We stayed at a separate and more secluded section known as Little Jock or Fitzpatrick in less than 5min drive away. This was our first experience in Kruger and Little Jock turned out wonderfully.
We had two of the three units in Little Jocks. They were spacious and one was bigger which suited families very well. Both units had large bathrooms and a pavilion overlooking a river (was told that it would only running during the rainy seasons in Oct/Nov). All three units share a small pool and the living (with a TV) and dining area in the main compound where we would eat or just chill out. The wines available were all quite good. Mobile phones reception was quite poor so we went to the main camp for that and for the internet.
The only little problem we had were bugs always trying to get into the units especially during nighttime so insects repellant would be very handy. I suppose that's also part of the experience of living in the wild.
We had a very experienced Ranger, Patrick, who did the Game drives and he managed to cover the Big 5 for us by our second day. He also made special effort to spot and found a chameleon for the children. During our time of visit, the morning and evening drives got quite windy and cold so extra clothing are advisable. Very nice snacks and all you can drink provided on the game drive. The rest of the staff at the camp including the three managers we met, Lilian, Molin and Naomi were all very good.
The Lodge is about 30mins drive from the Malelane gate which is another 1hr drive from Nelspruit Airport.
We spent 4 nights there and it was certainly very memorable. Different food were served every day including some specialties like the ostrich's carpaccio and the Boma (outdoor cooking). Apart from the two game drives a day and different animals activities all the time, chilling out at the lodge and watching groups of animals occasionally passing the river were quite spectacular too.
Highly recommend the Little Jock especially for families!
- 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