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What We Love

  • All meals, select beverages and game drives are included in the rate
  • You're in the heart of Big Five country, so sightings of big game are almost guaranteed
  • The managers are very hands-on; the service and food are top-notch
  • There is a good spa (hydrothrapy bath, steam room and Sauna) offering a wide range of treatments
  • Frogging: You’ll be issued a head lamp, net and gum boots for a fascinating nighttime frog hunt
  • The best season for game viewing and great sunshine is the southern winter, from June to September

What To Know

  • The lodge was last renovated in early 2011
  • Main Lodge is stylish, sophisticated, very private and ideal for couples
  • Childcare services and plenty of activities for the kids
  • Beautiful rock swimming pool for cooling off between game drives
  • Most travelers will land in Johannesburg, take a connecting one-hour flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, on the border of Kruger Park, then transfer to the lodge
  • Jock is not a rustic wilderness experience
  • No WiFi
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Overview

The Review

On almost 15,000 acres of exclusive Kruger National Park, one of the word’s finest wildlife preserves, Jock Safari Lodge is tucked away among tall bushveld trees at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers. The lodge is inspired by the story of Jock, a bull terrier made famous by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick in his epic book Jock of the Bushveld. The Huckleberry Finn of Southern Africa, it tells the true story of a young man and his dog during the early days of the Transvaal gold rush and is beloved by all schoolkids.

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The lodge itself comprises two separate units: Main Lodge and Little Jock. The former is the more romantic and better for couples, with 12 thatched suites, screened by bushveld trees and reed walls to offer total privacy. Each Luxury Suite, with queen or twin beds shrouded in mosquito netting, has its own sala deck, plunge pool and Victorian-style bath. Dining at Jock is as much about the setting as the cuisine, and most meals are served outdoors in the bush or, for smaller bites and cocktails, in the elevated bar overlooking the Biyamiti River.

The highlight of my trip, and really every visit to Kruger, was the morning and evening game drives. The rangers are some of the best in the region, and we saw elephant, rhino and lion within the first hour of the first drive. For something a bit different, request a bush walk, which can be tailored to take in a visit to rock art sites (some of them 3,000 years old) or nighttime frogging expeditions.

How to Get There

Jock Safari Lodge
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park, 00000 South Africa

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 618 Reviews
Top-notched Lodge
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed 3 nights here among our 10 days honeymoon trip in South Africa. Jock Safari brought us a remarkable memory and the perfect honeymoon time. We found so lucky to make the decision to book their accommodation and service. We don’t think there is a better place than this lodge.
Thank you all the crew at Jock, especially to Jacob, our ranger - you are the best!

From Diu & Michael with love!

Brilliant
Reviewed 1 month ago

Can’t recommend this place highly enough. The location is perfect - a 45 minute drive from the airport and right inside the Kruger National Park. Although the itinerary said full board it is actually all inclusive with all drinks and wine included in the price. The food was excellent and varied snacks were provided on the safaris. We had a few issues with our beautiful newly refurbished lodge but the manager came and spoke to us personally and everything was sorted out promptly. The guides were knowledgeable and experienced and we felt totally safe at all times. We saw the big 5 plus many other different animals. All the staff were friendly and very helpful but Patrick our safari guide made our experience very special and personal.

ANOTHER GREAT STAY
Reviewed 2 months ago

It is difficult to write a review, of a second visit, when the first set the bar so high - and the bar being set their based on the sightings and experience which is never guaranteed as the wildlife play such a big part in it and they are not predictable.

To kick off the accommodation, food, and service were of the same high level as experienced 3 years previous.

The last review received 5 stars and this time it drops to 4 based solely on one factor - which is very important in these private lodges. A lot of what one takes out is based on the ranger/guide that guides your game drives and unfortunately this time round it just was not the same. The ranger blew hot and cold from one drive to the next - on some occasions blowing us away with information on birds, insects and animals whilst other times being completely did-engaged and just following the routine. He also relied too much on using the main Kruger roads - which at this time of year during school holidays are a nightmare with disrespectful motorists. We have been fortunate to visit many private lodges across South Africa, so do have a fair benchmark to measure against.

Unfortunately whilst the experience was still wonderful, it was tainted and has left us concluding that Kruger in the school holidays is just no longer an option due to over crowding on viewings thanks to "information" apps that inform you of where sightings are.

Trip of a Lifetime! April 2018
Reviewed 2 months ago

It was an inspirational trip. There were 6 of us (3 couples) and we stayed at Jock Safari Lodge Fitzpatrick camp. There are 3 lodges at the Fitzpatrick camp and a small pool. Our host Blessing and the rest of the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. In fact I think there was more staff than guests. The chefs were creative and the food was delicious and plentiful. The best part of our trip was our amazing safaris. We had 2 safaris a day. One started at 5:30am and ended around 8:30/9am and the second started at 3pm and ended around 7/7:30pm. I will never forget the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We were extremely fortunate to have Estiaan as our Ranger. His experience, knowledge and passion for the animals is truly amazing. He was relentless in making sure he did everything in his power for us to see the Big 5 and we did. YAY! One day he even tracked a leopard. Thank you Estiaan it would not have been the same without you! If a safari in Kruger National Park is not on your bucket list it should be.

A Brilliant Experience!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Things start on a really good note when one is met at the quaint little airport by your ranger and the trip back to the lodge is your first game drive . This really sets the mood!!
The entire experience was marvellous , the room was wonderful and clean and the day bed outside was magical ! The rangers/guides and other staff were all friendly helpful and professional.
We also felt that the greatest effort was made to find animals that we wanted to see , in our case we had never seen leopard . Our ranger went out of his way and we had the most wonderful sighting albeit in the dark!
I would recommend Jocks as a fabulous Bushveld experience with masses of incredible animal sightings ! The food is also excellent and plentiful!
PS We travelled in March 2017 .