Jock of the Bushveld is a true story by South African author Sir James Percy FitzPatrick. The book tells of FitzPatrick's travels with his dog, Jock, an American Pit Bull Terrier, during the 1880s, when he worked as a storeman, prospector's assistant, journalist and ox-wagon transport-rider in the Bushveld region of the Transvaal. The book is in it's 100th year of publishing and tells stories that took place throughout Kruger National Park.
The concept of Jock Safari Lodge was born by the descendants of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick – the Niven family. They used the trust funds of Sir Fitzpatrick to build a lodge in the area close to where the story of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog Jock took place, making this lodge rich in cultural significance and a special place to experience Kruger and all that it has to offer.
Our three days at Jock Safari Lodge in between game drives were spent snacking on dog bone shaped, home-made cookies, enjoying a fresh brew on the open-air daybed where across the river, elephants roamed and lions made trackable footprints in the soft sand.
Jock Safari Lodge was one of those places that has you leaving with a new perspective on the world. From making friendships with the other guests to the awe-inspiring knowledge of the rangers and delicious feats that we were lucky enough to experience, our whole time here at Jock was one to remember.
If you're planning on visiting, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Jock of the Bushveld to read before or during your stay, giving you a glimpse of what Kruger was like back in the 1800's- before the roads, the cars, the tourists and cameras.
Jock Safari Lodge
Kruger National Park, Southern Region,
Near Skukuza, 1351, South Africa