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Fitzpatrick’s at Jock Safari Lodge in Kruger

Decorated in the theme of the late 19th century, Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is one of those acclaimed Kruger National Park lodges that attracts families and small groups to its 6 000-ha concession. This is the ultimate private villa destination deep inside Kruger, the prefect exclusive escape for families and friends after a genuine safari experience! 

Fascinating antiques, old photographs, safari relics and ornate decorations remind the visitor about those gold rush days in Pilgrims Rest just outside the Park. When a pilgrim called Sir Percy Fitzpatrick joined gold trekkers to go and get rich in the region – and who then wrote his famous book, “Jock of the Bushveld”. Fitzpatrick at Jocks is the smaller unit or smaller brother of Jock Safari Lodge, lying just 1km away.

Fitzpatrick’s is more intimate and warmer than Jock, its three lavish suites boasting king size beds, en suite bathrooms with outside showers, air conditioning, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities, fans and amazing game viewing decks. 

This safari lodge is named after the gold pioneer and author and radiates an aura of those heady gold rush days, the plush colonial and Victorian furnishings throwing guests back in time. It’s spacious enough for two families or groups of friends – 6 adults and 4 children. 

Kids can splash all day in the aqua rock pool between thrilling game drives to find the Big 5 and all the birds and trees that you can identify. At night, look out for anteaters, jackals, hyenas, lions hunting and leopards up a tree. Settle into a soft sofa to relax with a book and enjoy some Vitamin D on the beautiful deck with its picturesque barbeque spot and gardens. Your private chef will cook up a storm according to what you love to eat and the lodge also features a TV, library, two lounges with fireplaces, free Wi-Fi and delightful art and opulent vintage décor. 

Jump on board an early morning game drive vehicle to find animals grazing or hunting, swimming or drinking. On bush walks, get closer to the fauna and flora you see in books. Go for golfing at the nearby Leopard Creek golf course (additional cost), and spa treatments at the Pilgrims Rest Retreat located at Jock Safari Lodge are the way to go for mindful rest. 

Fitzpatrick’s Lodge is ideal for families and small groups looking for a private safari experience in the Kruger National Park. 



Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is ideally located between Skukuza and Malelane gates and your entire safari will take place within the Kruger National Park boundaries. Make sure you reach the gates before nightfall when they close. Jock Safari Lodge is rustic but lavish, modern but old school. It is a traditional homely safari lodge that still offers wholesome foods and excellent South African wines, lovely lounges in which to sip a night cap and the pool deck for hot sunny days. 

A typical day at Fitzpatrick’s starts with an early morning wake up call to drink coffee and head off on your gamed drive, enjoying a coffee stop somewhere lovely. Later, relax around the pool, go to the spa or go to play golf. Then get ready for the late afternoon dusk game drive with sundowners in a lovely spot. The grand finale is the delicious dinner around the fire, sharing stories and making new friends.  

Enjoy this exclusive use South African lodge for private needs and party fun. It’s the ultimate in experiencing the bushveld with a new slant on luxury accommodation and you get your own chef, butler and range rand tracker too.  Explore this astounding bushveld region, a 6 000-ha concession inside the Kruger National Park, a place of extreme magnificence and home to diverse animals, birds and plants. The owners have been here for decades so have a passion for the wilderness and conserving it into the future. 

Your facilities for your stay in the South African game reserve are based on antiques and relics from the days of gold trekking and Jock of the Bushveld. Beautiful pieces adorn the lodge, paintings and carpets, bathroom fittings and lounge suites are all perfect copies of the colonial days on safari. 

Your three bedrooms contain king size beds, deep baths and outside showers, mini bars, coffee machines and aircon too. Just sit back and get into the feeling of being pampered while game rangers show you how biodiversity works and keeps us all sane as humans living together. After exhilarating game drives, plunge into the dazzling rock pool, grab a drink and watch some TV. Fitzpatricks is perfectly located on the Mitomeni (Shangaan for ‘Jackalberry Tree’) riverbed where game viewing is a constant given and the peace of an authentic wilderness environment lulls you back into a tranquil sate of mind. An unforgettable safari awaits you, here, in the Kruger National Park!

Amazing Holiday Packages including Fitzpatrick's Lodge

From $2,944



  • Game drives
  • Safari Walks
  • Leopard’s Creek golf club
  • Kids on Safari
  • Pilgrims Rest Retreat
  • Birding


  • Two daily game drives
  • Guided wilderness walks
  • All meals and afternoon high tea
  • Game drive beverages
  • VAT and Tourism Levy
  • A selection of house beverages

a giraffe being viewed on a game drive by a group of people
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  • Air conditioning
  • Private minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Private plunge pool and decks
  • Electronic safe
  • Ceiling fan
  • En-suite bathroom, with outdoor shower
  • Rock swimming pool
  • Second lounge with fireplace
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Television
  • Private chef and ranger


  • Quality leather, cotton and animal skin furnishings, a wine rack packed with excellent wines and food that nourishes and pleases all senses is what you get on this private safari
  • Atmospheric dinners out under the stars at night around the boma fire while your chef grills venison and traditional South African side dishes
  • Game drives into the 6 000 ha concession within the Kruger National Park reveal diverse and healthy populations of wildlife and birds in a mesmerising ecosystem
  • King size beds, deep baths, a large deck with a communal swimming pool, a bar and a TV lounge at this lavish home away from home.

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