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“The New Standard...Phenomenal!”
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Camp Jabulani
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Georgia
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193 reviews
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“The New Standard...Phenomenal!”
Reviewed 15 April 2007

We have recently returned from South Africa and cannot stop raving about our new safari find. Camp Jabulani, near Kruger National Park, seamlessly combined beautifully appointed private suites, fantastic food, perfect service, and incredible wildlife viewing for a phenomenal safari experience.

The suites were very large and absolutely beautiful. The furnishings were of the highest quality and created the perfect retreat at the end of the day. The camp was designed so that every suite feels completely private but you are very close to the main lodge.

We love great food. So, while preparing to visit South Africa, we researched dining options extensively. While in Cape Town, we had the opportunity to dine at three of the Top Ten 2006 Johnnie Walker award-winning restaurants in South Africa. We were completely disappointed with all three restaurants. Upon arriving at Camp Jabulani, we were blown away by the quality of the meals…just superb and exponentially surpassed our experiences at the other “Top Ten” restaurants in South Africa. The meals were beautifully prepared but more importantly…delicious. With no hesitation, these were the best meals of our South African vacation. The executive chef, Rudolf van den Berg, is extremely talented and very friendly too.

As you can see from some of the pictures, the wildlife viewing was terrific. We had the opportunity to get close to animals for great photos. With that being said, there is no need to worry and you will feel completely safe. Also, the elephant back safari was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives.

The staff was amazing. The service was comparable to other luxury 5 star properties…just better. The staff was completely professional but personable as well. There was a complete lack of pretentiousness which can be prevalent at other lodgings of this stature.

We did not want to leave and cannot wait to return to this exquisite property. This is the new standard by which all of our future lodging stays will be compared. With no hesitation, this was the most memorable vacation of our lives. Thank you to the Camp Jabulani staff for creating memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Liked — Suites, Food, and Wildlife Viewing
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2006

From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave jabulani - everything is perfect!
The accomodation is so luxurious you would find it hard to believe that you are sleeping under canvas.
Our guide Riaan is the most fantastic ranger I have ever had the pleasure in meeting - he done everything in his power to make our stay memorable.
The elephant back safaris are out of this world! and as guests at Jabulani you are allowed an up close (cuddle) with the cheetahs at the nearby cheetah sanctuary.. something the day visitors are not allowed to do! (and we even gor to meet the 11 day old baby elephant called Limpopo!)
I really cannot express how wonderful this place and the staff are, and the food... well girls forget about the diets while you are here as Rudolph the chef is fantastic and his culinary delights are to die for!
FANTASTIC 10/10

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  • Disliked — leaving...:-((
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with friends
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed 28 September 2005

You could not stay at a better lodge. The staff, facilities and ameneties are the very best. We were there for three nights and wish we had arranged for more. Our cabin was overlooking the river bed. The linens are the finest. Everyone from the management to the housekeepers are always there to do nothing but take care of your wishes.

While we were there, the owner was in residence and gave us private tours of the protected areas.

We will definitely be going back. If a 10 star status was awarded, Camp Jabulani would qualify.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Property: Camp Jabulani
Address: Kapama Game Reserve | Kapama Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Camp Jabulani 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camp Jabulani, a family-owned private safari lodge, is guaranteed to offer first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service. But its most notable feature is the herd of trained African elephants, which were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Over and above its once-in-a-lifetime close-up and personal elephant interaction experience, guests are also able to join experienced rangers in safari vehicles as they head out in search of The Big 5, and the smaller creatures that are part of an African Safari; visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre or simple relaxation around the camp or in the "Bush Spa". The exclusive Zindoga Villa is ideally suited to family travellers, or the client who prefers a more private, luxury experience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Camp Jabulani Hotel Hoedspruit
Camp Jabulani South Africa/Hoedspruit

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