Jock Safari Lodge is a well established, colonial style, luxury lodge with spa facilities in a Big 5 area in 6,000 hectares of private concession inside the main Kruger Park. The main lodge sits on the confluence of Biyameti and Mitomeni rivers.
There are 12 luxury suites at the main lodge, al individually named and styled after the explorer era and with plenty of historical memorabilia from the days of 'Jock of the Bushveld'. Rooms have luxury furnishings and toiletries and lovely viewing decks each with a private plunge pool and day bed. There is a relaxation retreat with hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, and main lodge facilities include a bar, lounge and swimming pool.
Game drives morning and evening are carried out in open sided 4x4 jeeps and a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle. Walking safaris can be enjoyed here and can take you to see some of the oldest bushman art paintings in Africa. The lodge is child friendly, though no children under the age of 7 are allowed on game drives and the minimum age for walking safaris is 16 years.
Fitzpatrick's Lodge, a short distance from the main lodge, has 3 en-suite guest rooms and can be booked on an exclusive basis, ideal for families and groups, or individual rooms. The rooms are large and luxurious and there is a main rock pool, 2 lounges and a library. The lodge has its own vehicle, chef and hostess so it's a private location in the bush.
Open: Jock Safari Lodge and Fitzpatrick’s at Jocks are open all year.
Location: The lodge is in a private reserve of some 6,000 hectares in the southern Kruger National Park. The nearest airports are Skukuza (1 hour drive) and Kruger Mpumalanga (2-3 hour drive). The main lodge coordinates are S 25 ÌŠ 13’ 059” E 031 ÌŠ 33’ 850”, and Fitzpatrick’s at Jocks S 25 ÌŠ 13’ 490” E 031 ÌŠ 34’ 007”.
Rooms: Jock main lodge: There are 12 thatched guest rooms, 9 with king beds and 3 with 2 twin beds each. All are air conditioned and have ceiling fans, have an en-suite bathroom plus an outdoor shower, private terrace overlooking the river with a sala (shaded day bed) and plunge pool. Room facilities include tea and coffee maker, minibar, ceiling fan, safe, hairdryer and IDD phone.
Fitzpatrick’s at Jock: 3 guest rooms which can be configured as king or twins. 2 rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children. All are en-suite with an outdoor shower, have air conditioning, ceiling fan, IDD phone, tea and coffee maker, minibar, hairdryer and safe.
Activities: At Jock Safari Lodge and Fitzpatrick’s you can go on twice daily game drives, with the afternoon drive incorporating sundowner drinks and the chance to spot nocturnal creatures on the way back to the lodge. You can also go on walking safaris (minimum age 16 years), and walk to San rock art sites. You can enjoy bird watching from the lodge. Fitzpatrick’s Lodge offers special game drives, junior ranger training and night walks activities for children, plus child minding (at additional cost) for those under 4 years who are too young for game drives.
Facilities: The main lodge has a library with a TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi, inside and outdoor eating spaces, a gift shop and a pool with a sundeck. There is a spa offering a choice of massages, wraps and facials, as well as a sauna, steam room and exercise room. Fitzpatrick’s at Jocks has 2 lounges, 1 with a TV and the other with an open fire, a library, and a swimming pool. The lodge is enclosed by an electric fence. Guests can use the spa facilities at Jocks Lodge.
Dining: Meals are generally eaten as a group at all 3 locations. There are indoor and outdoor eating areas at both Jock and Fitzpatrick’s.
Children: Jock Safari Lodge and Fitzpatrick’s Lodge accept children of all ages, though those under 4 years are too young for game drives and the minimum age for walking safaris is 16 years. The Kids on Safari programme is available for those staying at Fitzpatrick’s. Children’s walks are available for those aged 12 and over.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access at Jock Safari Lodge only.
Jock Safari lodge has been actively involved in raising funds for the 'Forever Wild' Rhino Protection Initiative since 2012.
"The accommodation was excellent but the food was too americanised plenty of meat but very little else. It was obvious they were playing to the american market."