‘Jabulani’ is a Zulu word that means ‘rejoice’ and that is exactly what guests at Camp Jabulani set in the Kapama Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park do on their arrival. An elegant, intimate haven in classic safari territory, Camp Jabulani’s ultimate highlight is game viewing on elephant-back. Being the largest, strongest and among the most intelligent creatures in the bush, elephants and humans seem to have a natural affinity and experiencing the wilderness on the back of one of these gentle giants is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The elephants hail from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which is where you can also interact safely with cheetahs, the world’s fastest runners.
In addition to providing thrilling elephant-back safaris, Camp Jabulani – a Relais & Chateaux property – also introduces guests to the Zen-like experience of an early morning hot-air balloon safari where you will drift silently over grazing herds of game and a landscape that is slowly greeting a sunny new day.
With only six incredibly-spacious suites and Zindoga – a self-contained family villa – the emphasis at Camp Jabulani is on exquisite service, exceptional cuisine and unsurpassed relaxation. Guests have access to the open-air Therapy Lapa spa, gym and sauna and there is a special children-only programme to introduce under-12s to the many secrets of the magical African bush.