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TThe Pilgrim’s Rest Retreat at Jock Safari Lodge offers the ultimate ‘spa-fari’ (which is what all the cool kids call a spa combined with a safari…) Visitors can enjoy a combination of game drives, bush walks and relaxing spa treatments as they unwind at this superb lodge situated just inside the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province.
Although Pilgrim’s Rest Retreat doesn’t offer traditional spa hydrotherapy facilities, an excellent therapies menu – in which the surrounding elements guide therapists in their selection of treatments – will leave you revived and ready to take on the world.
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 spa 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 a retreat with a difference, and there’s no doubt you’ll go home feeling refreshed and revived.
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Who to contact
Jock Safari Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)13 010 0019
After hours: +27 (0)13 735 5200
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 (June to August) is always a good time to visit the bush, when 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. You can also enjoy a visit to local rural communities.
What will it cost
See the listed website for details.
Length of stay
Anything from 2 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.