Thornybush Game Reserve
Jackalberry Safari Lodge lies within the Big 5 Thornybush Private Game Reserve - 14,000 hectares of fenced prime game viewing bushveld just west of Timbavati and the Greater Kruger Park.
The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for this lodge, which offers understated comfort and a restful, ethnic ambience that blends harmoniously with nature. More than 60 species of wildlife can be found in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, hyena and cheetah, and more than 280 different species of birds have been recorded - a real paradise for birdwatchers.
Game drives are taken in open safari vehicles every morning and evening with highly trained rangers and trackers.
Walking safaris can also be arranged.
At the end of a day, a hearty bushveld dinner is taken at the open boma next to the pool where guests can relax by the crackling camp fire, listening to the night sounds of Africa as the animals come to drink at the floodlit waterhole.
Accommodation is in rustic chalet style rooms. All the rooms open onto patios, and in addition to a mini bar and air-conditioning, all have a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with a feature bath, double hand basins as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
There is also one family room, with 2 separate bedrooms. Children of any age are welcome. At the swimming pool or on a rock at the river, guests can cool down or just soak up the Lowveld sun.
|Our standard rates for a Bush Chalet|
|3 May 2017 to 31 July 2017||GBP £ 296 US$ 379 ZAR 4,880 EUR 346||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 August 2017 to 31 August 2017||GBP £ 307 US$ 393 ZAR 5,060 EUR 359||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 September 2017 to 30 September 2017||GBP £ 296 US$ 379 ZAR 4,880 EUR 346||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 October 2017 to 31 October 2017||GBP £ 307 US$ 393 ZAR 5,060 EUR 359||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 November 2017 to 19 December 2017||GBP £ 296 US$ 379 ZAR 4,880 EUR 346||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|20 December 2017 to 31 December 2017||GBP £ 307 US$ 393 ZAR 5,060 EUR 359||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
Baskets with tea, coffee, rusks, muffins and croissants on the morning game drives; various savoury snacks on the evening game drives; brunch, high tea and dinner; the Thornybush Conservation fee; Tourism bed levy; 2 guided shared game drives in open Land Rovers with highly trained rangers and trackers; and walking safaris are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included. IN ADDITION: For guests arriving and/or departing via FedAir, the landing/departure fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge - rates on request.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 are generally not allowed on normal game drives, but this is at the Manager's discretion. ::
Jackalberry Lodge offers the Little Legends Children Programme for its younger guests.
Activities offered inside the camp area include the collecting of insect and tree identification.
Rangers also do short talks on animals and animal behaviour for the bigger kids, and painting activities, building of puzzles and story telling are offered for the smaller children.
The library at the lodge also has a range of children's books and games with animal themes.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
I would just like to thank you for organising an absolutely fantastic safari for my group. It was faultless! Jackalberry Lodge was fantastic. The service was amazing, the staff lovely and the game viewing the best I've seen at any SA lodge. We even managed to see a cheetah catch and kill an impala from start to finish. I would highly recommend both Travel Butlers service and also the lodge. Thanks again and I look forward to one day booking another safari through you.
The trip was great, Jackalberry Lodge was all we'd expected. The staff there were great and we were treated like at a 5-star resort. Saw lots of animals (all but the leopard, which I hear is evasive).
Got back from our Africa trip last week and just wanted to say thanks for everything. We had the most fabulous holiday – which even exceeded our expectations. All of the accommodation was great. Darryl and Chrissie at Idle and Wild were very welcoming and helpful. And Jackalberry was wonderful! Your other recommendations such as Dyer Island cruises and the Shangana Cultural evening were all good too. In terms of Wildlife - we saw far more than we expected to and were completely knocked out by both Thornybush and the Kruger Park. After the wonderful safaris with Dave and Lawrence at Jackalberry in which we had amazing sightings of all of the cats and the rest of the big five – we were a bit worried that our self-drive safari might be a bit of an anti-climax – but we couldn’t believe how bursting with wildlife the Kruger is. We saw a lioness with two cubs on our first night, elephants bathing, and one evening at the magic sunset hour we drove across a plain at the top of the Capricorn loop that was just teeming with zebras, buffalo, ostriches, all kinds of game and elephants too. I wouldn’t say that Mopani is the best maintained of the rest-camps (we visited a few others) – but that’s not a criticism, as we enjoyed ourselves there and were grateful to have found accommodation at such short notice. And watching the hippos and crocs with a drink in hand from the restaurant terrace was lovely. Now we have the Africa bug – we’d like to visit Botswana. Any chance that you might cover that area soon? We will certainly recommend you.
Many thanks for your suggestions on where to stay. Both places were excellent and your advice on stopping first at Hazyview for a night was a good idea as to drive the whole way would have been tough after travelling. The accommodation, staff and service in both places we stayed were excellent. As we drove into Jackalberry on the first day we came across about 7 giraffes. We spent so long taking photographs of them that the people who had been waiting for us thought we had a flat tyre! We really did not expect to get so close to the wildlife - it was brilliant. We were lucky enough to see the Big 5 on our safaris. We did 5 vehicle safaris and one walking safari. Our guide, Dave was very knowledgeable and got us almost within touching distance of many of the amimals and our tracker Lawrence was very determined. The staff in both places were very helpful and it was nice to have everyone eat together in Jackalberry as we got to know the other guests more quickly. Thanks so much for your help in organising the trip. It was fantastic.
General Information For Guests
Each Chalet offers an En-suite bathroom; Air conditioning; Telephone; Hair-dryer; Tea / Cofee Station; Mini Bar; Moquito nets and a private patio.
Lodge activities and amenities include: Morning and afternoon/evening game safaris; Walking and birding safaris can also be arranged; Swimming Pool; Curio Shop; Library; Internet and Satellite available; Open-ari dining or around the fire boma.
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