Almost hidden beneath the shade-giving trees of a seasonal river bed, the large wooden sliding doors of each of the six suites that make up the camp reveal interiors of incredible elegance. High thatched pitched roofs provide a feeling an airiness from bed to the separate lounge area, while stone-cut bathtubs, exterior showers, and private plunge pools complement each suite.
The entirely self-contained Zindoga Villa is an incredible 424 m2, and can accommodate nine, with the space almost doubling when including the large exterior wooden deck that looks out over the neighbouring bushland. It consists of two individual suites (one with an additional twin room) connected by a lounge and dining area, in addition to a heated plunge pool.
Camp Jabulani was constructed around huge Leadwood trees, with an open-plan dining room and lounge of polished hardwood furniture merging into the exterior space of a large area of decking. Separated from the suites, the two parts of the camp are linked by an impressive suspension bridge. Public areas also include a ‘bush gym’ with free weights, sauna, and cardiovascular machines, as well as the Therapy-Lapa spa.
Camp Jabulani boasts its very own herd of orphaned elephants, rescued from Zimbabwe and now forming a close-knit family group that overnight in specially-built stables. But there’s plenty of opportunities to witness their wild cousins within the 16,000 hectares of prime game land which makes up Kapama Private Game Reserve. Following a wildlife relocation programme, the reserve supports lion, leopard and cheetah, giraffe, buffalo, and rhino.
Vehicles head out on safari with expert rangers on a daily basis, leading the camp’s guests into a world where the wildlife takes precedence over the area’s human population. The lush and varied landscape of the reserve makes it the prefect place to snap images of the Big Five, with viewing opportunities that match anything in nearby Kruger, whether you’re a lover of big cats, herbivores, or birds – of which 350 species have been recorded.
Encountering these species on foot during a guided bush walk is another option, as is the chance to float silently high above the park in a hot-air balloon, or sweep through the dramatic rock formations of Blyde River Canyon in a helicopter.