The heart-warming story of how this Relais & Chateau safari camp was created to support one remarkable elephant suggests that Camp Jabulani is no ordinary safari experience. And the proof is that it is one of the few camps where guests can have such authentic awe-inspiring interactions with an elephant herd. In the Kapama Private Game Reserve near South Africa’s Kruger Park, just thirty minutes drive from Hoedspruit airport, Camp Jabulani offers palatial accommodation and five star luxury in a beautiful bush setting, and varied game-viewing that includes the Big 5.
The emphasis here is on conservation and guests are invited to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and interact with purring cheetahs and hungry vultures. On the regular game drives guests might be lucky enough to spot some of the cheetahs released back into the wild, and there is a vast fund of knowledge shared by the experienced guides.
Elephant interactions are available daily and guests can help put the elephants to bed at night. Jabulani, the rescued elephant calf, now a fine bull elephant, whose story gave life to the camp, is an endearing character and his adopted herd of trained elephants, also rescued from difficult circumstances, are a delight to get to know. PLEASE NOTE: The owners of Cape Jabulani have taken a decision has been taken to phase out elephant-back safaris by 1 April 2017
Just six luxury thatched villas make up the camp, beautifully secluded with their own plunge pools and outdoor shower and a huge oval tub in the open plan bathroom. There’s an elegant separate lounge area with a blazing fire lit on cooler nights and very comfortable fourposter beds swathed in mosquito netting. Heating, electric blankets, air conditioning and a ceiling fan keep you comfortable whatever the weather.
The Zindoga Villa provides three bedrooms on an exclusive use basis for families, with its own private staff of chef, ranger and butler. For extra pampering visit the thatched therapy lapa for a massage in a private bush setting, and enjoy the world-class cuisine tailored to your tastes by the skilful chefs.
The Elephant Experience:
-An introduction to the Camp Jabulani herd and the grooms who have taken care of the elephants over the years.
-The opportunity to watch the elephants in their natural habitat during the day or at their stables early morning/ late afternoon and into the evening.
-Photographic opportunities in close proximity with the elephants, in the company of their grooms.
-Game drives and guided bush walks on the Kapama Big 5 Reserve, getting close to the elephant herd to observe them in the wild.
Relais & Chateau’s Camp Jabulani truly is a memorable and unique African safari experience.
- 24-hour Security
- Internet Access
- Kiddies Club
- Secure Parking
- Airport Shuttles
- Credit Card
- Laundry Service
- Room Service (24 hours)
- Animal Encounters
- Game Drives
- Game Viewing
- Game Walks
– The 6 suites are large open plan units with a lounge area, fire place, over-sized, free-standing stone bath, double vanity and glass enclosed shower surrounded by the African bush.
– Each suite features a private plunge pool with wooden deck overlooking a dry riverbed.
– Amenities include direct dial telephones, mini bar stocked with client’s choice of beverages, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, fan and in-room safe.