Camp Jabulani

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

An utterly exclusive lodge, you’ll share this six room Relais & Chateaux retreat with just a handful of other guests – and 15 rescued elephants. The orphaned elephants sleep in paddocks before waking to roam across Kapama Private Game Reserve, but you get to experience unadulterated luxury in your elegant safari suite, with its private mini-plunge pool indulging you with views over the bush and dusty riverbed. Promising personalised experiences, Camp Jabulani lets you discover the reserve your way, whether that’s taking complimentary game-drives, lazing in a waterhole-edge hammock, dining at your leisure, or spending time with the camp’s adopted elephants, with encounters only available for Camp Jabulani guests.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Camp Jabulani is set in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park.

Hotel information

6 air-conditioned safari suites along a dry river bed. All with a separate lounge area, fireplace, private deck with plunge pool and open plan bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower.

Full Board includes: all meals and snacks, selection of local and premium beverages. Daily game-drives, guided bush walks and an exclusive visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Daily laundry service.

Open-plan lounge area with dining room. Private wine cellar. Open-air Therapy-Lapa* (bush spa). Open-air gym and sauna. Lounge area. Art gallery and curio shop. Visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience (exclusively in the afternoons for camp guests, meet the elephant keepers, experience elephant tracking and watch the elephants swimming and playing).

* Denotes local charge.

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Jan 23, 2020 adunn2020 Melbourne, Australia

The place was amazing - extrmely well run and totally welcoming. Highly recommended for anyone wanting luxury combined with lifetime trip experiences we will remember forever. Staff and Management should be congratulated for leaving no stone unturned with respect to care service and the full Safari Experience. Thanks for making this trip one we… Read more
The place was amazing - extrmely well run and totally welcoming. Highly recommended for anyone wanting luxury combined with lifetime trip experiences we will remember forever. Staff and Management should be congratulated for leaving no stone unturned with respect to care service and the full Safari Experience. Thanks for making this trip one we will never forget - Special mention to Ruan - Our Safari ranger and tour guide ! Thank You Read less
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Jan 18, 2020 clovis2020

My family and I had a terrific time at Jabulani. The staff is outstanding, trying at all times to please you. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, an experience by themselves. The ranger assigned to us was very nice and knowledgeable, always pushing us to discover new adventures. Picnic in the middle of the jungle, wine savoring while the… Read more
My family and I had a terrific time at Jabulani. The staff is outstanding, trying at all times to please you. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, an experience by themselves. The ranger assigned to us was very nice and knowledgeable, always pushing us to discover new adventures. Picnic in the middle of the jungle, wine savoring while the elephants were swimming, at sunset! Read less
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Dec 1, 2019 danielcE8839EQ

This is a great place, While the staff feels like a family, everything also felt top notch. The elephant experience is fantastic. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and took great care of us. Food and service were also excellent!
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Nov 19, 2019 T5517HIsam

I have been fortunate to stay at many lodges in my time, and after my stay at Jabulani it is now my favourite game lodge. The attention to detail is amazing, and I could not fault a thing. The staff were all so friendly and nothing was any too much trouble. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The rooms are very specious and the bed… Read more
I have been fortunate to stay at many lodges in my time, and after my stay at Jabulani it is now my favourite game lodge. The attention to detail is amazing, and I could not fault a thing. The staff were all so friendly and nothing was any too much trouble. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The rooms are very specious and the bed super comfortable. Everything was luxurious from the bathroom products, to the linen and towels. Our ranger Ruan was very know knowledgeable and made the game drives most enjoyable. Sundowner were always a treat, full gin bar available with wonderful snacks. The elephant experience was one of the highlights for me, it was a privilege to interact with these wonderful animals and their handlers. Each elephant touch my heart but I just fell in love with Sebakwe, a sweet and gentle giant. I so enjoyed listening to the elephant handlers stories about the individual elephants and their journey. The handlers all display great love and respect for the elephants, it was lovely to witness and very touching. Mrs. Aidine Roode, the owner and MD of Jabulani and her family work tirelessly towards the conservation of animals in South Africa. Jabulani is a wonderful story, one that I am so grateful to have experienced. If you have the opportunity to stay at Jabulani, I can highly recommend the lodge. You will not be disappointed. It's no wonder the lodge was recently awarded a Five Star Premium status, just 10 other hotels and lodges have been given the Premium status. My hope is one day to return and enjoy the experience all over again. Read less
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Nov 17, 2019 karen T Rockville, Maryland

Camp Jabulani is an experience of a lifetime. Our family is very well traveled and this by far was the best trip ever. We are starting to plan our next trip to come back in October. Let start with the staff. I have never encountered such consistent and over the top customer service. For the four days that our family was at camp it was their… Read more
Camp Jabulani is an experience of a lifetime. Our family is very well traveled and this by far was the best trip ever. We are starting to plan our next trip to come back in October. Let start with the staff. I have never encountered such consistent and over the top customer service. For the four days that our family was at camp it was their mission to make sure every one of us was happy and taken care of!! Food- AMAZING. My husband is Gluten free and Dylan and Zadrie made sure that he had multiple options for every meal. My husband was in heaven with the breads and desserts. My daughter loved the pesto pasta so thats what she requested for breakfast two mornings. I have some dieting to do with all the wonderful meals prepared. The big five were seen over and over with our guide Ruan. Ruan is fabulous He is knowledgeable, patient, and very funny. He is an honorary part of the family and made sure we got to see all the big 5 over and over plus some. The rooms are beautiful and the beds super comfortable. They even do your laundry which is so nice to go home and not have to do loads of laundry. The front office staff Stefan, Chantelle, Amelia were so attentive and always making sure that our needs were being met. The elephant experience and endangered specie center is what makes this Safari so far above and beyond other camps. You get to spend so much time with the elephants and understand why these animals are really remarkable. The whole experience is life changing. When I retire I want to come back and volunteer at the center. If you choose this camp you will not be disappointed. Read less