Stayed at Jock Lodge main camp for five nights in August, our first experience of a safari and the title says it all. From the outset the staff were very welcoming and friendly and as the game drives were just leaving as we arrived, we were given the option of going straight out with them or being able to unpack and settle into our room. We decided on the latter and high tea was delivered to our lodge within 15 minutes. At dinner we were introduced to our Ranger for the duration of our stay, Jacob. We were later to discover that Jacob had bionic eyesight and could see the slightest animal, even if it was on the horizon and in the dark and had all the knowledge and facts about all the animals and birds we were fortunate enough to see. We saw the big 5 on our very first game drive and loads more besides. Jacob made our game drives fun and informative and he is a true ambassador not only for Jock Lodge, but also for Kruger National Park. We also went on three walking safaris with Rangers Jacob, Tom Cruise lookalike Yan and on one occasion Pete. On each occasion they were really informative and very professional and kept us all safe when we almost bumped into five Rhinos. The other member of staff who really stood out was Attie, the chef. We can honestly say that the food was amongst the best we've ever eaten and was consistently excellent. The lodges were lovely and the outside showers were great, even at 5.00 am in the dark! We were very sad to leave and can't recommend Jock Lodge more highly. An amazing trip and one to repeat as soon as possible.
Hints and tips - take some warm clothing as early morning game drives can be chilly. Take a good camera and plenty of memory cards, we took 2000 photographs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jock Safari Lodge is nestled where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one, situated in the South-Western corner of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights in an area of the park which is celebrated for its big five game viewing. Jock of the Bushveld, the legend that was, served as an inspiration for the aptly namely Jock Safari Lodge. The tale, linked to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, highlights the canine devotion and stories of African adventures that have excited exploring travellers.Accommodation offered:Main Jock LodgeCarefully 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.Fitzpatrick’s Lodge, offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families.The lodge is easily accessible by road, just over 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, or 1 hour Skukuza and 2 hours from Kruger International airports. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jock Safari Hotel Kruger National Park