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“First Time Game Viewing Sensational” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Brisbane, Australia
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“First Time Game Viewing Sensational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My family and I (2 children - 20, 14 years) last week stayed for 3 nights at Jocks. It was our first visit to South Africa. We could not have been more delighted. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our guide, Patrick, and the staff. Be ready to eat delicious food, be amazed by the wild animals and take in the beauty of Kruger. Also be prepared to be quite weary! The early morning wake up call at 5am is all part of the experience. Thank-you so much to everyone for making such a memorable experience for all of us. We would love to come back one day.

Room Tip: All rooms look out to the river bed. For families, we had an interconnecting room.
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  • 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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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent two nights at Jocks Safari Lodge as part of our Silver Wedding Anniversary on 18th and 19th September.It has left us with memories never to be forgotten from the friendliness of the staff and superb accommodation to the fantastic meals and superb game drives.It is difficult in a forum such as this to thank everyone but a special gratitude must be given to Rudi our Ranger who over 3 game drives found the big 5.The highlight was on our final game drive when we found a male leopard lazing in a tree with its paws and tail dangling over the branch.We would certainly recommend this lodge for anyone wishing for a tremendous safari experience in Kruger National Park.

  • Stayed September 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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Nelspruit, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed over for one night and felt like royalty . The lodge has a great setting super cool rooms with splash pool,great view and everything you need to make for a great visit to the bush.
The food is excellent and there is no way you can say no to the great meals and extra 2 kg to be found here!
The guides are great and all the staff make you feel so special
Thanks Jocks

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grapevine, Texas
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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 #20 of 143 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Jock Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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