My Kaya Family Safari's
My Kaya, Your Kaya Safari's hosts you at Job's Halt Camp, your home away from home where you can enjoy the bush, the animals and rejuvenate your soul in this completely private and comfortable camp.
Job's Halt a self-catering camp, located in the riverine forest on the banks of the Makhutswi River in the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve (Limpopo, South Africa). Our lodge is perfect for families and we welcome all ages (We can discuss limitations on some activities for safety reasons). Here you can enjoy an unequaled African wildlife experience.
The camp is serviced daily and all activities you choose are in open vehicles or on foot with a FGASA-qualified ranger as your guide. The Reserve is home to the big 5 as well as many other species of game,
Accommodation consists of four en-suite double bedroom units. Each has very comfortable Victorian-style brass and metal beds plus arm chairs or a couch. The bathrooms each contain a shower, a wash basin, toilet and a cupboard for your clothes. Being eco-friendly the hot water system is solar heated which can be boosted electrically if the weather is overcast. The rooms each have a different theme drawn from the Job Family's history and experiences.
We can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests, please note that when you are making a booking you are booking the entire camp and not just a room.
You can tailor make your safari experience to your interests and level of adventure. We are at hand to discuss and make your itinerary that fore-fills your wildlife dreams.
We offer safari drives in open vehicles if you prefer a more sedate experience and close encounters with Africa's big 5 and. This option is perfect for photographers and to be able to observe these animals at close quarters. The big game are habituated to the vehicles and are rarely disturbed by there presence.
You can also choose to mix driving with some walking, this is ideal for those interested in birding and the smaller details that can be seen while on foot. The reserve boasts around 300 species of birds
If self-catering is not your cup of tea, Dem's catering can supply Semi-catered meals for your stay, which are pre-prepared and the fridge is stocked for you.
A "Kaya" is a home, shack, dwelling, all depending on the context the word is used. Job's halt camp encompasses all those definitions and a few more. We do not have a record of when the original structure was first built, but we do know it has been used as a labourers camp during the area's cattle farming days (the ruins of a cattle dipping trough can still be seen behind the camp), a fishing and hunting camp, a Tracker training camp, a home for the Job Family and now as a camp for you.
The themes evident in each of the rooms are evidence of the roots and experiences of the Job Family.
Firstly, the 2 rooms which illustrate the origins of the Jobs of today have English and Scottish, as well as German, themes. Both Mavis’ and John’s families had their own Cornish and Scottish branches. These ancestries are briefly described in each room and the decors comprise pictures and artefacts from these family branches.
The German roots are also distinct and that branch of the family can trace its line right back to the 14th century. The von Mengershausen Coat of Arms is one focal point as is the large photograph of Julius von Mengershausen and his family taken in 1906 outside their large home, “Ilmenau”, in Howick, Kwa Zulu/Natal. Julius was the first von Mengershausen to arrive in South Africa which he did in 1872. The story of the family is told briefly in the write-up in the German room.
The remaining two rooms have country themes. The first is of Canada where Mavis and John lived for four years between 1969 and 1973 while John studied at McGill University in Montreal. The second room is the Australian room, the inspiration for which comes from John’s sister Ann who, with Malcolm and their children immigrated to Australia in 1975. Ann’s characteristic art work fills one of the walls. The Australian branch of the family continues to grow and develop “down under”.
The kitchen of Jobs’ Halt has a distinctive African theme – some from the city and some rural. The bright paintings depict the vibrancy and colour of Africa and provide a strong back drop to the camp itself.