Our Rating
9.1
Overall

Camp Jabulani

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kapama

from R 3990 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Our Rating
9.1
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Camp Jabulani

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kapama

from R 3990 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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This luxurious lodge (a member of the highly prestigious Relais & Chateau) offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to personally interact with a herd of elephants!

Our Ratings

9.1
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.5
Romance

Our Ratings

9.1
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • The elephant encounter – the harrowing and inspiring stories of their rescue, and the obvious love the caretakers show for these animals – is an experience you’ll likely never forget
  • The rooms are large, gorgeously fitted and decorated (we especially love the walls which mimic elephant dung!) – this is your chance to make like you’re a celebrity guest!
  • The whole lodge – from your private bathroom and plunge pool all the way to the gorgeous wooden deck , stylish common lounge area not to mention the superb service – is all tailor-made to envelope you in incredible luxury
  • The food at Camp Jabulani is consistently raved about by lucky guests – you’ll have to control yourself or you could leave a couple of inches chunkier than you arrived if you’re not careful!
  • The upgrade to the Zindoga Villa is a great option for families looking for luxury safari accommodation


What's Not

  • Those under the age of 12 can only be lodged at the Zidonga Villa – so if you have younger tykes running around, you’ll have to fork out a little extra

Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulaniundoubtedly the finest elephant-interaction cum safari experience that we know of - you'll get a fascinating orientation into the elephants, their story and personalities and may even have the opportunity of walking through the bush with them as well as “tucking” the herd into their stables after nightfall!

Lodge Profile

This luxurious lodge (a member of the highly prestigious Relais & Chateau) offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to personally interact with a herd of elephants!

Quick Overview

Location
Kapama
Drive Time
6 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a riverbed
Rooms
6 suites
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - private plunge pools
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
Tracker
Off Road
Child Policy
12 years and over are welcome

STORY OF A RESCUED ELEPHANT HERD

We have to admit that we’re not usually fans of managed “interactions” with wild animals as it so often reeks of commercial exploitation, but the story behind Camp Jabulani’s herd of rescued elephants and the sensitive way in which the animals are now treated make Camp Jabulani a very honourable exception to this rule.  Jabulani is a baby ellie rescued after being found stuck and abandoned in a muddy waterhole. Nursed back to health by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, he was later joined by a herd of trained elephants that were caught up in chaos of the Zimbabwe farm invasions and which faced certain death before the owners here heard of their plight and embarked on a rescue mission which saw them brought down to South Africa. Faced with the dilemma about what to do next, the solution was to establish a new lodge that would give the herd a new home and so Camp Jabulani was established on the Kapama reserve.

ELEPHANT INTERACTION

The result is undoubtedly the finest elephant-interaction experience that we know of. You'll get a fascinating orientation into the elephants, their story and personalities and even have the opportunity of walking through the bush with them as well as “tucking” the herd into their stables after nightfall. Another wonderful experience is watching the herd enjoy a midday swim in a nearby dam on the reserve. In all these interactions you’ll notice the genuine love and care shown by the tenders to their massive charges – it truly is an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life! The ultimate sign that the herd here is happy and content is that it is breeding successfully with a number of new baby arrivals since Camp Jabulani was established.

SUPERB ACCOMMODATION

Whilst it’s the opportunity to interact with the elephants that makes Camp Jabulani unique, the good news is that the lodge itself is superb – so good in fact that it’s a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateau association! The 6 suites are built along a seasonal riverbank and provide all the modern fittings you need, with a contemporary, high-end décor, but with a perfect blend of influences from the African bushveld. Stone floors, authentic thatching and grass-pressed stone walls (that cleverly mimic the texture of elephant dung) instil that undeniable African charm to the rooms, while the focus on a free flow of air and light really open the room up and lend it a feeling of laid-back elegance. Crystal, silver and antique wood blend into these natural elements and reinforce the sophisticated feel of the rooms.

Each room comes complete with wide stone bathtubs, a gorgeous outdoor shower, a separate lounge and fireplace, as well as minibar, Wi-Fi internet access, electric blankets and 24-hour climate control – there literally isn’t anything they haven’t thought of.  Oh, but if the heat still gets to you, they’ve given you your own private plunge pool on your deck!

ZINDOGA VILLA

Of course, if you’re looking for something more private where you can also bring the kids, Camp Jabulani also has an exclusive private villa, the Zindoga Villa. This villa is absolutely huge (it can sleep up to 9 people at once), so it caters perfectly to family groups. They’ve spared no expense here: en-suite bathrooms and heated plunge pools come standard with each unit, and the villa itself has its own dedicated personal staff. You get your own personal chef and butler, not to mention a personal game ranger to take you out in Zindoga’s private 4x4 vehicle. The staff treat you like royalty, and you get to tailor your daily safaris to your schedule – this is safari in truly personal style.

EXCELLENT GAME VIEWING

Of course, no luxury safari lodge would be worth its salt without excellent game viewing. At Camp Jabulani, they have no shortage of this being based on the Kapama reserve: five prides of lions roam the area, and leopard, cheetah, buffalo and rhino are also frequently sighted. The safari trips are of the highest standard: the animals are quite habituated to human contact, so you can get unbeatable views (and photos!) of the wildlife, and each Land Rover vehicle has a limited number of guests on it to ensure an unbeatable safari experience. Not to mention those unforgettable experiences of being able to stroll alongside the herd of elephants through the bush of course…

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Child Policy

  • Children 12 years and over are welcome
  • Children under the age of 12 may only be accommodated at The Zindoga Villa