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Jock Safari Main Lodge

Jock Safari Main Lodge

$595 per person

Jock Safari Main Lodge offers twelve secluded thatched suites, veiled by lush vegetation and reed walls, offer guests luxurious privacy and tranquility in the bush. Each suite has its own en-suite bathroom, deck with plunge pool, and a sala with day bed.

Jock Safari Lodge offers guests two accommodation options namely Jock Safari Lodge & Fitzpatrick’s at Jock in one of the best Big Five habitats in southern Africa.
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Jock Safari Lodge, 6000 hectares of natural landscape withing the Kruger National Park.

The Main Jock Lodge’s architecture oozes an old-worldly charm, and its unobtrusive architecture blends in perfectly with its natural bush surrounds. The rich earthy decor and memorabilia from a bygone era of African exploration, give the lodge its tranquil ambiance. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. It is an opulent space in which to relax and unwind. Dedicated and passionate staff caters to all the needs of the discerning nature lover.

Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is the perfect haven for small groups, families and individuals seeking to unwind amidst the natural beauty of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers three perfectly appointed rooms that also cater for children. Guests can soak up the African sun next to their private pool while appreciating the sounds of the wilderness.

Twelve secluded thatched suites, veiled by lush vegetation and reed walls, offer guests luxurious privacy and tranquility in the bush. Each suite has its own en-suite bathroom, deck with plunge pool, and a sala with day bed.
This palatial haven offers immaculate accommodation and unrestrained luxury to the discerning nature lover.Here guests can experience magnificent sightings of the Big Five -elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion, as well as of a wealth of other species in the heart of the Kruger National Park–Africa’s most iconic game reserve.

Kruger Jock Safari Lodge is actively involved with numerous conservation and research projects of rare and endangered species such as: black and white rhino, lion, wild dog, Marshall eagle and the ground hornbill. More recently, Jock Safari Lodge was thrilled to be a part of a demographic research study,in conjunction with the Kruger National Park,in to the impact of bovine tuberculosis on lion populations.

Continuing in the spirit in which the Kruger National Park was created, Jock Lodge provides a sanctuary for the bush’s creatures, great and small, and is in fact your very own bush escape for the duration of your special Kruger National Park stay.

Jock Safari – Main Lodge

The lodge with 6 000 hectares of natural landscape within the Kruger National Park, offers guests two accommodation options (Jock Safari Lodge & Fitzpatrick’s at Jock) in one of the best Big Five habitats in southern Africa.

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The Main Jock Lodge’s architecture oozes an old-worldly charm, and its unobtrusive architecture blends in perfectly with its natural bush surrounds. The rich earthy decor and memorabilia from a bygone era of African exploration, give the lodge its tranquil ambiance.

Experience a Unique 5 Star Luxury Safari

The atmosphere is warm and inviting. It is an opulent space in which to relax and unwind. Dedicated and passionate staff caters to all the needs of the discerning nature lover.

AMBER PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT EARTH LODGE
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Twelve secluded thatched suites, veiled by lush vegetation and reed walls, offer guests luxurious privacy and tranquility in the bush. Each suite has its own en-suite bathroom, deck with plunge pool, and a sala with day bed.

Your Safari Schedule


SCHEDULE

Times may vary due to season
04h30 / 05h30Wake up call
05h00 / 06h00Early morning refreshments served
05h15 / 06h15 Depart for morning game drive
09h00 A continental breakfast buffet and
(plated) hot breakfast is served
11h00 Requested check-out time
12h00 Lunch is served until 14h30
13h00 / 14h00 Recommended arrival time
15h00 / 15h30 Afternoon tea
15h30 / 16h00 Depart for afternoon game drive
20h00 Pre dinner drinks
20h30 Set menu or Braai/Barbecue dinner is
served - every alternate night

FAQ's

Question: Best Time to Visit Jock Safari Lodge 

Answer: May-August and December

 

Question: Where is Jock Safari Lodge

Answer: Jock Safari Lodge is situated at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers in the south-western corner of the iconic Kruger National Park.

More About Jock Safari Lodge Main Lodge

THE STORY OF JOCK SAFARI LODGE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

The lure of gold brought fortune huntersfrom all corners of the world to Southern Africa. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld, was one such pioneer. The gold-rich capital of Thula Mela, situated on a hill at the fork of the Limpopo and Lebuvu rivers, 200km north of Jock Safari Lodge, served as the trading hub of Southern Africa. These prospectors had to journey through some of Africa’s most scenic, untamed regions. It is in this area that Jock Safari Lodge is based, with its southern boundary the old Voortrekker route from Delagoa Bayin Mozambique(now Maputo) to the goldfields of the then Old Transvaal interior at Pilgrim’s Rest. Today, the wilderness experience of
these early pioneers remains largely unchanged at Jock Private Lodge.

Guest can still experience the same adrenaline rush when encountering one of the Big Five -lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino -up close and personal.The Jock Safari Lodge Kruger concept was pioneered by the descendants of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick -the Niven family. They used the trust funds of Sir Fitzpatrickin 1982 to fence off and build a lodge, in 1982 to protect the area and its indigenous trees, close to where the story of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog, Jock took place.Sir Fitzpatrick was educated at Downside Abbey, near Bath (England), and later at St Aidan’s College, Grahamstown, in the Cape Province of South Africa. Upon his father’s death in 1880, he left college in order to support his mother and her family. In 1884 he went to the Eastern Transvaal gold-fields, where he became a jack of all trades -he worked as store man, prospector’s hand, journalist and transport-rider, travelling from Lourenco Marques to Lydenburg and Barberton by ox-wagon.It was in Barberton where he became editor of the Gold Fields News. His adventures during the pioneering days in the Bushveld are vividly described in Jock of the Bushveld, now a South African classic.At bedtime, he used to recount his experiences with his dog, Jock, to his four children.Rudyard Kipling, an intimate friend, took part in these story-telling evenings and persuaded Fitzpatrick to collect the stories in book form. He then searched for a suitable artist to illustrate the book and came across Edmund Caldwell, whom he brought to South Africa to see the Bushveld and make the drawings on the spot.The book appeared in 1907 and had an enthusiastic reception, being reprinted four times in that year. It has remained a firm favorite in South Africa over the years. It has also been widely read abroad and was published in different forms and in many languages.

 

CONSERVATION AT JOCK SAFARI LODGE

Conservation is the cornerstone of the Jock Safari Lodge ethos. Both lodges have been built and managed to the most stringent eco-management criteria in South Africa, audited by the KNP and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism on a bi-annual basis. For the Jock team, it is all about protecting the environment, flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy. Off-road driving on this private concession is permitted for predator sightings. This is, however,done in an environmentally sensible manner, as tyre damage to the veld can take up to two years to repair. Jock Safari Lodge is 100% committed to maintaining a low ecological footprint,so a to remain true to the overall conservation ethos of the Caleo Foundation.

The Kruger National Park(KNP)is unrivaled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.It is home to an impressive 404 tree-, 53 fish-, 35 amphibian-, 118 reptile-, 505 bird-and 148 mammal species! The first explorer to set foot in the region was the Dutchman, Francois de Cuiper, who led a Dutch East India Company exploration expedition.

Voortrekker expeditions in 1938, led by Louis Trichardt and Hans van Rensburg, successfully establish forward outposts. Hundreds of Europeans and farmers came to the Lowveld, lured by rumors of gold, ivory and skins, which led to a huge decrease in animal numbers due to poaching.President Paul Kruger was informed about the rapid destruction of wildlife in the area by hunters and he succeeded in persuading the Transvaal Parliament to establish a protected area for the wildlife in the Lowveld region. The “Sabie Game Reserve”, which is now the southern part of the KNP, was established in 1898,and is bordered by the Crocodile River in the south, the Sabie River in the north, the Lebombo Mountains in the east and the Drakensberg Mountains in the west. These reserves would eventually expand into today’s iconic Kruger National Park.The Anglo-Boer War halted any further development of the reserve, but the British, after winning the war, proceeded to develop the Sabie Game Reserve in 1902,and gave the task to Major James Stevenson-Hamilton to protect the animals against hunters and farmers. The park was opened to the public in 1927.He became the parks’ first warden, spending the next 40 years protecting and rehabilitating what the war had destroyed and subsequently acquired another 10,000ha for the reserve.

After World War I, the KNP was protected by the government of South Africa and the first ranger was Paul Bester. We are incredibly honored to be custodians of this land and to be able to share it with our guests in the most sustainable way possible. When you leave Jock, you will be sure to have a newfound appreciation, and respect, for Mother Nature.Kruger Jock Safari Lodge is actively involved with numerous conservation and research projects of rare and endangered species such as: black and white rhino, lion, wild dog, Marshall eagle and the ground hornbill. More recently, Jock Safari Lodge was thrilled to be a part of a demographic research study,in conjunction with the Kruger National Park,into the impact of bovine tuberculosis on lion populations.

 

Jock Safari Lodge’s elegant design and tranquil ambiance make it the perfect destination for a getaway.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
    Entry Fees
    Flights
    Meals
    Personal Safari Guide
    Spa treatments and Laundry
    Telephone
    Wifi
  • Not Included
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines

TOUR LOCATION

Kruger National Park, Southern Region, Near Skukuza, 1351

Inclusions and exclusions

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Facilities and Amenities at Jock Safari Lodge Main Lodge

Description of Facilities / Amenities Imbali Safari Lodge
Number of suites12
LODGE FACILITIES
Back up ElectricityYes
BomaYes
Boutique Shop**No
ChildrenYes 8+
Full bar facilitiesYes
GymNo
Handicapped SuiteNo
LoungeYes
Meeting FacilitiesNo
ParkingYes
Spa*Yes
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesNo
WiFi***Yes
Wine CellarYes
SUITE FACILITIES
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
FansYes
HairdryersYes
Lounge AreaYes
Mini-BarsYes
Swimming Pool Yes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
TelephoneNo
DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES
King Size BedsYes
Swimming PoolYes
 

JOCK SAFARI LODGE MAIN LODGE ENRICHING EXPERIENCES

  fitzpatricks lodge at jock main deck and pool

GAME DRIVES

Interactive game drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drive guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise. No persons under the age of 6 years are permitted to join game drives. Children from 4 years up to and including 6 years of age will enjoy game drives in a closed vehicle. jock safari lodge sundowners on main deck

GUIDED GAME / NATURE WALKS

Qualified walking guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of approaching species on foot. No persons under the age of 12 years are permitted to join the game walks. Kindly ensure to request this activity at the time of booking accommodation as nature walks are subject to the availability of qualified guides.

RELAXATION RETREATS

Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at the main lodge (Main Jock). Treatments can be booked prior to arrival with reservations  

BIRD WATCHING

Avid bird watchers can prepare for a feast of the senses at Imbali. With a wealth of recorded species,it truly is a birder’s paradise.This pristine wilderness is home to more than 500 species, of which many occur in the Mluwati Concession, such as the southern yellow-billed hornbill, crested barbet and Burchell’s glossy starling, just to name a few.

GOLF

Exclusive access to Leopard Creek Golf Club is available at an additional cost and can be booked with accommodation.

Jock Safari Lodge Main Lodge Rates 2019

VALIDITY PERIOD 01 JANUARY – 31 DECEMBER 2019

Jock Safari Lodge - Main LodgeRates and Tariffs
Adult | daily sharing rateZAR8 960
Children from 0 up to and including 5 years oldAccommodated at 25% of the adult sharing rate when sharing a room with adults
Children from 6 up to and including 11 years oldAccommodated at 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing a room with adults
 
 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Rate Inclusions

Rates quoted for Jock Safari Lodge includes lunch, dinner, breakfast, two game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game-drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% VAT. (All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure). Families staying at Fitzpatrick’s Family Lodge will also have access to the Kids on Safari Program. All prices are quoted and invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR) on “per person per night” basis. All prices are subject to change without prior notice. Accommodation, three meals and selected beverages (soft drinks, water, beer, selected wines & spirits). Two game drives and VAT at 15%.
 

Adult Prices

Adult rates apply to persons (12 years and older) sharing one room. Persons 12 years and older are considered adults and will, therefore, require their own room/tent at the applicable rates. Single rates are only applicable when one adult is staying by him/herself in one room. Not applicable when an adult is sharing with a child/children. Note that all rooms can sleep a maximum of two adults. Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.
   

Children Policy

This policy applies to all persons from 0 up to and including 11 years old.• Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris. Children staying at Fitzpatrick’s at Jock: Children from 0 up to-and including-5 years are only permitted at Fitzpatrick’s at Jock. Additional beds can accommodate a maximum of one child each OR two children per bunk bed (11 years or younger). Cots can accommodate a maximum of one child per cot. Child minding service is available upon request and can be arranged at an additional cost. Children from 0 up to and including 5 years old:-are accommodated at 25% of the adult sharing rate when sharing a room with adults –dependent on the availability of cots and/or additional bed.-are accommodated at 50% of the adult sharing rate when staying in their own room.-are permitted on game drives conducted within the Jock Safari Lodge Concession Children from 6 up to and including 11 years old:-are accommodated at 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing a room with adults –dependent on the availability of rooms with additional bed.-are accommodated at full adult rate when staying in their own room.-are permitted on game drives.* Persons 12 years and older are considered adults and will therefore require their own room at the applicable rates. Children staying at Main Jock: Main Jock accommodate families with children from 6 years and older on the following basis: Applicable adult rate(s) will apply to children of all ages. A minimum of three rooms must be booked per family in order to ensure that the family has sole use of a game viewing vehicle.
   

Jock Safari Lodge Transfers / Gate Times

  • Pleasenote: All visitors 18 years old, and above, must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access to the park. For non-South African visitors, visitors must produce passports but a South African driver’s license is also acceptable.
  • Transfers to and from the concession can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost.
  • Transfers to and from Skukuzu Airport can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost.
  • Transfers between Jock Safari Lodge and Skukuza are done by Jock Safari Lodge in an open game viewing vehicle.
  • Terms and Conditions relating to road transfers apply and are available on request/as addendum to this document.
  • All road transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies.
  • All transfers must be arranged prior to arrival• Self-drive and road transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA/MQP) are subject to Kruger National Park gate times.
  • The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the park once the gates are closed; therefore,guests need to be at their destination and transfer companies must be outside the park by the time the gates close.
  • Jock Safari Lodge is approximately one (1) hour from the Malelane Gate and therefore we recommend that flights to / from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA/MQP) are booked to: -arrive at KMIA/MQP no later than 14h30 on day of arrival-depart from KMIA/MQP no earlier than 10h00 on day of departure No alternative arrangements can be made.
   

Reservations / Payments

  • 25% Deposit will be required within 14 days of reservation being made.
  • Balance will be required 60 days prior to arrival.
  • Full pre-payment will be required at time of booking for reservations made within 60 daysof arrival. Cancellations Peak Season (15 December –11 January)
  • Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
  • 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival.
  • 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival.
 

General

  • Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgement of cancellation from reservations.
  • 25% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival.
  • 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 15 days prior to arrival.
  • 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 7 days prior to arrival.
 

JOCK SAFARI LODGE LOCATION & DIRECTIONS

From Johannesburg
  • Take the N12 national road to Witbank which becomes the N4.Follow the N4 through Mbombela (Nelspruit)and Malalane.
  • About 2km outside Malalane, take the turn-off to enter the Kruger National Park at the Malelane Gate,where an entrance fee is payable. Please have your confirmation or voucher with you.
  • Once through this gate, continue on the H3 road, for about 37km and turn left at the “Jock Safari Lodge” sign. A3 km dirt road will take you up to the lodge.Distance from Johannesburg: +/-458km.
  • Note: The camp is situated half way between Skukuza and Malelane gates approximately 35 km in both directions with only 3 km of dirt road.
  • Due to the rules and regulations of the Kruger National Park, nobody is allowed on any Kruger National Park roads during the period of gates being closed. Therefore, guests must be at their destination by the time the gates's close.
  CHARTERS
  • Jock Safari Lodge is approximately 45 minutes to an hour from the Malelane Gate and therefore we recommend that flights to / from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA/MQP) are booked to:•
  • arrive before 14h30 on day of arrival•
  • depart after 10h00 on day of departure
  • GPS Co-ordinates
  • Main Jock Lodge: S 25’ 13.059’ | E 031’ 33.850’•
  • Fitzpatrick’s at Jock: S 25’ 13.490’ | E 031’ 34.007’
  • Transfers Central Reservations are able to arrange your transfer by air or by road.
  GETTING TO JOCK BY ROAD
  • Road transfers are done by an accredited company with the applicable liability and insurances in place. All transfers must be booked through the reservations department prior to arrival. Vehicles used for transfers might change due to availability, but will be similar in size Self-drive and road transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA/MQP) are subject to Kruger National Park gate times. The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the park once the gates are closed; therefore, guests need to be at their destination and transfer companies must be outside the park by the time the gates close. Jock Safari Lodge is approximately one (1) hour from the Malelane Gate and therefore we recommend that flights to / from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA/MQP) are booked to:
  • arrive at KMIA/MQP no later than 14h30 on day of arrival
  • depart from KMIA/MQP no earlier than 10h00 on day of departure No alternative arrangements can be made.
  Transfers between Jock Safari Lodge and Skukuza / Malalane
  • These transfers are done by Jock Safari Lodge in an open safari vehicle. Closed vehicles shall be used should an open vehicle not be available.
  • 2018: ZAR 500.00 per person per way Payment Transfer charges will be added to the total booking value and is payable with accommodation. Cancellations 100% (Full) cancellation will be charged for all transfers cancelled within 48 hours of travelling.
   

GETTING TO JOCK BY AIR

Jock Safari Lodge offers road transfers to and from Skukuza Airport in open game drive vehicles, by a qualified ranger. Upon collection from the airport the adventure begins and refreshments will be served en-route to the lodge.Transfers can be booked directly with our Reservations department at a cost of ZAR500.00 per person, per way. All transfers must be pre-arranged and paid to Jock Safari Lodge.Guest are liable to pay the Daily Conservation Fees as per the table below on arrival in the park. (Jock will happily settle this fee on your behalf, and conveniently add it to your room account.) With the Skukuza Airport fully operational it will ensure less time travelling for guests as it is only a 1-hour road transfer from the airport to Jock Safari Lodge, whereas the KMIA is 2 hours. Not only it is a cost-effective way to travel, but guests also experience the incredible game viewing from the time they land inside the Kruger National Park. Flights can be booked through Air Link. Airlink operates daily direct convenient flights between Johannesburg and Skukuza as well as between Cape Town International Airport and Skukuza. Please note that the flights must be booked by guests or agents directly as Jock Safari Lodge is unable to book flights on their behalf.