Set within a Big Five private game reserve in the Greater Kruger Park of South Africa, Jabulani’s six suites and exclusive Zindoga Villa ensure a soulful, personalised and intimate stay. Jabulani is not your usual safari lodge. It has a story that has inspired the world. Jabulani was built to help look after a herd of rescued elephants, nearly twenty years ago, and has led to the establishment, by Adine Roode, of South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage, alongside the Jabulani elephant homestead, called HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation & Development). Today the Relais & Châteaux Jabulani lodge is a special marriage of conservation and hospitality, a place to meet magnificent wildlife, rest deeply, wine and dine under open skies, enjoy sundowners with elephants, and soulfully reconnect with nature and yourself. Each spacious suite is discrete, luxurious and complimented by both a private deck and plunge pool. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the elephant herd, spend time with the devoted elephant carers and hear their insightful stories about their life journeys with these incredible animals, as well as watch the elephants during their midday swims or while they forage in the wilderness. As our guest, you play a crucial role in helping us and HERD to support the rescued herd and orphans, and protect their future. Your elephant levy helps us to sustain these remarkable animals. There are also plenty of other experiences to be had, such as game drives, walking safaris, bird-watching, exploring the little creatures, helicopter flights, hot air balloon rides, and spending time at our onsite facilities, such as our luxury bush spa. Jabulani offers a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive dining experience. We don’t just believe in constantly innovating with the freshest ingredients, but also in switching up our locations. Enjoy fine cuisine in the best setting, from breakfast bush picnics and sundowner canapés, to star-lit private dinners or gatherings in the boma. Our JabuJuniors programme introduces children to a wildlife wonderland to experience a host of exciting activities, whilst learning about Africa’s diverse wildlife.

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Activities offered

  • Art tours
  • Accommodation
  • Ballooning
  • Honeymoon safaris
  • Photography
  • Walking Safaris
  • Eco tourism
  • Flying Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings
  • Cultural activities
  • Retail
  • Bird Watching

Where we operate

  • South Africa

Where we’re based

  • South Africa
  • United States

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Ms Adine Roode
Ms Adine Roode
Tamlin Wightman