Elephants never forget … just like you will hardly ever forget your stay at Camp Jabulani. A holiday at Camp Jabulani is incomparable, unforgettable and will become an intense memory you will take home and treasure.
The name “Jabulani” goes back to an orphaned baby elephant which was found half starved by Lente Roode in the late 90s. With love and care it was raised and inspired the foundation of the camp.
Jabulani was only the first of many elephants which are now the permanent guests
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at Camp Jabulani and the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Later, a luxurious lodge was added for the slightly more discerning human visitors.
Welcome to Camp Jabulani near Hoedspruit! The complex harmonically blends with the natural surroundings; the buildings are connected by long boardwalks. The Kapama Game Reserve shares its fenceless boundaries with the Kruger National Park and enables all animals to move freely from one area to the next.
The connection to nature is one of the Camp’s chief principles. Natural materials, large, open windows and warm hues imitating the savannahs dominating colours transport the bush into the living room without sacrificing ultimate comfort and classic elegance.
The ambition is to make you feel at home the moment your cross the threshold. Having spent a day out in the rough bush, all your senses can start looking forward to a culinary festival celebrated night by night with the Jabulani’s masterful chef as the dedicated conductor.
The food is presented in all style: Sip one of South Africa’s many first-rate wines and relish the silverware and table decorations. The culinary creations are always prepared from selected, preferably locally produced, fresh ingredients. Why not have muffins just pulled out of the oven with your afternoon tea?
Allow yourself to be spoilt by the many attractions and the extraordinary service. Pack light clothing, sturdy shoes, a sunhat and sun lotion, a camera … and you are ready to enjoy the elephantine delights of Camp Jabulani!
The elephantback safaris at Camp Jabulani will doubtlessly be a highlight of your stay. Thirteen of the gentle giants currently call the camp home and are being taken perfect care of by a team of 22 dedicated keepers.
Let yourself be introduced to the heart-warming story of how the elephant sanctuary was founded and also to the day to day tasks of caring for the big animals. The keepers will gladly share their experience and sentiments with you. Most guests describe the first contact with the elephants as inspiring.
Every individual elephant, its distinct character and personality, will be introduced to you. Before setting of on a safari on elephantback, you should make friends with your kind mount.
Having been introduced to each other, you may climb your elephant’s enormous back and start the entertaining and educative safari. Step by step the gentle animal will carry you through the thick of the bush, serenely swinging from one side to the other.
Observe the African savannah’s natural beauty from a different perspective: Ride through the treetops, peep into bird’s nests and look the soaring giraffes in the eye.
In the golden light of the late afternoon, one of the most appealing safaris starts. See the startlingly beautiful sunset in the savannah and take a little refreshment, always remembering to share with your elephant, at a table decorated with fresh flowers and romantically framed by lanterns casting warm light and long shadows.
The best finale to the interlude is a good wine served from a crystal decanter before turning home and experiencing a safari by night. Feel free to loose yourself in the billions of stars accompanying you home or the many eyes lighting up along your path; your elephant will safely take you home with unerring steps.
Having made friends with your long-nosed safari companion, you may personally take him to the stables and care for him should you wish to do so. A keeper will lend you advice and indicate the tools and provisions you may need.
It is an elephant’s favourite pastime to splash around in the river or in the mud. Take your camera and capture their endearing mischievousness.
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