At this family-friendly accommodation near the Kruger, you’ll find more than enough outdoor activities to keep everyone happy. Hop in the car and head out for a drive. There’s an adventure waiting around every corner.
With dangerous game restricted, you can easily take a walk along the river, or pedal along the many dirt roads that run through Marloth Park. This conservancy boasts a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. However, as the Crocodile River forms the boundary between the Kruger National Park you are likely to spot elephants playing in the river.
The Kruger is home to over 500 bird species, and Marloth, where Jackalberry is situated, features just over 300. Keep your eyes peeled on your game drives but also while you are relaxing back at camp. Bird lovers will delight upon the chance sighting of a Red-winged Starling, Grey-rumped swallow, Pearl Breasted Swallow, Brown-throated Martin, Horus Swift and a Red-Billed Oxpecker. In the evening look out for and listen for the African Scops-Owl, Pearl Spotted Owlet, African Barred Owlet, Bar Owl and the European Nightjar.
Pay a visit to Chimp Eden while you’re here. Situated within the beautiful Umhloti Nature Reserve, 15 km outside of Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been displaced from their natural habitats in Africa. Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. There are currently three different chimp groups that you can observe and study from various viewpoints overlooking the forest and foraging areas.
Jackalberry Ridge is only 20 minutes’ drive from the Kruger. Grab a map at the Crocodile Ridge entrance and keep your eyes peeled for those infamous members of the Big Five on a self-drive. You could also head out on an organised guided 4x4 game drive, which the staff at reception will be happy to help arrange. Get up close to an array of wildlife that call the park home, from prowling predators like lion and leopard, to hippo, giraffe, zebra, crocodile, wildebeest, ellies and those cheeky baboons.
Kambaku Golf Course is located in Komatipoort This nine-hole course is perfectly situated at the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers, along the foothills of the Lebombo mountain range. Tee off against this magnificent backdrop while various antelope species, zebra, and warthog wander across the green. Kambaku is a course great for all levels, and features a well-stocked bar and open-air restaurant on-site.
Take an afternoon off to unwind at the Slide Spa nearby after a busy morning of game viewing. This sanctuary of tranquillity is perfect for couples and honeymooners. Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, there’s no better place to focus on your wellness as you enjoy a therapeutic full-body massage.