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“Jock Safari is outstanding”
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Jock Safari Lodge
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Twickenham, London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Jock Safari is outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

We visited Jock Safari Lodge late February 2012. Probably the first hint I would give is that we landed in Johannesburg and drove the 470Kilometers up to the Malalami Gate and then in to the park. After an all night flight on Virgin with some sleep I would recommend you think long and hard about this option. There are other ways to get there. The second hint is that on arrival after a 12hour flight and a 5 hour drive we had an hour to get ready and do our first drive in the evening. Most of the other guests had, had one nights sleep before by staying elsewhere first. This was not Jock Safari Parks problem it was ours! If you are at a lodge you really do want to make the most of every drive you can! 2 hints use them wisely.

With regards to Jock Safari Lodge as can be seen by the scores it does very, very well on everything. On arrival we where met and looked after immediately with cold drinks and then shown to our room. There where very few formalities on the check in. Additionally our car was squirreled away safely never to be seen in 3 days while at the lodge. We were in Lodge 6 overlooking the river a short walk from reception and even shorter walk to the Restaurant and Bar.

The lodge we were in was incredibly well appointed with a bath, Fan and Air -conditioning. There are ample sockets but you will need an South African Adapter hint number 3, your average universal, Pan global adapter WILL NOT have the right pins. These can be bought and I would recommend 1 or 2 of them, hint number 4 you will want to keep your camera’s charged at all times, you never know when you will need it to take a photo, perhaps buy a spare battery so you can have one on charge at all times. The lodge has a fridge stocked with ample water as well coke, wine and beers. Also supplied are Bug spray and mosquito repellant. As well as a plug device which takes the small cards.

The shower is outside! Actually this didn’t bother me more than I thought it would. As someone who attracts flies and mosquitoes like dead meat in a butchers window it was perfectly fine. The huge spiders ate most of the flies anyway. Joking aside this is the bush and there are some crazy looking and sizeable beasts, nothing that will kill you, most of the deadly stuff is on the other side of the electric fence!

Safari Time! On arrival you will be paired up with your Ranger, we got Patrick, more on him later. You will also be matched / paired with other members of your group. A point to note your group is for life not just for Christmas. You will spend a lot of time with the people in your group. This includes obviously the Safari time but also Breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on your own. We landed on our feet and got put with a couple who turned out to be superb company through out our stay. I’m not sure everyone thought the same of their own matching’s!

Patrick our Ranger was in short amazing! Having spoken with most of the rangers they are all great guys. Patrick was however a bit of character and genuinely a hoot to be with. He knows the park like the back of his hand and is a mine of information. His penchant includes describing the way you will die when a certain thing bites you, and ends most sentences of this ilk with “you will be completely dead” no half measure with Patrick. His other penchant is for the big cats, and this was a skill he definitely showed on an all too regular basis. When every one else was South we where North and lone behold 4 lions in the road hunting Impala! Hint number 5 the first few Impala you see on entering the park will be cute, but do not going wasting all your disk space on photo’s of them, they are there in abundance!! On our first drive out Patrick explained the rules they are easy, the guns the rangers carry are not for show and they are never drawn or used unless critical. Patrick made it clear he doesn’t want to kill any animal because of a tourist.

Hint number 6 on the night drives, flies are attracted to the lights and if your shooting along at truck they cannot be avoided, in hindsight it might have been a good idea to buy some cheap safety glasses to wear on the night rides. Also, keep your mouth closed, and hair product acts like fly paper at night! You will not be disappointed however, there was not one drive we went on where something of significance was not seen. Sometimes it might be an hour where nothing but Impala cloud your viewfinder then at the next turn 3 Rhino in the middle of the road or Leopard marking it’s territory.

Food at the lodge is nothing short of outstanding from breakfast through lunch and dinner as well as an abundance of snacks, everything was perfect. I cannot fault the quality of the food at all.

You need to remember that this is the bush so Internet is not on tap neither are TV’s or mobile phone signals. The lodge generates its own electricity and services all of it own needs. Do not expect to be online at all!

I cannot fault Jock Safari Lodge we had an amazing time there, hint number 7 I would suggest 3 days is probably enough, it’s quite intense and your out and about nearly 8 hours a day, with a fairly rigid routine to make the most of seeing the animals. But I would happily got back to Jock Safari Lodge.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Amazing very friendly staff who go out of their way to make you feel at home. Wonderful imformative and committed Rangers who make sure you get the most out of your time here. Thanj you Lye for all your efforts in trying to fine the Big Five we came cloae but great to get so close to so many elephants, giraffes and Lions.Food was great and lots of it but not quite fine dining. Rooms comfy outdoor shower different but good. Loved it thank you all so much. Nature gave us a special treat with the longest light show ever. Would love to return

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

My family and I travelled to Kruger in the Spring of 2011. It was our first safari in South Africa. Having stayed in a couple of Mantis properties before, I was anxious to stay at Jock. I wasn't disappointed.

The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. They prepared vegetarian dishes for us whenever we asked them (and so much that we couldn't finish it). Delicious. Our ranger (Lazarus) was very knowledgeable and could even spot a chameleon in the darkness.

The views from the room were great. Since the lodge is located close to a watering hole, you could see animals all the time (making it a perfect wildlife experience), especially around 10 in the morning. The rooms themselves were spotless.

The highlight of our stay was probably the African style dinner where we eat delicious food and Lazarus shared his experiences with us. If I can, I'm definitely coming here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Jocks provides the perfect combination for your safari experience. From the moment you arrive to the time you leave you are really looked after.The staff are warm friendly and efficient creating a very comfortable relaxing atmosphere. The game drives are superb, with very good vehicles compared to others we saw. Our ranger Lazarus was so knowledgable , a great driver and found us all the animals and birds we were hoping to see ( the big 5 on our first drive!)
The rooms have a private terrace, small plunge pool and overlook the river where Buffalo and Elephants graze. We were all inclusive ! Food was good as was the generous supply of wine , we even had alcoholic drinks for our sun downers on the afternoon drive.
In the Kruger I cannot imagine a better safari experience or  reserve to stay at unless you want to pay double just to get a bit more glitz and luxury, but you won' t see any more animals

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

My wife and I, and our three grown sons, spent 3 nights at Jock Safari Lodge in January and it simply could not have been better. The rooms were large, clean and comfortable and each had its own private deck, plunge pool and lapa which made hanging out in mid day very comfortable. The food was very good and plentiful and is served outdoors, under the stars, or around a fire pit in their bama area. There is a small gym which is perfectly adequate as well.

What really made Jock stand out to us however was the staff who, first of all, could not do enough for us but who, more importantly, had a wonderful enthusiasm for the safari drives which, after all, is what you are there for. We have stayed at other safari lodges that had nicer accomodations than Jock but we would return to Jock in a heartbeat simply because of how wonderful the safari drives were. Our ranger, Dave, was like an encyclopedia of knowledge about the animals, birds, insects and plant life and made our drives fascinating journeys of discovery. It was like listening to the best college professor you ever had and we learned a tremendous amount from him. He is an avid photographer as well and even taught us a few tips and helped us get better pictures on our trip.

Jock was a great experience and I recommend it highly to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Jock Safari Lodge
Address: Nearest Town Skukuza | Inside Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 2060, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 171 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price range (per night): $1,193 - $1,561
Hotel Class:5 star — Jock Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jock Safari Lodge is nestled where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one, situated in the South-Western corner of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights in an area of the park which is celebrated for its big five game viewing. Jock of the Bushveld, the legend that was, served as an inspiration for the aptly namely Jock Safari Lodge. The tale, linked to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, highlights the canine devotion and stories of African adventures that have excited exploring travellers.Accommodation offered:Main Jock LodgeCarefully screened by lush trees and reed walls, the 12 individual thatched rooms at Jock Safari Lodge, impart a sense of aloneness and oneness with the landscape.Fitzpatrick’s Lodge, offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families.The lodge is easily accessible by road, just over 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, or 1 hour Skukuza and 2 hours from Kruger International airports. ... more   less 
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