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Accommodation in Kruger National Park

Jock Safari Lodge - Main Jock

Nestled amidst the lush vegetation in the South-Western corner of the majestic beauty that is the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge emerges at the pinnacle where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one - a space for breath-taking wildlife sightings.

The lodge with 6, 000 hectares of natural landscape offers guests one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in South Africa with its exclusive riverbed traversing rights.

The Relaxation Retreat with steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy bath will ensure guests unwind to a state of pure body revitalization.

Guests have the opportunity to understand the South African cultural heritage of the legend of Jock of the Bushveld, in which the lodge is named after.

Main Jock
Main Jock Lodge ensures guests will experience a stay of seclusion and in harmony with their natural surroundings. Twelve secluded thatched suites, with privacy as the motivator, are veiled with lush trees and reed walls. Each leads onto a private deck with plunge pool and a Sala, an outdoor day bed, all with a spectacular view of the riverbed. This lodge will help your soul capture the essence of finding your inner peace amidst the calls of the wild.

Room Description

Main Jock

Carefully screened by lush trees and reed walls, the 12 individual thatched rooms at Jock Safari Lodge, impart a sense of aloneness and oneness with the landscape.

Room Configuration

All 12 rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per room

  • 9 King bedded Luxury Rooms
  • 3 Twin bedded Luxury Rooms

Room Features

  • 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 Lodge at Jock

Fitzpatrick's Lodge offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families. Room Configuration 2 of the 3 rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults sharing with 2 children per room 3 King/Twin bedded Luxury Rooms Room Features Air conditioning Private minibar Hairdryer Tea and coffee making facilities International dial telephone Electronic safe Ceiling fan En-suite bathroom, with outdoor shower.

Jock Explorer Camp

The Explorer Camp at Jock Safari Lodge offers guests a unique experiential insight of a bygone era, a time when exploring really was an adventure into this unknown Big 5 wilderness, as did the legendary Percy Fitzpatrick in the 18th century.
The camp and tents have been meticulously recreated with the similar style camp beds, canvas washing basins, lanterns etc in order to transport guests back in time.
This two day educational, walking safari is lead by two highly specialised guides and nights are spent around the camp fire enjoying hearty bush meals whilst learning more about the history of Jock of the Bushveld, Percy Fitzpatrick and how the Kruger was born.

During the day, guests explore on foot, a remote part of this private concession in the heart of the Kruger National Park, to get a real sense of how trekking was done during the early days of exploration - a tribute to the original and authentic African safari adventure.

General Information -
View Rates
The Explorer Camp operates during the cooler months with the first trail in April and the last trail at the end of October. Each trail is 2 nights with a set departure each Friday of the week.
The walking trails are hosted and guided by 2 armed qualified walking guides.
Due to the high density of Big 5 in the area the trails are conducted by a “Lead” Guide and a “Back-up” Guide. Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 3 hours.

A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the concession.

We regret that no persons younger than 16 years will be able to participate.
Participants older than 60 years will be required to provide a medical clearance certificate in order to participate. Camp Site The camp site is unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on other tents privacy.

Wild animals are able to move through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

Tents: 3 x spacious campaign canvas tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each Meals: Rustic safari meals are prepared and enjoyed under the African skies by your personal Shangaan Chef Ablutions:
Each Tent has a bucket outside shower.
Each tent has an en-suite bio box toilet (portable) with canvas for privacy.

Tent Details
2 x Old style beds with white linen,
safari blanket & throw and pillows
2 x Roorkhee campaign chairs & table
1 x LED light for night time use
1 x Old style hand basin (warm water is supplied on request or at first light in the morning)
En-suite bio box toilet (portable)
Paraffin lanterns

Guest amenities include
insect repellent,
toilet paper,
sanitary bags as well as bio- degradable shower gel and shampoo.

What to Pack Clothing of neutral colours that is light in weight, but warm Bright colored clothing must be avoided 3 x Shirts
3 x Shorts
2 x pants (long)
1 x warm jersey or jacket as the evenings can get cold
Hiking or trail shoes
Sandals for showering
Sun block

A Typical Stay
The following program is a guideline as all timings are subject to discussions upon arrival.

Day 1, day of arrival (Friday) All guests arrive at Jock Safari Lodge (Main Jock) by 13h00
Meet your specialist guide who will host you for lunch at either Main Jock or Fitzpatrick’s at Jock.
Transfer in an open game viewing vehicle to the Explorer Camp Afternoon walk Sundowner snacks are enjoyed upon return to camp Enjoy dinner and an evening around the fire

Day 2 (Saturday)
Early rising can be expected due to the nature of walking and temperatures
Enjoy muffins, fruit sticks, biscuits, tea and coffee amongst Mother Nature
Morning walk commences and can last up to 3 hours
Enjoy a hearty brunch upon arrival at the camp
Relax in your tent, catch up on some rest or simply adore the wild
 A variety of light sandwiches, cake with fresh fruits will be enjoyed for afternoon tea

Afternoon hike Sundowner drinks are enjoyed in the bush, close to camp Enjoy dinner and an evening around the fire

Day 3,
day of departure (Sunday)
Early rising can be expected due to temperatures
Enjoy a breakfast in the bush before departing at 10h00 in order to depart from Main Jock at 11h00
 A brief walk on morning of departure is optional

Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:
rates are inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 14% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).

Rates Exclude:
Telephone, laundry, Wellness Centre treatments, shop purchases or gratuities.

Children travelling: - Applicable to Fitzpatricks’ at Jock only.

Long Stay Discount: Receive 10% discount when booking 3 consecutive nights at any luxury lodge
Validity: 01 August 2013 – 31 December 2013 & 11 Jan 2014 – 19 Dec 2014

Extra information

Children's policy:  Children from 12 years old will require a seperate room at 100% Normal rate.
No Children under 6 years permitted on game drives. No Persons under the age of 12 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.

What To Pack
• Sun block
• Hat/cap
• Walking boots
• Comfortable and casual clothing
• Warm tops for game drives
• Camera (300 - 600mm lenses for good photographs)
• Medication for allergies
• Jock Safari Lodge is in a low risk malaria area and we therefore recommend that a doctor is consulted prior to traveling

A minimum of two nights must be booked in High Season (October - April)
Should you not be able to attend lunch on the day of arrival, please inform the Lodge.
The lodge is unable to accommodate more than 2 adults per room.

Spa: 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. The Spa offers a variety of treatments.

Game Drives & Walks
Morning and evening drives are performed in covered 4x4 Landrovers conducted by highly experienced rangers.

Traversing through the reserve, the wildlife is sometimes staggering in its diversity. Enthralling sightings of elephants, a sea of buffalo horns rising from the grass as they lie resting in the growing heat as well as prides of lions, awaits one.

At dusk, a vantage point is chosen overlooking one of the many breathtaking vistas of the Kruger National Park. Sundowners are enjoyed while tales of the bush are told and a glimpse of what this unique wilderness has to offer is seen while being entranced by the ever changing colours of the sky as the sun slips into the timeslot of tomorrow. En route back to the lodge, nocturnal animals such as leopard, hyena and lion are often seen.

Walking Safari’s are encouraged, after a hearty breakfast, moving through the veld enjoying vistas of unsurpassed beauty and discovering one’s place in the cycle of nature. The diversity of fauna and flora in this unique concession truly comes alive when viewed on foot.

Frogging Safaris
For veteran bush trekkers who’ve been there done that, Jock Safari Lodge is offering something new under the sun – a Frogging Safari. Here’s what gives:

With an estimated 34 different species of Amphibians in Kruger, Jock Safari Lodge ranks as one of the best places for Frogging Safaris. Froggers are issued head lights, nets and gum boots and set out after dark. Frogs are caught and identified, and then released back into their habitat. Guests get to marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors and the choir of sounds emitted from these tiny creatures, some no bigger than your thumb.

Every different species of frog has his or her own look – color, pattern and size. Mark Twain’s celebrated frog of Calaveras County has nothing on the amazing frogs of Kruger. Some recent “catches” include Banded Rubber Frogs, Bubbling Kassinas, Sand Frogs and Painted Reed Frogs.

Frogging Safari-goers will discover the wee wet ones get a bad rap for such characteristics as sliminess and bulging eyes. Truth is they have very good eyesight because they bulge out the sides of their heads in order to see in nearly all directions. And their skin must remain moist to help them breathe.

Best time to go wet and wild? The rainy months of November through March are the top months for frogging.