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  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering
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Jembisa is for those looking for an exceptional, personal African Safari. Three small self-catering lodges offers the perfect escape for those looking for real peace in a beautiful, unspoilt wild setting, on the Palala River deep inside the Waterberg mountain wilderness.

Jembisa is only three hours north of Johannesburg. The lodges are all secluded, private and fully equipped. Game on the Reserve includes Giraffe, Burchells Zebra, Kudu, Eland, Impala, Warthog, Bushpig and much more.

Jembisa offers you:
* a wide diversity of game including leopard, hippo, crocodile
* 7 km of the beautiful Palala river winds through the middle of the reserve
* free of malaria
* abundant bird life
* guided walks and game drives (subject to availability as guests of Jembisa Lodge get preference). You can self-drive or walk on the reserve.

The selfcatering units are all equipped with crockery, cutlery, 2 ring stove, microwave, kettle and toaster. All you need to bring is your food and drinks, and possibly ice.

River Cottage
River Cottage, is an isolated cottage set in a beautiful spot and is right next to the Palala river. Perfect for a couple, the cottage sleeps two people (fixed double bed) with mosquito netting.

It has a bathroom with bath and shower, lounge with fireplace and fully kitted kitchen. Towels and firewood are provided.

Podica Chalets
Escape to the wilds. The three Podica chalets are situated together in a quiet spot next to the Palala River are fully equipped, en-suite thatched rondavels.

The chalets have an open plan living area with bed(s), table and kitchenette. Each has a separate bathroom with bath, and an outside shower.

Relax in a hammock, walk, enjoy game viewing or watching the abundant bird life and cool off under your private bush shower.

Each chalet is slightly different:
Podica 1; has a double bed
Podica 2; has a double bed and twin beds, in the same room
Podica 3; has a double bed and fold down sofa bed which sleeps one, or two children, in the same room.

Each chalet has its own individual braai area, and there is use of a swimming pool within 5 minutes walk. Towels and firewood are provided.

Kingfisher Cottage
Kingfisher Cottage sleeps a maximum of 10 people in 3 twin rooms and 2 double rooms. Ideal for small groups or families. Sit on the veranda with wide views across the Palala river to the far hills.

The cottage has a comfortable living area with a fireplace place and dining table. There is also a swimming pool for your enjoyment, a braai and it is fully serviced.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation charges are as follows
60-90 days prior to arrival 25% cancellation fee
30-60 days prior to arrival 50% cancellation fee
0-30 days prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee
Facilities & Services available:
Babies
Children under 12 years
Elderly
Honeymoon Couples
Wedding facilities
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Afrikaans
English

Palala River Cottages is a Self-Catering in Vaalwater Limpopo South Africa
Directions:

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.

Kingfisher Cottage
* Continue past the main entrance to Jembisa.
* After 1km the road bends to the left.
* At the bottom of the hill, the Kingfisher gate will be on your right. Kingfisher entrance is before the Palala river bridge.

Podica chalets
* ontinue past the main entrance to Jembisa.
* After 1km the road bends to the left, go over the Palala River Bridge and through the electric gate.
* Drive another 1km and keep to the right of the fork and follow the Podica signs.

River Cottage
* Do not take the Lapalala turn, but stay on the Melkrivier Road from Vaalwater until you reach a T-Junction.
* Turn left at the T, and approximately 2 kms on the left hand side you will see a farm gate.
* This is just before you cross the Palala River. Someone will greet you at the gate.

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Rooms and Units Available at Palala River Cottages

Kingfisher Cottage - Midweeks
3 bedroom farmhouse set in a garden with a swimming pool and braai area. There are also 2 en suite rondavels in the garden. It is situated on the banks of the beautiful Palala river with open views across to the hills.
Sleeps 10 Adults

Kingfisher Cottage - Peak Seasons
Sleeps 10 Adults

Kingfisher Cottage - Weekend
3 bedroom farmhouse set in a garden with a swimming pool and braai area. There are also 2 en suite rondavels in the garden. It is situated on the banks of the beautiful Palala river with open views across to the hills.
Sleeps 10 Adults

Podica Bush Camp - Peak Season
Podica bush camp has 3 traditional rondavels, each fully equipped with kitchen, bathroom and outdoor shower. One of the rondavels is a double, another is a double and 2 single beds and the third is a double with a sofa bed.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Podica Bush Camp - Weekend
Podica bush camp has 3 traditional rondavels, each fully equipped with kitchen, bathroom and outdoor shower. One of the rondavels is a double, another is a double and 2 single beds and the third is a double with a sofa bed.
Sleeps 4 Adults

River Cottage - Midweeks
The most romantic cottage on the river. Several guest have returned more than 10 times! Situated on the banks of the Palala river, this private lodge is the perfect mix of stylish comfort and excellent facilities from which to explore and enjoy the bush.
Sleeps 2 Adults

River Cottage - Peak Season
The most romantic cottage on the river. Several guest have returned more than 10 times! Situated on the banks of the Palala river, this private lodge is the perfect mix of stylish comfort and excellent facilities from which to explore and enjoy the bush.
Sleeps 2 Adults

River Cottage - Weekend
The most romantic cottage on the river. Several guest have returned more than 10 times! Situated on the banks of the Palala river, this private lodge is the perfect mix of stylish comfort and excellent facilities from which to explore and enjoy the bush.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Latest Reviews
Enjoyed the tranquility and calmness of the bush and to find yourselves surrounded by peace away from the city rush
j j nel Sep 2018
We enjoyed our stay so much, that we will definitely be back. Jane and Stephen were really friendly and helpful, the cottages were well appointed, and we really enjoyed being able to get out and about the reserve in absolute peace and quiet. Highly recommended.
Kerry Allemann Aug 2012
It wasn't what I expected... Next time we will take a bakkie cause we couldn't drive and see the animals.
Ernesta Nagel Sep 2010
Pleasant stay in the bush. Chalet had everything you needed. Nice place to get away from it all. They need to tell visitors without a 4x4 that some roads are off llimits...we however enjoyed the 4x4 experience!
Lydia Benatar Jul 2010
We stayed at Podica and really enjoyed the tranquillity. That was exactly what we were looking forward to. We would have loved to drive around in the reserve but had to limit the driving due to a back operation a few weeks ago.

Although there were only two other vehicles and the quests at the other chalets were very considerate, the entrance to the chalets is very close to No 1. I suggest that you divert the road and entrance.
Neels van Rooyen Apr 2009