Jock Safari Lodge relaunches in the Kruger National Park
Jock Safari Lodge has reopened in the Kruger National Park. The refurbishment retains the timeless style and elegance of a classic safari lodge, paying homage to its rich history and heritage – with the addition of modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s discerning traveller.
The new ‘Arrival Tent’ is reminiscent of the era of ‘great African safaris’ and sets the tone with vintage-style furniture and leather travel trunks. Throughout the lodge, traditional tones intertwine with a new colour palette and brighter spaces to combine contemporary design with historical pieces that have pride of place. The dining area and upstairs bar have been redesigned, and glass sliding doors with extended roofing redesigned to bring the outdoors in. The communal swimming pool has been heated, and new stairs providing easy access to the river bed for the exclusive Riverbed Dining Experience offered during the warmer months.
Twelve secluded thatched suites offer privacy and uninterrupted views of the riverbed. Bedroom interiors have been reimagined and each revamped suite comes with an extensive private deck, an outdoor Victorian bath and shower, as well as a plunge pool and an enclosed sala (day bed) for daydreaming and sleep-outs.
Within the same concession, the private camp, Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is also undergoing an update and will re-open on 1 November 2018 to cater for families and children, and small groups of up to six guests travelling together.
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MORE ABOUT JOCK SAFARI LODGE
Jock Safari Lodge is named after the local legend, Jock of the Bushveld, the canine hero of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s famous story of courage and loyalty that is set during South Africa’s first gold rush era. Steeped in history, Jock Safari Lodge was the first private concession granted within South Africa’s largest national park. The lodge was founded in 1982 by the Niven family, descendants of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, and today, is owned and managed by non-profit conservation organisation, the Caleo Foundation, sister property to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo, which extends across 58, 000 hectares on the R62, three hours’ drive from Cape Town.
Taking guests on a sensory journey that encapsulates history, flora, fauna, conservation, relaxation and fine South African food and wine, Jock Safari Lodge comprises of 12 individual thatched rooms, while nearby private camp, Fitzpatrick’s at Jock caters for small parties and families with 3 luxurious suites.
The lodge is situated at the confluence of the Mitomeni (Shangaan for ‘Jackelberry Tree’) and Biyamiti (Shangaan for ‘Place of many Trees’) rivers, in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. Here 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights provide excellent Big Five game viewing, while activities include daily game drives, wilderness walks and visits to rock art sites, bird watching, spa treatments and stargazing, as well as a Kids on Safari programme for children.