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Jock Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

My friend and I stayed at Jock in April as part of a wider trip to SA (which included several safari stays), and had a truly unforgettable experience.

Everyone, from the friendly welcome staff, the brilliant GM, the wonderful cook and the amazing rangers, contributed to making this a truly special experience. Each went out of their way to make our stay (and that of all the other guests) special, and there is a true family atmosphere at this lodge which makes it unlike any other we have experienced.

I could give many details as to why we found it so special - but I recommend people go with an open mind and make their own experiences!

As for me, I am saving in order to go back in 2 years time, this time with the hope of being able to share the experience with my family!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed at Jock Safaris Lodge for 4 nights from the 12-16 July 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Upon arrival we were greeted by staff who were most welcoming and courteous and this experience continued for our entire stay.

Special thanks to Ranger Patrick who worked tirelessly to show us the amazing wildlife and the beautiful landscape in this special part of the world. Well done Patrick you are a real asset to this business.

We were also very impressed with the quality and variety of the cuisine produced by Chef Attie and his team, with nothing to hard for him, even to meet special requests. Waiting staff were also exceptional making dining a very pleasant experience thanks to Precious, Patience, Delsey, and Ika amongst others.

You are all great ambassadors for your country and region and we would love to return some time. We will certainly be recommending Jock Safari Lodge to family and friends who are also considering an adventure in South Africa.

Room Tip: Every room was very quite and private with great views over the river.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Wow.
Having spent 5 days in a private concession on the edge of the park (Gomo Gomo Lodge in Timbavati/Klaserie) we had a 5 hour drive through the park to Jock. We went with Ilios and Clint (the driver) was excellent, so we talked politics, wildlife and South Africa in general..... A great trip to Jock from the start, and the 5 nights there just outshone everywhere else!
Everything from the moment we got there was excellent. Whilst the routine takes a little learning (not difficult, but nice to have some routine), everything is done so well. The rooms are beautiful, private and have amazing views across the dry riverbed. There is wifi (and our room - 3 - just managed to get wifi from the reception which was handy) but to be honest, if you need costant wifi then perhaps the wilderness isn't for you!
Some key things:
1. Rooms are very clean, well appointed and have phone (for the 5.30am wake up call!) and a minibar. Outside shower was great too ;-)
2. Food...... Well, the only way to describe this was "fabulous". Attie (the head chef, and a very welcoming Bon-viveur character) creates unbelievable food (I've never eaten so much fabulous food and am now on a diet). The boma food was stunning (if you see it on safari, you are quite likely to eat it!). Kudu, elan, warthog, buffalo, springbok, impala....... Fantastic meat! The soup and puddings are also excellent. A bit like Michelin food in the wild.....
3. The safari drives..... Well, we were lucky to have Patrick as our guide, a welcoming, humorous and unbelievably knowledgable guide with a great sense of humour. Each drive (we did 10 in total) was excellent, and we saw the big 5 on many occasions (so many in fact that it was sometimes a decision to 'move on' rather than watch). The lions, hyena and leopard were plentiful - we even saw a Cheetah from a distance. But it's not just that, the scenery is breathtaking too....... Savannah, hills and koppies. Sunrise and sunsets were stunning - but do bring warm clothes too!
4. Wildlife.... From the large to the small, everything is spotted and discussed (from rhino horn poaching to chameleon health), and the guides do what you suggest - but suggest you listen to them as Patrick's predictions were almost always spot on. Following a leopard to one of the cafe stops at night to find (no more than 10 feet away) a hyena sitting among the benches, through to spotting a baby hyena (they are really sweet) playing, to a male and femal lion (ahem) getting it on.
5. Overall impression..... We will definitely be back, one of the few places we have been to where we have openly cried when we left. We met some lovely people as well and have made some great new friends.
Tips - bring warm clothes, and expandable stomach and the biggest camera card you can find. Also bring some tissues for when you have to wipe your eyes when you leave.
Faultless, amazing and a safari experience everyone should have (but please can you take us with you?) ;-)

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is our most memorable vacation to date. My friends and I stayed in both Jock Safari and Little Jock for 3 nights a couple of years back. Our rooms were private and so comfortable. The food was absolutely gourmet for every single meal. The snacks on the hunt were refreshing. The staff is so friendly and hard to forget even till this day. This place was so amazing I drew tears as we drove off to our next destination. I did NOT want to leave this serene and luxurious place.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Jock Safari lodge is a very intimate game lodge located in the Southern part of Kruger National Park. Located at the intersection of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti riverbeds (which are about 90% dry in their summers,) the lodge has unrivalled views of the game life which adds to an already amazing experience. With only 12 luxury rooms, which comprise of 9 King beds and 3 Twin bed rooms, the attention to detail and service here cannot be understated. The rooms are very spacious, and have the old-world luxury feel to them. Every room has a massive veranda with its own plunge pool, outdoor shower and day bed overlooking the riverbeds. When we arrived there were 9 elephants just going for a stroll right outside our room!
Louis, the general manager, and his head chef, do a superb job of ensuring the guests are very well looked after and absolutely never hungry! Pre-dinner drinks after a day of animal spotting at the wonderful outdoor bar located under a 400-year old Jackalberry tree is a must. There are a number of different dining options including fine dining indoors or a gourmet BBQ experience in the Boma under the starry night. From excellent soups to local game meat including Impala, Kudu, Springbok, and Warthog, your taste buds will thank you.
The game drives are superb owing to Jock’s excellent location in its own private concession located within the park. This enables the vehicles to go wherever they want although they do have to stick to the main roads outside of the concession. Our ranger, Jacob, who is from the local Shangani Tribe of that region, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly throughout our entire stay. The vehicles seat a maximum of 9 and are spacious with a canopy roof. You stop every evening for sundowners in very scenic locations, which give you a great appreciation for the vastness and beauty of that area.
I cannot rave enough about this place - I even got an epic neck and foot massage at the spa. I have done camping safari's before and something has to be said for doing it amazing luxury here. Wonderful stay and I better be back sometime! Simply cannot recommend enough.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with your room type so don't worry.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Nearest Town Skukuza | Inside Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 2060, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: R13 125 - R16 752 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Jock Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jock Safari Lodge is nestled where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one, situated in the South-Western corner of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights in an area of the park which is celebrated for its big five game viewing. Jock of the Bushveld, the legend that was, served as an inspiration for the aptly namely Jock Safari Lodge. The tale, linked to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, highlights the canine devotion and stories of African adventures that have excited exploring travellers.Accommodation offered:Main Jock LodgeCarefully screened by lush trees and reed walls, the 12 individual thatched rooms at Jock Safari Lodge, impart a sense of aloneness and oneness with the landscape.Fitzpatrick’s Lodge, offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families.The lodge is easily accessible by road, just over 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, or 1 hour Skukuza and 2 hours from Kruger International airports. ... more   less 
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