We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our African honeymoon. The location of Jock really made you feel as if you were in the middle of nowhere and in amongst all of the wildlife. Our first game drive was within an hour of arriving and we teamed up with two other couples who had also just arrived - within minutes of exiting the main entrance of the lodge we saw a rhino in the distance and then 3 lionesses hunting impala - just amazing ! We watched them for a while and then, after giving up, they wandered down the road and called for their young. They were suddenly joined by 7 gorgoeus cubs ! We sat for nearly an hour watching them play and feed....
We saw all of the big five and a host of other animals.. our guide - Edgar was truly excellent at spotting animals from a huge distance and even spotted a leopard which must have been half a mile away, asleep in a tree.
The food at Jock was good and very plentiful. In fact you could eat 7 times a day if you wished ... (1) coffee, juice and pastries at wake up call, (2) coffee and biscuits on the morning drive stop, (3) full english and continental breakfast on return (4) 3 course lunch at your leisure, (5) cakes and drinks at high tea before the evening drive, (6) sundowners and biltong, nuts, dried fruit and cheese biscuits on the evening drive, (7) 3 course dinner on return !!!
My highlight (other than the lion cubs) was a sundowner stop with a spectacular sunset, sipping cold wine and watching a herd of elephants grazing nearby. A truly unforgettable experience.
Accommodation was good too - it felt like we were in Africa, but with a bit of luxury thrown in. We used the plunge pool to cool down - not finding any problems with it like other reviewers did, and enjoyed the cool bottles of inclusive South African wine in our mini bar whist lounging on the deck or in the bath with gorgoeus views of the river and surrounding bush. The local monkeys were cute and friendly but they will steal anything edible and will try and get into your room if you leave the door open at all - and they are quite partial to the bread rolls that go with lunch and dinner so keep your wits about you !
All in all - a fantastic experience which we would highly recommend...!
- 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