Step into the welcoming arms of a luxury lodge with character, people with heart & the bushveld alive with possibility. Welcome to Jock Safari Lodge
!Jock Safari lodge
is situated in the Big Five area of the Kruger National Park with its southern boundary being the old wagon route from Delgoa Bay into the gold fields of the interior.
The wilderness experience Jock Safari lodge
offers is unchanged from these early times. It is in an area noted for its diversity in game, particularly the BIG FIVE.Jock Safari Lodge
incorporates the romance and elegance of the past colonial era, and reflects in its unique style the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures.
It is approximately 35 km from the Skukuza airstrip and 50km from the Kruger International Mpumulanga airport in Nelspruit.
Magnificent trees and an abundance of bird life surround the Lodge. Jock is located in a malaria area, but incidents are very low. Guests are advised to take precaution though.Accommodation:Main Jock Safari Lodge
Twelve individual thatched suites, screened by lush trees and reed walls, offer guests utmost luxurious privacy, creating a unique experience of gracious old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness.
All the suites are named after places of interest in the tale of “Jock of the Bushveld” - the treacherous Pettigrew’s Road, the trading posts of Delagoa Bay and Komatipoort.
Each suite, with queen or twin beds enveloped in a canopy of voluptuous white netting, has its own personal “sala” (thatched viewing deck), plunge pool, romantic Victorian ball and claw bath, his and her vanities and outdoor shower.
The suites have been built overlooking the rivers and offer breathtaking river bed frontage, bushveld vistas and game viewing. Each suite is also fully equipped with 5 star amenities such as air-conditioning, fans, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and safeFitzpatrick’s at Jock
With only 3 suites, Fitzpatrick’s at Jock will ensure that personal service is always a priority for the lodge’s friendly staff. Each of the 3 luxurious suites are equipped with their own viewing deck, indoor or outdoor showers and guest amenities.
While the dining and entertainment area offers both alfresco and indoor dining facilities allowing guests the unique opportunity to experience the gracious style of old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness.
Fitzpatrick’s at Jock suites boast beautiful views into the unspoilt Kruger bushveld and guests can also relax in the comforts of the central lounge overlooking the banks of the Biyamiti River.
This new lodge can either be booked as a whole lodge with its own personal chef & game ranger or as individual suites.ChildrenChildren at Jock Safari Lodge
are welcomes - all ages. Upon arrival the host and/or ranger will discuss activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration.Walking Safari at Jock Explorer Camp
The Explorer Camp at Jock Safari Lodge offers guests a unique experiential insight of a bygone era, a time when exploring really was an adventure into this unknown Big 5 wilderness, as did the legendary Percy Fitzpatrick in the 18th century. The camp and tents have been meticulously recreated with the similar style camp beds, canvas washing basins, lanterns etc in order to transport guests back in time.
This two day educational, walking safari
is lead by two highly specialised guides and nights are spent around the camp fire enjoying hearty bush meals whilst learning more about the history of Jock of the Bushveld, Percy Fitzpatrick and how the Kruger was born. During the day, guests explore on foot, a remote part of this private concession in the heart of the Kruger National Park, to get a real sense of how trekking was done during the early days of exploration - a tribute to the original and authentic African safari adventure.
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Honeymoon Couples
- Airport Shuttle Service
- Babysitting Service
- Laundry Service
- Ironing Service
- Conference facilities
- Wine Tasting
- Wedding facilities
- Dining room
- Bar on the Premises
- Cots available
- Curio Shop
- Internet Access
- Parking (open and off-street)
- Fireplace on the Premises
- Hiking / Walking Trails
- Swimming Pool
Jock Safari Lodge Activities: Game Drives & Walks
Traversing through the reserve, the wildlife is sometimes staggering in its diversity. Enthralling sightings of elephants, a sea of buffalo horns rising from the grass as they lie resting in the growing heat as well as prides of lions, awaits one.
Pilgrims Rest Spa
The Pilgrims Rest Retreat offers an escape to enjoy some pampering. Awaken your senses and allow us to rejuvenate body, mind and soul.
For the avid birdwatcher, abundant species of bird are regularly seen on the concession.
Throughout the concession, rock art sites dating back more than 3 000 years are found depicting the spiritual beliefs and lives of the San.
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Jock Safari Lodge is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.
For veteran bush trekkers who’ve been there done that, Jock Safari Lodge is offering something new under the sun – a Frogging Safari.
Kids on Safari
Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is a 3 room stand-alone lodge offering families personal service in an intimate atmosphere.
Jock Safari Lodge Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year but you may want to include items such as:
Light cotton tops and cotton trousers / shorts in summer
Long-sleeved blouses / shirts for game drives or safaris (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
Shorts or a light skirt
Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
Khaki, brown, and beige colours - for game hikes and safaris. White is not a suitable colour for most game viewing or hiking safaris. Firstly it increases your visibility quotient to the animals you want to get a closer look at and secondly, it will get dirty very quickly.
Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, because it is highly possible that you may go out on a hot day, but be faced with a chill evening on your return. Some areas have a steep temperature gradient. ie: Hot days and very cool nights.
Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, moisturiser, lip salve - these are essentials. The African sun is harsh most of the year.
Comfortable walking shoes or sturdy hiking boots. Sneakers and trainer type footwear is not suitable for game or safari hikes, especially white footwear.
Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day / night temperatures of Africa. Dull and / or neutral colours are more suitable for safari.
Cotton clothing is recommended for summer. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing.
Anti- Malaria medication is optional
Health & Climate:
Medical facilities equal the best in the world and in many medical disciplines; South Africa is a global leader. A large network of hospitals offer excellent service, but make sure you have adequate health insurance. Shamwari is situated in a malaria-free area.
Known to some as sunny South Africa, the country has a warm to hot climate, making it one of the best year-round destinations in the world.
Jock Safari Lodge Guest Review
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 1
An enjoyable experience with a lovely setting, good service and food. The ranger however may want to sharpen his people skills.
Rating: Reviewed by M. Alfadl over a year ago