We spent 5 days at The Jock Safari Lodge, in the middle of February. We have to say this is the best 5 days holiday we have ever experienced.
We arrived somewhat jet lagged after travelling from the UK and had to decline the first evening Safari from exhaustion, but we were met at the door with a welcoming drink and shown around the complex and to our very welcoming room.
The room was beautiful and the decking outside with the plunge pool and the double mattress view over the river was outstanding, the outside shower was great - being able to shower outside in the warm air in complete privacy . The communal areas including the restaurant, bar and lounges were comfortable well designed and gave access to some wonderful views over the rivers – in fact on one occasion we sat by the pool and a herd of 17 elephants graced us with their presence, a fantastic sight for us to sit and watch them. Basically the whole lodge was wonderful.
All staff without exception were friendly and helpful, I thought it was a nice touch that the General Manager Loui helped out and greeted everyone from the Safaris and was genuinely interested to hear what you had seen
The Food and wine was consistently excellent - other All inclusive places we have visited previously have compromised on the quality of beverages, this is certainly not the case here.
All the Rangers that we met were lovely and there was always a great camaraderie between them, especially Lazareth, David and Patrick.
Which brings us nicely onto Patrick – he was absolutely amazing, not only did he find us some amazing animals, on one occasion on a night drive he spotted a chameleon on a leaf in a tree, the size of his finger – we were all so shocked at how he could spot such a thing whilst driving ! He was just so informative about everything, he was funny and everyone on our truck thought he was wonderful.
We thought it was a really great idea that the people who shared a safari truck with you also sat with you for breakfast and dinner. So you made some really good friends, and on 2 out of the 4 nights, Patrick sat with us also – so we got to meet him more and had a few laughs.
We had read that taking a safari during the rainy season might disappoint, because the animals would be hidden by long grass and shrubs. This was far from the case we managed to see pretty much every species at close range, including lions, leopards, elephants, Giraffe, wild dogs and Rhino right on the road. ( we have enclosed some phots as proof)
Without going on and on I think that is all we can say really, but if anyone wants to know more please contact us so hopefully be back again one day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Jock Safari Hotel Kruger National Park