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Jembisa Lodge is a beautiful safari bush home in a private wildlife reserve specializing in family safaris. Located in the spectacular and malaria free Waterberg wilderness of South Africa and offering a wide range of wildlife activities including camp-outs under the stars.

Their unique junior bush tracker programme captivates and teaches children a variety of bush skills and survival techniques.

Small, stylish and relaxed it is available for exclusive, private use or non-exclusive booking. Accommodating up to 14 with 5 en suite bedrooms and a bunk room it is ideal for families but also welcomes couples. Excellent facilities include a tennis court, a games room, bicycles and a library as well as a lovely swimming pool with fantastic views over the reserve.

Activities are flexible to suit the ages and interest of each of the guests and it is well known for its excellent cuisine. Also a fabulous wedding location.

Accommodation at Jembisa Lodge:
There is five luxury en-suite bedrooms, three with private balconies plus a children bunk room. Arrangements are flexible to suit each parties needs. Bunk beds and cots for children are available.

All bathrooms have both a shower and a bath.


At Jembisa Lodge:
- Salt water pool
- Tennis
- Relaxation (massages)

In the Reserve:
- Game Drives - Drives are in our 4x4 open landrovers with highly trained and experienced rangers. Night drives provide the opportunity of seeing the nocturnal animals such as leopard, brown hyena, aardvark, civet cats and porcupines.

- Bush Walks - Bush walks are always fascinating and experience the thrill of walking with rhino.

- Camp Out - Camp out for a night under canvas, if you choose, getting closer to nature and waking with the African dawn.

- Bushman Paintings and Archaeological sites - The reserve has been home to many peoples over time and there are stone age, early and late iron age sites and bushman paintings. We will gladly help you to explore these and share our knowledge with you.

Local Excursions:
There are lots of interesting places to visit and things to do in the area and we would be delighted to accompany you to those of your choice.
- Curio shops
- The Waterberg boasts some exceptional curio and African art shops.
- Horse riding at Horizon Horseback
- Elephant-back safaris at Rock Lodge
- Day trips to Big 5 Reserves
- Scenic helicopter flights

Rooms and Units Available:

Jembisa House -

Spacious room with balconies overlooking the expansive gardens.  Each room is beautifully appointed and each bed has a mosquito net.  Rooms have their own bathrooms with bath robes and amenities.

Amount of similar units: 6
Sleeps 2 Adults

Jembisa Junior Suite -

Beautiful kids room with 2 bunk beds, accommodating 4 children.  Children staying in this room share a bathroom with their parents in the room next door.  All 4 beds have mosquito nets as well.  Parents can book any of the double rooms in the Jembisa House.

Sleeps 1 Adult and 3 children

Kingfisher Self Catering Unit -

Kingfisher Cottage sleeps a maximum of 10 people in 2 twin rooms and 3 double rooms.  Three rooms in the main house and the other two rooms are situated about 10 meters from the main house where you will find two rondawels each with its own bathrooms.

Sleeps 10 Adults

Magari Bush Villa -

Beautifully appointed villa with breathtaking views of the Palala River.  Each room has mosquito nets, two of the rooms have private outside showers and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Sleeps 10 Adults

Podica Self Catering Units -

The three rondawels are all slightly different.  All have an open plan living area with bed, table, kitchenette, bathroom and an outside shower.  All are fully furnished and equipped, including crockery, cutlery, 2 ring stove, microwave, kettle and toaster.

Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

River Cottage Self Catering -

River Cottage sleeps two people (fixed double bed) with mosquito netting.  It has a bathroom with bath and shower, lounge with lounge with fireplace, outside braai area and fully-kitted kitchen.  Towels and bed linen are provided.

Sleeps 2 Adults

Samia Cabin Self Catering -

Samia accommodates 6 guests in 3 double on-suite bedrooms.  All of the bedrooms can be converted into twin rooms.  The cottage has a fully-kitted kitchenette, dining area and lounge with a fireplace.  Outside has a viewing deck and braai area.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Wedding facilities
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Games Room
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

- 60 to 90 days prior to arrival 25% cancellation fee
- 30 to 60 days prior to arrival 50% cancellation fee
- 0 to 30 days prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee


From Johannesburg International Airport:
* Take R21 to Pretoria for about 20 minutes
* Take the N1 highway North towards Pietersburg / Polokwane.
* Turn off at the Kranskop toll gate (third toll gate) to Nylstroom/Modimolle.
* Go through Nylstroom/Modimolle to Vaalwater ( 60km).
* In Vaalwater turn right at the stop street towards Melkriver (there is only one stop street in Vaalwater).
* Go 42 km and turn left onto a gravel road marked Melkriver School/Lapalala.
* After 6km turn right (there is an old Cape Dutch farm house on the right hand side) and pass the Rhino Museum.
* From the Rhino Museum drive 3.3km, the main entrance to Jembisa Lodge will be on your right.

Jembisa is approximately 300 km / 3 hours from Johannesburg. Transfer services by road or air can be arranged.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge
  • Sleeps: 60
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM