Jock Safari Lodge

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  • TGCSA Grading: TGCSA 5 Star
  • Game Lodges
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Sleeps: 30
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Nestled amidst the lush vegetation in the South-Western corner of the majestic beauty that is the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge emerges at the pinnacle where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one a space for breath-taking wildlife sightings. The lodge with a natural wildlife terrain of 6000 hectares and exclusive riverbed traversing rights, offers guests one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in the country.

Rich in historical heritage, Jock is the first private game lodge within South Africas largest national park and was inspired by the well-known tale of Jock of the Bushveld by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, a story of courage and loyalty set during South Africas first gold rush era.

Traverse through this exceptional landscape on twice-daily game drives as well as wilderness walks with highly experienced game rangers and witness an abundance of bird life and a staggering diversity of wildlife, including the endangered wild dog.

Rates are inclusive of two game drives per day, one in the late afternoon and one early in the morning, guided wilderness walks, all meals including High Tea before the late afternoon game drive and a unique Boma dinner experience, a selection of house beverages and game drives beverages.

Accommodation at Jock Safari Lodge:
This colonial-styled safari lodge offers guests a unique stay, showcasing elements of history, fauna and flora, tranquility, conservation and fine cuisine in the 12 individual thatched suites at the Main Lodge or 3 luxurious suites at the nearby Fitzpatrick Lodge.

The suites at the Main Lodge are screened by lush trees and reed walls, assuring guests of a serene and secluded stay. Each suite leads onto a private deck with plunge pool, sala, an outdoor day bed, all with a spectacular view of the riverbed.

Each suite at the main lodge can sleep a maximum of two adults and features a full en-suite bathroom complete with an outdoor shower and luxurious modern amenities such as air-conditioning, private mini bar, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, electronic safe, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Fitzpatrick`s Lodge is the perfect haven for small groups, families and individuals seeking to unwind amidst the natural surroundings offering three perfectly appointed rooms that cater for children. Room 1 is completely private with its own deck and plunge pool while Room 2 and 3 have been enclosed to create a family unit with two luxury suites with bathrooms, sharing a private foyer, deck and plunge pool. This new lodge can either be booked as a whole lodge with its own personal chef & game ranger or as individual suites.

Each luxurious suites features a full en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, a private mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, and an electronic safe.

Clothing and 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
- T-shirts
- 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 and Climate:
Kruger experiences winter and summer at the opposite times as Europe and North America and they correspond to the dry and wet season, respectively. The wet summer months (October to April) are hot and often humid. Dry winters (May to September) are warm and mild although it cools off considerably at night. It is advisable to take warm clothing for early morning and evening game drives. During the wet season it rarely rains all day, but afternoon thundershowers are common.

South Africa has world-class medical facilities, with a large network of hospitals that offer excellent services. However, please ensure that you have adequate health insurance as a safety precaution.
Activities:
Game Drives and 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.

Bird watching
For the avid birdwatcher, abundant species of bird are regularly seen on the concession.

Rock Art
Throughout the concession, rock art sites dating back more than 3 000 years are found depicting the spiritual beliefs and lives of the San.

Stargazing
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Jock Safari Lodge is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

Kids on Safari
Fitzpatricks at Jock is a 3 room stand-alone lodge offering families personal service in an intimate atmosphere. Each child will receive a gift pack containing small gifts, most of which they can use during their stay at Fitzpatricks at Jock.
Cancellation Policy:
PEAK SEASON
- 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.
- All reservations must be cancelled through/ via the original booking channel.

GENERAL
- Only written cancellations will be accepted, please ensure you receive an acknowledgment 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.
- All reservations must be cancelled through/ via the original booking channel.
Facilities & Services:

Babies
Children under 12 years
Elderly
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Wine Tasting
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Gym
Sauna
Spa
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Garden
Library
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
Directions:

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.

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

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Units and Rooms

Fitzpatricks at Jock
With only 3 suites, Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock will ensure that personal service is always a priority for the lodge’s friendly staff.
Count: 3
Max Persons: 2
Main Jock
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.
Count: 12
Max Persons: 2
Latest Reviews
An enjoyable experience with a lovely setting, good service and food. The ranger however may want to sharpen his people skills.
M. Alfadl Mar 2009