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  • arrival
  • lodge
  • suite
  • zingoda villa
  • spa
  • vehicle safari
  • elephant interaction
  • endangered species
Lodge 8.0 Rating
Price 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 871 871 USD
Jan 5.5
Feb 6.0
Mar 6.5
Apr 7.0
May 8.0
Jun 7.5
Jul 7.5
Aug 7.5
Sep 8.0
Oct 8.0
Nov 7.0
Dec 6.0
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Camp Jabulani
is located in the Kapama Reserve in the Kruger area to the Northeast of South Africa.

With the notable exception of Abu Camp in Botswana, this very high specification camp is the top location in Africa for elephant walking safari, with a small herd of habituated rescue animals.

Set alongside a seasonal river in the northwest of the reserve, Camp Jabulani is relatively comfortable and upmarket. Intimate central areas are traditional in style and lavishly decorated, whilst across a small bridge are six luxury suites, plus a larger Zingoda Villa family unit, all with private plunge pools. There is also a high quality spa facility. The service levels are high and prices are relatively keen.

Activities include elephant walking safari, vehicle safari and walking safari, spa treatments and visits to the nearby Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, where guests get privileged access to the cheetah pens. Hot air ballooning is also possible. Wildlife viewing in this Kapama area is reliable year round, since it is fully fenced.

The main potential downsides relate to this Kapama Reserve, which is fully fenced and very much detached from the rest of Kruger. We also find that the proximity of Hoedspruit Airport, plus the presence of fence lines, overhead telephone cables and road signs do detract significantly from the sense of wilderness, even more so here than in other parts of Kruger. The reserve also has quite a high visitor density.

As with all lodges in the area, there is the potential for adverse weather conditions Nov/Mar. Also, as with almost all the lodges in this area, different groups of guests are joined together on safari activities, unless you pre-book a private vehicle at significant additional cost.

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