Camp Jabulani

Location: Greater Kruger & Panorama Region | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Camp Jabulani is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience, located within the Kapama Private Game Reserve. As well as its wonderful sense of privacy and the Relais and Chateaux standards, it’s the magnificent herd of elephants that makes this place magical. Rescued from Zimbabwe and now a full part of life at the lodge (indeed the lodge is named after one of them), guests are able to ride on the elephants and accompany them in their daily activities.
Perfect forAn elephant overdose.
In the knowThe only place in the world where you can experience a night safari on elephant back, shine your torch into the darkness to find hundreds of eyes reflecting back at you. Having had the chance to spot bush babies, genets, owls, honey badgers and plenty of spring hare, accompany the elephants back to their stables, where you can watch these gentles giants being ‘tucked’ into bed by their carers.

Recommended for...

  • Guiding
  • Lodge
  • Service & Hospitality
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview


Located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden with 13,000 hectares of sweeping  plains and riverine forests.

Rooms at Camp Jabulani

There are six stunning exclusive suites lined along a (mostly) dry river bed, and one gorgeous private villa.  The style is cool, elegant and natural, with long sweeping mosquito nets lending an air of romance, a cosy fireplace, outdoor showers, and huge stone tubs. The Zindoga Villa is larger, and comes with a dedicated ranger, chef and butler- perfect for families.

Food and facilities

With wooden walkways high above the sandy riverbed, a thatched lounge, dining room and campfire area in the garden, the ambience at night is very romantic, highlighted by lanterns glowing underneath the canopy of tall trees. When you are going for dinner go hungry as the food is fabulous, deliciously crafted by chef Dylan Frost.

Activities at Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulani’s ultimate highlight is game viewing on elephant back, but you can also take an early morning hot air balloon ride over herds of grazing antelope and stunning landscapes, spot the Big Five during the two daily game drives, stretch your legs with a walk through the African bush and discover the excellent progress the Endangered Species Centre is making. You’ll have time for a relaxing treatment in the open-air Therapy Lapa spa, a gym workout or a warming session in the sauna before heading to the thatched bar for a drink.

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