19 July 2012 by Ems Tsotetsi

Jock of the Kruger

The Jock Safari Lodge has a story to tell – it owes its origins to the true tale of one Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of Jock of the Bushveld.

Jock Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park

I’m sure you've heard of the book Jock of the Bushveld, a South African classic loved by many. The concept and legacy of the Jock Safari Lodge originates from this.


										Restaurant and lounge area at Jock Safari Lodge

The lodge itself was funded from the trust fund of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, the book's author, and is built near the area where some of the true tale of Fitzpatrick and his dog, Jock, took place.

Fitzpatrick used to recite his experiences in the bush with his dog to his children; eventually the book was written and published in 1907.

Jock Safari Lodge lies in the southern part of Kruger National Park. It accommodates children and is situated on 1 of the oldest private concessions in the Kruger – in fact, the 6 000ha concession is the same shape as the side profile of Jock the dog.

Visitors can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives; if you’re lucky enough, you may spot the Big Five. The afternoon game drives also include sundowners, served while enjoying stunning views of the bush sunset.

The Main Jock lodge consists of 12 rooms. All are en-suite and have a ‘sala’, or outdoor bed, overlooking the river – perfect in the summer months as you can sleep under the African stars; but don’t worry, there are nets to protect you from insects.

The Fitzpatrick’s Lodge is a 3-room standalone lodge catering for families. Upon arrival, children will receive a gift that they can play with during their stay. Childminders are available when adults go on game drives or are at the spa. The kids can also partake in junior ranger training while on a kiddies' drive.


										One of the stunning rooms at the lodge

There is a range of bird species within the lodge’s concession, some of which can be seen from the comfort of your own room or when lounging about outside. There are also rock art sites dating back 3 000 years.

Visitors can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives; if you’re lucky enough, you may spot the Big Five. The afternoon game drives also include sundowners, served while enjoying stunning views of the bush sunset.

Night walks within the camp are encouraged, and 'Frogging Safaris' are available. There are an estimated 34 different species of amphibians in the Kruger; Jock Safari Lodge is 1 of the best places for viewing these.

Frogging Safaris are best undertaken during the rainy months (November to March). During the safari, frogs are caught, identified and then released back into nature.

For more info please visit www.jockssafarilodge.com.

Category: Wildlife


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