Your African Safari
Jackalberry Game Lodge offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Cruisers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly thick lush bush and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.
A typical day
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck overlooking the waterhole. Shortly after, you depart in your open Land Rover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.
After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. Time to stretch your legs whilst having your sunglasses cleaned & indulge in cool towels in summer, and hot towels in winter. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets.
After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.
Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.
Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.
The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest for other activities that we offer, with a delicious lunch being served around 1.30pm.
The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.
Upon returning for a gourmet 3 course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - guests can socialise with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day's adventure.
Where possible, safaris will be tailored to suit individual preferences and interest.
Breakfast / brunch 10h00 to 11h30
Light Lunch 15H00 / 15H30
Dinner Winter 19h30-20h00
Dinner Summer 20H00 - 20H30
Meals: Buffet/a la carte/table d'hote/ continental/English breakfast
Morning times that the game drives depart
Summer 05H00 Wake up call/ Morning tea 05H30 Depart 05H45
Winter 05H30 Wake up call/ Morning tea 06H00 Depart 06H15
Times that the walks depart
Summer After breakfast
Winter After breakfast
Afternoon/Evening times that the game drives depart
Summer Depart 16H00
Winter Depart 15H30
Meals & Activities
Times for :- Breakfast / brunch 9h00 summer 9h30 winter
Lunch / late lunch 15h15 summer 15h00 winter
Dinner 20h00 summer 19h30 winter
Meal types Breakfast / brunch buffet
Lunch / late lunch buffet
Dinner Plated buffet
Boma dinners Yes, Depends on numbers
Game drive departures Summer 5h30 we play the times a lot during spring/autumn
Bush walk departures Summer 8h00, part of am safari
Winter After breakfast, 10h00
Additional activities none
Covered land cruisers when it rains no