Main Lodge - Classic Safari Lodge elegance
The style and ambiance of the Jabulani main lodge resonates that of a classic African safari lodge, refined with a fresh and modish touch.
Grass-pressed walls, stone floors and thatched roofing create a unique fusion of natural textures that complement the sophistication of the interior design.
The elegant dining room and cosy lounge lead you to an outside wooden deck that lies beneath the shade of impressive Leadwood trees – the ideal setting to enjoy an al fresco lunch while overlooking the adjacent waterhole: African safari lodge heaven.
Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Jabulani cocktail bar and lounge, and share your favourite safari experience of the day with fellow guests and staff.
You will soon find yourself browsing and discussing the years of memories that the Roode family share with pride. Their soulful journey in conservation is framed for all to enjoy.
More about the lodge
Our signature Jabulani suspension bridge stretches gracefully over the seasonal river bed below, connecting the main lodge to the six Jabulani suites and Zindoga Villa.
This impressive bridge was designed to blend in naturally with its surroundings, using a high quality hard timber that ages well, without the need for harsh chemicals to treat the wood.
An intimate private wine cellar, perfect for private wine tastings and cosy dinners.
Enjoy some of South Africa’s finest wines from our collection.
The Jabulani Gym
For those that would like to work off the calories from our chef’s culinary delights, we have an open-air fitness area that provides the perfect backdrop for a workout.
A variety of weights, a treadmill, and an exercise bike provide the necessary equipment to get your heart rate going. There is also a sauna available to enjoy.
Jabulin Suites - an African Oasis
Designed with pure relaxation and intimacy in mind, the Jabulani suites are as discrete in positioning as they are lavished in detail.
Each suite opens up to a private oasis set in the African bush. A crystal blue plunge pool with views over the riverbed below, is complimented by a generous wooden deck, purely for your leisurely pleasure.
A traditional fireplace graces your Jabulani Suite lounge, creating a perfect setting for a romantic in-suite dining experience, followed by a nightcap in the privacy of your heated plunge pool.
Your grand and luxurious freestanding stone bath can easily welcome you and your loved one, to soak up the sounds of the surrounding African wildlife and nature. Or enjoy a semi-outdoor shower, that whilst frosted for your privacy, enjoys a view over the natural environment outside.
The Zindoga Villa - exclusivity at its very finest
Zindoga Villa brings absolute exclusivity to one of South Africa’s finest game lodges. A private villa entrance leads you to a secluded 700 m2 three-bedroom grand villa that reflects the splendid elegance of the Jabulani offering.
A dedicated team of staff consisting of a private chef, butler and ranger will make your Zindoga Villa experience truly unforgettable, whilst respecting your personal space at all times.
The master suite, as well as the main suite, each has its own expansive wooden deck, private heated plunge pool and traditional fireplace. The en-suite bathrooms have free-standing impressive stone baths, as well as showers with views onto the surrounding natural environment. These spacious suites offer an additional day bed for a third person to share, if required.
A charming twin-bedded suite adjoining the main suite is ideal for two children or two adults sharing. This suite has a private bathroom with a separate bath and shower.
The spacious and luxurious Zindoga Villa lounge and dining room offer a wonderful space to relax in private with friends and family. The living areas are complimented by an impressive fire place and an adjoining deck for alfresco dining.
Guests have the choice of dining in-villa, or enjoying one of the many other private and exclusive dining options available to our Jabulani guests.
The Villa can accommodate a maximum of 6 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years.
The Jabulani Culinary Journey
Food is personal, taste is personal and our Jabulani chef’s approach to each one of our guests is always personal.
Every day a unique menu is created passionately and sincerely by our chef on duty, using only the freshest and finest of seasonal ingredients.
The Jabulani chefs take their creative flair outside of the kitchen too, embracing the natural setting we are fortunate to be in, and create innovative and memorable dining experiences for guests, including picnics, bush breakfasts and our renowned sundowner canapés.
True to the reputation of being a Relais and Chateaux accredited property, we approach our gastronomy with brilliant creativity and soulfulness. This paired with our personalised butler service, creates a magical Jabulani Culinary Journey.
Jabulani is an all-inclusive experience and all meals and snacks are included during your stay, as well as a wide selection of beverages – unless otherwise specified.
- Elephant Experiences
- Safari Experiences
- Romantic Expereinces
- Conservation Experiences
- Luxury Spa
- Other Adventures
Immerse yourself in the remarkable journey of the Jabulani herd, shared by our team of elephant carers who have walked side by side with the elephants for more than twenty years.
Observe the herd, from a respectful and comfortable distance, as they spend their days foraging naturally in the wild.
Enjoy the opportunity to understand elephants on a deeper level, both physically and emotionally, as well as to appreciate the importance of the conservation and protection of the elephant species.
By staying with us at Jabulani, your presence is far more meaningful than merely staying at a five-star luxury safari lodge. You’ll soon understand the lodge’s vital role in sustaining the herd and that you are contributing towards their future.
A walking safari takes you that one step closer to the essence of the African bush.
The exhilaration of being so close to nature, feeling the crunch of the wilderness beneath your feet, the texture of plants stroking your skin as you brush past and the amazing sounds and smells of Africa will remain with you long after you have left Jabulani.
Follow the tread of your armed ranger, who will guide you safely through a memorable adventure.
A game drive on a Big Five reserve is a humbling and soulful experience. At Jabulani, game drives are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable rangers in open, custom-built safari vehicles in a private game reserve of 16 000 hectares.
Experience day and night game drives, without restriction of times, which is uncommon in most safari lodges in South Africa.
Naturally, you would be guided by the advice of your dedicated ranger, with suggested times of the day for the most favourable game viewing. However, you are able to decide to choose when it would suit you best, to go on safari.
Because guests are limited to no more than six persons per vehicle, it is always an intensely personal and exclusive experience.
An African safari shared with family will be etched into your heart for a lifetime.
Zindoga Villa welcomes children of all ages and is an ideal size for multi-generational families to share the Jabulani experience. As the villa sleeps up to nine persons and is booked on a sole use basis, it gives flexibility in your family’s sleeping arrangements.
Parents are able to spend quality time with one another, as our team will ensure that the little ones are entertained and happy at all times.
The Jabulani chefs provide custom made menus for the youngsters and are always ready to whip up a dish that they may be missing from home.
Our JabuJuniors programme introduces children to a wildlife wonderland to experience a host of exciting adventure activities, whilst learning about Africa’s diverse wildlife. The programme caters for safari-goers six years and older and is available at any time – there are no time restrictions.
Your children have the opportunity to become JabuJuniors Conservationists in the making or be accredited in our JabuJuniors Ranger Academy; taking home personalised certificates to fondly remember their Jabulani and South African wildlife experience for many years to come.
Nothing quite compares to a South African honeymoon safari.
Jabulani’s emphasis on privacy, exclusivity, luxury, and elegance, makes us the ultimate honeymoon destination.
Enjoy the intimacy of your Jabulani suite’s private deck and plunge pool, and our personalised romantic settings for every moment of your stay.
Honeymooners will receive a bottle of sparkling wine served with chocolates and a romantic dinner for two, followed by a romantic turndown.
Surrounded by the orchestra of the African bush, in the company of a special herd of elephants, our unique setting at Jabulani promises the most unforgettable bush wedding in South Africa.
Jabulani’s renowned personalised service, attention to detail and exclusivity, ensures that we will make your special day unfold effortlessly.
Spa on Safari
Our Jabulani Spa Lapa is both private and peaceful, tucked beneath nature’s natural canopy of trees.
The Therapy Selection in this safari spa includes body massages, natural wraps, skin-care treatments and hand & foot treatments. Our Jabulani spa therapist will help you choose the treatment most suitable for you.
Our Spa products of choice are Theravine and Theranaka, both locally made and of exceptional quality.
Guests also have the choice to enjoy treatments in the comfort of their suites.