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Camp Jabulani

Mpumalanga, South Africa

Camp Jabulani: Exterior

Camp Jabulani: Exterior

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Named after an orphaned elephant rescued from Zimbabwe, Jabulani, the conveniently located Camp Jabulani is a member of Relais & Châteaux. Dedicated to conservation and animal welfare, the lodge offers its guests not only a chance to see wildlife, but interact with and support it - particularly elephants. For the ultimate African safari package guests receive three daily meals and superb wildlife experiences - including getting up-close to elephants. Guests can admire these gentle giants at play by a nearby watering-hole, visit their stables and observe them roaming through the verdant bushveld. Following an inspiring day amongst the fantastic and varied wildlife - enjoying a game drive or visiting the Endangered Wildlife Centre, guests can then indulge with fine dining and appreciate a delicious glass of South African wine, should they wish. The elegant guest suites feature butler service, mosquito-netted beds, outdoor glass showers and private plunge pools, while the exclusive self-contained Zindoga Villa - perfect for a family or a small group - features two Master Bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, a third bedroom suitable for children, a wooden deck, private heated plunge pool and a dedicated team of staff.

  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:The ultimate African safari experience
  • Feature:Interact with and support the local wildlife
  • Rooms:6 suites & 1 villa
  • Location:Mpumalanga , South Africa
  • Nearest airport:Hoedspruit Airport (Eastgate)
Camp Jabulani
Location and transfer

A short flight from Johannesburg Airport, to Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport, is followed by a thirty-minute road and game drive transfer to the camp opposite. Camp Jabulani is approximately a five hours' drive from Johannesburg.


Prices are available upon request.

Prices are for guidance only. They are subject to availability, change and current exchange rate. You will be advised of the price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.

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Guest room amenities include telephones, mini-bars, tea and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, hairdryers, electric blankets and safes.

Luxury Suite:+
  • Rooms: 6
  • Room View: Bushveld views
  • Facilities: In these standalone Luxury Suites, huge floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors lead to open-plan interiors that are a pure translation of style, comfort, elegance, tradition and an appreciation of the environment. Each of the six open-plan guest suites features a thatched roof, polished stone flooring, a lounge with a fireplace, an en suite bathroom with an oversized, freestanding bath and a glass-enclosed shower, and a bedroom area with a canopied bed, while outdoors, there's a private infinity-edge plunge pool surrounded by a furnished wooden deck. Each of the delightful, Colonial-style suites is located on the edge of a dry riverbed.
Villa Zindoga :+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 424m²
  • Room View: Bushveld views
  • Facilities: Ideal for families or a group of friends travelling together, the self-contained, Colonial-style Villa Zindoga has all the hallmarks of Camp Jabulani, plus a few of its own unique elements, including glass-enclosed showers, an expansive deck (225m²) and a heated private plunge pool overlooking the bushveld. The elegant, open-plan central lounge and dining area connect the two en suite bedrooms, one of which is a twin room with an interleading door, perfect for two children sharing. The villa offers wi-fi connectivity throughout and is serviced by its own team of staff, which includes a Ranger and vehicle, a Butler and a private Chef.

The lodge provides fine dining and is Relais & Chateaux accredited, utilising locally grown products which are freshly prepared. There is a formal dining room for evening meals within the main Lodge; alternatively some meals may be offered in different outdoor settings, such as along the sandy riverbed (weather dependent).

Restaurant Overview:+
  • Cuisine: Various cuisine
  • Setting: Meal times at Camp Jabulani truly are a celebration of the senses. Perfectly sized portions are arranged in an art form of colour, texture and balance.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes

Families with children of any age can be accommodated in Zindoga Villa and the Team Tusker programme offers wildlife-themed activities. Age restrictions for game drives may apply. A babysitting service and children's menu are also both available.

Health & Fitness

Camp Jabulani's idyllic outdoor Therapy Lapa is tucked away amongst dense African foliage, increasing guest interaction with African nature. Escape here for a variety of body treatments, clay wraps, skincare therapies and oil-based massages. The spa treatments all have charming, African-inspired names such as the Vervet Monkey Vitamin Facial and the Buffalo Muscle Treatment. A real favourite is the Hippopotamus Body Wrap; not as insulting as it sounds, the procedure has ache-reducing properties, ideal if you suffer from persistent muscle pains.

In Addition

Camp Jabulani is truly a remarkable place. More than just a lodge for safari-goers, Camp Jabulani is an elephant orphanage; a sanctuary for elephants who have previously been abandoned or wrongly treated. Jabulani (longest resident and credited for inspiring the camp's name) was orphaned just months after his birth and the workers rescued the young elephant with the intention of nursing him back to health and reintroducing him into the wild, but Jabulani had other plans and refused to leave - returning time and time again to resume his place amongst the humans.

Without a doubt, the elephants steal the show at Camp Jabulani. Enjoy observing the elephants' daily walk through the bush and observe a fantastic array of wildlife. These enormous, yet graceful mammals move almost without noise so other animals are rarely disturbed. In the evenings, guests can admire the elephants as they indulge in 'bathtime'. After observing this wonderful sight, guests can retire to the lodge to enjoy a sundowner. Bush walks and vehicle game-drives are also available.

On Safari

On arrival, Camp Jabulani’s team consults with each guest about what they would like to experience and times and activities are then scheduled according to clients' wishes.

Elephant Interaction 
Each guest has the opportunity to admire the elephants up-close, by visiting their stables and watching them bathe in the nearby watering-hole. It is such a pleasure to watch an elephant interact within the rescued herd and to be within their natural habitat. Guests can admire the relationship the grooms have with each elephant; and can learn more about the special conservation work which Camp Jabulani undertakes.
Game Drives
Forty kilometres from Kruger National Park, and close to the scenic areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces, as a result of a successful animal relocation programme, Camp Jabulani supports a wide variety of game including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and many other species of antelope with predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and the spotted hyena. Over 350 species of bird have been recorded.

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Guests are welcome to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (about a 30 minute drive through the reserve in open safari vehicle) where the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species of Southern Africa, is governed by a progressive and modern management approach. Guests can witness feeding sessions of various rare African vultures and get up close and personal with cheetahs. There is also an animal hospital where injured or abandoned animals are cared for by the centre’s veterinary staff before being released back into the wild.

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