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Unearth the Place of Legend

The Original Private Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park

As the legend goes, deep in the heart of the Kruger National Park lies a place so spectacular that it inspired bedtime tales told all across the globe. Today, this legend continues at Jock Safari Lodge. We invite you to step back into a simpler time and onto the pages of the classic African tale Jock of the Bushveld by Sir Percy FitzPatrick, a story of courage and love between man and man’s best friend.

For your Big 5 safari adventure, choose between the private thatched suites on the riverbed at the Main Jock Lodge, or the exclusive-use Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock, perfect for your family holiday or adventure with friends. Take it a step further by trading your bed for an outdoor sala one night, drifting off to the soundtrack of the nightlife.

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Location

Where Two Rivers Meet

As the very first private concession granted within Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge is the original safari legend. Located in Kruger’s southern region, where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers meet to become one, it will feel like you’re stepping back to South Africa’s gold rush era. As you stare out at the untamed wild surrounding you, you’ll envision Sir FitzPatrick and Jock’s legendary quest across the wide-open African plains. This location and the history behind it are what make Jock Safari Lodge shine. We invite you to a Big 5 safari that’s more authentic, immersive, and impactful than any other.

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Leopard sighting on our guided safaris
Boma dinners at Fitzpatrick’s At Jock
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Breakfasts curated by our private chefs
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Main Jock Lodge Thatched Suite
Experiences

Uninterrupted Adventure Awaits

When you come to Jock Safari Lodge, you’re really coming to see the wild spaces and wildlife surrounding our lodge. If you’re hungry for exploration, for deeply immersing yourself and learning about the bush’s delicate balance and fascinating stories, this is the place for you.

Besides offering guests a space to relax and plenty of excitement, Jock Safari Lodge has a bigger conservation purpose you can learn about. From Big 5 game drives and wilderness walks to studying local fauna, flora and birdlife, there’s much to marvel at that will move you. It’s also perfect for that family holiday, with something for everyone. Little ones will love our Kids on Safari options, the nearby Leopard Creek invites you for a day of golf in the bush, and our Pilgrim’s Rest Retreat offers an escape to enjoy pampering in the bush.

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Conservation & Community

Safari with Heart

A safari is so much more memorable when you know you’ve treaded lightly and helped preserve it. At Jock Safari Lodge, we believe in protecting our fascinating wildlife and landscapes by following only the most stringent eco-management criteria in South Africa. Our lodge was also built with sustainability in mind, and we continue with this approach in everything we do.

As the Top Environmental Concession within Kruger National Park, our active involvement in conservation programmes is a testimony to this. As our guest, you can learn more about what this means and how you can make a difference.

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Offering legendary experiences in the southern area of the Kruger National Park

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Read all about what’s happening at our lodge to inspire your stay, feed your nostalgia, or simply leave you daydreaming about Africa and her mysterious stories.

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Our best experience of Kruger was at Jock’s. You can feel the love for nature in the heart and soul of the wonderful owners. The rooms are practically in the wild. We saw elephants just passing in front of the room. Sleeping in matras under the stars (if you want), amazing food in the river bed. Will never forget this experience!

-Jacob Yavin Vermeulen

We spent several days here in early March — simply, the best! Very comfortable room and excellent food, with a warm staff. Highlights are the twice a day game drives. This definitely is not “pre-packaged” stuff — your guide (ours was Jacob) has a keen sense of where to find the animals, and drives over river beds and down back trails to find them -in a respectful way. We eagerly anticipated this part of our trip, and it exceeded expectations. You must go to have this experience.

-Robert D

I visited Kruger and Jock Lodge in 2017 and all I wanted to do is come back. That happened in Jan 2022 and once again it was wonderful in every way. The location is on a normally dry river bed so you can see wildlife from your window or terrace. The staff is so gracious and helpful. The wildlife guides are the most knowledgable and enthusiastic I have ever met. I come for the beauty and the animals and Jock Lodge delivers every time.

-Eva Fellner

Our best experience of Kruger was at Jock’s. You can feel the love for nature in the heart and soul of the wonderful owners. The rooms are practically in the wild. We saw elephants just passing in front of the room. Sleeping in matras under the stars (if you want), amazing food in the river bed. Will never forget this experience!

-Jacob Yavin Vermeulen

We spent several days here in early March — simply, the best! Very comfortable room and excellent food, with a warm staff. Highlights are the twice a day game drives. This definitely is not “pre-packaged” stuff — your guide (ours was Jacob) has a keen sense of where to find the animals, and drives over river beds and down back trails to find them -in a respectful way. We eagerly anticipated this part of our trip, and it exceeded expectations. You must go to have this experience.

-Robert D