The story of the incredible rescue of a herd of elephants brings about the opening of an exceptional property.
Jalubani was born of the need to give a herd of rescued elephants a future, against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains. Maître de Maison Adine Roode had the vision to build an orphanage after the Jabulani elephant herd accepted the third elephant that lost its mother. In late 2019, HERD - Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development opened to help elephant calves to survive emotionally in a safe environment. Protecting species and traditions is at the heart of the lodge’s DNA. People are as important as animals, and Jabulani supports the development of the local community through growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Jabulani’s lodge architecture draws on local materials and ancestral methods, and the food marvellously combines free-range game and fruit from local indigenous plants.