Jock Safari Lodge

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

With only 12 luxury suites, all overlooking the river, the superb Jock Safari Lodge offers a true African safari. Situated within the Kruger National Park on a 6,000 hectare private concession, Jock Safari Lodge guests have exclusive access to drive the dry riverbeds providing some truly spectacular private sightings, your ranger will expertly guide you through this beautiful oasis on an open 4x4 vehicle, giving you a full explanation on the animals you will see – from tortoise to elephant and everything in between - plus you can enjoy the Greater Kruger (size of Wales) where further 'Big Five' sightings are plentiful, you can even watch the wildlife from your private plunge pool and sala overlooking the river. After a day of adventure, enjoy your traditional African bush dinner in the boma around the campfire, in the dining room or on your private deck under the African sky – a truly great experience. Relax in the upstairs comfortable bar area overlooking the stunning rock pool whilst enjoying an aperitif before dinner. If you fancy something extra special and romantic, you can choose to sleep out on your sala and the lovely staff will set it all up for you with mosquito nets and lamps, the perfect way to end your trip of a lifetime. Fitzpatricks at Jock offers three suites situated half a mile from the Main Lodge and are ideal for a party wanting their own space, private vehicle and exclusive use of the lodge.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

The lodge is in the southern area of the Kruger National Park. Transfer time from Skukuza Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

A total of 15 separate, luxury air-conditioned suites in Jock Safari Lodge and Fitzpatricks at Jock. The lodge reflects the Zulu and Shangaan cultures of South Africa, and the private bedrooms are also decorated with African influences. Each suite has a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Jock Safari Lodge has 12 suites with outdoor shower, mini-bar*, twin and double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals, selection of house beverages, tea/coffee and water. Daily game-drives with sundowners, refreshments.

Local conservation fee payable locally, approximately ZAR 80 per person (valid until 31 Oct '18), payable upon entrance to Kruger National Park.

Fitzpatricks at Jock Lodge has 3 suites, same as above, but without plunge pool or outdoor shower, all sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Fitzpatricks has a private pool, dining area and comes with exclusive ranger and vehicle for the group. Recommended for small groups, book the 3 suites at Fitzpatricks at Jock to get your own exclusive lodge.

  • Long stay ofer: stay for 3 nights or more and save 10% off of accommodation costs. Valid for stays 1 May-30 Sep '18, 1 Mar-30 Sep '19, 1-9 Apr '20 and 14-30 Apr '20. Not combinable with any other offer. 

  • Honeymooners: couples will receive a bottle of sparkling wine in their room on arrival, a romantic dinner on their deck once during stay and a romantic 'night under the stars' set up on a sofa bed in a private 'sala' once during their stay. Offer is not combinable with any other offer. 

Bar and restaurant overlooking the river. Boma area. Swimming pool. Spa*. Game-drives and optional walks with a professional team of game rangers and trackers. Walking safaris, birding safaris and guided historical tours, rock art and stargazing. 'Kids on safari' programme. WiFi access.

2 nights between 15 Dec '18-13 Jan '19 and 1 May-30 Apr.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: children under 16 years are not permitted at this lodge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best.Trip.Ever!

Aug 15, 2019 erinhS8690IV

There are so many fantastic things to talk about when reviewing Jock Safari Lodge. The people are fantastic from AB (who has amazing spa treatments), Blessing who has a smile that lights up a room, Precious who says “thank you” for just walking in the room (and she’s just that sweet), to our INCREDIBLE GUIDE JACOB!!! You absolutely must request… Read more
There are so many fantastic things to talk about when reviewing Jock Safari Lodge. The people are fantastic from AB (who has amazing spa treatments), Blessing who has a smile that lights up a room, Precious who says “thank you” for just walking in the room (and she’s just that sweet), to our INCREDIBLE GUIDE JACOB!!! You absolutely must request Jacob if you are lucky enough to stay in this boutique lodge that can host 24 people in total. It’s a perfect sanctuary! The food was ridiculously good! It’s 5-star meals the entire time. You are overwhelmed with the special way they do everything from breakfast to BBQ at lunch to a formal sit down dinner. They have special nights with performances, they sang to my twins for their birthday, they laughed as much as we did that the monkeys enjoyed hanging with my son A LOT! There were so many great memories we are so sad to no longer be there and miss it already. I cannot more highly recommend this special place! Jacob: He’s simply amazing. We saw the Big 5 plus almost every single day! He showed us the most remote locations of Kruger National Park - we saw cubs, cheeta, rhinos, leopards multiple times, lions of all shapes and sizes, kudu, impala, a massive amount of elephants everyday! I can’t tell you how great this place is and how Jacob is the very best at making sure you have the trip of a lifetime! Tell him we said hello ;) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is a place that defines perfection.

Aug 13, 2019 LuisManuelBrandwayn Peru

It is hard to write a review of a place that is close to perfect. From the moment our guide, Lazarus, picked us up at Skukuza Airport in the middle of Kruger National Park, we knew we were in for the experience of a lifetime. On the 45 minute drive to the lodge, we saw four of the five big animals we came to see in Africa. At the arrival,… Read more
It is hard to write a review of a place that is close to perfect. From the moment our guide, Lazarus, picked us up at Skukuza Airport in the middle of Kruger National Park, we knew we were in for the experience of a lifetime. On the 45 minute drive to the lodge, we saw four of the five big animals we came to see in Africa. At the arrival, Blessing welcomed us to the lodge and took us to a beautiful lunch. The thatched rooms were terrific, each with extremely comfortable beds, terraces overlooking the river, a small pool and outside lounges. At night hot water bottles awaited us in bed. At 4 p.m after tea, our first safari started, and Lazarus was the best driver and guide. He was an expert tracker, knowledgeable, and fun. Each dinner at Jock's lodge was an event. The first night we had an excellent South African BBQ. The second dinner, we had a buffet with local specialties, and the third night was a sit-down dinner. I highly recommend this lodge. As a private concession within Kruger, guides at Jock Safari Lodge can drive off-road within the borders of the concession, and also can go into the park itself, giving you more animal viewing opportunities. As I said, perfection!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional Lodge, Location, Chalets, Guiding, Vistas, Food and Service.

Aug 1, 2019 Safariholic Horsham, United Kingdom

Summary - Every aspect of this lodge was a step-up (correction – BIG step-up) from all the others we have stayed in in Sth Africa, on this trip. For these last 2 nights (of an 8 night Kruger NP visit), we decided to trade-up and treat ourselves. Previous night was at Satara Rest Camp (SANParks), so not close at all, but we were determined to make… Read more
Summary - Every aspect of this lodge was a step-up (correction – BIG step-up) from all the others we have stayed in in Sth Africa, on this trip. For these last 2 nights (of an 8 night Kruger NP visit), we decided to trade-up and treat ourselves. Previous night was at Satara Rest Camp (SANParks), so not close at all, but we were determined to make it to Jock’s by 15.00, so we could join the afternoon Game Drive – made it. The Lion pride kill would not deter us from our goal, but heaven knows how many other Creatures joined-in and conspired to thwart us. Note to Jock’s – a few extra signs on the way in would be helpful & provide re-assurance that one is headed in the right way. We came South on S.114 and then H.3. Seems, especially from the reaction of others, that we were a bit of a rarity self-driving to Jock’s – most seem to fly-in to Skukuza. Completed orientation, signed the obligatory indemnity form, and are shown to our Room – Room 9. Awesome doesn’t do it justice – huge bedroom/bed, beautifully decorated (tasteful too & very apt of the Safari/Bush setting), wardrobes, cupboards, fridge (stocked too), Tea/Coffee machine, Mosquito-netting hanging from ceiling, AC & fan, huge double shower & twin-sink bathroom, with soft towels/amenities, then outside on your own secure verandah - day bed (zip-up canvas covered), al-fresco free-standing bath, plunge pool. Your Room is walled to the rest of the Lodge, with access for anyone via a latched Door. From the verandah, we looked straight-out over a dry river-bed and the bush, but with the added security of being in a quite elevated position and Electric Fencing to deter any marauding Baboons or Monkeys. Whether all of the Rooms are as luxurious and spacious – I really don’t know. To have peaked seemed entirely uncalled for and inappropriate. I have been here less than 1 Hour and already I am gutted - I have ONLY booked 2 nights Rest of the Lodge was, in our opinion, of an extremely high standard - Breakfast/Dining/Tea Room, Bar & Cocktail Lounge (upstairs), Pool with sundeck. Sundowners and Firepit, Wildlife Spotting Chairs, TV Lounge, Library and so it went on ………… Curio shop Everything about Jock’s was proving a good notch up – Food (quality, quantity, variety and presentation), Waiting Staff, Bar Staff, Beverage Choices/presentation, Courtesy, Sheets, Comfort, Furnishings, Professionalism and with apparent and genuine warmth & friendliness – they couldn’t do enough for you - it was delightful. Thank you all. Anyone reading this and wondering what relationship I have with Jock’s, since this is euphoric, needs to know – None whatsoever, but writing a Review when the experience has been this good is a joy. I also know that there are others who's opinions were different - their perception was their reality. This was ours. I said everything – well actually, I lied – the Game drives along their dry river beds were very bumpy, uncomfortable and required a firm grasp to hang-on. I cannot understate this - folks with back aches/issues should avoid this completely. All other aspects were super, except we did not see a kill or a Black Rhino. Birding was good too. Most pleasing aspect was his willingness “ …. to start as early as we wanted …. whenever you want”. Excellent. That’s the kind of interest and enthusiasm I like. WiFi worked but not well - ie slowly. Their Own Concession Fee is payable (I forget how much), but you escape the Kruger NP Fee, whilst staying here – relevant to foreigners/aliens). We WILL Return. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Everything you hoped for and more

Jul 18, 2019 Jo M Southampton, United Kingdom

This place is perfect! From the first welcome from AB to the goodbye from Jacob we could not have wished for more, except to stay longer. This lodge is just beautiful. The room (room 1) was so spacious with indoor double shower, separate loo, seating area, huge bed, outdoor shower, outdoor bath tub, plunge pool, day bed and outdoor seating… Read more
This place is perfect! From the first welcome from AB to the goodbye from Jacob we could not have wished for more, except to stay longer. This lodge is just beautiful. The room (room 1) was so spacious with indoor double shower, separate loo, seating area, huge bed, outdoor shower, outdoor bath tub, plunge pool, day bed and outdoor seating area. The rooms are cleaned so well and because they know when you are out on safari or at a meal then they get your room perfect for your return each time. Including the turn down service with a chocolate and an extract from the Jock story on your bed and a hot water bottle warming the bottom of the bed each night. The bar, restaurant and welcome areas all were immaculate too. The pool at the bar is great for a quick dip when it gets warmer. The food was great quality and there was plenty of it – pre safari muffin, breakfast, lunch, high tea, evening safari snacks, dinner. Biscuits and hot drinks whenever you feel and a wide range of alcoholic drinks included (only the high end spirits were charged as extra). On arrival you get a hiking style water bottle to use and then take home and there are two water stations to refill it with water from a large bottle. This is to reduce the use of small plastic water bottles to reduce the environmental impact. Sadly I still saw some guests using small single use water bottles so I wish the lodge would take all small single use water bottles out of the in room fridges and the fridge in the restaurant so people have to use the refillable bottles. We had possibly the best massage ever from AB. If we’d been there longer we definitely would have booked another! All of that is impressive enough before we even get to the safari and the animals. Our field guide was Jacob and he was brilliant. A very funny man and a great driver (despite what he tells you). All the field guides work together and communicate whilst on the game drives to make sure they know what animals have been spotted. The vehicles seat 9 guests but there were only 6 in ours on each drive. We saw everything on this trip apart from black rhino and cheetah. We saw a variety of birds, eagles and owls, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, wildebeest, warthog, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, crocodile, hippo, elephant and lion. Not forgetting the rare kudu, waterbuck and the even rarer impala ;) We saw a leopard, some zebra, a giraffe, various antelope and an elephant from the lodge itself. There are the monkeys who live at the lodge as well who are so cute but you do need to keep an eye on them! The sunrises and sunsets are a sight to behold too. Also the minimal light pollution makes for some great star gazing. The lodge put on two special dinner surprises just in the three nights we stayed which were spectacular. As a grown adult this is honestly the place I’ve not wanted to leave the most. We left here for the next part of our holiday, a 5 day luxury beach stay, and we were gutted to be leaving and actually wished we had another 5 days at Jock instead. As much as the early morning are not relaxing, the down time between the safaris is and we definitely could have stayed here for two weeks, I think, and not been bored or stressed or tired once. I’ve tried to describe how perfect this place is but I’m not sue words can convey it Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Thank you for a delightful time

Jul 16, 2019 anaghav San Francisco, California

Jock recently underwent a remodel and now seems like the perfect lodge in the middle of Kruger. It felt like the appropriate mix of luxury and authentic wilderness. The rooms are very comfortable and each unit is secluded. Our personal favorite was the outdoor space - personal pools and daybeds for lounging. The staff helped convert our daybed… Read more
Jock recently underwent a remodel and now seems like the perfect lodge in the middle of Kruger. It felt like the appropriate mix of luxury and authentic wilderness. The rooms are very comfortable and each unit is secluded. Our personal favorite was the outdoor space - personal pools and daybeds for lounging. The staff helped convert our daybed to a proper bed to sleep in at night - a very unique experience to sleep outside - you could wake up hearing lions roaring! Drinks and food were great. Of our three nights, one was fine dining in the lodge, one night the entire staff arranged for a special boma/bbq in the riverbed, and one night the staff arranged for us to have a personal dinner in our room with candles - very romantic! If you get a chance to get a massage from AB, you will not be disappointed - she's excellent. Our ranger was Jan. He was extremely thoughtful and experienced. We enjoyed having him for 6 game drives over our 3 days. Game drives were about 3 hours long with a break in the middle - coffee in the morning and drinks in the afternoon. He helped us find elephants, hyenas, giraffes, rhinos, buffalo, zebras, unique birds, wild dogs, and even a leopard. We saw a chase and a kill. We saw 4/5 big five - unfortunately missed out on seeing Lions but that wasn't anyone's fault. We came within steps of their tracks repeatedly but guess they didn't want to be seen this time around! Thank you Jock and Jan for a great time! Read less