Camp Jabulani

Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa

The origin of Camp Jabulani reflects the remarkable account of a herd of elephants, rescued from certain death shortly after the turn of the century. The camp was created for the sole purpose of supporting the herd.

Camp Jabulani is situated on the Kapama Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger area, one of the finest places on earth for viewing and photographing wildlife. A Relais & Chateaux property, this five-star luxury lodge offers an incredible elephant focused African experience. The camp prides itself on its excellent service and cuisine.

Six comfortable and luxurious suites, decorated with an authentic African feel reflect the area’s historic past. All are large open plan with spacious lounge areas and fire places. Bathrooms are equally luxurious with over-sized free-standing stone baths and glass enclosed shower surrounded by the African bush. Suites have private plunge pools with wooden decks overlooking a dry riverbed. In addition suites include direct dial telephones, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, fan and in-room safe. All suites are air conditioned.

The Zindogo Villa meets the needs of smaller groups or families of all ages. Serviced by its own dedicated team including a ranger, chef and butler, the villa includes a private vehicle allowing safaris to be tailored to families. The Villa is sold as an exclusive unit.

Originally established to home a herd of rescued elephants and the orphaned calf Jabulani, rescued from certain death shortly after the turn of the century. Jabulani and the elephant herd were brought together and given a new home on the 17 000 hectare Kapama Game Reserve. Camp Jabulani was created for the sole purpose of supporting the herd.

Guests at Camp Jabulani interacted with the herd on safari walks with the elephants as well as seeing them swimming at mid-day at the waterhole and browsing in the bush as they roam free during the day. The camp’s extremely experienced rangers provide depth to the interaction as well as on game drives and bush walks. These allow for excellent sightings of both predators and other African species.

Optional activities include hot-air ballooning, canyon helicopter tours and behind the scenes tours of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The programme is intentionally relaxed with no itinerary fixed so that the experience can be tailored to guests’ specific interests. Families and younger guests enjoy the Team Tusker programme designed specifically them.

There is an on-site gym and experienced therapists offer soothing massages in the outdoor spa or in the comfort of your suite.

In Outline



Camp Jabulani is located in a Kapama Game Reserve near Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province (near Greater Kruger National Park), South

Daily one hour flights are operated by South African Express between Johannesburg (Oliver Tambo International Airport) and Hoedspruit. Camp Jabulani is then reached by a complimentary 25 minutes road transfer. Alternatively, Camp Jabulani is a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg.




The Kruger region experiences summer rainfall (September to April) falling as late afternoon and evening thundershowers.


Summers in Kruger are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.


Winters are cold in the morning with midday with temperatures between 2o and 16o Celsius


  • Situated on a 17 000 hectare Private, Big 5 Game Reserve.
  • Conceptualized to sustain and support 12 rescued elephants.
  • 6 ultra luxurious suites on the edge of a dry river bed.
  • Member of Relais & Chateaux.
  • Features a dedicated business centre.
  • Camp Jabulani offers the ONLY night-time elephant-back safari in the world.
  • Guests may enjoy elephant back safaris and/ or game drives offered daily in open safari vehicles.
  • Facilities include a dining room, lounge, open-air spa, basic fitness centre and sauna and outdoor boma flanking Camp Jabulani’s waterhole and a wooden deck overlooking the dry riverbed.

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

Camp Jabulani is situated in the Kapama Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park. The lush vegetation and varied habitats of this balanced ecosystem means that it is able to support dense populations of wild animals, offering world class game viewing opportunities.

A true African Big five safari experience, visitors will enjoy herds of antelope, giraffe and zebra grazing and congregating at the many waterholes, their senses alert to the threat of a hunting predator in the area. Kapama Game Reserve has five separate prides of lions and frequent sightings of leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena as well as other smaller carnivores are reported.

Best Time to Travel

Camp Jabulani offers a year round safari experience.

Bird Sightings

The Kruger National Park provides good bird viewing with approximately 260 species of birds found withing the park. These include Woodland Kingfisher, Scops Owl, Marico Sunbird, Spotted-backed Weaver and White-throated Robin.

Guest Safety

Camp Jabulani is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.