South African Lodges
Southern Kruger Park
South Africa
Lodge Type

Jock lodge is just an hour by road from the Skukuza Airport in the Kruger Park, and it is a luxurious bush lodge retreat. Safari guests get a safari out of a bygone era with the best of South African wildlife and hospitality. The lodge overlooks a riverbed and lush bushveld; guests are accommodated in comfort in the thatched safari chalets which offer convenient amenities and features.

The Jock has access to its block of the greater Kruger Park, which is home to a pride of Lion, Elephants, Rhinos, and Leopards. Located in one of the best wildlife viewing regions with scores of the Big Five, guests enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters during the exciting safaris. Children can be accommodated making it an ideal safari destination for families.

Unique facts:

  • 6 050 ha in private concession set in the over two million hectares of Kruger Park
  • Located at the confluence of the Biyamiti and Mitomeni rivers
  • Walking safaris to some of the oldest Bushmen rock art in Africa (approx 3 100 years old)
  • Relive one of South Africa’s cultural heritage through the story of Jock of the Bushveld
  • Ranks as one of the best places for Frogging Safaris (about 34 different species of Amphibians).


  • Main Lodge
  • Fitzpatrick's Lodge
  • Explorer Camp.

Main Jock Lodge

Surrounded by red walls and lush trees and reed walls, the 12 individual thatched rooms can each accommodate two guests in either King or Twin beds.

Chalet features:

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom, with outdoor shower
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Private plunge pool
  • International dial telephone
  • Electronic safe
  • Ceiling fan
  • Sala (outdoor day bed) overlooking the river.

Fitzpatrick's Lodge

Two of the three rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults sharing with two children per room. The chalets offer King or Twin beds making it ideal for smaller groups and families.

Cottage features:

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom, with outdoor shower
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • International dial telephone
  • Electronic safe
  • Ceiling fan.

Explorer Camp

Experience an adventure into the wilderness, make use of canvas washing basins and lanterns while exploring the magnificent bushveld with its wildlife. This two-day walking safari is lead by highly specialized guides while the nights are spent around the campfire.

The camp consists of three canvas tents each of which can accommodate two guests. Rustic safari meals are served by the Shangaan Chef and enjoyed under the African sky. Each Tent features an outside bucket shower as well as an en-suite bio box toilet (portable) with canvas for privacy. This Explorer Camp is available only during the cooler months of the year with the first excursion in April and the last being at the end of October.

Tent features:

  • Two old style beds with white linen, safari blanket, and throw and pillows
  • Chairs and table
  • LED light for night time use
  • Old style hand basin (warm water is supplied on request or at first light in the morning)
  • En-suite bio box toilet (portable)
  • Paraffin lanterns
  • Guest amenities (insect repellent, toilet paper, towels, tissues, shower gel, and shampoo).


At the Relaxation Retreat, which features a steam room, a sauna as well as an exercise room, guests may enjoy relaxing health and beauty spa treatments in between the wildlife activities. The different indoor and outdoor dining venues make dining at the lodge an extraordinary experience.

  • Relaxation retreat with steam room, sauna and exercise room
  • Gift Boutique
  • Indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  • Bar
  • Library with TV, DVD player and WiFi hotspot
  • Conference venues
  • Business facilities
  • Swimming pool with deck
  • Internet access is available
  • Parking.


Transfers to and from the lodge can be booked in advance which provides easy access to this excellent safari retreat in the Kruger National Park. Exciting safari drives take place in the early morning and the late afternoon during which travellers come face to face with Africa's untamed wildlife.

  • Safari drives and wildlife activities
  • Babysitting
  • Housekeeping
  • Fax & photocopy
  • Wake up call
  • Wellness treatments
  • Airport shuttle
  • Laundry service.


During the unique Frogging Safaris, travellers have a chance to admire the magnificent kaleidoscope of colours as well as the choir of sounds from the many different frog species which are home to this region of the Kruger Park. Froggers have headlights, gumboots and nets when they set out after dark for this thrilling experience. During the excursion, frogs are caught and identified and then released again. The best months for Frogging Safaris are during the rainy months of November through March.


  • Safari drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Frogging Safaris
  • Spa treatments
  • Swimming
  • Stargazing
  • Golf on the Leopard Creek Golf Course.

Golf: Leopard Creek Golf Course

Guests staying at the lodge enjoy the privileged access to the highly acclaimed Leopard Creek Golf Course. The Lodge offers all golfers transfers to the Leopard Creek Golf Club just outside the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park (this policy is subject to change). All transfers are made on a wildlife viewing vehicle, so your transfer is a safari drive in itself.

Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure that the Leopard Creek golf course and living areas are naturally protected from animals while lakes and small streams have been developed to create scenic vistas and interesting strategies. Extensive use of water features and sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant are commonplace in the Kruger Park bordering the course.


Named for the historical town featured in Jock of the Bushveld, The Pilgrims Rest Retreat is an opulent spa where guests can experience a range of luxurious wellness treatments provided by professional spa therapists, in surroundings that are ideal for serenity and relaxation.

Below detailed information about the Jock Safari Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone


Dining at Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge offers guests an outdoor, open air boma as well as an elegant dining area where guests can enjoy meals. Alternatively, in-room dining and an exclusive chef can be arranged upon prior request.

Spa Facilities

Pilgrim’s Rest is the health and beauty spa located in the Jock Safari Lodge and is called after the quaint old mining town that featured so prominently in the “Jock of the Bushveld” book. The Spa is a place to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy the surrounds.  The vast selection of calming body and beauty treatments cater for men and women.

Game Drives and Walking Safaris

Exciting morning and late afternoon/evening game drives are from the Jock Safari Lodge in covered 4x4 Landrovers.  Experienced game rangers conduct the drives through the reserve.

At dusk, the safari vehicle stops at a viewpoint overlooking one of the many breathtaking vistas of the Kruger National Park while refreshing sundowners are enjoyed.  On the way back to the Jock Safari Lodge, nocturnal animals are often seen. Thrilling walking safaris can also be enjoyed by guests staying at the Jock Safari Lodge.

Rock Art

The Rock art sites at the Lodge date back to more than 3 000 years and portray the experiences of the San people who were depicted in the form of the rock art seen today.

Frogging safaris

The Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, offers a unique Frogging Safari. With an estimated 34 different species of amphibians in the Kruger National Park, froggers are issued headlights, nets and gum boots and set out after dark in search of some frogs.

On the safari frogs are caught, identified and released back into the wild. Recent “catches” include Banded Rubber Frogs, Bubbling Kassinas, Sand Frogs and Painted Reed Frogs. The rainy months of November through March are the top months for frogging.

  • Parking
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
Baby Facility

Babysitting is available at the Jock Safari Lodge at an additional cost for children younger than four years as they are too young to join the drives.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Activities
  • Each child staying at the Fitzpatrick Lodge at Jock receives a gift pack.

    Activities on offer for children:
    • Visit the Stevenson Hamilton Museum in Skukuza
    • A drive (in a closed vehicle) at all the lookout points on route to Skukuza to enjoy refreshments
    • Junior Ranger training
    • Kiddies night drive
    • Night walk to the Camp
    • Playdough session
    • Mini chef activities
    • Scrapbooks, paper, scissors, glue crayons, pencils & paints
    • Puzzles
    • Children books

Social Responsibility
  • The Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park of South Africa gets its name from the legend of the intrepid explorer, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his trusted dog, Jock.

    Constructed with the most stringent eco-management criteria in South Africa, the Lodge's standards are on a bi-annual basis. Jock Safari Lodge has a 100% commitment to maintaining a low impact on nature.

Available Rooms

Main Jock

# Rooms:

Twelve individually thatched rooms at the Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park in South Africa are available for guests staying at the main lodge. All of the twelve rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults. Nine kings bedded luxury rooms, and three twins bedded luxury rooms are on offer with one family room available through an inter-leading door.

Each suite at the Jock Safari Lodge offers a private outdoor lounge which overlooks the river. The romantic bathrooms and outdoor showers share the same river view and sightings of animals; meaning that guests can see the Big Five from the comfort of their room.

The Suites provide a king size bed surrounded by walk-in mosquito netting, a small lounge and twin basin bathroom. The private terrace offers its plunge pool and a wooden walkway to a lapa overlooking the riverbed.

Main Jock room features:

  •  Air conditioning
  •  Mini bar
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Tea and coffee making facilities
  •  Private plunge pool
  •  Intentional dial telephone
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Ceiling fan
  •  En-suite bathroom
  •  Outdoor shower
  •  Outdoor day bed overlooking the river.
Single Room R9610
Double Room R14790

Fitzpatrick Lodge

# Rooms:
Fitzpatrick's Lodge at Jock Safari Lodge, South Africa, offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere which is ideal for small parties and families.  Two of the three rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults and two children.

Fitzpatrick Lodge room features:

  •  Air conditioning
  •  Mini bar
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Tea and coffee making facilities
  •  International dial telephone
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Ceiling fan
  •  En-suite bathroom
  •  Outdoor shower.
Single Room R9610
Double Room R14790

Fitzpatricks at Jock - Family Unit

# Rooms:
Single Room R23700
Double Room R23700

Jock Safari Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Enjoy a 10% discount on your accommodation when booking 3 nights at the Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.

Included in the rate:

  • breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, game drives, guided walks, house beverages, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% VAT

Excluded from the rate:

  • all other items and premium beverages are excluded and must be settled upon departure
  • Gate/entrance/conservation fee of R48.00 per person, payable upon entrance to Kruger National Park
  • All other beverages

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 1 March - 30 September 2018 (excluding 30 March - 2 April 2018) and 1st March 2019 - 30th April 2019 (excluding 18th - 23rd April 2019) and 1stApril 2019- 30th September 2019; 1st April 2020- 30th April 2020 EXCLUDING: 18th- 23rd April 2019 10th- 13th April 2020
  • Only valid for a 3 night stay
  • Subject to availability

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -25.218547

Longitude: 31.562996


Directions to the Jock Safari Lodge from Johannesburg:

Take the N12 national road to Witbank, which becomes the N4 national road. Follow the N4 through Nelspruit and Malelane.
About 2 km outside Malelane, take the turn-off to enter the Kruger National Park at the Malelane Gate where an entrance fee is payable.
Please have your confirmation or voucher with you.
Once you enter Malelane gate, drive straight on the H3 road, for about 37 km and turn left at the Jock Safari Lodge sign.
Then a 3 km dirt road and you are at the lodge.

The distance from Johannesburg to the Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park is about 458 km.


The camp is half way between Skukuza and Malelane gates approximately 35 km in both directions with only 3 km of dirt road. Due to the rules and regulations of the Kruger National Park, nobody is allowed on any Kruger National Park roads during the period of gates being closed. Therefore, guests must be at their destination by the time the gates close.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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5 Star

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