Private, exclusive, and located in the heart of the bushveld, Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock Safari Lodge reopened on 1 November 2018 in the Kruger National Park. The child-friendly, private camp was redesigned and developed by Luxury Frontiers as the perfect home-away-from-home for six guests. Accommodating families with children of all ages, Fitzpatrick’s is also perfectly suited to friends travelling together. The lodge is situated at the confluence of the Mitomeni (Shangaan for “Jackelberry Tree”) and Biyamiti (Shangaan for “Place of many Trees”) rivers, in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park.
Retaining its rich, traditional safari lodge feel, Fitzpatick’s Lodge has a brand new layout and reimagined interiors and styling. Situated on the banks of the Biyamiti River, it is centred around spacious indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas, complete with a new TV lounge and a deck with a swimming pool presenting excellent game viewing from the lodge, including regular sightings of the Big Five.
The redesign includes a new enclosed family unit with two luxury suites with bathrooms, leading to a private lounge area, deck and plunge pool. Separately located, the third suite is completely private, also boasting its own plunge pool and deck with views across the riverbed and wilderness.
Jock Safari Lodge is named after local legend, Jock of the Bushveld, the canine hero of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s famous story of courage and loyalty that is set during South Africa’s first gold rush era. Steeped in history, Jock Safari Lodge was the first private concession granted within South Africa’s largest national park. The lodge was founded in 1982 by the Niven family, descendants of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, and today, is owned and managed by a non-profit conservation organisation, the Caleo Foundation, sister property to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo.
The area in and around the 6000-ha concession is known for an abundance of birdlife and a staggering diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five and wild dog. Game drives are offered twice daily, as well as guided wilderness walks, while the Jock Kids on Safari programme encourages educational and recreational wildlife activities for children of all ages.
Project Manager Jean-Marie de Vos of Luxury Frontiers explains that the natural surroundings of Fitzpatrick’s provided abundant inspiration for the lodge revamp in the form of the colour of the river sand, the fresh punch of bright green Jackalberry trees and the organic material and patterns discovered in the surrounding bush. “Layers upon layers of textures, fabrics, accessories and colours create a stylish, yet welcoming, homely ambience with the use of functional art in the form of leather suitcase side tables, campaign chairs for relaxing, paraffin lanterns for atmospheric light, travel trunk coffee tables, and ottomans. A plush colour palette derived from an old Persian carpet, includes ochre and ruby red, emerald green and anthracite while faded florals are used to upholster the sofas, with blocks of intense colours as scatter cushions. The rich textures of linens, velvets and leather fabrics complete the look with design elements exploding against bone coloured walls and dark screed floors layered with natural jute carpets, animal skins, and Persian rugs.”
Luxury Frontiers is an international design and development company, delivering cutting-edge design for experiential resorts, lodges, and camps. With offices in Johannesburg and San Francisco, the firm strives to create and execute bespoke, upmarket tented suites and other unique lodging concepts.
As a full-service design shop, the firm offers architectural, interior, and infrastructure design services through to site planning and procurement. Luxury Frontiers also prides itself as the foremost authority in sustainable and alternative building design for the boutique hospitality industry, specialising in eco-lodges and other off-the-grid products. The firm is currently engaged in projects similar to Jock Safari Lodge in Utah (USA), Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Maldives.
10% discount is offered on all new bookings for May and June 2019, plus a R250 on-site credit voucher per person per stay (valid for spa treatments, premium wines or gift boutique purchases). Direct bookings only: Tel +27 13 010 0019 or email@example.com. T&C applies.
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