“First, we eat, then we do everything else.” ~ M.F.K. Fisher

Food and taste are personal and so are our Jabulani chefs’ approach to each one of our guests. Every day a unique menu is created passionately and sincerely by our chef on duty, using only the freshest and finest of seasonal ingredients, and can be tailored to suit guests’ individual needs and tastes.


A Relais & Châteaux dining experience

The Jabulani chefs take their creative flair outside of the kitchen too, embracing the natural setting we are fortunate to be in, and create innovative and memorable dining experiences for guests, including picnics, bush breakfasts and our renowned sundowner canapés.

True to the reputation of being a Relais & Châteaux accredited property, we approach our gastronomy with brilliant creativity and soulfulness. This paired with our personalised butler service, creates a magical Jabulani Culinary Journey.

Jabulani is an all-inclusive experience and all meals and snacks are included during your stay, as well as a wide selection of beverages.

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Boma Dining

A South African safari experience is simply not complete without an elegant Boma evening – a local traditional dinner enjoyed under the stars, in candlelight, and prepared on open-flames by our passionate chefs.

The original term Boma refers to a space that would be used as a holding area for animals that needed to acclimatise to a new environment. In modern safari lodge terms, a Boma dinner refers to a magical setting around a fire where guests gather to share a hearty traditional meal in good company and with good wine.


Main Lodge Dining

The main lodge features an outside wooden deck that lies beneath the shade of impressive Leadwood trees – the ideal setting to enjoy an al fresco lunch while overlooking the adjacent waterhole.

In the evenings, guests can enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Jabulani cocktail bar and lounge, and share their favourite safari experience of the day before heading into the elegant dining room where a memorable fine dining experience awaits.


Private Dining

Enjoy a private dinner for two with candle light on the deck of your Jabulani Suite, or on cooler evenings, in front of your private fireplace.

There are endless opportunities to create the perfect private setting for you and your loved ones.


Special Occasions

Whether you’re popping the question, having an unforgettable wedding in the bush, celebrating a big birthday, or experiencing a blissful safari honeymoon, Jabulani’s emphasis on privacy, exclusivity, luxury, and elegance, makes us the ultimate destination for special occasions.

Our world-class cuisine and variety of dining settings ensure the perfect experience for your special day.

Reviews & Visitor Experiences


The staff and the rooms were great, and the food was superb. The staff did their best to please and to make sure each day had variation. The chefs and guides were superlative. We had a fantastic time. It felt like we had traveled back in time to a pleasant remnant of the British Empire.
- Nakorsakov


What a great place and a great stay. Stephan and Chantelle are fantastic managers with an awesome team working at the lodge. Our guide Jason is so knowledgeable and an absolute pleasure to drive with. I cannot begin to describe the fantastic room where we stayed in absolute luxury. The two Chefs Alex and Dylan - oh my word, the food these guys make is unexplainable fantastic and one has to experience this to really appreciate good taste. We fell in love with the place. We loved our stay and will recommend Jabulani to anyone who takes a good stay, good food, lots of animals and great people in the bush serious!
- Wilma V


Attention to detail is incredible. I could not fault Jabulani on one thing. Elephant experience is very moving and spiritual. All staff very friendly Ruan the best of the best. Absolutely loved every minute.
- Carrylvanbassen


The place, the staff, the elephants, all authentic and exciting. It was a magical, charming, calming and elevating experience. I can’t wait to bring my two daughters next time to share this corner of the Earth with me.
- FPocorn


The place was amazing - extremely well run and totally welcoming. Highly recommended for anyone wanting luxury combined with lifetime trip experiences we will remember forever. Staff and Management should be congratulated for leaving no stone unturned with respect to care service and the full Safari Experience. Thanks for making this trip one we will never forget - Special mention to Ruan - Our Safari ranger and tour guide! Thank You
- ADunn


Favorite place on earth! Yeap, if someone were to ask me which is my favorite place on earth, Jabulani would be the place. We discovered this gem in 2017 and have been back every year, being this our fourth visit. We have always felt the warmth and the kindness of everyone here, from the wonderful managers, Chantel and Stefan to every single staff member, who are always ready to pamper you and help you in any way.
- CGriffiths


Chantal, Stefan and the team were awesome and made our stay a memorable experience. a SPECIAL thanks to Dylan, the chef, Songs our butler, and of course, Ruan, our ranger. The three of them are what made the lodge and stay a 5 star soulful experience. Ruan was absolutely amazing! The big 5 in 2 days and then some rare sightings of very special wildlife. Not to mention Jabulani and the boys. We will return soon!
- DSmith