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Jock Safari Lodge
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Nearest Town Skukuza | Inside Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 2060, South Africa   |  
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Grapevine, Texas
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“Truly a magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Just returned from our 3 night stay(we only booked 2, but decided for a 3rd because everything was so amazing up to that point). Everything you read from everyone else here is spot on so just to recap:

5 star lodge
5 star people
5 star management
5 star service
5 star food
5 star experience
5 star safaris
5 star rangers

The rooms are fantastic, the deck's overlooking the Byamiti bring an almost constant flow of various game throughout the day and the staff will ensure you want for nothing. The game drives are fantastic and the rangers are extremely knowledgable and do an excellent job educating you on the animals and the area. This is the only place I feel I have ever left and didn't have a single suggestion on what could be better. It's a place that quickly feels like home and will certainly leave a lasting impression.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Our 3rd visit to Southern Africa, 2nd to Kruger, and 1st to Jock Safari Lodge was our best Southern Africa experience yet. Best not because the animal sightings were fantastic (which they were), but because of the people, facilities, and food. The lodge is about 12 years old now, and the age shows a bit in places, but this is more than made up for by the incredibly friendly staff, customer service, and excellent food. Louis Strauss, the General Manager, has done an outstanding job. Our guide was the best we have had on over 15 safaris in Southern Africa, and the animal sightings were unparalleled. This was the first time we had seen the Big 5 all within one day's time frame! Incredible. We spent only 2 nights, which was not nearly enough, as we were not able to fully take advantage of what the lodge has to offer. We will definitely be back. Though Jock is expensive, you can still spend more money in Kruger, but, honestly, I don't know how the experience could be any better.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Thank you for a lovely stay. The staff, Mumsie in reception in particular made my son of 11 years feel like a complete VIP. the loving touch of a Safari Pack gift on his bed was much appreciated. Accommodation is outstanding, so private and awesomely relaxing with your own private day bed overlooking the river bed, where a number of animals came wandering through. The food was excellent, best oxtail I have had in ages. Spoilt for choice. Game viewing superb, Jacob took excellent care of us and tried his best to ensure we saw as much as possible. Can highly recommend this lodge to Families, Couples, Groups. Ideal honeymoon destination due to the privacy of the suites and special little touches.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stayed here in January '13 and could not wait to return in July! Located on a concession inside Kruger National Park. Wonderful staff, always friendly and professional. The Head Chef, Artie, took time to accommodate my special dietary needs and I ate the best meals ever! Louie, the Manager takes a hands on approach and runs a high class operation.
And then there are the safaris led by Guides who have an unbelievable ability to spot animals as small as chameleons at night. Saw the Big Five and then some! I couldn't recommend more!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Stayed at Jock Lodge, main lodge for 3 nights in August, being winter / dry season. On of our best travel experiences ever. Location inside Kruger, southern section and a private concession. Drives and guides were great, informative and thoroughly in the know. Seen it all and more!! Rooms were great, comfortable, outdoor areas were great for relaxing. Outdoor shower / daybed / plunge pool etc. Grounds - upstairs bar, and dining areas are really nice, good views, rustic and much history. Food and services was superb.....staff were friendly and helpful. Totally recommended - a great memory. Would be also great to sea in wet, as rivers are seasonal....

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at Little Jock so for our family of 7 it was perfect. The staff were excellent and attentive and the meals were very good and we ate outside under the stars one night. One day we went on a whole day drive and they packed a picnic. The game drives were excellent as they also have an area that only they can go on. Interesting to have a shower with a glass wall. Saw so many animals in Kruger and we had the best time ever. Our granddaughters liked the plunge pool and we watched the movie Jock of the Bushveld while there. Coffee and tea were always available and more food in a day than we could hold. It was really excellent. We visited an area with lots of people and it felt like we were at Disneyland so Jock's location was just perfect.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Also Known As:
Jock Safari Hotel
Jock Safari Hotel Kruger National Park
Address: Nearest Town Skukuza | Inside Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 2060, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 137 Specialty lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Jock Safari Lodge 5*
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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