We stayed in Camp Jabulani and my only disappointment is that now nothing else measures up!! It really is as wonderful as everyone says it is - in fact it exceeded my expectations (and I'm not easily impressed). Camp Jabulani is not five star - it is at least six or seven. Seriously.
You do pay a lot for the experience but it is absolutely worth it for the personal and superior service. I could not recommend this lodge more highly.
If you have to put off your trip for an extra year to save the difference between this and other lodges it is worth it.
The game viewing is great, the roads and accessways superior to any other game lodges (and we've stayed at six high end ones now). The visit to Hoedspuit Endangered Species Centre was amazing (and yes you really do get to pat a cheetah). The guides were knowledgeable and personable, the food was superlative (though perhaps a little fancy for our own tastes) and the rooms - wow - to die for.
Early one morning we even awoke to see two beautiful lionesses lying down in the dry riverbed beneath our rooms watching us.
We advised we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they surprised us with a romantic and beautiful diner in our rooms.
We stayed for three nights in April 2010 and have felt a mounrful longing to return ever since.
Though to be truthful, we have only just returned from another visit to South Africa to take our young daughter on holiday to experience safari and learn about the animals in their natural habitat. Sadly we could not justify the USD$6000 plus per night to hire the villa for just the three of us (children under 12 are not welcomed into the camp - which is completely fair enough). However, we will be back without her until she is old enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camp Jabulani, a family-owned private safari lodge, is guaranteed to offer first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service. But its most notable feature is the herd of trained African elephants, which were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Over and above its once-in-a-lifetime close-up and personal elephant interaction experience, guests are also able to join experienced rangers in safari vehicles as they head out in search of The Big 5, and the smaller creatures that are part of an African Safari; visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre or simple relaxation around the camp or in the "Bush Spa". The exclusive Zindoga Villa is ideally suited to family travellers, or the client who prefers a more private, luxury experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camp Jabulani Hotel Hoedspruit