- Well appointed lodge, Kruger National Park
- Game rich area, home to Big 5
- Swimming pools, spa, and gym
- Golfing nearby
Jock Safari Lodge is a smart establishment in the southern corner of Kruger National Park, north eastern South Africa. The lodge sits in a tranquil location shaded by trees and overlooking a seasonal riverbed. The camp boasts 12 secluded, thatched chalets plus a larger three-bedroom unit, along with a spa, a gym, and two swimming pools. Kruger National Park is renowned for its abundant bird and wildlife, including the famed Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and Cape buffalo) along with hyena, wild dog, giraffe, hippo, and zebra. Offering comfortable accommodation and friendly service, Jock Safari Lodge is a good upper mid-range option for exploring this vast unspoilt landscape.
The two-storey main lodge is open-fronted and enjoys lovely views of the riverbed and surrounding bush. Communal areas include an elegant dining room and a cosy lounge with an open fire for colder evenings. There is a library and TV room, a gift shop, and a spa and gym. Outside, an extensive decked area houses a refreshing swimming pool and loungers, and a ‘boma’ for sundowners and alfresco dining. Wi-Fi is available in the main areas.
Activities include morning and evening game drives, guided walks, birdwatching and stargazing. Beauty treatments and massages are available at the onsite spa, which has a sauna, steam room, and hydrotherapy bath. Golfing enthusiasts are offered complementary transport to a course located just outside the national park.
The accommodation comprises 12 thatched chalets, spaced apart between the trees for privacy. Each suite has a king or twin beds, and an ensuite bathroom with a refreshing outdoor shower. All units have air conditioning and ceiling fans, plus a minibar and hot drink facilities. Outside is a private deck with a plunge pool and an alfresco day bed (sala) with tranquil views. Fitzpatrick is a three-bedroom unit with a swimming pool and similar facilities to the chalets, but no plunge pools. Each of Fitzpatrick’s three rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two children of all ages, whilst chalets are suitable for two adults and one child between six and 12 years.
Children are warmly welcome, and each youngster receives an activity pack on arrival. A well-tailored activity programme includes children’s game drives, junior ranger training, night walks in camp, cooking, and arts and crafts. Child minding is available on request, subject to additional cost. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of six years for game drives, with younger visitors offered alternative drives in a closed vehicle. There is also a minimum age restriction of 16 years for guided walks. Given the rural nature of the lodge’s location, parents are reminded to keep children under constant adult supervision.
- 7 comfortable canvas & thatch tents
- Experienced guide & tracker team
- Open vehicle game drives, bush walks & informative talks
- Instruction: bush craft, practical survival skills, astronomy, spider & scorpions
- Social boma, fire & barbecue area
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019