Camp Jabulani

An Extraordinary African Experience

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Overview of Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulani is a family-owned and managed private luxury safari lodge located within the private Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit, South Africa (in close proximity to the Kruger National Park in the scenic Mpumalanga region).

With a Relais & Chateaux accreditation, this lodge is guaranteed to offer first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service. But its most notable feature is the herd of trained African elephants, which were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Visitors have the opportunity to meet the elephants as well as view them in close proximity, learning more about their behavior, their unique character traits, their incredible story, and what is takes to take care of a herd of this size. Much of this will take place while the elephants are in their natural environment, foraging in the bush, walking through the reserve or swimming in the waterhole. Photographic opportunities in close proximity of the elephants are also afforded.

This luxurious lodge has only six suites – never more than 12 guests, while the exclusive Zindoga Villa is ideally suited to the family traveller, or the client who prefers a more private, luxury experience.

Experiences

  • Daily elephant interactions
  • Game drives in the Big Five private Kapama Game Reserve
  • Visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
  • Indulgent treatments in the outdoor Spa
  • Gastronomic delights at the hands of the masterful culinary team
  • Hot air balloon excursions over the reserve
  • The lodge is easily accessible by road, or by air on daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg or private charter flights

Location

The Lodge is set within a Big Five Game Reserve, and is surrounded by the African bush in its spectacular beauty.

Camp Jabulani is located within the Big Five Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit. This is within the Limpopo Province in South Africa, and is in close proximity to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg Mountain range, and the spectacularly beautiful Mpumalanga region (which houses a collection of unique and diverse private game reserves – most easily combined with the Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience).

GPS Co-Ordinates: S 24 25’00.4” min | E 031 05’40.8” min

The Lodge

Camp Jabulani’s classic and elegant interiors seamlessly blend with the rugged African bushveld, providing a warmth and comfort that makes our guests feel completely at home.

The rich textures of organic elements create a harmonious and pleasing balance between ‘designer’ and ‘authentic’ – grass-pressed mud walls, stone floors and thatched roofs are but some of the natural features guests may expect to find.

An open flow of light and air allow for a communion with the African bush without forsaking optimum comfort. Rich woods, crystal glasses and silver service somehow seamlessly blend into an experience of genuine hospitality and sensory indulgence.

This standout among safari lodges South Africa is built along the bank of a seasonal stream. An open-plan dining room and lounge merge with the wooden deck which lies in the shade of gigantic Leadwood trees, around which the main facility was constructed. An impressive suspension bridge connects the living areas with the suites, which lie scattered beyond the river bed.

The sole objective of the team of professionally skilled and personable staff is to meet the needs of their valued guests. To indulge, spoil, pamper and entertain. But most importantly – to share with them the story and the experience of the elephants.

Camp Jabulani’s facilities include:

  • An expansive wooden deck, in the shade of a massive Jackalberry tree, that overlooks the dry river bed. The perfect spot to enjoy lunch!
  • An open-plan lounge area, with laptop computer and WI-FI Connectivity
  • An open-plan dining room, for evening meals or rainy days
  • An open-air Therapy-Lapa (or Tsala/ bush spa)
  • A bush gymnasium
  • An open-air fitness area provides the perfect backdrop for a workout. A variety of weights, a treadmill, an exercise bike and an exercise mat provide the necessary equipment for those who are exercise-inclined. The exercise facility also includes a full range of exercise gear. A sauna completes the experience

The Gallery @ Camp Jabulani: Includes a luxury retail outlet, an art gallery and an intimate private wine cellar.

The Gallery features local South African art in its various forms, and includes the works of renowned artists such as Jean Abrie, Johan Koch, Gert van der Merwe, Stephen Sutherland and Ardmore. Products from the Out of Alex Embroidery Project and the African Children’s Community Education and Feeding Scheme (ACFS) have been showcased in an effort to empower these excellent community initiatives.

Private wine tastings and intimate dinners are offered in The Gallery in an effort to continuously enhance Camp Jabulani’s bespoke guest experience. Only South African wines are featured, and guests have the opportunity of selecting their own wine for dinners.

All profits generated by The Gallery go towards the care and upkeep of Camp Jabulani’s elephant herd.

Leisure

Life today has become so fast-paced. The Camp Jabulani team has but one objective … to slow it all down and to create an environment where busy people can disconnect, unwind and completely recharge.

With each itinerary utterly customised for the guest, visitors have a veritable selection of past-times in the camp from which to choose. Indulging in a therapeutic spa treatment, unwinding on the hammock at the edge of the waterhole which lies in front of the lodge, sampling from the chef’s ample menu of delicious treats, browsing among the art pieces or partaking in a spot of retail therapy in The Gallery, or spending long languid hours at your private plunge pool – you would be hard pressed to find an experience as good for the soul as this.

Those who appreciate conservation will no doubt enjoy a visit to The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, while the more adventurous will no doubt enjoy a Kruger Park safari, or thrill at soaring high above the earth in a hot air balloon.

Although guests are able to completely disconnect from the outside world, Camp Jabulani also enables Wi-Fi connection from the main lodge area, from each of the suites or from the Zindoga Villa for those who need to check in from time to time.

Weddings

Imagine getting married in the company of a herd of elephants in the middle of the wild African bush? Exclusivity, personalised service, attention to detail and the ultimate one-on-one hospitality are sure to contribute to memories that last a lifetime.

Getting married is one of life’s most cherished experiences, and it stands to reason that finding the perfect place to exchange vows is near the top of the list of most couples getting ready to say “I do”.

Camp Jabulani offers a completely unique safari wedding experience in a really intimate natural environment. Not only are the elephants extraordinary, but so too are the people. The lodge is one of only a few wedding venues in Hoedspruit.

It’s a big responsibility being entrusted with such a special occasion, and each member of the Camp Jabulani team takes this responsibility to heart. Guests are assured of a day where every detail is taken care of, and every need met.

While no two weddings are the same and each is treated as unique (with personal planning in consultation with Camp Jabulani’s management), we have put together an exclusive wedding package as a guideline of costs and inclusions. This package includes welcome cocktails, overnight accommodation for bride and groom (with a really special honeymoon turndown), an exclusive photographic session with Camp Jabulani elephants, a Swedish massage, a private dinner or breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket, and a surprise gift from Camp Jabulani.

On Honeymoon

Camp Jabulani offers the quintessential personal African encounter for those seeking an unforgettable safari honeymoon experience.

Romance, exclusivity and privacy are guaranteed. Each luxurious suite is tucked within the bush flanking a dry river bed, with a private deck, plunge pool, fireplace, private bar and air-conditioning. En-suite facilities include a large free-standing stone bath, double vanity and glass-enclosed shower with a view of the beautiful bushveld surroundings.

Camp Jabulani’s Honeymoon Package includes:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Welcome cocktail on arrival
  • Local branded alcoholic beverages
  • Game drives & guided bush walk
  • A visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
  • A ZAR 750 Therapy Lapa voucher per couple for the duration of their stay
  • Fruit basket
  • Flowers and a bottle of sparkling wine
  • Special turndown service (Champagne and chocolates at bedtime)
  • Private romantic candle-lit dinner

Families

Camp Jabulani is all about family, and ensuring the ultimate family safari. Whether you share in ours, or bring your own, we have something special in store that will delight both older and younger guests.

Children of all ages are welcome at The Zindoga Villa. Two children may be accommodated in a charming twin-bedded suite with en-suite bathroom, while a third child is easily accommodated in the suite’s adjoining lounge area where a day bed may be converted into a single bed. Camp Jabulani’s reservations team will gladly assist in structuring your accommodation requirements to suit you.

Camp Jabulani, on the Kapama Game Reserve, has a dedicated team of caregivers on hand to take care of children should parents wish to enjoy a spa treatment in The Therapy Lapa, or dine in the general camp environment. A specially tailored “Kiddies Menu” is available for children, which is sure to appeal to even the most discerning palate!

Camp Jabulani’s Children’s Programme has a host of exciting activities that will keep youngsters entertained for hours, while teaching them all about Africa’s diverse wildlife. The “TEAM TUSKER” Programme caters for safari-goers 6 years and older, and is structured to stimulate and entertain younger guests, as well as to allow parents to take a little “time out”.

Kids are whisked off into a wildlife wonderland, and are able to participate in any number of exciting activities which have been designed with optimum enjoyment in mind (and a lot of exciting learning too!).

The Team Tusker Programme is always available, there are no time restrictions.

On the “Team Tusker” menu:

  • Dung throwing
  • Orienteering (learning to find the way home)
  • Basic bush cooking and baking (for those budding chefs!)
  • “Tusker” tales (fascinating stories and gigantic tale of elephants)
  • Spoor casting (painting etc)
  • Make your own African animal T-shirt
  • Star-naming (learning about heavens and constellations in the Southern Skies)
  • Seeds and pods (learning how even the tallest tree comes from a minute beginning)
  • Animal Conservation Initiatives (teaching kids about the importance of conserving our endangered species for the enjoyment of generations to come)
  • Making Paper (out of recycled elephant dung…)
  • Bird watching and identification (feathered friends are just as exciting!)
  • Bug catching
  • Mammal behaviour lessons
  • Flori-bundance (learning about different plants and their medicinal uses and healing powers)
  • Land Rover Orientation ( junior rangers must know the ins and outs of their safari vehicle!)
  • Indigenous stories and basic language skills
  • Our place in nature

For Corporates

Camp Jabulani, based on a private Big 5 Game Reserve in Limpopo makes a perfect venue for a small high-end conference, or a relaxing bush getaway for corporate executives. Our friendly team is renowned for delivering world-class service, and we will take care to ensure that every detail is given meticulous attention, thus greatly easing the burden for the conference organiser. Camp Jabulani’s history is deeply rooted in conservation and profits are used to assist the survival of endangered species.

Accommodation

  • Small, intimate lodge that can be booked as a private venue • Sleeps 9 singles or 18 shared
  • 5* luxury with private plunge pools
  • Tranquil and relaxing ambiance with high quality decor
  • Use of gym, sauna and spa lapa
  • Complementary WiFi in main lodge and suites

Iinteractive Conference Facilities

  • Elegant art gallery that can be configured as a conference venue
  • Fans plus air-conditioning
  • Wireless extra large flat screen TV
  • Other conference utilities such as AV projector, flip charts/pens, conference pads etc can be provided

Cuisine

  • Tailored menus according to requirements that can include kosher and halaal
  • Internationally trained executive chef delivering 5* fine dining, with a South African twist
  • Beautiful lakeside boma with ambience of stars, lanterns and bonfires, with food cooked over open fires • Surprise bush breakfasts and champagne sundowners can be set up for groups

Activities and Teambuilding

  • Elephant interactions
  • Game Drives and bush walks on Kapama Big 5 Reserve. Private guide(s) allocated to groups
  • Behind the scenes tour of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
  • Innovative and fun team-building activities available on request
  • Conservation-led volunteering activities, such as rhino tagging or assisting at HESC can be arranged
  • Optional extras include helicopter tours of Blyde River Canyon, golf, hot air ballooning, relaxing spa treatments

Cuisine

A way of cooking described by Relais & Chateaux as “the ‘haute couture’ of fine dining”, lovers of fine food and wine will not be disappointed.

Camp Jabulani’s executive chef has trained in the kitchens of great chefs around the world, and takes pride in designing fusion creations with a South African twist – always with an artistic finish.

Menus change on a daily basis. As individual tastes are as unique as personalities, a range of dietary preferences and restrictions are catered for effortlessly (Kosher and Halaal meals are sourced by prior arrangement). Vegetarians or those who prefer lighter meals are well catered for, with inventive choices each day. Some may even prefer simple, hearty meals. At Camp Jabulani, everything goes.

The chefs like nothing better than to interact with guests at each mealtime, and will personally present their menus. They have also been known to share a special recipe or two.

The sub-tropical climate means that chefs are spoiled for choice with an abundance of delicious fresh ingredients produced in the surrounding region. Tastes are enhanced courtesy of our very own herb garden. Wherever possible, we support initiatives that promote sustainable local employment.

Freshly baked muffins, delectable teatime treats, and moreish sundowner snacks are baked daily. The chefs pride themselves on making as much as possible with their own hands. Through private cooking classes, guests may even be treated to ‘insider’ tips on making homemade breads, sauces and ice-creams.

A perfectly paired wine will transform a great meal into a sublime experience. Camp Jabulani has very carefully collected an impressive medal-winning collection of both red and white South African wines, sourced from the winelands of the Cape to be enjoyed in the bush.

Private tables are impeccably set for each guest, as we appreciate that time spent with close family and friends is all too precious. But some may prefer to share the company of new friends just met, and special arrangements will be made for a more social environment. The atmosphere, whether indoors or out, is always elegant yet relaxed with a friendly and professional team of service staff. Mealtimes are flexible, and venues tend to change (weather dependent). From private candlelit dinners, to traditional South African boma nights – there is no equal to the ambience of bonfires, lanterns and starry nights.

 

Camp Jabulani

Awesome Special Offers

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Pay 3 Stay 4 night special

R53,700 per person
Room: Safari Suite
Valid from: 01-Apr-19 to: 31-Mar-20
Book before: 31-Mar-20

Includes:

4 Nights accommodation at Camp Jabulani

Included in the above is:

  • Daily activities, including The Elephant Experience*; game drives in open safari vehicles; and guided bush walks, accompanied by experienced game rangers.
  • Luxury accommodation in air-conditioned suites, with private plunge pool.
  • All meals and snacks.
  • A selection of local and premium beverages during your entire stay.
  • Daily laundry service.
  • A private guided tour of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
  • Return road transfers between Jabulani and Eastgate Airport.
  • Wireless Internet connectivity in main areas and suites.
  • A contribution to the upkeep of the Jabulani Herd

The Elephant Experience includes observing the herd in close proximity, learning more about their behaviour, their unique character traits, their incredible story and what it takes to take care of them. Much of this takes place while the elephants are in their natural environment, foraging in the bush, walking through the reserve or swimming at the waterhole. Photographic opportunities with the elephants are also afforded.

Excludes:

 

  • Transfers from Hoedspruit Civil Airport
  • Selected beverages or drinks from our premium wine list.
  • Massages and beauty treatments.
  • Additional activities such as hot air ballooning (subject to availability).
  • Conservation levy of R 115 p/night. The contribution will go towards conservation efforts, the anti-poaching unit in their ongoing wildlife protection efforts.
  • Curio Shop purchases.
  • Any other charges of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities (discretionary).
  • All children, under the age of sixteen, must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives, bush walks and elephant interaction.
  • Kosher meals
  • Photographic equipment

Booking Conditions:

Deposit, settlement & cancellation policy:

  • Bookings will be held on a provisional basis for 14 days only.
  • A 25% non-refundable deposit is due within one week of confirmation.
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.
  • 25% cancellation fee if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival.
  • 100% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival.

Festive Season Bookings (16 Dec – 9 Jan):

  • Bookings will be held on a provisional basis for 14 days only.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is due within 14 days of confirmation.
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.
  • 50% cancellation fee if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival.

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