Did you know?
There is a statue of the famous dog, Jock of the Bushveld, in front of the City Hall in the small Mpumalanga town of Barberton.
Pilgrim's Rest Retreat offers a relaxing escape at the exclusive Jock Safari Lodge inside the Kruger National Park.
Experience a pampering session against the backdrop of a luxury game lodge, in which the surrounding elements guide the retreat's therapists in their selection of treatments.
While not offering a traditional spa in terms of hydrotherapy facilities, there is, however, an extensive treatment menu that will leave you spoilt for choice.
Why not try a signature treatment known as the Tri-Scented Shea Body Nuggets Massage, which makes use of small blocks of aroma-infused shea butter? These are placed on the body to aid circulation, clear congestion and help with relaxation.
Or, if you've just arrived from a long-haul flight and need to realign your mind and body, try the Stress Buster. This particular massage includes a pressure-point massage on the feet as well as a strong back, neck and shoulder massage.
Other massages include an African Head Massage, African Fusion Massage, Avocado and Shea Body Butter Massage, and a Deep Tissue Massage.
There are also options of facial treatments and specialised body treatments, including a Full Body Exfoliation Treat.
Manicures and pedicures are also available, as are the usual waxing and tinting items.
After you've had your fill of health and wellness treatments, you can enjoy some of the other activities at the lodge, including game drives, guided walks and, for something a little different, a frogging safari, during which guests are given headlights, guided after dark, and assisted in identifying a number of different species of amphibians.
Jock Safari Lodge certainly offers up a retreat with a difference, and there's no doubt you'll go home feeling refreshed and revived.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Jock Safari Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)41 407 1000
How to get here
Jock Safari Lodge is situated 60 minutes inside the Kruger National Park’s Malelane gate. You can either drive there or take a charter flight from Johannesburg. Road transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport can be arranged. See the website for detailed directions.
Best time to visit
Winter is always a good time to visit the bush because game viewing is at its best because of the sparse vegetation, but the spa and retreat packages are on offer all-year round.
Around the area
Enjoy the game viewing, game walks and time in the great outdoors. One can also enjoy a visit to the local community.
What will it cost
See the listed website for details.
Length of stay
Anything from two nights to a week or even more at the lodge, depending on how much time you have and, of course, your budget.
Where to stay
There are 12 suites at the Main Jock Camp; Fitzpatrick Camp is suitable for small parties or a family; Jock Explorer Camp is a tented camp for walking safaris