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‘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.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler World Savers Award 2010 - Luxury elephant safari-camps
  •  Ranked among the best 'Private Lives' hotels - Tatler UK 2011
  •  Member of Relais & Chateaux

highlights

  • Relais & Chateaux member
  • Elephant-back safaris by day & night
  • Big 5 game drives & safari walks
  • Cheetah interaction
  • Secluded honeymoon suite
  • Spa, Wi-Fi, gym & sauna
  • 350 species for birding

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Facilities

Camp Jabulani is renowned for its unique elephant-back safaris, which often end at sunset with sundowners for guests while the elephants wallow and play in the nearby waterhole. Cheetah interaction is also arranged at the Hoedspruit Endangered Animal Centre to allow guest to better appreciate these astonishing predators and understand the threats they face.

Back at Camp Jabulani, an atmosphere of colonial style permeates the main building that houses the bar, lounge and dining areas. Wood, leather, animal prints, African fabrics and chandeliers evoke the grandiosity of the bygone years of the classic safari. An outdoor seating area in the shade of an ebony tree is the perfect spot for alfresco meals, while on winter nights, a roaring fireplace in the dining room creates a snug and cosy haven.

The Therapy Lapa Spa provides a tranquil space to soothe and revitalise, while the quirky open-air Bush Gym (with free weights, treadmill and spinning equipment) and sauna allows you to burn off the kilojoules from the kitchen’s irresistible fare! For retail therapy, an amply-stocked gift shop has the ideal memento of your adventures.

Team Tusker is a dedicated group of rangers who make it their mission to enthral children with the mysteries of the bush, leading them in spoor identification, tracking and animal arts & crafts, among other entertaining and educational activities.

General Facilities

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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool
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    Gym
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    Internet facilities
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    Wi-fi available

Dining

Fancy juicy kudu fillet with honey-roasted butternut or perhaps homemade tortillas with rare roasted springbok loin? Meals are Camp Jabulani focus on fresh ingredients and delectable pairings within incredible settings. At breakfast, expect muffins still warm from the oven while children will be excited to have their own menu to choose from.

Luxury Suite

Each of the six sumptuously-decorated suites lies in secluded privacy overlooking a seasonal riverbed. Loungers and a plunge pool on the verandah provide the ideal midday retreat to sip on a chilled drink and listen to the birds calling in the trees, while a separate indoor lounge and fireplace make for a cosy haven in the evenings. Huge 4-poster beds swathed in gauzy netting add a touch of romance, while expansive windows allow the light and the atmosphere of the surrounding wild to permeate your room. The en suite bathroom features a massive stone bathtub, double vanity and an outdoor, glass-enclosed shower that perfect for admiring the stars. 

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

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    Fireplace
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    Hairdryer
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    Mini Bar
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    Private plunge pools
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    Tea & coffee-making facilities
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    En-suite bath only
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    Outdoor shower
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    Ceiling fan
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    Safe

Other Room Types

The Zindoga Villa is a separate, self-contained unit comprising of two enormous and luxurious interconnected suites that total 424m², with exterior decking of 225m². One of the suites has an additional twin bedroom with its own bathroom that is ideal for children. A joint lounge and dining room flow out on to an expansive deck with a heated pool. Ideal as a space for small groups or families to enjoy absolute privacy and exclusivity, Villa Zindoga has a chef, butler, guide and vehicle at your disposal at all times. 

Activities

  • Day tours
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Birding
  • Night drives
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015 $930 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016 $1030 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The camp was very special and we loved the elephants very very much. I thought the game viewing was as good as other parks - but found the landscape to be a bit less wild and a bit more surrounded by civilization than I am used to - but certainly I saw all the animals and found the rangers to be very well informed and charming. The Endangered Species Center was also really a treat - a nice change from the usual and great to see the work being done there. The overall quality of the staff was exceptional both at the camp and in regards to the elephants.

    Fiona Garland, June 2014
  • Camp Jabulani was terrific - we really enjoyed the elephant back safaris and cheetah sanctuary - we learned a lot. The food and accommodations were amazing as well.

    Nadine Elder, July 2009

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Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne

Africa Safari Expert

"I feel truly privileged to have stayed at this lodge. Meeting the elephants and riding Sebakwe through the reserve at sunset was an experience I will never forget."

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Camp Jabulani was terrific - we really enjoyed the elephant back safaris and cheetah sanctuary - we learned a lot. The food and accommodations were amazing as well.

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