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Conservation & Community

A conservation safari has a bigger impact on you as a guest during your stay, and on the legacy you leave behind when you return home.

At Jock Safari Lodge, we're the top environmental concession in Kruger National Park. Treading lightly and doing everything we can to conserve our wildlife and untouched landscapes is integral to everything we do.

Conservation & Community

A Living Legacy

Jock Safari Lodge is located on the southern tip of the Kruger National Park, where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers come together to form one lifeline to the bushveld. “Mitomeni” means “Jackalberry tree”, and “Biyamiti” means “Place of Many Trees” in Shangaan. This already paints a picture of what you can expect in our untamed wildlife paradise.

Drenched in historical significance, Jock Safari Lodge is the living legacy of world-renowned South African author and explorer Sir Percy FitzPatrick. Our concession covers 6,000 ha of pristine bushveld, an exclusive destination that transcends all expectations as its conservation safari efforts equal its natural splendour.

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Conservation & Community

Evolution Of Ecotourism

Following only the most stringent eco-management criteria in South Africa, we’ve built our lodge with sustainability in mind. Jock Safari Lodge is audited bi-annually by the Kruger National Park and DFFE (Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment) to ensure we meet the criteria as a conservation safari lodge.

Although we do offer off-road safaris to give you uninterrupted wildlife sightings, we do this in an environmentally sensible manner. We’re 100% committed to maintaining a light footprint and remain true to the overall conservation ethic of Sanbona Nature and Wilderness Reserve. Most importantly, we do this to ensure our wild paradise remains as untouched as possible for future safari enthusiasts to see.

a herd of buffalo
Conservation & Community

Our Partnership With The WFA

Jock has a long-standing commitment to both sustainable and community development within the bordering community of the Kruger National Park, and has for many years worked to upskill and uplift individuals to greater heights. A long-term partnership has been formed with the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) to further conservation education and youth development within these confines with the ultimate goal to take community empowerment and development to another level.

In affect since March 2020, Jock and the WFA are collaborating to run two key initiative programmes: The Siyazenzela leadership and employability skills training programme, aimed at previously disadvantaged youth (between the ages of 18 and 26) and the Imbewu Wilderness Trails, which strives to connect youth to their cultural-environmental heritage.

a rhino being sedated for rescue
Conservation & Community

Protecting Vulnerable Species

Jock Safari Lodge practices regular involvement with numerous conservation and research projects specialised for rare and endangered species. These species include the black and white rhino, lion, African wild dog, marshall eagle, and the ground hornbill.

We are also thrilled to announce that, Jock Safari Lodge formed part of a demographic study in conjunction with the Kruger National Park to research the impact of bovine tuberculosis on lion populations.

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Read our blogs about conservation and community

Step into our world by reading our safari blogs from the Kruger National Park.

Discover More About Jock Safari Lodge

Discover all that Jock Safari Lodge has to offer.

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 recently stayed here for 3 nights. We had read about Jocks and the strong recommendations. This place is better than ever expected, truly a magical place. The staff were exceptional, food 5 star and location amazing. The safari drives were also amazing and our guide IKE looked after us and was an amazing tracker. There are only 12 rooms so max 24 guest so you get to know the other guest without being overcrowded – the rooms are private and sit on-top of the river bank – you can watch the animals walking past from your day bed. Honestly this place is first class. We were self drive so easy access for Skuska airport or main Kruger gates. As it it a private lodge you get the added bonus of private areas as well as direct access to Kruger – truly amazing place and highly recommended. We were sad to leave and will return.

-John Smith

Jock Safari Lodge is located in the heart of the Kruger national park. It’s amazing location gives you a unique and real safari vibe. The lodge itself looks so amazing, stunning rooms, restaurant and relax areas. When you arrive at the lodge you will be welcomed by the amazing staff, that will tell you what the planning looks like. The planning is really amazing, you will get so much food and drinks, on top of that 2 amazing safaris with the best rangers! The safaris are really something else, private routes and amazing storys. The staff and everyone is really amazing at the lodge, this is a must do experience!

-Teuni D

The lodge is advertised as 5 star but I’d happily give it 6. Everything was perfect for the 3 night stay myself and my wife had, The room was spacious, clean and had everything you could want. The double shower cubicle was huge.There was an outside shower and bath, sunbeds, plunge pool, patio table with chairs and even a meshed tented area on the end of the platform overlooking the river bed with a made up double bed in case you wanted to sleep under the stars. The lodge staff were amazing, friendly and nothing was too much for them, Evening meals were fantastic, two of which were Brais (BBQ’s) on the river bed. The game drives were brilliant and our guide (not Driver!!) David, was really friendly and knowledgeable. We got the big 5 twice over. Will definitely be returning for a stay in the winter. Have done previous lodges in Kruger, Zimbabwe and Kenya but this tops them all.

-R. Davie

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 recently stayed here for 3 nights. We had read about Jocks and the strong recommendations. This place is better than ever expected, truly a magical place. The staff were exceptional, food 5 star and location amazing. The safari drives were also amazing and our guide IKE looked after us and was an amazing tracker. There are only 12 rooms so max 24 guest so you get to know the other guest without being overcrowded – the rooms are private and sit on-top of the river bank – you can watch the animals walking past from your day bed. Honestly this place is first class. We were self drive so easy access for Skuska airport or main Kruger gates. As it it a private lodge you get the added bonus of private areas as well as direct access to Kruger – truly amazing place and highly recommended. We were sad to leave and will return.

-John Smith