Jock occupies a prized 6,000 hectare concession of prime south Kruger Park land, with the main Lodge sat on the confluence of the two large Biyamiti and Mitomeni seasonal rivers (above). This excellent area, used exclusively, offers you some of of the best Big Five game viewing experiences. In particular Jock is a hotspot for lion activity with an ongoing battle between competing prides for supremacy in the area.
The Jock Pride on a kudu kill
Also unique to this concession is some of the oldest known, 3,000 year-old bushman rock art in Africa, accessible by an excellent Walking Safari conducted as part of normal Lodge activities. Indeed, Walking Safaris are always encouraged here (after a hearty breakfast) and the diversity of fauna and flora really comes to life on foot. Jock has exclusive riverbed traversing rights allowing Jock to do things that concessionaires elsewhere cannot.
There are three different Lodges - the Main Lodge, the excellent Explorers Camp used exclusively for two night walking trails (a bargain at only R50 above our $$$ price range, year round), and the family friendly Fitzpatrick's Lodge.
Deck and pool at Jock Main Lodge
Outside sala at Jock Main Lodge made up for sleep out
Jock Safari Lodge offers only twelve individual thatched rooms which, carefully screened by lush trees and reed walls, impart a sense of closeness to the landscape. All suite-quality rooms have a private plunge pool and sala (outdoor day bed) overlooking the river. They are air-conditioned and ensuite with an outdoor shower, and offer minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone.
Fitzpatrick's Lodge is similarly luxuriously specified, but with large private communal facilities including a huge open plan living and dining area (above). Personal service is offered in an intimate atmosphere to small groups and families.
Huge interior space at Fitzpatrick's
There are three twin/double bedded rooms, generous in size, of which two can sleep two children in addition to two adults.
The Explorer Camp refers to a bygone era when exploration was an adventure into the unknown conducted by legends such as Percy Fitzpatrick in the 18th century. The camp and tents have been meticulously recreated with the similar style camp beds, canvas washing basins and lanterns to transport you back in time.
Two highly specialised Trails Guides lead three day, two night Walking Safari Trails from the Camp into the most remote parts of the concession. A game drive vehicle enables you to start or return from further afield. Big Five is plentiful in these areas so both the Lead and back-up Guides are armed with rifles for your safety. No children under sixteen are allowed on the Trails.
Evenings are spent around the camp fire enjoying hearty bush meals whilst learning more about the history of Jock of the Bushveld, Percy Fitzpatrick and the birth of the Kruger. During the day you will explore the heart of the Kruger on foot, and get a real sense of what it must have been like on an early day trek.
The camp is seasonal (to avoid the heat and rainstorms of the summer). It operates from April until September. Departures are Tuesday and Friday (Rhino Walking Safaris is the same plus Sundays).
The Relaxation Retreat with steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy bath
Children aged between 4 and 6 are taken on Game Drives in a closed vehicle whilst children from 7 to 11 join adults on the normal game drives conducted in open vehicles.
Rates drop substantially for low season (usually early April til end July, excluding Easter) where the Lodge moves from our $$$$$ category to $$$$.
Jock is three kilometres north of the H3 behind its own marked 'no entry sign', halfway between Afsaal picnic spot and the start of the Biyamti loop. If you fail to get in here, the KNP's Napi Trail operates in similar territory 20km or so to the north-west.