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Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge

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Kruger in all it's glory

Jock Safari Lodge is located inside the Kruger National Park offering stunning views across what is regarded as the best Big Five game viewing area in the world-famous reserve. The romantic bathrooms and outdoor showers share a river view where animals can be sighted right from the comfort and privacy of your own private accommodation.

  • Fantastic world class rangers and guides
  • Small and Intimate Lodge with great Accommodation
  • Walking safari opportunities

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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  • 12 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. one hour from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Lodge
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Family Rooms
Location Highlights

Jock Safari Lodge

  • National park
  • approx. one hour from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.
  • One of the best safari areas in the world
  • Fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five
696 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 621
  • Very Good 57
  • Average 12
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jul 18, 2019

Everything you hoped for and more

Southampton, United Kingdom

This place is perfect! From the first welcome from AB to the goodbye from Jacob we could not have wished for more, except to stay longer. This lodge is just beautiful. The room (room 1) was so spacious with indoor double shower, separate loo, seating area, huge bed, outdoor shower, outdoor bath tub, plunge pool, day bed and outdoor seating area. The rooms are cleaned so well and because they know when you are out on safari or at a meal then they get your room perfect for your return each time. Including the turn down service with a chocolate and an extract from the Jock story on your bed and a hot water bottle warming the bottom of the bed each night. The bar, restaurant and welcome areas all were immaculate too. The pool at the bar is great for a quick dip when it gets warmer. The food was great quality and there was plenty of it – pre safari muffin, breakfast, lunch, high tea, evening safari snacks, dinner. Biscuits and hot drinks whenever you feel and a wide range of alcoholic drinks included (only the high end spirits were charged as extra). On arrival you get a hiking style water bottle to use and then take home and there are two water stations to refill it with water from a large bottle. This is to reduce the use of small plastic water bottles to reduce the environmental impact. Sadly I still saw some guests using small single use water bottles so I wish the lodge would take all small single use water bottles out of the in room fridges and the fridge in the restaurant so people have to use the refillable bottles. We had possibly the best massage ever from AB. If we’d been there longer we definitely would have booked another! All of that is impressive enough before we even get to the safari and the animals. Our field guide was Jacob and he was brilliant. A very funny man and a great driver (despite what he tells you). All the field guides work together and communicate whilst on the game drives to make sure they know what animals have been spotted. The vehicles seat 9 guests but there were only 6 in ours on each drive. We saw everything on this trip apart from black rhino and cheetah. We saw a variety of birds, eagles and owls, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, wildebeest, warthog, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, crocodile, hippo, elephant and lion. Not forgetting the rare kudu, waterbuck and the even rarer impala ;) We saw a leopard, some zebra, a giraffe, various antelope and an elephant from the lodge itself. There are the monkeys who live at the lodge as well who are so cute but you do need to keep an eye on them! The sunrises and sunsets are a sight to behold too. Also the minimal light pollution makes for some great star gazing. The lodge put on two special dinner surprises just in the three nights we stayed which were spectacular. As a grown adult this is honestly the place I’ve not wanted to leave the most. We left here for the next part of our holiday, a 5 day luxury beach stay, and we were gutted to be leaving and actually wished we had another 5 days at Jock instead. As much as the early morning are not relaxing, the down time between the safaris is and we definitely could have stayed here for two weeks, I think, and not been bored or stressed or tired once. I’ve tried to describe how perfect this place is but I’m not sue words can convey it
Jul 16, 2019

Thank you for a delightful time

San Francisco, California

Jock recently underwent a remodel and now seems like the perfect lodge in the middle of Kruger. It felt like the appropriate mix of luxury and authentic wilderness. The rooms are very comfortable and each unit is secluded. Our personal favorite was the outdoor space - personal pools and daybeds for lounging. The staff helped convert our daybed to a proper bed to sleep in at night - a very unique experience to sleep outside - you could wake up hearing lions roaring! Drinks and food were great. Of our three nights, one was fine dining in the lodge, one night the entire staff arranged for a special boma/bbq in the riverbed, and one night the staff arranged for us to have a personal dinner in our room with candles - very romantic! If you get a chance to get a massage from AB, you will not be disappointed - she's excellent. Our ranger was Jan. He was extremely thoughtful and experienced. We enjoyed having him for 6 game drives over our 3 days. Game drives were about 3 hours long with a break in the middle - coffee in the morning and drinks in the afternoon. He helped us find elephants, hyenas, giraffes, rhinos, buffalo, zebras, unique birds, wild dogs, and even a leopard. We saw a chase and a kill. We saw 4/5 big five - unfortunately missed out on seeing Lions but that wasn't anyone's fault. We came within steps of their tracks repeatedly but guess they didn't want to be seen this time around! Thank you Jock and Jan for a great time!
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Room Types

Luxury Room

Jock's Safari Lodge has a total of just 12 rooms, all extremely spacious and offering every luxury imaginable in the bush. Nine rooms are double king and the other three rooms have a twin bed configuration.

All rooms have their own private plunge pool with sala (outdoor day bed) overlooking the river.

  • Bath
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
  • TV
Jock Safari Lodge

Family Friendly Facilities

Child-friendly safari activities are offered. Children up to five-years old are taken on game drives in a closed vehicle, whereas children from six to 11 may join adults on the normal game drives conducted in open vehicles (T&Cs apply)

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