Overview

Midway between Skukuza and Berg-en-dal rest camps, in the south-western corner of the world-renowned Kruger Park, lies Jock Safari Lodge. Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers, the lodge is built in the 6 000 hectare Jock of the Bushveld Concession Area.

In the late 19th Century, the lure of gold brought men from all corners of the world to South Africa. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, the author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld, was one of these pioneers. The lodge, named after the gutsy Staffordshire terrier, combines the romance and elegance of the colonial past with elements of the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures, ensuring guests of an authentic yet luxurious safari experience. 

Accommodation

The twelve luxurious thatched suites are screened by verdant trees and reed walls, offering guests seclusion and privacy. The gracious suites have a private 'Sala' (outdoor lounge) overlooking the river, offering stunning views of the pristine bushveld and sightings of the Big Five from the comfort and privacy of the suite.

Guests refresh themselves in Victorian ball-and-claw baths and outdoor showers and retire to beds enveloped by a walk-in canopy of mosquito netting. Private terraces with plunge pools provide the perfect spot for sundowners before ambling along the wooden walkways to the main lodge. 

Wildlife

Guests frequently sight the Big Five during their stay, along with cheetah, hippo, wild dog and a large variety of antelope. Evening game drives reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as porcupine, aardwolf, genet, serval, white tailed mongoose, civet and brown hyena. Rock dassies, baboon and klipspringer occur frequently in the rocky landscape of the southern Kruger, while giraffe graze on the tall trees and herds of wildebeest and zebra occur in the open plains.

Birdlife is prolific with over 350 species recorded. Raptor sightings include Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards. Southern Ground Hornbills have nesting sites close to the lodge, and iridescently plumaged birds, such as the Lilac-breasted roller, Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, and Malachite kingfishers are often sighted.

Frogging safaris provide opportunities for sighting, or hearing, the 34 species of frogs located in the area.

Extra Info

Children:
Children of all ages are welcome at Jock Safari Lodge .Rooms accommodating children sharing with parents contains one sleeper couch per room or on request cots are available .
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.
Child minding services are available upon request and can be arranged at an additional cost .

Gates
The Kruger National park prohibits the use of roads within the park once the gates are closed. Guests, therefore, need to be at their destination by the time the gates close.

Directions

Self-dive instructions: 

From Johannesburg

Take the N12 national road to Witbank which becomes the N4 national road. Follow the N4 through Nelspruit and Malelane. About 2 km outside Malelane, 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 you enter Malelane gate, drive straight on the H3 road, for about 37 km and turn left at the “Jock Safari Lodge” sign. Then a 3 km dirt road and you are at the lodge. Distance from Johannesburg: +/- 458 km

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 close.

GPS Co-ordinates:
 S 25’ 13.059’ | E 031’ 33.850’

Reviews


We are regular visitors to the Kruger Park. However, this was our first stay at Jock Safari Lodge. What a great experience! Stunning Lodge, Friendly staff, excellent service from everyone. We were so spoilt through out our stay. We had wonderful game drives everyday with a great ranger. I will highly recommend to anyone. Definitely worth it!

Sone de Bruyn

I cannot speak highly enough of Jock! From the warm welcome we received right down to the warm towels handed to you after each game drive, our every need and want was tended to with a broad smile! The game viewing was outstanding as well, but what amazing service and value for money... We can't wait to go back!

Chris Quayle

Excellent service and accommodation! The field guide was very professional and went out of his way to teach us about the wildlife. Truly a treat!

Susara Johanna Susanna Bithrey

Jock Safari Lodge has a well deserved reputation for being really fantastic, their food, friendly service and attention to detail is awesome. But what I enjoyed most is that you have the best of both worlds. You can either relax and enjoy game drive with an experienced guide or take your own vehicle and go on your own safari.

DEBBIE THWAITES

Jock Safari Lodge was a great experience. We loved our accommodation and the setting. The food was not exceptional, we had better at other lodges but the overall atmosphere and facilities at Jock were above average.The staff were all very attentive.Pity it rained a lot during our staff so our game viewing was not that great but that just means I will have to return.

Rose McGaw

It can look a little tired but look through that. Great people and very attentive. Very relaxing.

Roger Case

We had a great time. We were treated like royalty from the time we arrive. Our Guide (Jakob) went out of his way in finding the game we wanted to see. The food was fantastic and the staff great. Will be back for my next anniversary.

Andre

Very good. Staff were always very pleasant and helpful. Accommodation - would have preferred an inside. Food _ good variety. Game drives - excellent driver and game spotter in Micah.

Maureen

Very authentic safari experience, with first class guides, great game viewing, good food and lovely staff. Lodge could do with a bit of a face-lift, but that was the least of our concerns.

Jenny

We loved Jock Safari Lodge. The facilities were great and the service and food were first class. The thought in grouping guests so that similar ages traveled together on safari was an unexpected benefit. The actual safari and animal hunting was informative, and fascinating, Ben our allocated guide had a wicked sense of humor and his knowledge of the land and all of the animals, from smallest to largest was astounding. We would not hesitate to recommend Jock Safari Lodge!

Steve and Narelle Saladine

Midway between Skukuza and Berg-en-dal rest camps, in the south-western corner of the world-renowned Kruger Park, lies Jock Safari Lodge. Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers, the lodge is built in the 6 000 hectare Jock of the Bushveld Concession Area.

In the late 19th Century, the lure of gold brought men from all corners of the world to South Africa. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, the author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld, was one of these pioneers. The lodge, named after the gutsy Staffordshire terrier, combines the romance and elegance of the colonial past with elements of the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures, ensuring guests of an authentic yet luxurious safari experience. 

The twelve luxurious thatched suites are screened by verdant trees and reed walls, offering guests seclusion and privacy. The gracious suites have a private 'Sala' (outdoor lounge) overlooking the river, offering stunning views of the pristine bushveld and sightings of the Big Five from the comfort and privacy of the suite.

Guests refresh themselves in Victorian ball-and-claw baths and outdoor showers and retire to beds enveloped by a walk-in canopy of mosquito netting. Private terraces with plunge pools provide the perfect spot for sundowners before ambling along the wooden walkways to the main lodge. 

Guests frequently sight the Big Five during their stay, along with cheetah, hippo, wild dog and a large variety of antelope. Evening game drives reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as porcupine, aardwolf, genet, serval, white tailed mongoose, civet and brown hyena. Rock dassies, baboon and klipspringer occur frequently in the rocky landscape of the southern Kruger, while giraffe graze on the tall trees and herds of wildebeest and zebra occur in the open plains.

Birdlife is prolific with over 350 species recorded. Raptor sightings include Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards. Southern Ground Hornbills have nesting sites close to the lodge, and iridescently plumaged birds, such as the Lilac-breasted roller, Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, and Malachite kingfishers are often sighted.

Frogging safaris provide opportunities for sighting, or hearing, the 34 species of frogs located in the area.

Children:
Children of all ages are welcome at Jock Safari Lodge .Rooms accommodating children sharing with parents contains one sleeper couch per room or on request cots are available .
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.
Child minding services are available upon request and can be arranged at an additional cost .

Gates
The Kruger National park prohibits the use of roads within the park once the gates are closed. Guests, therefore, need to be at their destination by the time the gates close.

Self-dive instructions: 

From Johannesburg

Take the N12 national road to Witbank which becomes the N4 national road. Follow the N4 through Nelspruit and Malelane. About 2 km outside Malelane, 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 you enter Malelane gate, drive straight on the H3 road, for about 37 km and turn left at the “Jock Safari Lodge” sign. Then a 3 km dirt road and you are at the lodge. Distance from Johannesburg: +/- 458 km

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 close.

GPS Co-ordinates:
 S 25’ 13.059’ | E 031’ 33.850’

We are regular visitors to the Kruger Park. However, this was our first stay at Jock Safari Lodge. What a great experience! Stunning Lodge, Friendly staff, excellent service from everyone. We were so spoilt through out our stay. We had wonderful game drives everyday with a great ranger. I will highly recommend to anyone. Definitely worth it!

Sone de Bruyn

I cannot speak highly enough of Jock! From the warm welcome we received right down to the warm towels handed to you after each game drive, our every need and want was tended to with a broad smile! The game viewing was outstanding as well, but what amazing service and value for money... We can't wait to go back!

Chris Quayle

Excellent service and accommodation! The field guide was very professional and went out of his way to teach us about the wildlife. Truly a treat!

Susara Johanna Susanna Bithrey

Jock Safari Lodge has a well deserved reputation for being really fantastic, their food, friendly service and attention to detail is awesome. But what I enjoyed most is that you have the best of both worlds. You can either relax and enjoy game drive with an experienced guide or take your own vehicle and go on your own safari.

DEBBIE THWAITES

Jock Safari Lodge was a great experience. We loved our accommodation and the setting. The food was not exceptional, we had better at other lodges but the overall atmosphere and facilities at Jock were above average.The staff were all very attentive.Pity it rained a lot during our staff so our game viewing was not that great but that just means I will have to return.

Rose McGaw

It can look a little tired but look through that. Great people and very attentive. Very relaxing.

Roger Case

We had a great time. We were treated like royalty from the time we arrive. Our Guide (Jakob) went out of his way in finding the game we wanted to see. The food was fantastic and the staff great. Will be back for my next anniversary.

Andre

Very good. Staff were always very pleasant and helpful. Accommodation - would have preferred an inside. Food _ good variety. Game drives - excellent driver and game spotter in Micah.

Maureen

Very authentic safari experience, with first class guides, great game viewing, good food and lovely staff. Lodge could do with a bit of a face-lift, but that was the least of our concerns.

Jenny

We loved Jock Safari Lodge. The facilities were great and the service and food were first class. The thought in grouping guests so that similar ages traveled together on safari was an unexpected benefit. The actual safari and animal hunting was informative, and fascinating, Ben our allocated guide had a wicked sense of humor and his knowledge of the land and all of the animals, from smallest to largest was astounding. We would not hesitate to recommend Jock Safari Lodge!

Steve and Narelle Saladine

Accommodation options

Luxury Room

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
01 May 2017 — 14 Dec 2017 $ 531 $ 690 2 people
15 Dec 2017 — 31 Dec 2017 $ 566 $ 737 2 people
From $ 531

Per Person Sharing

Inclusions:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 14% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).

Excludes:
Kruger Park Entrance: A once-off fee is payable in cash upon entering the Kruger National Park.
Please ensure to have your accommodation confirmation at hand to ensure entry at the correct price.