Journey through the Great African Reservation
Walking among lions, elephants, rhinos, watching the sunset in the prairie… The nature of Africa is amazing and attracts mainly by its wildness and virginity, which is not affected by human. The most popular way to explore it is safari in huge national parks and private reserves, where, in addition, you can live in luxurious lodges in close proximity to the nature.
The Kruger National Park is located in the northeast of South Africa and borders of Mozambique in the east, Zimbabwe in the north and the Limpopo River in the south. The total area of the park is 20 thousand square kilometers, the reserve is divided into 14 eco-zones. The fauna of each of them is unique. The reserve is recognized as the best among the parks of South Africa. The ecosystem preserved here is one of the oldest on planet Earth. The area was discovered only in the end of the 19th century and almost immediately became reserved. Thanks to this, the nature remained untouched, so now there are five hundred species of birds and a few million different large animals in the park. Among them is the Big African Five which includes elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, lions and leopards.
Africa’s exotic identity has always attracted travellers and tourists from all over the world. And it’s not just about its natural beauty, but also the opportunity to explore new places with a luxury comfort. One of those magical places is the five stars Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park. It will make a trip to the African continent unforgettable, comfortable and pleasant. This small South African hotel hardly fits into the usual “safari lodge” understanding: its chic modern design beautifully mixes with traditional style elements of classic safari. On the contrary, the hotel is decorated with the most expensive materials and advanced technologies, so that, while inside the room, you can forget that you are in the middle of a huge national park, where the wild animals roam freely. This feature distinguishes Jock Safari Lodge among many similar places, as the General Manager highlights. That allows each guest to enjoy the beauty of the wild, while not constraining his need for modern comforts.
In Jock Safari you can enjoy views of the dry riverbed and wild animals just from the terrace and the main pool. Rhinos, zebras, and some times even lions come close to the lodge, so you can observe and enjoy them in their natural habitat. The lodge will organize the best safari tours across the Kruger Park’s plains, inhabited by lions and buffaloes, leopards, rhinos, hippos and giraffes, etc etc. Morning and evening drives are performed in covered 4×4 Land Cruisers conducted by highly experienced rangers. Traversing through the concession, the wildlife is sometimes staggering in its diversity. Enthralling sightings of elephants, prides of lions as well as a sea of buffalo horns rising from the grass as they lie resting in the growing heat, awaits one. At dusk, a vantage point is chosen to overlook one of the many breath-taking views of the Kruger National Park. Sundowners are enjoyed while tales of the bush are told and a glimpse of what this unique wilderness has to offer is seen while being entranced by the ever-changing colours of the sky as the sun slips into the timeslot of tomorrow. En route back to the lodge, nocturnal animals such as leopard, hyena and lion are often seen.
Main Jock Lodge ensures guests will experience a stay of seclusion and in pure harmony with the natural surroundings. Twelve secluded thatched suites, offering utter privacy, are veiled with lush trees and reed walls. Each leads on to a private deck with plunge pool and a Sala, an outdoor day bed, all with a spectacular view of the riverbed, as well as breathtaking outdoors bathtub. They have bigger private bungalows in the main Jock lodge. There you can enjoy Africa with the whole family.
In case you are coming in a small group of family and friends they can offer Fitzpatrick’s at Jock which is a separate intimate lodge. It’s perfect for small groups, families and individuals seeking to unwind amidst the natural beauty of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers three perfectly appointed rooms that cater for children. Room 1 is completely private with its own deck and plunge pool while Room 2 & 3 have been enclosed to create a family unit with two luxury suites with bathrooms, sharing a private foyer, deck and plunge pool. Guests can soak up the African sun by their private pool while listening to the sounds of the wild. Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is child-friendly and offers the Kids on Safari programme to encourage educational and recreational wildlife activities. Child minding services are available including educational game drives and wildlife activities. Guests can take a quiet moment to relax at the Pilgrim’s Rest Relaxation Retreat.
Fly over the African bushes next to the Kruger National Park in a hot air balloon watching the herds of animals on a sunrise, get on a romantic picnic in the heart of the savannah or stroll along the plains on foot, accompanied by most experienced guides.
You’ll be captivated by the breathtaking wildlife, as well as all the privileges of a real luxury lodge in Jock Safari. Enjoy The Pilgrims Rest Retreat, which offers an escape to enjoy some pampering. Awaken your senses and allow to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Inspired by surrounding elements of African traditions, the selection of body and beauty treatments cater for men and women. They also offer special activities for kids, birdwatching and even golf activities in the Leopard Creek Golf Club.
The Jock Safari Lodge has a great restaurant and a bar with a beautiful terrace overlooking the dry riverbed. In the restaurant you will be served traditional European cuisine and fine wines, as well as authentic African dishes and drinks. Every day something new and exciting! Have you ever tried cured kudu meat or springbok steak? Here you’ll be able to!