Camp Jabulani, the Elephant Back Safari - a Relais & Chateaux Lodge

Camp Jabulani, the Elephant Back Safari - a Relais & Chateaux Lodge
Camp Jabulani, the Elephant Back Safari - a Relais & Chateaux Lodge

Nightly price per person starting at: $910

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Nightly rates per person sharing double occupancy Suite
Through March 31, 2017: R 12,500 (approximately USD 910)
April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018: R 14,200 (approximately USD 1,050)

Rate includes: 

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 • Beverages, including spirits and a variety of cellar wines • Daily laundry service • A “behind the scenes” exclusive visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre • Return road transfers between Camp Jabulani and Eastgate Airport • Wireless internet connectivity in main areas and suites • Emergency medical evacuation insurance

Rate excludes:

• French Champagne and Connoisseur’s Wine Selection • Massages and beauty treatments • Additional activities such as hot air ballooning, golf and helicopter excursions (subject to availability) • Curio Shop purchases • Any other charges of a personal nature • Gratuities (discrectionar


• The Elephant Experience includes observing the herd in close proximity, learning more about their behavior, 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. • CHILDREN: No children under the age of 12 permitted in the Luxury Suites. Families travelling with younger children are welcome at the Zindoga Villa


It’s all about the Elephants! Camp Jabulani is a family-owned, private Elephant Back luxury safari lodge located within the private Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit, 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 personalized service. This is probably one of the most unique Safari Experiences in South Africa.

But its most notable feature is the herd of trained African elephants which were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Visitors can experience the extraordinary impact of interacting personally with these massive and magnificent animals on daily elephant rides (the only night safari in the world!), around the waterhole as they swim and play, and in the natural habitat surrounding their stables.

This luxurious camp has only 6 suites - never more than 12 guests, while the exclusive Zindoga Villa is suited to the family traveler, or the client who prefers the more exclusive experience.

Some of Camp Jabulani's notable offerings include the daily elephant back safaris, safari drives in the Big Five private Kapama Reserve, visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, indulgent treatments in the outdoor Therapy Lapa, gastronomic delights at the hands of the masterful culinary team, and hot air balloon excursions over the reserve.

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.

Design and Settings:
Camp Jabulani is a perfect translation of the African bush, seamlessly blending classic and elegant interiors (fit for princes and kings, but warm enough to make the most “down-to-earth” feel completely at home) with the natural bush beyond.

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, silver service somehow seamlessly blend into an experience of genuine hospitality and sensory indulgence.

The camp 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 these living areas with the suites which lie scattered beyond the river bed.