The Explorer Camp at Jock Safari Lodge offers guests a unique experiential insight of a bygone era, a time when exploring really was an adventure into this unknown Big 5 wilderness, as did the legendary Percy Fitzpatrick in the 18th century. The camp and tents have been meticulously recreated with the similar style camp beds, canvas washing basins, lanterns etc in order to transport guests back in time.
This two day educational, walking safari is lead by two highly specialised guides and nights are spent around the camp fire enjoying hearty bush meals whilst learning more about the history of Jock of the Bushveld, Percy Fitzpatrick and how the Kruger was born. During the day, guests explore on foot, a remote part of this private concession in the heart of the Kruger National Park, to get a real sense of how trekking was done during the early days of exploration – a tribute to the original and authentic African safari adventure.
The camp site is unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on other tents privacy. Wild animals are able to move through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.
Tents: 3 x spacious campaign canvas tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each
Meals: Rustic safari meals are prepared and enjoyed under the African skies by your personal Shangaan Chef
Ablutions: Each Tent has a bucket outside shower. Each tent has an en-suite bio box toilet (portable) with canvas for privacy.
What to Pack
A typical Day
The following program is a guideline as all timings are subject to discussions upon arrival.
Day 1, day of arrival (Friday)
Day 2, (Saturday)
Day 3, day of departure (Sunday)
Take a Walk on the Wild Side…
The Kruger National Park offers its visitors up close and personal nature experiences with a variety of activities. Whether it is driving, biking, hiking or walking that you want to do, Kruger has something for you.
Experienced, professional and armed guides act as trail leaders and interpret the natural surroundings at regular intervals, to make the most of your guided activity. So, if you want more than self drive game viewing, Go Activities! Go Wild!
Lonely Bull Back Packing Trail
Park & Ride
Mopani Sunset Drive
Mphongolo Back Packing Trail
Olifants River Back Packing Trail
Lebombo Overland Eco Trail
Great Limpopo Park Transfrontier Trails
Daily early morning and afternoon guided walks are available from most camps. Up to eight guests are taken to interesting places in the surrounding wilderness areas adjacent to most of the camps. The walk itself is relaxed and experienced and armed guides use their knowledge of the bush to explain natural wonders.
Mountain Bike Trails
Kruger Game Drives:
Skukuza Golf Course
DIRECTIONS TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
From central Gauteng:
National access roads to all nine entrance gates are tarred. Distances from Johannesburg to each gate are given in a next document. Since entrance gates and restcamp gates are closed at night, allow sufficient travelling time to ensure timeous arrival at your restcamp.
There are nine entrance gates to Kruger, namely (anti-clockwise from the north):
ADDRESS: Skukuza Camp Rd, Skukuza, Mpumalanga, 1350, South Africa
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks – Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians – , 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.