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Jembisa Main Lodge

Jembisa is for those looking for an exceptional, personal African Safari. We take only one booking at a time to provide you with an exclusive holiday and ensure that your stay is tailormade to your requirements.

It is perfect for family safaris or small groups of friends looking to experience true African hospitality and wildlife in a private, luxury safari lodge set within a private game reserve (Palala River Reserve).

Built originally as a family home, and still owned by the family, Jembisa has a wonderful atmosphere of relaxation and comfort. Staying here one does truly feel 'at home in the bush'. The lodge is built from local stone and thatch in harmony with its surroundings. It is a beautifully designed lodge with large, spacious rooms decorated with natural materials in an
Afro-colonial style.

Having been a family home Jembisa also benefits from some extras not usually found at safari lodges. For  example a library, reading room,games room and tennis court.

At a Glance

  • Malaria – free area
  • Big five game viewing at Main Lodge
  • Only one booking / family or group at a time
  • Five luxury en-suite bedrooms
  • Three with private balconies
  • Children of all ages are extremely welcome
  • a children's bunkroom
  • Family home style
  • Saltwater Pool at Main Lodge
  • Game Drives at Main Lodge
  • Bush Walks

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All accommodation at Jembisa Main Lodge is extremely comfortable and care has been taken to ensure that everything is available to meet your needs. There are five luxury en-suite bedrooms, three with private balconies plus a children's bunkroom.

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 Main Lodge
Swim or relax by our natural saltwater pool

Play a game of tennis on the floodlit court

For extra relaxation opt for a massage either in the privacy of your room or on the secluded deck where all you will hear is the birdsong and the river below. We use local organic oils including avocado oil and rose geranium oil.

Jembisa Main Lodge

Jembisa Main Lodge

Jembisa Main Lodge

At Self Catering Lodges

There are 3 small self-catering lodges. They are all secluded, private and fully equipped. Come and stay here to escape to the peace and tranquillity of the bush.

  • Wide diversity of game including rhino, leopard, hippo, crocodile
  • 7 km of the beautiful Palala river winds through the middle of the reserve
  • Malaria free
  • 3 hours drive from Johannesburg
  • Abundant bird life

Self Catering Lodges

Self Catering Lodges

Self Catering Lodges

Children of all ages are extremely welcome at Jembisa. Having been a family home Jembisa is ideally suited to families with children. In particular having all bedrooms within the lodge provides parents with peace of mind when staying within a game reserve. Another important advantage to adults and children alike is that Jembisa is in a malaria free area. We aim to provide a family safari holiday where all ages are catered for including providing adults with some time for themselves.

Our chef Michael from Zimbabwe will prepare delicious meals for you. Local, fresh ingredients are used when in season including those from our own large, organic kitchen garden. Please let us know of any special dietary needs or preferences in advance.

Meals are varied affairs and may include picnics in the bush, dinner under the stars, lunch on the terrace, and al fresco breakfasts and brunches.

A wide range of beverages are available and wines are quality South African estate wines

Whether you wish to relax in style or be more active, there are a host of options available at Jembisa.

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.

Make an Enquiry or Booking

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 Adventures for the novice to the experienced rider
  • Elephant-back safaris at Rock Lodge
  • Rhino and Waterberg cultural museum
  • Visit and hand-feed orphan rhino
  • Day trips to Big 5 Reserves
  • Scenic helicopter flights

Jembisa is a bush home situated in it's own private game reserve, the Palala River Reserve, named after the river that runs through it. It is located in an area in the Limpopo province in South Africa known as the Waterberg.

We can arrange transfers to Jembisa by road or by air.

Power supply
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.



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