In March this year I was commissioned to do the photography of Camp Jabulani, a family-owned luxury safari lodge in the private Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit.
Contemporary, African inspired accommodation, world-class cuisine, and a personal butler are just a few of the luxuries that await you. Management couple Carl and Elsie make you feel at home, and the small team of Rangers, Chefs and spa therapist are a close knit team of skilled individuals that work together almost telepathically.
However it’s the heard of trained African elephants rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre that make Camp Jabulani a truly magical place. Guests interact with the majestic beauties on daily elephant rides around the waterhole as they swim and play in the wild habitat surrounding their stables.
Even though I was commissioned to be there to do the photography, I enjoyed Camp Jabulani as any guest would. Having the team helping with carrying equipment from area to area and preparing the food for the shots, made my work so enjoyable, and I felt like a part of the Jabulani family. The long chats in the evenings, the rangers knowledge of the star constellations (while I double checked on my iPhone app!), tracking a Leopard at night, long bubble baths in the massive stone bath after 12 hours of shooting, and making my way though three course meals, every meal, are just a few highlights from my stay!
This was the suite I stayed in, called Tokwe, named after the herd’s matriarch.
Just one of the delightful dishes served in the cozy dining area looking onto the watering hole.
And a behind the scenes shot – traveling with all this cumbersome equipment is not for the faint-hearted!
An outside dining set up waiting for a couple to return from an elephant safari.
The luxurious Zindogo villa, which comes complete with your personal chef!
A little game viewing before breakfast…
Sundowners at Whiskey One dam…
The end of another beautiful day in Africa.
Back home to Johannesburg again. I will miss you Camp Jabulani!