Situated in 6,000 hectares of private land within the southern region of the Kruger National Park, half way between Skukuza and the Malelane Gate, is Jock Safari Lodge. Nestled at the confluence of the seasonal Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers, Jock Safari Lodge is built on legend and set under a canopy of Jackelberry Trees overlooking the river. Taking advantage of the bushveld views the double story thatched communal area includes a loft lounge and bar, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, library with television, DVD player, WiFi, a relaxation retreat with steam room, sauna and exercise room, a pool surrounded by a wide viewing deck and a boutique gift shop.
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Twelve individual thatched suites, screened by lush trees and reed walls, offer guests utmost luxurious privacy, creating a unique experience of gracious old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness. All the suites are named after places of interest in the tale of “Jock of the Bushveld” - the treacherous Pettigrew’s Road, the trading posts of Delagoa Bay and Komatipoort. Each suite, with queen or twin beds enveloped in a canopy of voluptuous white netting, has its own personal “sala” (thatched viewing deck), plunge pool, romantic Victorian ball and claw bath, his and her vanities and outdoor shower. The suites have been built overlooking the rivers and offer breathtaking river bed frontage, bushveld vistas and game viewing. Each suite is also fully equipped with 5 star amenities such as air-conditioning, fans, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and safe.
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The head chef at Jock and his passionate team conjure up dishes of legendary proportions, allowing the taste buds to follow their own African journey. The cuisine is served in a variety of locations - from fine dining in or outdoors to a gourmet adventure in the Lapa under the canopy of African night skies. Climbing wooden stairs that wind through a 400 year old Jackalberry tree, leads on to the upstairs bar area with a viewing deck overlooking the rock pool and Biyamiti River. Comfortable leather couches inviting one to enjoy an aperitif before dinner or relax reflecting on the day that was.
Morning and evening drives are performed in covered 4x4 Landrovers conducted by highly experienced rangers. Traversing through the reserve, the wildlife is sometimes staggering in its diversity. Enthralling sightings of elephants, a sea of buffalo horns rising from the grass as they lie resting in the growing heat as well as prides of lions, awaits one. At dusk, a vantage point is chosen overlooking one of the many breathtaking vistas 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.