As part of our multi stop (Cape Town, The Kruger & The Seychelles) honeymoon, we stayed for 3 days and 3 nights at Jocks. To say it was the highlight would be an understatement.
From the accommodation, to the staff everything about Jocks is amazing. Even getting there from Joburg is an adventure, as you travel from the most laid back departure lounge (free booze - yay!)in the world, to one of the smallest airports I've ever laid eyes on at Szukuzi (sp?).
We were met by two of Jocks guides (whose names, forshame, escape me) and were driven the hour's drive, seeing plenty of wildlife with expert commentary before we'd even got to our destination.
On arrival, we were shown to our room, which was luxurious in the extreme and treated to an outstanding lunch in the company of some vervet monkeys (don't feed them - we were warned), which to a primate loving young fella like myself was heavenly.
Before long, it was time for our evening game drive, which was absolutely superb. Both evening and morning game drives are included in the price, as well as all meals, drinks and afternoon bushwalks, should you feel the urge. Never in my life have I been so happy to get up at 5am.
To list the wildlife we saw, would take up the whole review, all of the big 5 and a miriad of other animals were spotted and photographed (take a load of memory cards and batteries). Our guide Lazarus was very knowledgable, personable and had a wicked sense of humour. How he could spot the animals he did through the bush whilst driving and on occasion in the dark still amazes me.
When not on the drives the lodge is the perfect place to relax, having a snooze in the 4 poster bed, reading your book on your veranda keeping an eye out for any wildlife wandering past in the dried river bed or having a wee drink at the bar.
Then a spot of food with the rest of the people on your jeep and your guide before going out on another drive.
I went on two bushwalks, accompanied by armed guides, but as they know the things to look out for through any of the 5 senses when walking through the bush we were never in any trouble of stumbling across an enraged animal. We were given handy tips on tracking with animal tracks, vegetation, dung all being investigated for clues. We also saw various birds, insects, tortoises and bigger mammals from a distance. We were also treated to some cave art. Walking through the bush in the knowledge that wildlife is all around is simply exhilarating.
I'd recommend Jocks to anyone who asked. It was easily the best destination I have been to thus far.
- 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