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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Kapama Game Reserve | Maruleng, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 4 wonderful days and nights at Camp Jabulani. From the time we were met at the Hoedspruit airport by our guide/ranger Ruan, to our departure, our experience was fantastic. The daily game drives were exciting with many sightings of the Big Five. We also visited the Endangered Species Center, which is a must if you... More

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wildm0untain, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It was a real pleasure to host you both at Camp Jabulani. We agree that seeing our elephants playing and enjoying their free time in the bush during the day is every bit as special as the unique opportunity to ride them in the evening. We... More

Potomac Falls
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing operation from the airport ride in seeing a cheetah to leaving and seeing a rhino. Thanks Scott you made our morning Even a minor mishap of changing rooms was handled with efficiency and a non event.... Managed to replace everything in the exact location Level of dedication of the jabulani staff is to be admired, they made us... More

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wildm0untain, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

Dear Mark and Mandy, Thank you so much for posting such a super review. We really appreciate your kind comments about the staff and we thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you into to the Camp Jabulani family for a few days. We are so glad that you had the amazing opportunity to interact with a cheetah at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre... More

Johannesburg
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Camp J really seeking some quality R&R time, and boy did they deliver! They were attentive to our every need, right from the get go. Kate and Philip are incredibly lovely hosts and really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, catering to all of our requirements and sometimes even eerily reading our minds!... More

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Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

Monika, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Camp Jabulani, and that you found the food and service to be of the high quality expected from a Relais and Chateaux property. Ruan so enjoyed the opportunity to get off "the beaten track" and to show you some of the... More

Atlanta
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The personal service here is what sets it apart from other camps. Our hostess Kate went above and beyond to exceed our every expectation. Our guide Ryan Bates gave us very personal attention to find the animals we were most interested in and was very well versed in the habits of each. Dylan, the chef @ Jubalani puts out a... More

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wildm0untain, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your expectations were exceeded, As you know every cent of profit from Camp Jabulani goes towards the upkeep of our herd of orphan elephants and to support the excellent work done by Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, so we really... More

Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We recently stayed at camp jabulani with our 3 adult children,as part of a surprise birthday Celebration. What a beautiful camp. We stayed in the Zindoga Villa which was out of this world. Absolutely beautiful.Elephants are amazing and I got to ride on jabulani. Staff are so welcoming. Food is fabulous. Sundowners is wonderful and lots of fun. Everything about... More

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wildm0untain, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We thoroughly enjoyed spoiling you for your birthday and so glad that it was so special for you. We agree that getting up close to magnificent animals such as elephant and cheetah is a rare privilege and amazing treat. We have such lovely memories of your wonderful family. Best wishes to all... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

we recently stayed at Jabulani, march 2014, we found everything to be far beyond our expectations, food, wine, drinks, anytime with a smile. the elephant experience brought tears to my wifes eyes she was so impressed by the way the elephants a re pampered and the interaction allowed between the elephants and the visitors, the safaris day and night were... More

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wildm0untain, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am so pleased that Camp Jabulani exceeded your expectations in every way and that you particularly appreciate how well that our elephants are looked after. You are right, there is surely no better way to end a day than to watch a magnificent Kapama sunset whilst... More

Essex
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

As part of a 10 night trip to SA, my husband and I recently (01/05/14) stayed at Camp Jabulani for 4 nights. We flew to Hoedspruit from Johanesburg via SA Airways and were collected by Ruan, our dedicated ranger who was awaiting us at the airport. Ruan took us on the short (30 min) drive to the Camp, although the... More

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wildm0untain, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We all thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and particularly whilst you celebrated your 19 years together. We intended for your anniversary to feel like a second honeymoon, so we are glad that you felt thoroughly spoiled. It is great that the animals also played along and... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

What an extraordinary experience we had at Camp Jabulani. First of all, it is ultra luxurious with exquisite décor and incredible bungalows with plunge pools and amazing views. Meeting Jabulani for the first time is just an overwhelming experience. To stand next to him and look in his beautiful eyes as he calmly looks at you is incredible To touch... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The Camp is indeed excellent - the obvious first of all is that the experience with the elephants is fantastic. Each ride lasts around an hour but you go through the reserve and see all animals which happen to be there - including wild elephant (detour will then happen) and 4 lions. The grooms are knowledgeable, friendly and funny. The... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This camp was the last of 3 we stayed at. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend Camp Jabulani if you have never experienced a safari bush trip. It is in the Kapama Game Reserve and has about 4-5 other camps that use this reserve so it can be crowded with other jeeps cruising around. The game sightings are... More

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Address: Kapama Game Reserve | Maruleng, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Camp Jabulani 5*
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Camp Jabulani represents the epitome of style, luxury, gastronomic excellence and warm hospitality. The camp was conceptualized to sustain twelve orphaned and abandoned elephants. The intimate environment is designed to blend with the surrounding bush. Within the camp are a spa, lounge, dining area, and 6 exclusive suites. The Zindoga Villa suits the family traveller, groups or those who seek complete privacy and exclusivity. ... more   less 
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