Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park
Before the turn of the century, the lure of gold brought men from all over the world to South Africa. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld was one of these. Whilst here, they passed through some of Africa’s most scenic untamed wilderness. It is in this area that Jock Safari Lodge is based with the southern boundary being the old wagon route from Delgoa Bay into the gold fields of the interior.
Situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers, the camp offers stunning views with the pool literally on the confluence. Today the wilderness experience on offer is unchanged from these earlier times. It is in an area noted for its diversity in game, particularly the Big Five. Jock Safari Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of the past colonial era, and reflects in its unique style the indigenous Zulu and Swazi cultures.
Friendly and professional staff will cater for all guests requirements from specialized game drives or game walks – with every sound, scent, footprint or broken blade of grass – as sign waiting to be interpreted and understood. Jock Safari Lodge offer African cuisine that incorporates an abundance of flavors accumulated on the routes followed by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick. The chef and his dedicated team conjure up dishes inspired by this unique location, as well as all of the influences that have passed through it at one time or another. From the primal flavors of wild game and local herbs picked from the surrounding bushveld to the spicy tastes of visiting Arab traders, and traditional dishes introduced by European gold miners – guests can take their taste buds on a true African safari. The cuisine is presented in a variety of locations. From the elegant dining room, to private dining in your suite or to a dining adventure under the panorama of the African night.
The lodge has exclusive traversing rights in an area that is regarded as one of the best in the Kruger for its “Big Five” sightings. Game drives in open landrovers, with a professional team of game rangers and trackers, offer guests the thrill of close encounters with Africa’s Big Five. Walking safaris, birding safaris and guided historical tours will take you along the paths of legend and mystery.
The guest’s expectations of comfort and quality will be exceeded at Jock Safari Lodge. Twelve Luxury air-conditioned suites offer guests the unique opportunity to experience the gracious style of old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness. Each suite has a private “Sala” (outdoor lounge) that overlooks the river. The romantic bathrooms and outdoor showers share the same river view and sightings of animals, including the Big Five, can be seen from the comfort & privacy of the luxury suites. Each suite has a King size bed surrounded by walk-in mosquito netting, a small lounge and twin basin bathroom. The private terrace has its own plunge pool and a wooden walkway to a lapa overlooking the riverbed.
Pilgrim’s Rest, named after the quaint historical mining town featured so prominently in “Jock of the Bushveld” and still in existence today, was a place to rest, rejuvenate and restock. So too is the Pilgrim’s Rest Spa at Jock that overlooks the haven of a serenity garden. The spa is fully equipped with therapy and relaxation rooms, hydrotherapy bath, steam room and sauna. Therapies are also available in the relaxed atmosphere of one’s own room. At “Pilgrim’s Rest” the need for both physical and psychological wellbeing is understood. Each treatment has been developed to revive, rejuvenate and restore the skin together with rebalancing mind, body and spirit. Highly qualified therapists will design a treatment program to ensure deep relaxation and induce inner and outer harmony.
Road Travel Africa hold excellent negotiated rates with Jock Safari Lodge. Contact us to book your safari of a lifetime at the famous Kruger National Park, at one of the best private lodges in the area. Find out how to get there, what more to see and do whilst there and when the best time for you to visit would be. We look forward to being of assistance.