation to reconnect with nature.

Enjoy guided game drives twice daily with your dedicated ranger and private game viewing vehicle, exploring the 6,000-hectare private concession known for its exhilarating Big 5 sightings and other fascinating game encounters.

Return to your villa and relax in the second lounge with a cosy fireplace or take a refreshing dip in the rock swimming pool, surrounded by the beauty of the African bushveld.

At Fitzpatrick’s At Jock, every moment is an opportunity to create cherished memories and experience the magic of the African wilderness in unparalleled luxury and style.

Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is an exclusive lodge with only 3 rooms. With its intimate atmosphere and personal service this lodge is ideal for small groups and families. The rooms offer the following amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Private minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • International dial telephone
  • Electronic safe
  • Ceiling fan
  • En-suite bathroom, with outdoor shower

 

Jock Safari Lodge is located in a private concession in the south of the famous Kruger National Park. While the entire area is famous for Big 5 game viewing, Jock Safari Lodge uses its concession exclusively. With no other vehicles in the region, the game viewing at Jock is that much more rewarding.

At the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers Jock has access to an unusual wealth of amphibians allowing for frogging safaris.

Jock Safari Lodge is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg.  Airports in the vicinity are Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport and Nelspruit.

 

Accommodation at Jock Safari Lodge

 

Choose from private thatched suites on the riverbed at the Main Jock Lodge or opt for the exclusive-use Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock, ideal for family holidays or adventures with friends. For a truly immersive experience, spend a night under the stars in an outdoor sala, lulled to sleep by the symphony of the African night.

Facilities at Jock Safari Lodge

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Large deck with swimming pool
  • Spa with sauna and exercise room
  • A gift boutique
  • Indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  • A small library with a television and DVD player

 

Travel and Booking Information

 

Best Time to Visit

 

The best time to visit Jock Safari Lodge is during the dry season, which typically falls between May and September. During this time, vegetation is sparse, making wildlife easier to spot as they gather around water sources. Additionally, cooler temperatures make for more comfortable game drives and outdoor activities.

 

Child Policy and Rates

 

Many of the accommodation establishments that Kruger Safari Co books for tours have a strict child policy. It is your responsibility to disclose the age of each child in the travelling group to the Kruger Safari Company agent and confirm that he/she is the appropriate age for tour accommodation. Kruger Safari Co cannot be held liable for an accommodation establishment refusing entry to an underage child where a child policy is strictly enforced.

Kruger Safari Co reserves the right to request a copy of a birth certificate for any child in the tour group who is confirmed to be 12 years or younger.

A children’s rate is available on request. Not all accommodation establishments offer a reduced rate for children but where applicable, Kruger Safari Co will confirm in writing at what rate a child 12 years and younger will be charged.

Jock Safari Lodge accommodates families with children from 6 years and older. A private vehicle will need to be reserved for the sole use of the family for game drives.

 

Tips for Bringing Children on Safari

 

  • Ensure you pack essentials like sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and comfortable clothing suitable for both warm days and cooler evenings.
  • Before embarking on your safari, educate your children about the animals they may encounter, their behaviours, and the importance of respecting wildlife and their habitats.
  • Be flexible and understanding if they need breaks or become restless during game drives. Consider shorter, child-friendly drives or scheduling downtime at the lodge between activities.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions, observe wildlife, and engage with their surroundings. Allow them to use binoculars and cameras to capture their own safari memories.
  • Remind children to stay seated and quiet during game drives to avoid startling wildlife. Respect the guidance of your experienced safari guide and adhere to any safety instructions provided.

 

Booking Procedure:

 

Confirmation of a booking is made in writing via email once it is agreed upon by the client and the Kruger Safari Co. agent. A 100% non-refundable deposit is required within 48 hours of written confirmation of a booking. Where applicable, the balance of payment of a booking is required 40 days prior to departure. All travellers will be required to complete our online booking form in order to ensure that Kruger Safari Co, the reserved establishment and all service providers have the correct information required.

No quotation issued by Kruger Safari Co and accepted by the client (provisional or final), or booking made (provisional or final) shall be binding until such time as a final invoice has been issued and full payment received by Kruger Safari Co.

 

Included in the Rate You Pay

 

If you stay at Fitzpatricks At Jock:

  • Two daily game drives
  • Guided wilderness walks
  • All meals and afternoon high-tea
  • A selection of house beverages
  • On-drive snacks and drinks
  • Private Guide and vehicle
  • Full private staff compliment
  • Eco-Explorers programme
  • VAT and Tourism Levy

 

If you stay at Main Jock Lodge:

  • Two daily game drives
  • Guided wilderness walks
  • All meals and afternoon high-tea
  • A selection of house beverages
  • Game drive beverages
  • VAT and Tourism Levy

 

Excluded from the Rate You Pay

 

  • Kruger National Park conservation levy
  • Premium beverages
  • Discretionary gratuities
  • All items of a personal nature.

 

Getting to Jock Safari Lodge Safari Lodge

 

Jock Safari Lodge is situated halfway between Skukuza and Malelane gates approximately 35 km in both directions with only 3 km of dirt road to reach the lodge.

The GPS coordinates for Main Jock Lodge are 25° 12’ 59” S 31° 33’ 51” E and that for Fitzpatrick’s At Jock are25° 12’ 59” S 31° 33’ 51” E.

 

By Air

 

Jock Safari Lodge provides road transfers (at additional cost) to and from Skukuza airport in open game drive vehicles accompanied by a qualified ranger. The adventure begins when you are picked up from the airport, and refreshments are served on the way to the lodge.

Upon arrival in the park, guests must pay the Daily Conservation Fees.

With the Skukuza Airport fully operational, guests will spend less time travelling because it is only a 1-hour road transfer from the airport to Jock Safari Lodge, compared to the KMIA, which takes 2 hours. Not only is it a low-cost way to travel, but guests can also enjoy incredible game viewing from the moment they arrive in Kruger National Park.

Flights can be booked through Airlink. Airlink provides daily direct and convenient flights between Johannesburg and Skukuza, as well as Cape Town and Skukuza.

 

By Road

 

Jock Safari Lodge is about an hour from the Malelane Gate.

Road transfers are performed by an accredited company that carries the necessary liability and insurance coverage.

Self-drive and road transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA/MQP) are dependent on Kruger National Park gate times. The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the park after the gates are closed; thus, guests and transfer companies must be outside the park by the time the gates close.

 

Payment Policy

 

All Kruger Safari Co require a 100% non-refundable deposit to the value of 50% of the total tour price. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking of a tour. Full payment of the non-refundable deposit is required on written confirmation of the booking.\

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Please feel free to view all of our terms and conditions.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

 

Arrive at the Jock Safari Lodge mid-day, in time for a light lunch. Freshen up and relax before it’s time to depart on a late-afternoon game drive in the reserve.

Overnight in a luxury suite at Jock Safari Lodge.

 

Days on safari

 

Wake up early for hot beverages and rusks before departing for a 3-hour sunrise game drive in the Kruger National Park. Return to your lodge for a late breakfast and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the pool or treating yourself to an afternoon sleep. Depart late afternoon after High Tea for a 3-hour sunset game drive in the private reserve.

 

Departure day

 

Head out as the sun is rising to enjoy your last game drive in Kruger National Park. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing mid-morning to your next destination.

What's Included

  • Accommodation at the Jock Safari Lodge
  • 3-hour game drives in Kruger National Park
  • 3- Meals a day
  • Local beverages

What's Excluded

  • Scheduled flights and transfers to the lodge
  • All purchases of a personal nature
  • Beverages not stated
  • Kruger Park  conservation levy (charged per person per night)
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any activity not specified in the itinerary
  • Visa fees if required

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