JOHN AND BABS LAWRENCE are the new General Management couple, and have been in the hospitality business since 2006. Prior to this they lived and worked in Johannesburg, gaining invaluable experience in engineering, draughting, bookeeping and admistration (all of which would come in very handy in running and operating lodges).  Married for 30 years, they have both always had a passion for conservation and for life in the bush. When they were given the opportunity to run a small private lodge in Limpopo, they did not hesitate to give up the city in the pursuit of an altogether different career (and life).

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JOHAN CHRISTIAAN KRIEK has joined Camp Jabulani as the Head Chef. He has been a chef for nine years, and has worked in a number of kitchens around South Africa and in the Seychelles.

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LEJANE JARDINE has recently joined our dynamic team as Spa Therapist. She studied at The Sanett International Academy of Beauty, one of the first level 6 certified schools in South Africa. She attained her International Level 4 Cidesco in Beauty Therapy, and National Level 6 in Somatology.

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TripAdvisor – Hall of Fame

We are so proud that Camp Jabulani has been inducted into the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ – Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners.


TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, which awards this prestigious certificate in celebration of excellence in hospitality to establishments that have consistently received great traveller reviews on their site.

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Our Elephants

LUNDI is known as the “great aunt” of the resident elephant herd. We recently spent some time observing her while she was eating, and captured just a fraction on film. We found this particular aspect of elephant behaviour fascinating …..

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JABULANI & SEBAKWE: From Adine Roode, Managing Director of Camp Jabulani; “I recently spent some special time with the Camp Jabulani elephants on a Sunday afternoon, and wanted to share my experience with you. I was on my way to meet with my mother, Lente, when on impulse I decided to alter my route to find the elephants who I knew were browsing on the reserve. The impulse was strong, as I was already 30 minutes late for my meeting, and the detour took me significantly off-course….”

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Animal Sightings

Sightings have been excellent of late, with most of our guests seeing at least 4 of the Big 5 during their visit. There is an abundance of lions, and we have a small pride that has taken up residence in the area. Rumour has it that one of the lionesses has had cubs, although no one has seen them as yet. The lionesses were seen drinking from our lodge dam a few days ago.


Other game that we’ve had the pleasure of seeing almost on a daily basis include impala, zebra, waterbuck, giraffe, kudu, duiker, bushbuck, nyala, hippo, hyena and jackal. We’ve also managed to catch sightings of lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, african wild cat, serval, genets, porcupine, leopard and civet a few times a weekCheetah and aardvark have only been seen a few times a month.


There are reports of a female lion in the area with a young cub, and another female lion has cubs of about 6 months oldTwo female leopards have been seen with cubs in the last month.


One of the rangers recently had an incredible and unexpected experience when he was en route to drop guests off at the lodge around 11h00 am – usually an unfavourable time for game viewing. But on this trip he managed to find a female lion, leopard, nine giraffes and a magical sighting of two rare southern ground hornbills. Don’t assume anything in the bush, as Mother Nature is bound to surprise you!



Update from the Lodge

The recently-built outdoor boma, flanking Camp Jabulani’s waterhole,  has proven very popular with our guests. The facility offers a traditional and elegant safari dining experience in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Local cuisine tops the bill with a variety of succulent venison, beef and chicken – grilled to perfection on an open fire.


Camp Jabulani marketing manager, Mari Theunissen says of her recent stay at the lodge, “I arrived after a magical game drive and was blown away by the unique dinner setting. A very ‘chique’ twist to the traditional South African ‘braai’ (barbeque), under the inky black sky. What an extraordinary experience!”


As the southern hemisphere is in the middle of winter, it was an opportune time for us to work on the plunge pools of Room 2 and Room 3. Come spring, they will be heated! We’ve also refurbished the pool decks for our guests’ optimum enjoyment.


The elephant stables are also currently under construction. Our focus with this project is to give the elephants more freedom of movement, and the ability to interact with each other during the nocturnal hours. We can’t wait for the renovations to be completed, so we can once again offer stable tours to our guests.



Specials & Promotions

We have launched a number of exciting promotions and specials, and have listed them below for your convenience.



  • For 4 – 6 people travelling together, Camp Jabulani will provide a complimentary upgrade to the presidential Zindoga Villa. Subject to availability at time of booking!



  • Valid 10 January to 15 December each year.

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  • Guests staying for 3 or more nights qualify for a 50% discount on their last night.
  • Constitutes a saving of between R3 600 & R5 225 per person!
  • Valid 10 January to 15 December each year.

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  • Pay for three nights at Camp Jabulani and get the fourth night for free.
  • Constitutes a saving of between R7 200 & R10 450 per person!
  • Valid 10 January to 15 December each year.

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  • Guests stay for 4 nights, volunteer at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre on their last day and spend the 4th night complimentary.
  • Constitutes a saving of between R7 200 & R10 450 per person!
  • Not valid August, September, October or December.

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Online Availability Check

Did you know that you can check availability at Camp Jabulani online? Should you not be able to get through to Adele in reservations, or should the time of your enquiry fall outside of our operating hours, you can simply click here to see if space is available over your preferred dates.


This link is available on every page of our website too.



A quick look at availability over the coming months

Although there are a few periods where space is not available, in general the months of September until mid-December are still looking good. To incentivise guests to visit us, we will upgrade every 4 – 6 people travelling together, and booked into Suites, to the Zindoga Villa at no additional charge. This is subject to the availability of the Villa.



From our kitchen


Winter may be a drab and dull season for many, but this is not the case at Camp Jabulani – and especially not in our kitchen. Our chefs know just how to evoke excitement through their vibrant meals.

Our kitchen team share a few of their winter favourites, and why this season makes them happy

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Get involved in The Rescued Rhinos @ HESC

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has partnered with Africam to launch The Rescued Rhinos @ HESC.


The Centre is currently in custody of four rhinos. All four rhinos ended up at The Centre as a consequence of poaching. HESC has therefore established a rhino sanctuary as part of the effort to protect these endangered species. In order to maintain such a facility, the safety and security of the rhinos is of utmost concern. HESC is therefore running the Eyes on Rhino campaign. This is an initiative that is aimed at raising funds for a security system for the protection of the rhinos that are housed at The Centre.


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Update from HESC

A lot has happened at the HESC over the past few months. Gertjie and Matimba, the two orphaned baby rhinos, are growing quite fast and thriving in their environment. They are inseparable and have bonded like brothers. It’s been a long and fulfilling journey with these youngsters.


In May a rhino bull was brought to HESC after it had been shot three times in separate poaching attempts. Although the staff at HESC tried all they could to nurse him back to health following numerous treatment procedures, the rhino sadly died. An autopsy was conducted following the rhino bull’s death and chilling findings were made.


One of the achievements that The HESC prides itself in is the successful integration of the released animals into the wild. One such accomplishment was when a cheetah that was released into the wild was spotted hunting.



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