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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

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
205JamieR205

I cannot rave about this lodge enough. From start to finish, everything was beyond fantastic, and the cost compared to other lodges of this caliber was very reasonable. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and our accommodations were clean, beautiful, and comfortable. The food was outstanding - we felt like we were constantly being fed delicious food, and the dinners were set with lovely ambiance. Then there were the drives. Our ranger was amazing, and we saw SO MUCH. He saw and found things that we never would have seen had we been driving around on our own. These are highly trained guides and trackers, and we were able to get so close to the wildlife while still feeling incredibly safe. He was also impressively knowledgeable about not only animals, but plants and geology as well. The jeeps were comfortable, great for viewing, and even equipped with warm blankets if it got chilly. We wish that we could have stayed for much longer, and we will never forget our time here. What an experience! So grateful to every member of the staff at Jock for an unforgettable time.

Excellent stay at this safari lodge
parkfarm1

We had an excellent 3 day stay, and saw the big 5 plus many much more wildlife. Our safari driver Yan was very knowledgeable, and brilliant at searching for the animals with the help of the other 4 vehicles.The food was fantastic and plentiful.

Incredible Experience!
Go273356

We stayed at the Fitzpatrick at Jock Lodge and could not be more happy with our stay. You get extremely personal attention from friendly, accommodating staff in a setting that is out of this world. The accommodations were very nice and the food was excellent. Everything was so nice you hated to leave to go on safari (not really, but it was paradise). The real treat was the diversity and abundance of game. Our ranger, David, was very personable and knowledgeable, but his greatest attribute was that he went out of his way to show us the things we wanted to see! We were specifically wanting to see leopards and boy did we see leopards. Our first trip out we located two separate leopards lounging in a dry river bed, the next day we found a leopard on a kill in a tree and the third day we saw a leopard at a water hole, the photos we got were amazing. In our quest to see leopards we saw numerous game at incredibly short distances. David took great care to give us a great experience while respecting the needs of the animals and the habitat. If you are going to experience Kruger at its natural and unspoiled best we highly recommend Jock Lodge!