Kwa Madwala, Place of Rock in Swazi

Kwa Madwala lies on the southern side of Kruger National Park and is home to the fabulous Manyatta Rock Camp.  Here, comfort comes as standard along with elegant African touches and commanding views over the surrounding bush from the stunning hilltop location.  Enjoy the exhilarating “big five” game viewing experiences and soak up the tranquility of this unique hilltop camp.

Located in lowveld bush to the south of Kruger National Park, this 4000 hectare conservancy is home to a vast array of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.  The reserve is a mixture of lowveld savannah and thick bushveld making for a highly varied biome.  Through hard work and perseverance, Kwa Madwala today boasts a hugely diverse variety of wildlife, both big and small.  The guides take pleasure in showing you not only the big 5 of course, but also in highlighting the unusual, the small and the rare.

Kwa Madwala has an innovative approach to game viewing experiences and offers more than the usual four wheel game drive.  Why not try an exhilarating arial safari flight by Microlight aircraft, flying low over the bush and up to the Crocodile River on the southern border of Kruger.  See the African bush and wildlife from a totally different perspective.  Or get really close to nature and experience the thrill of an Elephant Back Safari across the reserve.  Ranger led daily bush walks are very popular with guests and are a great way to get up close and learn more about the flora and fauna.

For those with time on their hands, Kwa Madwala also offers a 7 day “behind the scenes” conservation experience where participants get to see and better understand the work of the rangers and reserve as a whole.  To date a total of 223 bird species including 7 different eagle varieties and numerous kestrels, hawks and kites have been recorded.  Kwa Madwala is home to the rare and elusive Bat Hawk which preys on the two bat colonies found on the reserve.  The Bat Hawk is crupuscular and only seen in the early morning or late afternoon / early evening.

The reserve’s enviable location close to Swaziland, Mozambique and Kruger National Park affords the chance for visitors to explore the diversity of this region.  A range of guided day and half-day excursions are offered from Manyatta Rock Camp and a recommended minimum four night stay is necessary to fully appreciate the reserve and surrounding areas.

Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve in South Africa is a leading provider of conservation experience programs designed for those taking a gap year, taking time out from work or just for the holiday of a lifetime.  Located just south of world famous Kruger National Park, Kwa Madwala welcomes applications from those interested in learning more about the African wildlife, conservation and eco-tourism.  The programs are fun, educational, highly varied and at times challenging; where participation adds to the sustainability of the reserve as a whole.  Choose from a variety of placement durations to suit your needs whilst career breakers can even upgrade accommodation to the 4 star Manyatta Rock Camp for more comfort.  Spending some time out on one of the programs is designed to be fun and rewarding with large helpings of adventure and once in a lifetime activities.  If you are an enterprising, independent person with an appreciation for Africa’s threatened wildlife and are willing to get your hands dirty, then Kwa Madwala might be the place for you.

Up until the 1920’s the Onderburg area encompassing modern day Kwa Madwala was pristine native bushveld with few farms, towns or inhabitants.  The topography of the region ranges between mixed grassland and thick bush interspersed by granite kopjies (hills) which are a feature of the area.  The nearest settlement to Kwa Madwala is present day Hectorspruit which was originally known as Majejane, taking its name after a local Swazi tribal chief.  The Onderburg area is very close to the Swaziland border and most local people are Swazi, who are very close in terms of language and customs to their more southerly neighbor, the Zulus.

In 1985 Jan Grobler bought an 800 hectare section of the farm “Lowhills” and developed it into a very successful cattle ranch through the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  He also realized that the natural beauty of the area far exceeded the financial gain of cattle farming and formed a vision for restoring the area to it natural rugged beauty for tourism.

With this in mind Jan started introducing a variety of indigenous animal game species onto the farm.  By the early 1990’s healthy populations of impala, bushbuck, nyala and zebra were established on the farm.  The old farmhouse was expanded to accommodate guests and renamed Gazebo Lodge.  Along with this transformation he visualized an exciting new potential in firstly hunting and later eco-tourism in this “Kruger Park south area” area.  It is through this vision that he created something different and special by developing a magnificent private conservancy with its unique Manyatta Rock Camp.  This unique hilltop camp must without a doubt be the true pride of Kwa Madwala and the Kruger Park south area.  In 1999 cattle farming was abandoned and the name changed to Kwa Madwala.  This truly African name means “the place of the rock”, in Swazi and is so much more descriptive of the area with its granite outcrops which reach a height of 513 m a.s.l. at Wilson’s Kop to the south-east of the main lodge.

Today the reserve covers an area of 4000 hectares (approximately 10,000 acres) in the heart of the “Kruger Park south” area.  The reserve boasts the “big 5” with healthy numbers of lion and leopard.  Expansions has taken the 4 star Manyatta Rock Camp to 28 units and a beautiful dining deck which affords stunning views out across the bush.  Jan Grobler’s original vision is now very well established and the reserve continues to pioneer through the introduction of Microlight aerial safari flights, elephant back safaris and gap year conservation.

Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park

Private Daybed
Before the turn of the century, the lure of gold brought men from all over the world to South Africa.  Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld was one of these.  Whilst here, they passed through some of Africa’s most scenic untamed wilderness.  It is in this area that Jock Safari Lodge is based with the southern boundary being the old wagon route from Delgoa Bay into the gold fields of the interior.

Kruger National Park concession
Situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers, the camp offers stunning views with the pool literally on the confluence.  Today the wilderness experience on offer is unchanged from these earlier times.  It is in an area noted for its diversity in game, particularly the Big Five.  Jock Safari Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of the past colonial era, and reflects in its unique style the indigenous Zulu and Swazi cultures.

Walking with Elephant
Friendly and professional staff will cater for all guests requirements from specialized game drives or game walks – with every sound, scent, footprint or broken blade of grass – as sign waiting to be interpreted and understood.  Jock Safari Lodge offer African cuisine that incorporates an abundance of flavors accumulated on the routes followed by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.  The chef and his dedicated team conjure up dishes inspired by this unique location, as well as all of the influences that have passed through it at one time or another.  From the primal flavors of wild game and local herbs picked from the surrounding bushveld to the spicy tastes of visiting Arab traders, and traditional dishes introduced by European gold miners – guests can take their taste buds on a true African safari.  The cuisine is presented in a variety of locations.  From the elegant dining room, to private dining in your suite or to a dining adventure under the panorama of the African night.

Game Drive Stop
The lodge has exclusive traversing rights in an area that is regarded as one of the best in the Kruger for its “Big Five” sightings.  Game drives in open landrovers, with a professional team of game rangers and trackers, offer guests the thrill of close encounters with Africa’s Big Five.  Walking safaris, birding safaris and guided historical tours will take you along the paths of legend and mystery.

Main lodge bedroom
The guest’s expectations of comfort and quality will be exceeded at Jock Safari Lodge.  Twelve Luxury air-conditioned suites offer guests the unique opportunity to experience the gracious style of old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness.  Each suite has a private “Sala” (outdoor lounge) that overlooks the river.  The romantic bathrooms and outdoor showers share the same river view and sightings of animals, including the Big Five, can be seen from the comfort & privacy of the luxury suites.  Each suite has a King size bed surrounded by walk-in mosquito netting, a small lounge and twin basin bathroom.  The private terrace has its own plunge pool and a wooden walkway to a lapa overlooking the riverbed.

Pilgrim’s Rest, named after the quaint historical mining town featured so prominently in “Jock of the Bushveld” and still in existence today, was a place to rest, rejuvenate and restock.  So too is the Pilgrim’s Rest Spa at Jock that overlooks the haven of a serenity garden.  The spa is fully equipped with therapy and relaxation rooms, hydrotherapy bath, steam room and sauna.  Therapies are also available in the relaxed atmosphere of one’s own room.  At “Pilgrim’s Rest” the need for both physical and psychological wellbeing is understood.  Each treatment has been developed to revive, rejuvenate and restore the skin together with rebalancing mind, body and spirit.  Highly qualified therapists will design a treatment program to ensure deep relaxation and induce inner and outer harmony.

private dinner on Sala
Road Travel Africa hold excellent negotiated rates with Jock Safari Lodge.  Contact us to book your safari of a lifetime at the famous Kruger National Park, at one of the best private lodges in the area.  Find out how to get there, what more to see and do whilst there and when the best time for you to visit would be.  We look forward to being of assistance.

Cape Town and Kruger National Park in 7 nights from R 2,078 (+/- US$297)

Experience the exciting vibe of Cape Town and the exhilarating thrill of the Kruger National Park, two of South Africa’s top destinations.  Enjoy a few days at each of these stunning destinations on a self-drive tour. There’s no long road trip required, you can fly directly from Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga., this safari package can start in Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Hoyo Hoyo Lodge

The highlights included in this short South African trip are the beautiful sights and wonderful beaches of Cape Town and the thrill of spotting the Big Five in the African bush.  Spend four nights in a two-bedroom apartment at the Mandela Rhodes Place, this is a lovely hotel situated in the thriving centre of Cape Town, and ideally located to key attractions as well as shops, beaches, business centers and restaurants, making it the ideal base to explore Cape Town.

Mandela Rhodes Place

This South Africa Package Tour includes vehicle hire, free collection and delivery within a 25 km radius from our affiliated branches and unlimited kilometers.  So take a drive around Cape Town, and explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

There’s no shortage of things to do and see during your stay in Cape Town. take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.  Standing at 1,086 meters above sea level this spectacular mountain forms part of the Cape Peninsula National Park, dominates Cape Town.  Located at the southern end of the Cape Peninsula, the Cape of Good Hope is an extraordinary land formation with rich and diverse fauna and unique flora, attracting vast amounts of wildlife.

Cablecar Table Mountain

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a world-famous garden filled with beautiful displays of indigenous South African plants.

Take a tour of the renowned island prison, Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for 18 years.  In the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront offers great shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues.  Visit beautiful Boulders Beach, home to the famous African Penguin Colony. Take a township tour, where you can witness a very different and vibrant way of life and see how life is lived by the majority population, or visit some of the award winning wine estates of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

There are regular and frequent flights to the Kruger National Park area from Cape Town, included in this South African Holiday Package is a private transfer from the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge and return.

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is one of the hidden treasures in Southern Africa. Located on an ancient elephant route in a 10,000 hectare concession of the Kruger National Park, this unique camp is steeped in modern day opulence and luxury.  An earthy, traditional Tsonga styled lodge, Hoyo Hoyo offers luxury in six beautifully furnished huts.
The combination of the bush, traditional cuisine, the warmth of the accommodation together with the opportunity to witness the lifestyle and culture of the Shangaan people, ensure an unforgettable safari experience.

Kruger National Park Lion

Game watching from Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is magnificent.  Africa’s Big Five, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo, wander through the private Imbali concession, as well as excellent diversified variety of entelope, birds and insects. Two daily open vehicle game drives and guided bush walks are included in this package.

Tour at a glance:

Duration: 7 Nights, 8 Days
Min/Max Group Size: Minimum of four people, sharing, per tour
Tour departs from: Cape Town or Johannesburg
Price: From R 2,078.00 Per Person per day

This holiday package offers unforgettable experiences at an unbelievable price.