Camp Jabulani

premier Camp | Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Camp Jabulani is a family-run luxury safari lodge located within the private Kapama Game Reserve adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park. The camp offers first-class service in an elegant setting, but its most notable feature is its herd of rescued African elephants, providing an unparalleled opportunity for up-close immersive interaction with one of the world's most fascinating and intelligent creatures.

Photo of John Holahan

Our Expert Says

If you're looking for a unique safari experience with elephants, look no further than Camp Jabulani! The camp's commitment to rescuing orphaned and injured animals is amazing. It is one of just a few camps in Africa offering a sustainable, ethical, immersive elephant interaction experience, as well as traditional wildlife drives and guided nature walks.

– John Holahan

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Kapama Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
Number of Suites: 6 + the Zindoga Villa

Camp Jabulani features six intimate suites and the private two-bedroom Zindoga Villa, which can be booked exclusively for families. Stone bathtubs and glassed-in outdoor showers offer a luxurious indulgence, and each suite has a private deck and plunge pool. The camp exudes understated elegance while feeling like a private home. Guests may enjoy meals may at a family-style dining table, in the riverbed in front of camp, or in a variety of beautiful private settings for couples. Meal locations and menus are changed frequently to make each day unique. In between the rush of wildlife viewing on daily safari drives, one can sink into a plush sofa next to a roaring fire with a good book, or enjoy a massage surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness in the al fresco bush spa.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and shower
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Fireplace
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool (heated)
  • Spa (extra cost)
  • Fitness center
  • Wi-Fi in room and main area
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diner's, American Express)
  • Cellular coverage is intermittent

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

The Kapama Game Reserve is home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, buffalo, spotted hyena, kudu, giraffe, zebra and more. The camp is most notable for its rescued elephant herd, which came into being in 1997 with the first member, Jabulani himself. The Camp Jabulani experience begins with an informative introduction to the elephant herd, followed by tracking the herd in the bush with elephant keepers. Enjoy a sundowner in a beautiful setting with the herd, and then follow them back to camp and help put them to bed in their stables. Other activities include wildlife drives in open vehicles, guided bush walks, and putting the elephants to bed at night. Visits to the nearby Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, founded by Camp Jabulani's owner, Lente Roode, is a must, and guests can volunteer their time with the rescued cheetahs, wild dogs and other animals that the center rehabilitates.

Kruger National Park is a quintessential wildlife destination, featuring the Big Five and other big cats and large mammals. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the area. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Kruger National Park

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 86° F 63° F 1.42 in
30° C 17° C 36 mm
February 81° F 64° F 12.8 in
27° C 17° C 325 mm
March 82° F 63° F 4.17 in
27° C 17° C 106 mm
April 81° F 60° F 1.22 in
27° C 15° C 31 mm
May 77° F 55° F 0.75 in
25° C 12° C 19 mm
June 73° F 46° F 0.43 in
22° C 7° C 11 mm
July 72° F 43° F 0.16 in
22° C 6° C 4 mm
August 79° F 39° F 0.0 in
26° C 3° C 0 mm
September 82° F 45° F 0.0 in
27° C 7° C 0 mm
October 86° F 52° F 1.3 in
30° C 11° C 33 mm
November 86° F 57° F 6.61 in
30° C 13° C 168 mm
December 86° F 63° F 4.09 in
30° C 17° C 104 mm

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Photo: Conservation


The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center (HESC) is one of the foremost private breeding and research facilities for endangered wildlife in South Africa. The HESC was established initially as a cheetah breeding center in the late 1980s by Lente Roode with the goal of creating a broader gene pool within the cheetah meta-population of southern Africa, a vital step in the long-term survival of the species. Conservation of the various types of endangered wildlife at the center is ensured through educational programs and volunteer opportunities. The HESC today comprises more 250 acres of natural bush and cares for cheetah, African wild cats, African wild dogs, sable, tsessebe, nyala, and a number of other resident animals. The center is actively involved in breeding rare mammals, releasing captive-bred cheetahs into the wild, the treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals brought to the center, and student programs.

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