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Jackalberry Lodge in Hoedspruit, South Africa

On the edge of Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, Jackalberry Lodge blends intimate luxury and majestic wildlife. This beautiful retreat situated in Thornybush Private Game Reserve is one of the country's premier "big five" game viewing areas. Here you'll find just five charming chalet-style rooms, all of which boast outdoor showers and patios that offer dramatic bush views. When you're not out searching for game, you'll discover a life focused on leisure--whether you're drifting in the pool or lazing in the library with a good book.

A typical day begins with a morning game drive in an open safari vehicle, guided by rangers and trackers. Keep your eyes open for the wealth of wildlife found in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, including lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cheetah. Perhaps you'll enjoy a bush lunch at an intimate table for two before your afternoon game drive, offering even more viewing opportunities. The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for evening sundowners, followed by a sumptuous dining in the beautiful bush dining room lit by oil lanterns.

Location of Jackalberry Lodge

Jackalberry Lodge
The Thornybush Game Reserve Guernsey Road
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Nearest Airport: SZK

Amenities for Jackalberry Lodge

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  • 7 Guest Rooms
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  • Pool
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Reviews for Jackalberry Lodge

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We were a group of 12 people so pretty much had the lodge to ourselves. The staff under the management of Atasha was top notch. We enjoyed excellent food and saw all the big five and more. Our ranger Willie and tracker John showed us some amazing sights. Our first drive was Exciting as we saw a mother Cheetah with her cubs and a ferocious fight between a lion and lionesses. We were at a site where the Lionesses and cubs were feasting on their freshly killed Giraffe. Once our ranger heard that the Lion was on the way, we waited and experienced the roars and the ferocious fight between the Lion and Lioness trying to protect her cubs. Every drive after this was momentous as our experienced ranger and tracker team showed us sights good enough for National Geographic. We saw a pack of wild dogs with their kill and vultures trying to get it from them. A giraffe who had just delivered a baby . Our thanks to Willie and John and the entire staff of Jackalberry for an unforgettable experience.

Review1950 - Cleveland, Ohio

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely fantastic stay !!!! We came here as a group of 8 adults and must say we had the best times of our lives . The credit goes to the excellent staff- our guide and trackers made sure we saw everything and were very knowledgeable and humorous!! The lodge manager she is very friendly and extremely nice. I would not only recommend this lodge but would surely come back for another visit . We didn't realize how lucky we were to have our Guide and tracker ( I would say best in South Africa ) till we got on a plane back and we were comparing our pictures and videos with other Passengers and I must tell u everyone was amazed with what we got to see - not only we got a close look at the big 5 - we saw a leopard take its kill 2-3 times it size up a tree - cheetah with 4 cubs - pack of very rare African wild hunting dogs - Rhino with her baby rhino - Hippos - Lions - elephants - zebra - giraffe - impalas- kudu - gazelle and more !!! Bush walk was very exciting and nerve racking at one point we were stuck between a very territorial Hippo and a pack of African wild dogs - close shave !!! This is one of the 2 lodges we stayed at while we were visiting Kruger area - because it's not fenced in animals roam freely between different game reserves and Kruger national park - the other Lodge we stayed had fences and boundaries which could not be crossed as we were not allowed to leave the reserve area - at one point the lion was about 100 feet away but we could not go there as that was out of the reserve area and someone else's property 😬 that was a disappointment - nothing as such at Jackelberry Lodge which was nice as all the lodge / game reserve owners decided to not fence there properties and let each other's guests and guides visit !! A Must Visit - Bucket List !!!✅

manish z

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All staff wonderful & warm, responsive. Lodging was SUPER, with views into the near bush. Animals visit the property;i.e. Nyala, Elephant, monkeys....etc... We saw the BIG 5 on the 1st visit to the bush...great advantage with private reserve is Rangers can follow animals into the bush (off the road)!!!! Atalja runs a great ship!!!!

Cheryl P

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lodge is absolutely fantastic! Atashja the manager was amazing and very helpful. I may have butchered her name. She was always concerned about how our drives went and did we need anything. Our butlers Lucas and Koos were very attentive and so sweet. They took care of our drinks, sunset drinks, meals and anything we needed. Our guide was Ocean and Godfrey was our tracker. VERY knowledgeable and taught me things that made my drives more than just drives. Godfrey has amazing eyes and can see even the faintest foot print. We stayed in cottage 7. Cottages 6 and 7 do not have electric fence around the patio. We sat on couch and watched kudus walk closely by without realizing we were out there. Absolutely the best staff!! Food was great. The bread was so good. The gift shop is so much cheaper than airport or any of the stores we visited. If you need gifts purchase here. They will wrap them for travel and deliver to your rooms. We had already seen 3 of the 5 on our 1st drive. Much thanks to Ocean and Godfrey for making sure we saw the Big 5. Overall an unforgettable and magnificent trip. Thank you Jackleberry stafff!👏🏻👏🏻

allisouthcarolina - Anderson, South Carolina

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the site of our first African safari trip and it has always stood out in our minds so we decided to stay here on our most recent trip. It was just as nice as we remembered! We only had 2 nights here but they were worth the stop. Saw the big five and a stunning leopard in a tree. The guides and trackers were excellent, love the accomodations and the setting for meals is lovely. the food was excellent and the dinner around the fire was memorable. We would recommend this to anyone who wanted to try a safari. 2 game experiences each day make for an exciting visit.

tusenkatts - Newport

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