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Safari Lodge with South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage, named HERD

Jabulani is recognised as one of South Africa’s most respected five-star safari lodges. But the essence of Jabulani reaches far deeper than luxury and leisure – it reflects an exceptional twenty-year journey that began with a brave little elephant named Jabulani.

In 2005, our lodge was born. Since the conception, we have grown deeper in our conservation efforts but also our hospitality, cuisine and guest experiences, with our Relais & Châteaux accreditation, and our exceptional and passionate team sharing a unique and soulful safari experience with guests. With the growing numbers of orphans and displaced elephant calves in recent years, as a result of increased poaching and human-elephant conflict, Adine Roode, the owner and MD of Jabulani, took the step to build an elephant orphanage to provide a unique adoptive family structure for these calves in need.

In 2019, South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage, named HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development), built alongside the Jabulani herd homestead. HERD provides a safe place to care for and rehabilitate orphaned elephants from the often traumatic or near-fatal challenges that have caused them to be abandoned until they can be integrated into the welcoming Jabulani herd. Guests that stay at Jabulani contribute to the operational costs of HERD. They also have the opportunity to be a part of the elephants’ journey, by learning more about them, and their individual personalities and stories, and witnessing them in the wilderness of our reserve.

The style and ambience of Jabulani resonate with that of a classic safari lodge, refined with a fresh and modish touch. The main area features an elegant dining room and lounge that lead to an outside wooden deck lying beneath the shade of Leadwood trees – the ideal setting to enjoy an alfresco lunch while overlooking the waterhole. Our signature suspension bridge stretches gracefully over the river bed, connecting to the six Jabulani suites and Zindoga Villa.

Our giveaway to helping to promote South Africa as a tourist destination

You can win:
THIS 2-NIGHT PACKAGE INCLUDES: 2 nights for 2 people in a luxurious Suite. Complimentary transfer between the lodge and Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Lavish brunch for two & dinner for two.

Additionally you are automatically entered into the competition to win the great South Africa adventure holiday worth more than R150 000.

Value of Jabulani prize
Closing date of competition:

18:00 on 30.10.2022

– This special package can be booked two weeks in advance only, subject to availability at time of booking. – The prize is valid for two people sharing a suite. Prize does not include airfare or customary gratuities. – Children under the age of 6 cannot be accommodated. – * Arrival and departure details are required. Check in time is from 14:00 and check out time is at 11:00. – ** Beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) are not included. – Not included: hot air ballooning and the conservation levy of R150 per person per day. – *** Beauty treatments, telephone calls, curio purchases and gratuities are additional. • Prize is valid 01 September 2022 – 28 February 2023 Excluding (15 December 2022 – 09 January 2023). • Please quote reference number TB628 when making the reservation. • Please refer to our General Terms and Conditions.

We have been able to offer this giveaway through a collaboration with our wide network of travel and tourism partners. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored this incredible adventure holiday giveaway for 2 persons valued at over R150 000!! But there is even more. There is also a bonus prize of a 4k Olfi action camera up for grabs.

Our mission is to create  tourism awareness in South Africa and heightened attention for the upcoming tourism month of September. Its all about getting more locals and returning South Africans,  travelling this wonderful country of ours. If we can encourage international tourists too even better.

The great South Africa adventure holiday worth R150000 unpacked

Giants Castle Slack Packing Trail

Slackpacking – Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals.

Experience the St Lucia estuary from St Lucia Eco Lodge for 2 nights including breakfast and dinner as well as a game drive and boat safari. This lodge is an ideal point from which to explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Karkloof Canopy Tour

The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! Feel like Tarzan as you zip safely from platform to platform with a yodel to wake the squirrels.

Stay another night at Antbear Lodge after you have completed the slack packing trail in a Mountain View site including dinner and breakfast. Take in a cultural storytelling experience in  our star gazing hammock camp

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning is a gentle experience that is suitable for all. Imagine drifting at a leisurely pace across the magnificent Drakensberg 

Via Faretta Drakensberg

For those that enjoy walking or hiking through our beautiful countryside we invite you to enjoy a mountain climbing route that has aids such as ladders, steps and cable.

Ardmore Guest Farm

Stay 3 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm  including dinner and breakfast. You will want the extra time here to experience Scootours downhill scooters and the Via Feratta rock climbing trail. Dont forget one of the mornings will be and early start to float away in a hot air balloon Value 

Sootours downhill scooters

Feel the thrill as you negotiate a downhill mountain experience in the Central Drakensberg. Scooters are non-motorized making this Eco-friendly. 

Tree Tree Hill Lodge

Stay 2 nights at Three Tree Hill Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. The old-world charm of this upmarket lodge with its large verandahs creates an ideal environment in which to wind down and enjoy nature. Included is a game walk and if you can also consider to take part in a guided battlefield tour.

Granny Mouse

2 Nights relaxing in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. Explore the Midlands Meander and relax with  the very best in opulent accommodation coupled with old-world charm and service, embedded into the ethos and foundations of this historic hotel.

safari at Bonamznzi

Enter the rough terrain of Bonamanzi in Northern KZN. Its home to the big 4 and with its wide expanses of bush, makes game viewing the best in the country. 2 Nights in a treehouse with dinner, bed and breakfast including a game drive


2 nights  at the five star  Fugitives Drift Lodge. Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.


Stay 2 nights at Leopard Mountain Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. Witness endless sunsets melting their final rays into the horizon, the smell of fresh rainfall over Africa’s plains and a feeling of peace and tranquillity as your African dream unfolds into a truly memorable reality.


2 Nights relaxing in at Makakatana  Game Lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park.


Imagine a place where time stands still, where the gentle breeze rustles through the Red Ivory trees, the sun drops slowly beyond the horizon, turning the sky pink and cueing the lion’s call. Now stop imagining and experience all of this for2 nights including dinner and breakfast from the sanctuary of your very own private balcony at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge.

Mlendeni Sitole will tell you his African village stories of the night skies. He has built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. He makes you feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing with him in the Drakensberg.

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Number of competition entries so far: 5

Tracy Kent – 04.08.2022
Wow – so many reasons to want to win this awesome prize… Jabulani is renowned for luxury while enjoying nature at its very best – this experience would be wonderfully extraordinary and create memories of a lifetime for my hubby and I!

Marius van Rensburg – 28.07.2022
would be a gr8 experience as we have never been to that side of our Country

Deochand Harriram – 28.07.2022
Being a senior citizen, an awesome getaway can only be Godsent.

Anthea Goldswain – 27.07.2022
I am a game reserve junkie. I just can’t get enough time in the bush. I am a birding enthusiast and I love the excitement of staying in a lodge and reserve I have never been to before.

Karin Wielser – 26.07.2022
I remember watching Jabulani’s story on the TV progamme 50/50 many years ago and am thrilled to learn that his story continued and that his circumstances (even if sad) inspired an elephant orphanage. I would love to stay at Jabulani Lodge as its roots are in conservation.