Jock Safari Lodge

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

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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

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

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, and refreshments. 

Local conservation fee payable locally, 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.

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 1 May-30 Apr.

* Denotes local charge. 

Please note: children 6 years and over are only permitted at the Main Jock Lodge. Children aged 0-5 years are only permitted at Fitzpatrick's at Jock.

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Mar 29, 2024 jack06 Belgium

This was our first safari and absolutely won't be our last. We selected Jock Safari as we loved the "traditional" look of Jock, and we liked the idea of Jock having their own concession, so we didn't have to compete with crowds of safari vehicles. We also wanted to play golf at Leopard Creek and Jock is one of the lodges that is associated… Read more
This was our first safari and absolutely won't be our last. We selected Jock Safari as we loved the "traditional" look of Jock, and we liked the idea of Jock having their own concession, so we didn't have to compete with crowds of safari vehicles. We also wanted to play golf at Leopard Creek and Jock is one of the lodges that is associated with the club and have access to make a booking. We spent four nights at Jock Safari and loved it. Our ranger (Jacob) was amazing. We enjoyed spending time with him (he's a very funny guy!). We were three couples travelling together, so Jacob was our ranger for each safari. On the first safari we saw 4 out of the big 5, and our second safari completed it by seeing a leopard. I don't know how he does it, but Jacob can spot animals at an amazing distance. He is so knowledgable and clearly loves and respects the wild animals. The lion cubs on the Jock concession were such a treat and so special to witness then playing together. We were really hoping to see wild dogs and Jacob delivered on that too. I know it's down to luck too, but we were very fortunate to see so many animals on each safari thanks to Jacob. Every morning the spa ladies would come to the breakfast room and take bookings for that day. The massages and the facials were lovely. The spa is really worth visiting. There is room for improvement in the food at Jocks. We never had lunch as we were either at the spa, or were not hungry. The breakfasts were fantastic (try the eggs benedict with mince or the venison patty!). The ala-carte dinners were very nice and we enjoyed these (2 out of 4 nights), but we didn't enjoy the buffets dinners on the other nights. We would have much preferred ala-carte each night and it felt more in keeping with the price we were paying each night. A big thank you to all of the staff, but a special thank you to Jacob, TK and Busi. Also lovely to meet Lazarus the GM who checked on us daily to see how we were. If you are after high end luxurious accommodation this may not be for you, but if you want something styled in elegant colonial safari style with genuine caring friendly staff, you'll love it. I highly recommend Jocks. Read less
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Mar 24, 2024 cgreen751491 High Wycombe, United Kingdom

Ike our ranger was very knowledgeable and apart from lions we saw all the rest of the Big 5. Precious in the dining room was always happy. Rooms had lots of space. Outdoor shower and bed plus plunge pool were an added bonus.
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Mar 18, 2024 O7023EQjeffreys Nagoya, Japón

Jock Safari is an amazing property, the level of service from every single member of the team was outstanding. The food quality was above out expectations and our Safari guide was truly and expert in finding the animals through out the park.
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Mar 14, 2024 Cafe242 Halifax, United Kingdom

Dream come true time. Stayed 3 nights and didn't want to leave. Everything from pick up at Skukuza to departing was a delight. The attention to detail is spectacular, the accomodation and food are brilliant and the staff are wonderful. And the location, wow. The ability to see wild animals up close is breathtaking. We saw the big 5 multiple… Read more
Dream come true time. Stayed 3 nights and didn't want to leave. Everything from pick up at Skukuza to departing was a delight. The attention to detail is spectacular, the accomodation and food are brilliant and the staff are wonderful. And the location, wow. The ability to see wild animals up close is breathtaking. We saw the big 5 multiple times plus the rare wild dog. Believe the social media photos, we had lunch one day watching an elephant in the dry riverbed. I cannot praise Jock highly enough, truly a magical experience and one I hope to repeat. Read less
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Mar 12, 2024 GEZNorwichUK Norwich UK

This was our 6th safari holiday and our first in South Africa. We have travelled quite extensively in Kenya and to a lesser degree in Tanzania and a few days in Botswana. We have stayed at quite a few lodges and camps but without a shadow of doubt Jocks is certainly the best of the bunch. We were always reluctant to go to South Africa primarily… Read more
This was our 6th safari holiday and our first in South Africa. We have travelled quite extensively in Kenya and to a lesser degree in Tanzania and a few days in Botswana. We have stayed at quite a few lodges and camps but without a shadow of doubt Jocks is certainly the best of the bunch. We were always reluctant to go to South Africa primarily because we felt that the game drives might be spoilt by too many vehicles jostling for position to view the animals. Following lots of research we opted for the Main Jock Lodge…..RIGHT CHOICE!! The food and service was superb and the accommodation, spacious, very comfortable and very private. I recommend spending a night (or at least a fair few hours) out in the private safe/covered viewing ‘hut’ that I understand each accommodation within the lodge has….Sheer bliss to doze off to the sounds of Africa. The game drives were excellent and our guide/driver Jacob was extremely knowledgeable, comical and clearly loved sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge. To state that he had remarkable eyesight is to put it mildly….how it was possible for him to spot a hand size chameleon in a leafy bush from many yards away whilst driving at night defies belief….all 5 of us in the jeep were in awe!! There were numerous other times when his telescopic eyesight made other drives extremely memorable. The fact that Jocks have a large private concession and exclusive rights in such a fine a location made a massive difference, it being rare that we ever saw any other vehicle during our drives and we were able to get extremely close to many animals. I could go on and on re’ how exceptional Jocks is but it can be summed up by the recommendation that you experience it for yourselves….We have booked to visit again and that is the first time that we have elected to revisit any camp or lodge…….. we are counting the days. THANK YOU to all at Jocks. Read less