Jabulani leaves you feeling enriched in so many ways; not only will you have been a guest at one of the most comfortable and elegant safari camps in South Africa, but you will have had much closer encounters with African elephant and cheetah than you would have ever thought possible.
Jabulani is named after one special elephant that lodge owner Lente Roode rescued after he was found stuck in mud. This baby elephant was nurtured back to life however, when attempts were made to introduce it back into the wild it seemed he preferred human company.
Jabulani needed friends, and when Roode heard that eleven trained elephants were facing an uncertain future in Zimbabwe, she rescued them. Like Jabulani, these elephants were too conditioned to return to the wild, so another plan was hatched, this time to offer elephant-back safaris in the reserve.
Guests can share stories about the days sightings and findings around an evening boma dinner. These safaris give guests the opportunity to ride atop an elephant among the wild animals of the reserve. And just because you are on top, the pachyderms will not necessarily stop tearing off branches to feed on as they go.
Back at Jabulani, Roode's passion for animals is evident from the wildlife paintings, bronzes and artifacts found throughout the lodge. Elephant figures are even stamped on leaves decorating the marble-top basin consoles in the suites.
Cuisine at Jabulani meets international gourmet standards and the chef personally introduces the menu at the start of each meal. The signature style is to create perfectly sized portions of the freshest ingredients presented in an exquisite arrangement that will leave you more than satisfied.
The passion that all staff members have for Jabulani is palpable, and sharing this passion is what makes a stay at Jabulani unforgettable.