We stayed at Jocks for 3 nights as part of our Honeymoon. I can't express how fantastic it was.
Jocks Safari Lodge is a situated within Kruger National Park and is a private concession. This is really important because it means that within the concession, the safari's can go off the main tarmac roads and can operate after the park closes and before it opens providing their jeeps stay within their area. If you base yourself outside of the park, you would miss a huge element of a safari due to the restrictions of public access.
Everything was included within the cost of our stay i.e food, mini bar, water, drinks (alcholic also). Only the spa treatments are additional cost and they are reasonabley priced.
Jocks use Land Rovers with three rows of seats. They are covered to protect from the sun but have open fronts and open sides which offer an equally great view for everyone. They also don't overload them with people, we only saw them with a maximum of 2 people in each row and you stay with your ranger and those people for the entirety of your stay which is excellent. Some of the tour operators we saw loaded people into vans/lorries with loads of people in. Don't go down this route!
The Lodge is only 12 or so rooms with bar, restaurant/terrace area. Its gorgeous and we saw Rhino even while we were at the Lodge.
The safari's are at 5.30am and 4.30pm. The rest of the day is for sleep, spa or just lounging in the plunge pool watching the wild world in front of you. Despite the early starts, it is so worth the experience.
For people into their photography, bring the following if you can:
a) a monopod - invaluable for the early mornings and dusk moments
b) if you have an SLR camera, bring a decent flashgun. I didn't bring one and regretted it bigtime, particularly on the night drives - you are allowed to use them.
c) the biggest zoom lens or telephoto lens you can get your hands on
It is a photographers paradise.
We were lucky enough to see all of the big 5 on our visit + cheetahs, hyenas, Kudos, Chameleons and snakes.
The lodge is very social and everybody (staff and guests) are enthused with excitement for the place. Our ranger was Dumi who joined us for each meal and told some fascinating stories of his experience with the Bush. They even stop the vehicle after dark for a few glasses of wine or whatever you fancy and some snacks.
Our last evening safari was spent on a dried out riverbed with 16 elephants wondering around.
A few photos are attached.
- 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