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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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Bedfordshire UK
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“Fantastic, first class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2009

The lodge was far above our expectations. The management and all the staff ensured that we enjoyed our stay. The rangers and game drives were fantastic. Raymond, our ranger, had a great deal of experiance and over our three day stay managed to seek out the big 5. The food was great, you could not possibly go hungry.
We would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

After reading the online reviews and visiting the lodge website we were both very excited and looking forward to our first Safari and South Africa Experience.
The lodge did not dissapoint. We stayed in "Main Jocks". Room exactly as described and kept very clean. Minibar, lunch dinner and breakfast included in rate! Game drives were superb and our ranger was excellent and very friendly. Some people when we were there stated that the drives were boring and didnt see much animals but that is nature!! Would definatly recommend. Great Honeymoon experience.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Derby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

Little Jock is located only 1km from main Jock safari lodge and houses 3 rooms. We were on our honeymoon and my husband really wanted to book the main Jock (preferred the look of the rooms, and it seemed superior from the brochure) only they were fully booked. Little Jock is designed for people who want a bit more quiet (away from kids) and/or for rental by a party - this is infact what we feel it would be ideal for having now stayed there. Our main negative really is just that you need to get on with the people that you are sharing little Jock with as there is very little room and you will be going on safari and eating etc etc with these people 24/7 during your stay, so it's a bit of a gamble! You can of course use Big Jocks facilities and we did use the spa, shop and arranged to eat up there for our final night. The food was really excellent, the best of all 3 hotels we stayed at on our trip, and the staff were friendly and helpful. You do all eat together, one night Boma and one night plated food, alternating in this pattern, along with your ranger. Our experience was that while it was interesting to get to know the rangers more that they tended to overbear the conversation (this was in both little and main Jock) only realising when completing the feedback that the rangers are actually assessed on how much information about the history of the park they give you etc we had 2 nights where the rangers barely drew breath even though there were other lovely and pleasent guests to talk to on the tables and to hear their experiences, trips etc would have been more interesting. The Safari is very good, we saw the magnificent 7 and some real treats, wild dogs, a lepoard with kill, bredding hurds of elephants, rhino calfs, hyaena families etc. The trucks radio into each other when something big is spotted so that all the guests can have a look, however the vehicles do not go off road. The rooms felt a bit tired but we were told that they will shortly be undergoing a re-vamp shortly to make the deck etc more similar to big Jock which had a lovely outside bar area. On reflection our thoughts are that big Jock was perhaps too big and little Jock too little. If you can afford it we'd recommend a priavte game reserve within Sabi Sands.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2009

Stayed at the Jock Safari Lodge for the first three nights of our honeymoon in September '08, and it was just fantastic. Location was stunning, staff were all very friendly and helpful, food was delicious and level of service was excellent. I can't really fault anything during our stay.

(Note: one of the other review mentions Little Jock - we stayed in Big Jock so can't really comment on the difference.)

We flew directly into Kruger from Johannesburg to an airstrip about an hour's drive from the lodge. Picked up by Edgar, who turned out to be our driver for the duration, in a car with cold drinks in an ice box, so good start. Between the airstrip and the lodge itself we saw a leopard, hippo, a few rhinos and a herd of elephants, so the big five was well on its way before we'd even started.

As we got to the lodge just before the afternoon game drive we just dumped our kit and went straight out, so although we were only there for the three nights we managed to get six game drives out of the trip, and yes we say all the "Big 5" and so much more.

I can't guarantee that all lodge rooms are the same, but ours had its own plunge pool, a raised and covered deck looking out across the river bed (plenty of wildlife to see there too) and best of all an outside shower. With the sun beating down the outside shower was a beautiful thing.

The morning game drive starts at 6am, and you're back by 9am for breakfast, which is large and very tasty. The rest of the morning and early afternoon (lunch is available but wew were stuffed from breakfast) is left to yourself to chill out by the plunge pool or take advantage of the spa facilities.

At 3.30 you go up to the bar for afternoon tea - a drink and sandwiches - where you can watch the lodge's monkey residents attempt to steal any bit of cake/sandwich they can get their hands on.

4.00pm is the evening game drive until ~6pm where our Land Rover met up with one of the other group's Landcruiser, the picnic tables come out and you stand in the veld, sipping gin & tonic and watching the sun go down over the bush. Truly magical.

Back to the lodge by 7pm, a quick change for dinner then over to the restauarant to site with your group and your driver and sample some of the local wild life with copious amounts of local wine.

Things you need to know:

- it gets *very* cold in the morning. Everyone in our group had heard all the warning and assumed that, coming from the UK (Scotland for us) this was all an exaggeration. It's not. You start the morning with 3 or 4 layers, a hat and a blanket over your knees, but by 9am you're down to t-shirt. The temperature gradient really is that severe.

- your experience could depend on the group you end up with. We were very lucky that we were in a group of three couples, all honeymooners who got married the weekend before and all around the same age and we had an absolute ball. This may not hold true depending on the company you keep.

- Edgar is a fantastic game ranger, with eyesight that seems unbelievable when spotting things. Would definitely recommend him.

- while the whole trip was an amazing experience, I don't know that going for any longer would have been beneficial. Being up at five each morning for the morning game drive then up till 11pm each night enjoying the local produce does take it out of you, even with the break in the middle of the day. We were shattered by the time we got back to Jo'burg (in a good way), so the relaxing part of the honeymoon in Mauritius was most welcome.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2009

I am sorry I only stayed here for one night, but for my first safari experience this was perfect. Loved the food and wine, and as a veggie (not through choice) there was loads of things for me to eat, and like everywhere else in Africa i was treated like royalty from the chef, even with my strict diet, nothing was too much for him. The lodges are excellent, ours had a fantastic view over the bush. So theres the chance to see plenty of animals before you even go out on a game drive. Lazarus the ranger was fantastic, he was very knowledgable, funny and enthausiastic about his job, he made the game drives what they were. Its a shame that you cant go off road while on game drive here (at least thats what it was like when i was there two years ago)
Special thanks to the manager who kindly came to our rescue when we couldnt open the bottle of wine at an ungodly hour!

Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2009

We stayed at Jocks for 5 nights during our honeymoon. What a wonderful place. The Safari Lodge is within the Kruger National Park and is set in its own secure grounds. The rooms are mini lodges and completely private with a covered viewing platform, where you can sit on the soft furniture, overlooking the Kruger watching a variety of animals pass along the river bank. Alternatively you can cool off in the small private pool after a foot safari.

The Lodge runs two vehicle safaris a day but as on all safaris prepare to be up early before the heat rises. Take warm clothes as it can be quite cold early morning and late at night .The vehicles are comfortable but quite a high climb if you are a little unsteady on your feet. The Lodge does have steps to assist if necessary. Our guide Raymond was incredibly enthusiastic and ensured that we saw a variety of animals.The guides remain with the same guests and even eat with them during dinner which is a nice idea.

The rooms are comfortable, and have huge patio duel aspect windows. Keep the doors shut as small monkeys will swing down from the overhead trees and peer in. Im sure many a guest has returned to find a monkey tucked up in bed having fed itself on shortbread biscuits and nursing a hangover from the complementary wine!

The food is excellent , plentiful with a good variation. Its a well organised Lodge ensuring new guests are welcomed by everyone meeting prior to the evening safari for afternoon tea.

A fantastic place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our African honeymoon. The location of Jock really made you feel as if you were in the middle of nowhere and in amongst all of the wildlife. Our first game drive was within an hour of arriving and we teamed up with two other couples who had also just arrived - within minutes of exiting the main entrance of the lodge we saw a rhino in the distance and then 3 lionesses hunting impala - just amazing ! We watched them for a while and then, after giving up, they wandered down the road and called for their young. They were suddenly joined by 7 gorgoeus cubs ! We sat for nearly an hour watching them play and feed....

We saw all of the big five and a host of other animals.. our guide - Edgar was truly excellent at spotting animals from a huge distance and even spotted a leopard which must have been half a mile away, asleep in a tree.

The food at Jock was good and very plentiful. In fact you could eat 7 times a day if you wished ... (1) coffee, juice and pastries at wake up call, (2) coffee and biscuits on the morning drive stop, (3) full english and continental breakfast on return (4) 3 course lunch at your leisure, (5) cakes and drinks at high tea before the evening drive, (6) sundowners and biltong, nuts, dried fruit and cheese biscuits on the evening drive, (7) 3 course dinner on return !!!

My highlight (other than the lion cubs) was a sundowner stop with a spectacular sunset, sipping cold wine and watching a herd of elephants grazing nearby. A truly unforgettable experience.

Accommodation was good too - it felt like we were in Africa, but with a bit of luxury thrown in. We used the plunge pool to cool down - not finding any problems with it like other reviewers did, and enjoyed the cool bottles of inclusive South African wine in our mini bar whist lounging on the deck or in the bath with gorgoeus views of the river and surrounding bush. The local monkeys were cute and friendly but they will steal anything edible and will try and get into your room if you leave the door open at all - and they are quite partial to the bread rolls that go with lunch and dinner so keep your wits about you !

All in all - a fantastic experience which we would highly recommend...!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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