Jamala Madikwe

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge is situated in a quiet corner of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Set beneath a canopy of age-old leadwood trees, with a bustling waterhole directly in front of the lodge, guests can enjoy a hub of wildlife on their doorsteps.

At a Glance

  • A very exclusive experience with only 5 villas

  • Fantastic views of game visiting the waterhole in front of camp

  • Enjoy delicious freshly prepared food from Nico Verster's kitchen

  • Madikwe is home to the full range of African environments: rocky koppies to open savannah, and a great array of game

  • Cool off after a morning game drive in your private rim-flow pool

  • Incredible game viewing from the comfort of your own private deck

Adventure, Family, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Insider's View

Enjoy sundowners at the lodge whilst watching the hum of wildlife activity at the waterhole

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Have a romantic private dinner up the Water Tower

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Enjoy a relaxing massage or treatment in the spa

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Jamala Madikwe is a luxury safari lodge in the heart of one of South Africa's most renowned wildlife reserves. Owner managed, and with just 10 guests staying in five luxury villas, the emphasis at Jamala is on luxury, high levels of personal service and above all exclusivity.

The main lodge is comfortable and spacious. A large deck spreads across the front of the property with leadwood trees rising up through the deck surface, providing wonderful shady spots from which to enjoy the game visiting the waterhole below. Inside, high beamed ceilings span large lounge and dining areas. Comfortable armchairs and sofas are positioned in front of open fireplaces which help to ward off any evening chill. There is a well stocked library in the lounge area, and for those keen to indulge, there is a small spa to enjoy a massage or other treatment. New to Jamala this year is also the impressive Watch Tower from which to enjoy a perfect view of the waterhole or gaze out across the bushveld. Private dinners can also be arranged up here on request.

Each of the five free-standing villas has been carefully positioned to make the most of the cooling breezes and to enjoy spectacular views of the landscape and the Jamala waterhole in front of camp. The villas consist of a spacious bedroom with separate lounge area and expansive decks, perfect for enjoying a romantic dinner. En-suite bathrooms have outdoor rain showers, and each villa enjoys private rim-flow pools.

Dining is an important part of the Jamala experience. Award wining chef Nico Verster serves up some real gastronomic treats, best enjoyed on the deck beneath the African sky.


Each of the five freestanding villas has it's own private rim-flow pool, expansive wooden deck perfect for enjoying sundowners whilst watching the activity at the waterhole, and a private outdoor shower. From the interior the villas have expansive views of the waterhole and open savannah. They have a lounge with a fireplace, a dining area, walk-in dressing room, complimentary minibar and coffee/tea facilities and air conditioning.


Lounge and library with fireplace, Wifi access throughout, Curio shop, Spa and Gym

Location & Directions

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Jamala Madikwe is set in a corner of the non-malarial, 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve in the North-West Province of South Africa.

When to go

The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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