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Jabulani

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, and scenic Mpumalanga region). With a Relais & Chateaux accreditation, this camp is guaranteed to offer first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service.

Jabulani’s most notable feature is the herd of trained African elephants. Aside from offering remarkable Big 5 safari experiences, Jabulani affords guests the unforgettable opportunity to immerse themselves in the remarkable journey of the Jabulani herd. Both soulful and insightful, the Jabulani elephant experience includes observing the herd from a respectful and comfortable distance, as they spend their days foraging naturally in the wild; learning about elephants on a deeper level, both physically and emotionally; and appreciating the importance of conservation and protection of the elephant species.

Location

Jabulani Safari is located within a Big Five 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.

 

Accommodation

Luxury Suites

The six luxury suites are remote and private. Each has a private plunge pool and viewing deck; lounge with fireplace; air-conditioning / heating; ceiling fans; double vanity, large free-standing stone bath and glass enclosed outdoor shower. These are also equipped with a mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and electric blanket.

Zindoga Villa

The Zindoga Villa has been designed for the guest who prefers the more exclusive touch, for the smaller group, or for the family travelling with younger children (under 12 years). A dedicated team of staff is on hand to complete the utterly personalised safari experience.

Facilities

  1. A wooden deck area overlooking the dry river bed, in the shade of a massive Jackalberry tree. The perfect spot from which to enjoy lunch
  2. An open-plan lounge area, with laptop computer with WI-FI Connectivity
  3. An open-plan dining room, for evening meals or rainy days
  4. A Therapy-Lapa (or Tsala/ bush spa)
  5. A bush gymnasium
  6. A fully stocked curio shop with a range of clothing, jewellery, accessories etc.

Fact File

  1. Situated on a 14 000ha Private, Big 5 Game Reserve – Conceptualized to sustain and support 12 abandoned elephants.
  2. The reserve forms part of a low risk malaria area. However, anti-Malarial prophylaxis are recommended.
  3. Guests may enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles. Guests will experience exclusive one-on-one encounters with the Jabulani elephants
  4. A visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre offers a unique interaction with endangered species, while at the same time contributing to their conservation.
  5. South African Express runs daily scheduled flights between Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit and Johannesburg International Airports.
  6. Wireless network is available in public areas.
  7. Facilities include a dining room, lounge, open-air spa, basic fitness centre and sauna, and a wooden deck overlooking the dry riverbed.

Rates

Click here to download Jabulani rates 2019/2020

Why We LOVE It

  1. Exclusive, tailormade safari experiences
  2. What really sets Jabulani apart is the soulful and insightful elephant experience. Jabulani was conceptualized to support and protect 12 rescued elephants who, through a combination of fate and co-incidence, ended up in the custody of a passionate wildlife visionary: Lente Roode
  3. Luxury Suites can accommodate 1 child (from 6 years) with 2 adults
  4. Zindoga Villa accepts children under the age of 12
  5. Please include: Team Tusker Kids Programme

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Zindoga Villa

 

Luxury Suites

 

Jabulani Dining

 

FAQ's

Is a visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre included in the price?

All guests who stay at Jabulani receive a complimentary trip and entrance into the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

News

The Evolution of Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulani has taken a decision to evolve and simplify their Jabulani brand identity following a fourteen-year inspirational journey that has grown from an "Extraordinary African Experience" to a "Unique and Soulful Safari Experience." 

 

Jabulani Child Policy Amended

As of 01 April 2019, we have made the decision to allow one child age six or older to share with their parents in a Jabulani suite. A suite with two parents and a child will also enjoy private game drives, which also ensures that all guests maintain the privacy and intimacy that we are renowned for at Jabulani.

 

Evolved Elephant Experience

Three months have passed since Jabulani ceased elephant-back safaris, and their Evolved Elephant Experience has taken beautiful shape.

"Although we have communicated in words what the new experience entails, we're so happy to be able to bring it to you in motion.

We hope you will enjoy this short clip on our journey with these magnificent animals and the very special people who have dedicated their lives to taking care of them, as well as the importance in finding a sustainable model for their care well into the future. We are so grateful to our many supporters, without whom we would never have been able to keep doing what we do." 

 

 

The 1st of April 2017 saw the launch of the new evolved elephant experience at Jabulani after the decision was made to terminate elephant-back safaris.

 

Families

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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. 

Luxury Suites can also accommodate 1 child (from 6 years) with 2 adults and the family will enjoy their own private vehicle.

Jabulani’s reservations team will gladly assist in structuring your accommodation requirements to suit you.

 

Jabulani has a dedicated team of caregivers on hand to take care of children should parents wish to 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!

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 under the age of 12, and is structured to stimulate and entertain younger guests, as well as to allow parents to take a little “time out”.

Please note, children under the age of 10 may only be accommodated on early morning elephant safaris (if they are accompanied by parents | guardians).

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 runs from 10h00 – 12h30, and from 15h00 – 16h00 daily.

Honeymoons

Jabulani 2019 Superior Honeymoon Packagecamp jabulani weddings

A Time of Blissful Harmony

Jabulani is a five star safari lodge which offers the ultimate African encounter to those who seek excellence in their honeymoon experience. Exclusivity and privacy are guaranteed. Six luxurious suites each have a private deck, plunge pool, fireplace, well stocked 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 natural surroundings. Additional facilities within the lodge include a well-equipped gym and an outdoor spa.

What makes Jabulani unique is the close contact encounters with a herd of trained elephants. The discerning traveller is able to enjoy the magnificent creatures in an intimate and protected environment. Located within a private reserve which is home to Africa’s Big Five, and a myriad of other animals. Game drives and guided walks are also on offer. The reserve incorporates the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre which has gained world renowned for its contribution to conservation. The camp is easily accessible by road and air. Daily flights are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport with South African Express. Transfers between Eastgate Airport and the camp are complementary.

INCLUDES: Luxury accommodation; welcome cocktail on arrival; local branded alcoholic beverages; game drives & guided bush walks; a visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre; a ZAR 750 Spa 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); and a private romantic candle-lit dinner.

 

01 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

ZAR 36 000 PER ROOM PER NIGHT

BOOKING CODE: HP19

CLICK HERE to download this package information

 

 

Weddings

camp jabulani weddingsImagine 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”.

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 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 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 Jabulani elephants, a Swedish massage, a private dinner or breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket, and a surprise gift from Jabulani. 

 

Wedding & Honeymoon Packages

Wedding package – Download 2017-2018

Luxury Wedding package – Download 2018-2019

Superior Wedding package – Download 2018-2019

Spa

camp jabulani spa“Absolutely Natural and Absolutely Pure” finds no better expression than in an environment such as Jabulani’s. Their Therapy Lapa lies tucked within the dense foliage of the reserve. Or treat yourself in winter to a spa treatment in the comfort of your suite in front of a blazing fire.

Whether the product of choice is a blend of natural aromatic oils, or something more extravagant from shores abroad, treatments administered by the expert therapist are relaxing and rejuvenating in equal measure.

The Therapy Selection includes body treatments, natural wraps, skin-care treatments and hand & foot treatments. Please click here for a detailed menu of treatments on offer.

Eco & Community

Jabulani has, at its roots, a commitment to wildlife conservation. For where would this place be without the herd of elephants for which it was created?

The Schuurmann/ Roode family has a long history on the reserve, and it is thanks to them that the land was rehabilitated from cattle farming, to support the many different animal species which now roam free.

Jabulani works hand in hand with the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), and has partnered on a number of initiatives to assist the HESC with its objectives – the primary one being the release of animals to the wild. Jabulani has successfully released and monitored a number of different animals on the Kapama Reserve.

Jabulani believes in the cycle of sustainability, and to this end has embarked on an aggressive recycling programme of perishables, non-perishables and vegetation. Nothing goes to waste! Elephant dung is used as a fertilizer, and is sold as such to generate funds.

For Jabulani, people are as important as animals. The lodge supports a number of initiatives to uplift children from the Paulos Ngobeni School, located in an impoverished community in close proximity to the reserve. Furthermore, many of the migrant workers in the area have been upskilled through Jabulani, and have developed skills which enable them to make a living and support their families.