We Flew in from Jo'burg for one night to celebrate New Year's Eve, so my daughter could ride an elephant and pet a cheetah. Whist the rooms were decorated/furnished exactly as in the photos, our room 'Lundi' was exceptionally dark. The shrubs around the small deck at the back were very overgrown which meant that very little sunlight actually ever went onto our deck, making the pool ice cold and no where to sunbathe. This was disappointing.
The communal areas of the main lodge are very lovely, as was the service received there.
The food on New Year's Eve was a very big disappointment. A simple buffet dinner was served. Whilst all the food was good quality and well cooked, it was just a very ordinary dinner. I expected and wanted so very much more from Camp Jabulani!
I appreciate we were only there one night but it did feel like they couldn't wait to get rid of us the next day. Indeed they wouldn't even let us finish your lunch, saying they needed to take us to the airport - where we then sat for an hour and a half for our flight to Jo'burg. We were also taken by another ranger! Our ranger said he couldn't take us to the airport as he had to go and collect his next guests!! This is very poor customer service.
Finally I must say the trip to see the cheetahs was the absolute highlight of the trip. This was fabulous!
Overall, would I go back? No. There are better lodged in this high price bracket.
- 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