We first visited Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park some years ago when we were working on our African Icons book. Our visit coincided with a massive cold front that sent Kruger's normally mild winter temperatures plummeting. It was so cold! Especially on the early morning, open vehicle game drives. No amount of blankets, layers and hot water bottles seemed to make any difference. It was just dam cold!
And needless to say, as a result, animal sightings dropped dramatically. We drove around for hours looking for wildlife and I remember being hugely excited when, on our final day at the lodge, we came across a small herd of wildebeest that provided some meagre wildlife pics.
We've been back a number of times since then to shoot their commercial operation - the lodge, its guest suites, game drives, sundowners and, of course, the wildlife. And unlike our first trip, the game viewing has been superb to say the least.
The luxurious Jock Safari Lodge is situated in southern Kruger National Park about midway between Skukuza and Malelane Gate and has its own 6 000ha (about 12 000 acres) private concession. Two large rivers run through the area (the Mitomeni and Biyamiti) attracting wildlife from far and wide, making the game viewing exceptional (our first visit excluded). The food at the lodge is excellent and matched by the staff and service levels.
We've just been back to shoot the latest upgrades to the lodge (they've recently completed some redecorating) and to update their wildlife and game viewing images. Game viewing was again spectacular, seeing our first leopard just a few kilometres from Malelane Gate. We saw and photographed the big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) with ease, had wonderful sightings of a large herd (journey) of giraffes and a lovely experience with our favourite animal, the African wild dog. (Alas, no pics though).
We've added a small selection to the gallery below. Enjoy...
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