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  • Camp Jabulani in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa
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Camp Jabulani is a five-star Relais & Chateaux accredited luxury lodge offering an extraordinary African experience for the discerning traveller.

The origin of Camp Jabulani reflects the remarkable account of a herd of elephants, rescued from certain death shortly after the turn of the century. Jabulani had been abandoned by his herd as a baby, while a number of trained Zimbabwean elephants were under threat from war veterans expropriating their owner’s farm. This tale had a happy ending when Jabulani and the rest of the elephant herd were brought together and given a new home on the 16 000 hectare Kapama Game Reserve. Camp Jabulani was created for the sole purpose of supporting the herd.

Today visitors have the exclusive opportunity to observe 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 in the waterhole. Photographic opportunities in close proximity of the elephants are also afforded.

Situated on a Big 5 private game reserve in the Greater Kruger area, this is one of the finest places on earth for viewing and photographing wildlife. Experienced rangers host guests on game drives and bush walks for close sightings of predators and other iconic African species living wild.

Other optional activities include hot-air ballooning, a behind the scenes tour of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), canyon helicopter tours and a game of golf. No itinerary is fixed, as Camp Jabulani offers a tailor-made experience according to its guests’ specific interests.

Camp Jabulani has an authentic African feel with colonial-style décor. The six private suites are luxurious and comfortable, each with a deck and heated plunge pool. Families or groups will appreciate the stand-alone Zindoga Villa where children can be accommodated. There is an on-site gym and experienced therapists offer soothing massages in the outdoor spa or in the comfort of the guest’s suite.

Camp Jabulani prides itself on exceptional cuisine, combined with fine wines and a variety of dining venues, both indoors and outdoors.

This extraordinary property is renowned for service excellence and every traveller to grace its door will instantly feel at home.

Property Facilities:
Camp Jabulani has a dedicated team of caregivers on hand to take care of children should parents wish to enjoy an elephant interaction, or dine in the main 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.

Area Information:
South Africa's northernmost province, Limpopo, borders onto Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana thus making it the ideal entrance to Africa.

The Limpopo Province celebrates a rich cultural heritage and at many archaeological sites the mysteries of the past and ancient peoples are still being unearthed.

Historians reveal that the first black Africans moved across the Limpopo (into what became known as South Africa) before 300 AD. The Voortrekkers arrived in the early nineteenth century and this part of the world changed forever. Numerous battles between indigenous African people and the Voortrekkers ensued. During apartheid, portions of land were divided into homeland areas. However, today the Limpopo Province is united in its aim to offer the best possible welcome for its visitors.

Limpopo is renowned for its hot, yet pleasant summers and dry winters.
Its weather is characterised by almost year-round sunshine. It can get very hot in summer (October - March), with temperatures rising to 27ºC (80,6 ºF) and, sometimes, even touching the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit).

In Room Facilities:
Each of the six luxury suites is remote and private. Massive wooden sliding doors present interiors which are a pure translation of style, comfort, elegance and overall - an appreciation of the natural environment.

Pure cotton sheets, massive stone tubs, an outdoor glass-enclosed shower, a fireplace with a separate lounge area, and a private plunge pool complement each of the rooms. Suites are also equipped with a mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and electric blankets. Comfort is ensured by the 24-hour temperature control and overhead ceiling fan.

Expansive windows allow for uninterrupted sunshine, and views of the surrounding bush. In the evenings, cozy lighting, a blazing fire and a welcoming bed draw to a perfect close another day in Africa.

A completely self-contained facility, the Zindoga Villa is a palatial replica of Camp Jabulani's style and elemental premise.

Two individual suites are connected by a joint lounge and dining area. Each unit has a massive bedroom with bathroom en-suite (including glass enclosed shower), expansive wooden deck, and a private heated plunge pool. One of the suites also has a charming twin room, with private bathroom, for two children sharing. The suites are separated by an interleading door.

The Zindoga Villa has wireless internet connectivity throughout for those who need to be connected to business or home, and is serviced by its own dedicated team - including ranger (and private vehicle), chef and butler.

Elegance, grand open spaces, luxurious finishes, and a harmonious union with the African wild are the order of the day.

Daily activities including elephant excursions, game drives in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, accompanied by experienced game rangers and expert elephant handlers and a behind the scenes tour to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species centre. Additional activities such as hot air ballooning and helicopter flights can be arranged on request.

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Property Type Game Lodge

All guests will be required to settle their accounts for extras, telephone calls, spa treatment, etc. on departure. This can be done by credit card, traveller's cheques or local/foreign currency notes.
A final rooming list must be provided 14 days prior to arrival.


No children under the age of twelve years are allowed at Camp Jabulani unless the entire camp is reserved exclusively.
Children under the age of 12 sharing with adults may be accommodated in Camp Jabulani's exclusive Zindoga Villa.

All children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives, bush walks and elephant interactions.

10% deposit must be received within 14 days after booking has been made, otherwise booking will cancelled automatically.
Final payment due 30 days prior to arrival. In the case that your deposit booking or your final payment has not been received, it will result in an automatic cancellation of your booking.


Camp Jabulani, located in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, will charge a conservation levy of R114 (Including VAT) per guest per night.

This contribution will go towards the conservation efforts and the work of the Anti-Poaching Unit in their on-going wildlife protection efforts in Kapama Game Reserve and the surrounding area. The new levy will be applied to all new bookings made as from 1st April 2017.

NB: Copies of the deposit slip or bank draft, plus appropriate guest or group details and reservation number must be faxed to Camp Jabulani's Central Reservations office to confirm payment and to update records. Fax number is: +27 (0) 12 460 7573.

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