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Malelane - Skukuza Road, Kruger National Park 1351 South Africa
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#64 of 182 in Kruger National Park
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Nestled amidst the lush vegetation in the South-Western corner of the majestic beauty that is the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge emerges at the pinnacle where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one – a space for breath-taking wildlife sightings. The lodge with 6, 000 hectares of natural landscape offers guests one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in South Africa with its exclusive riverbed traversing rights. Traverse through this exceptional landscape on twice daily game drives as well as wilderness walks with highly experienced game rangers and witness an abundance of bird life and a staggering diversity of wildlife, including the endangered wild dog. Enthralling sightings of elephants, prides of lions as well as a sea of buffalo horns rising from the grass as they lie resting in the growing heat, awaits one. Rich in historical heritage, Jock is the first private game lodge within South Africa’s largest national park and was inspired by the well-known tale of Jock of the Bushveld by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, a story of courage and loyalty set during South Africa’s first gold rush era. This colonial styled safari lodge offers guests a unique stay, showcasing elements of history, fauna and flora, tranquillity, conservation and fine cuisine in the 12 individual thatched suites at the Main Lodge or 3 luxurious suites at the nearby Fitzpatrick Lodge.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Hiking
Entertainment staff
Babysitting
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Minibar
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu

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Malelane - Skukuza Road, Kruger National Park 1351 South Africa
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Skukuza Airport18 miSee all flights
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Peg B wrote a review Jun 11
Las Cruces, New Mexico77 contributions62 helpful votes
Our guide Micah was the best from the moment we arrived until the time we left. He was a great tracker and knowledgeable about the area, animals and the country. We saw the big 5 while we were there and probably another 15 other types of animals. The staff went the extra mile with bush babies for every ride and in our beds to keep us warm. They greeted us every time we came back and thanked us several times for coming. The food was incredible wide variety and very delicious.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: We were in the Fitzpatrick lodge which was smaller than the main hotel. Very nice and quiet.
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear @676pegb, We are beyond thrilled to read that you enjoyed your time with us and that he magic of Jock has travelled home with you. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for many more memorable sightings and experiences. Thank you, the Jock team.
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kim4p0d wrote a review Apr 2022
Worthing, United Kingdom28 contributions21 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time for the moment we arrived greeted by the amazing staff. Our accommodation was superb and food was marvelous with attentive staff Precious looked after us very well. Jacob, our guide, was very knowledgeable and dedicated and was helpful when we realized we had left a bag behind, and returned quickly to retrieve it.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear @kim4p0d, Thank you kindly for taking the time to share your experience with us, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We will pass the lovely compliments onto the team who are always so humbled and appreciative. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Thank you, the Jock team.
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shysarah wrote a review Apr 2022
Worcester14 contributions
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Wow, just wow. Jock’s is just the best. Where to start? Well, the staff are brilliant, always smiling, helpful, anything you ask for they will oblige. Particular mention to Precious, Phil, Thabo and Delys. I know I have missed some, so thank you to all the staff. The accommodation is luxurious, Wi-Fi is always available. The private plunge pool was a god send in the heat. The food was outstanding, something different each day, alongside an extensive drinks menu. Onto the safaris, we did 9 in total with the magnificent Micah. Micah’s knowledge of the wildlife is something to behold. Seeing all the animals in their natural habitat was a dream but what made it extra special was how Micah taught us to track the animals. We can’t wait to return to Jock’s one day.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear @Shysarah, Thank you so much for this wonderful review, it made our day to see the positive impression the property and experience left on you. We will be sure to share your feedback with the staff members mentioned, who are always so grateful to hear that their hard work has been appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back for many more memorable moments! Thank you, the Jock team.
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evafellner2013 wrote a review Feb 2022
Portland, Oregon1 contribution1 helpful vote
I visited Kruger and Jock Lodge in 2017 and all I wanted to do is come back. That happened in Jan 2022 and once again it was wonderful in every way. The location is on a normally dry river bed so you can see wildlife from your window or terrace. The staff is so gracious and helpful. The wildlife guides are the most knowledgable and enthusiastic I have ever met. I come for the beauty and the animals and Jock Lodge delivers every time.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded Mar 16, 2022
Good Morning, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property and for the positive feedback. We are so pleased that we were able to build onto the existing memories made at Jock. We will pass your compliments onto the team, who are always so happy to hear that their hard work has been well received. Thank you, the Jock Team.
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LeoSpotter wrote a review Jan 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Pretty run down (paint chipping off everywhere) and neglected (grounds not being looked after, fallen leaves and debris everywhere). Little and somewhat grumpy service (starting with having to take your luggage out of the car yourself) and average food. Game driver did his job but nothing to make the drives a real experience. Despite all this still feeling entitled to charge like a top lodge rendering one feeling ripped off.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Josey wrote a review Jan 2022
Hillcrest5 contributions
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We were lucky enough to celebrate a 70th birthday at Jock Safari Lodge and we loved absolutely every second of our stay. The staff offered exceptional service and made us feel so welcome and at home. The game drives were spectacular - we loved the beautiful scenery and were thrilled with some spectacular sightings big and small! Jacob, our game guide, shared so much interesting information with us, he had a wonderful sense of humour and had us all laughing along the way. Each and every staff member at Jock Safari Lodge made a 70th birthday treat one that will never be forgotten and always treasured. Jock we would love to come back!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded Jan 13, 2022
Dear Josey, WOW- thank you so much for this wonderful review, it truly made our day! We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your time with us, we will share your feedback with the teams who are always appreciative to hear that their hard work has been well received. Thank you so much and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future again. Thank you, the Jock team.
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Breck R wrote a review Dec 2021
Huntsville, Alabama1 contribution
That is the one word I would use to describe our experience at Jock. From the moment you arrive, you are treated with the utmost care and consideration. The game drives are awesome, the rangers are so knowledgeable and dedicated to providing the best possible experience, and the food and beverage service were top notch. I would recommend Jock to anyone who really wants to have the best possible safari experience in an extremely luxurious setting with a staff that is there for you 24/7.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded Dec 13, 2021
Good Day, Thank you so much for taking the time to post your recent experience with us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to immerse yourself in the Kruger lowveld. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again in the near future! Thank you, the Jock team.
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CrystalRae wrote a review Aug 2021
Calgary, Canada37 contributions11 helpful votes
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I can't say enough good things about our experience at Jock Safari Lodge! It was our very 1st visit to Kruger National Park, and we had considered going with the private reserve option, but one of our friends who works as a travel agent said that you really can't replicate the experience of staying inside the Kruger. They were definitely right! It was so incredible to be able to explore the Kruger before and after the gates were closed to the public with our amazing guide, Lazarus, who was able to somehow spot things that should have been impossible to see! Incredible instincts! Jock Safari Lodge is in a concession in the Kruger which means that they and their guests have access to the entire park, but they also have 6000ha of land that is unfenced that the public are not allowed to visit. We got to see lions, rhino, elephants, buffalo, and leopard all in our first 16 hours in the park (and so, so much more), all within their private concession. We also ventured out to the public areas of the park and saw even more incredible stuff. What an experience! The rooms and the quality of service is absolutely incredible. It felt soo luxurious and we really felt like we were living the safari dream! The private chalet had it's own dipping pool, tented viewing deck, and outdoor bath, and it was so lovely to sip on a glass of bubbly while watching nature at work in the riverbed in front of us. I cannot recommend this experience enough, and I would love to return one day to visit the animals and staff at Jock Safari Lodge!!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: All rooms have a view of the riverbed! I think they are all equally as luxurious, you can't...
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Responded Oct 6, 2021
Good Morning Crystal, WOW- what can we say except a huge thank you for this amazing review and for taking the time to share it! We are beyond thrilled and flattered to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, and will share your comments with the entire team who are always so appreciative to hear that their hard work was well received. We are pleased to read that the value of being in a private concession in the heart of Kruger made such a positive impact on your experience, it is sometimes difficult to understand- so thank you for listening to your friend and for trusting us with your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back one day in the future, like you said- hopefully it wont just be a once off experience :) Thank you, The Jock team.
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Lynette P wrote a review Aug 2021
Cape Town, South Africa262 contributions12 helpful votes
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Luxury in the bush with a touch of history. Jock gets it’s name from the historical dog called “Jock of the Bushveld “ in the area where his epic story took place. This wonderful lodge nestled under the canopy of Jackal-berry trees overlooking the magnificent Biyamiti Riverine area is home to an excellent viewing of the big 5 and African painted dogs, as well as an abundance of a variety of flora and fauna. It is also a birders paradise. The beautifully appointed Main Lodge with its luxurious rooms all with River frontage creates a wonderful ambience. Their real gold is their staff who go out of their way to make one feel totally at home and relaxed. The guides are simply the best and their knowledge of the area and its natural assets are unsurpassed. Jacob who was our guide is an expert in his field and we learnt so much from him even though we have been going to the Kruger Park for many decades. The food and wine are out of the “top drawer”. Hosts, Louis and Belinda are truly wonderful and make this unique experience worth sharing. Their personal touch and attention to detail is unsurpassed. In conclusion this safari lodge is unique and a true bush experience. Only Jock vehicles traverse the area which means that there is no competition when viewing the game. This gives one the feeling that it is only your vehicle experiencing the outstanding flora and fauna. The landscapes, sunrises and sunsets are truly magnificent. Our heartfelt thanks to the Jock team for making our safari a memorable experience and we will definitely return. This lodge should be on your “bucket list”. In appreciation James and Lynette
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Room no:1 you are overlooking the main drinking area for the game to frequent
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Responded Aug 11, 2021
Good Afternoon James and Lynette, What an amazing review- thank you so much for taking the time to review our property and give feedback from your experience. We are beyond thrilled to hear that you had such a great time with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Thank you, the Jock team.
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rvelds102279 wrote a review Jul 2021
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One could not ask for a better location in the game reserve. The staff were without exception wonderful. Friendly, helpful and just a delight. The game drives were a highlight and our ranger was the best. His knowledge and stories made the experience so much more than just a drive in the bush. The food was good and ample. We can highly recommend the venue and would love to go back one day. Although they claim to be COVID-19 aware and the staff all wore masks all the time, there was someone taking your temperature each time you entered the reception area, the wearing of masks by the guests was not enforced at all. We did bring this to the attention of the general manager who promised to do something about it, but over the following two days, we did not see any improvement. This was very disappointing and something Jock should pay much more attention to. If they are not going to serve me with alcohol, because of the rules, then they MUST also enforce this rule.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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$1,165 - $1,371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
jock safari hotel kruger national park
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jock Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Jock Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Jock Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Jock Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Jock Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jock Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Jock Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Jock Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Jock Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Is Jock Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.