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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Jul 1, 2019 cklarson Los Angeles, California

There is little to critique at this amazing stop. Everything from the staff, the cuisine, and the dining was among the finest you can imagine. To take it to the next level, the passion for the animals was beyond imagination. The commitment to allow the animals to be animals while bringing humans into their world as quietly and subtly as possible… Read more
There is little to critique at this amazing stop. Everything from the staff, the cuisine, and the dining was among the finest you can imagine. To take it to the next level, the passion for the animals was beyond imagination. The commitment to allow the animals to be animals while bringing humans into their world as quietly and subtly as possible allowed us to see animals doing the things they do when they are not on display. Our ranger Ruan, in particular, was beyond a fantastic host. He functioned as animal-advocate, educator, and tour guide. Putting my family and I in the position to learn and learn to love these animals like he obviously does. Read less
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Jun 29, 2019 Seaside59509754037 Santa Rosa, California

What an excellent experience from safari to accommodation to service. Jabulani was everything we were hoping for and everything we were told it would be. What I didn't expect is how much we learned from our guide. Dean has exceptional knowledge of of the animals and the enviorment.
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Jun 25, 2019 rcollie Ankeny, Iowa

The most amazing thing i have ever done. The experiences, the people, and most of all the animals. Chef Alex was like having a live in personal chef. Jason our ranger had amazing knowledge of area and local happenings. Be sure and ask for him!!
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Jun 24, 2019 sheafitz

Absolutely blown away by this property and its staff. Gorgeous villa so well appointed. Every need attended to and our chef prepared spectacular meals. Our guide provided in depth insight into each animal and the game viewing was extraordinary. The elephant interaction so special....Loved to see so many people doing the work of angels with those… Read more
Absolutely blown away by this property and its staff. Gorgeous villa so well appointed. Every need attended to and our chef prepared spectacular meals. Our guide provided in depth insight into each animal and the game viewing was extraordinary. The elephant interaction so special....Loved to see so many people doing the work of angels with those beautiful giant creatures. Our last night we were treated to a special dinner in the bush...unreal. The only complaint my family had is that we had to leave...... Read less
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Jun 24, 2019 connollykate Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

Amazing experience. Everything was top notch, from the rooms, food, wine and of course the safari. We saw all of the big 5 and many others! Our ranger Raun was fantastic and so knowledgeable. The elephant experience is something we will never forget, we have such a new appreciation for these gentle creatures. Camp Jabulani was the perfect start to… Read more
Amazing experience. Everything was top notch, from the rooms, food, wine and of course the safari. We saw all of the big 5 and many others! Our ranger Raun was fantastic and so knowledgeable. The elephant experience is something we will never forget, we have such a new appreciation for these gentle creatures. Camp Jabulani was the perfect start to our honeymoon and we absolutely hope to be back someday. Read less