Going on holiday must be one of the most frivolous and exciting times anyone can experience, especially if one is travelling abroad. Having dreamt about a safari and meeting the Big 5, South Africa must be next on your bucket list, right next to where you might have written places to visit: Camp Jabulani. Situated in Hoedspruit, this breath-taking lodge has a few stories and fables to tell to anyone willing to listen. According to visitors: “Camp Jabulani was an incredible experience. We woke up to monkeys on the patio of our private cabin in the mornings, we got to eat fabulous meals overlooking the river where a hippo dined as well.”
Getting to South Africa involves extensive travel, but it will be worth it:
The Johannesburg International Airport is the main international airport in the country. It receives flights from all over the world and offers domestic flights to all major cities. From here you can make use of a domestic flight (3 flights per day, roughly 1 hour) or road travel (roughly 5 hours) to reach Hoedspruit and finally Camp Jabulani, where a warm welcome is sure to await you.
Alternatively, Cape Town’s major airport can also be utilised: daily direct scheduled flights are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Hoedspruit with SA Express and Cemair.
Will people understand me?
Even though South Africa is multi-cultural country boasting with their elaborate 11 official languages, English (although not at the top of the home-languages list) is the general means of communication.
What to pack?
A passport is a necessity but a visa not. Nationals from Europe, most Commonwealth countries, USA, Scandinavia and Japan do not need a visa to holiday in South Africa. An entry permit will be issued upon arrival for those staying less than 90 days. If you wish to stay longer, a visa might be needed. It is advised to check the most recent travel regulations before planning your trip.
Remember to also bring:
- A camera and binoculars
You will need a camera to capture the extensive wildlife available at Camp Jabulani and a pair of binoculars to see the smaller, more humble creatures. Ranging from elephants that you will meet in closer range than ever imagined to wildlife viewing on game drives – you are going to want to remember this! The Camp Jabulani curio shop can provide a pair of binoculars to take home as a souvenir.
- A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
Although beautiful, the sun in South Africa can cause a lot of damage. It is advised to protect yourself even in overcast weather. Keep yourself well hydrated with mineral water provided by Camp Jabulani.
- Light as well as warm clothing
Temperatures range from 16°C (61.5 °F) in the winter months (June – August) and 24.7°C (77°F) in the summer (mid October – mid February).
- Formal and informal clothes
Informal clothes are the go-to on a day to day basis. Although on safari, when returning to the lodge the unique and exquisite menu will be waiting for you to order your 5-star, Relais & Chateaux dinner. This is most definitely an occasion for dressing up. Remember to pack your bathing suit as each suite has its own plunge pool.
- Comfortable shoes
Activities range from lounging at the pool to bushwalks – bring comfortable as well as practical shoes to be prepared for any activity.
Cuisine and fine wines are an activity to look forward to that need no specific shoes! Camp Jabulani’s food has been described as “fusion creations” and “artistic” and are rounded off with a flawlessly paired wine. Meals such as salt crusted kudu loin with red wine jus are but the beginning of their impeccable menu, which changes every day. Together with the excitement of experiencing a brand new collection of food, Camp Jabulani has, over the years, very carefully gathered an “impressive medal-winning” collection of red and white South African wines. These wines have been sourced from the finest winelands over the entire country for their guests’ enjoyment.
Currency in South Africa is the South African Rand and credit cards are generally accepted. Internet and cellular telephones work throughout the country except for a few dead spots.
What kind of power converter do I need?
South Africa uses a currency of 220/230 volts, 15 amps for a 3-prong, round pin plug and 5 amps for a 2-prong round pin plug. Visiting South Africa from nearly anywhere, you will probably need a converter. Fortunately, Camp Jabulani has catered for their international guests and converters are available in their suites.
Camp Jabulani and their staff are magnificent in hosting guests and brings home the feeling of family away from family. Their attention to detail and focus on satisfactory client experience is out of this world!
Why not visit Camp Jabulani and experience it for yourself?: