Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park
Midway between Skukuza and Berg-en-dal restcamps, 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, 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.
- Swimming Pool
- Wellness & Spa
- Game Drives
- Child Friendly
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- The lodge is located in a malaria area, and guests are strongly advised to take suitable preventive medication.
- 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.