Places We Love: Jamala Lodge Madikwe

Welcome to the places we love: Jamala Lodge Madikwe.

Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge is a luxury boutique safari lodge in South Africa’s North West Province in Madikwe Game Reserve. Owner-managed and run, the lodge offers an intimate bush experience, where personal service and attention to detail are the cornerstones of every waking moment.

The lodge successfully combines colonial style and African eccentricity in a delightful marriage of opposites. Set in the pristine 75 000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe is the ideal place for that ultimate safari experience.

Jamala Madikwe gently embraces the lay of the land with just five freestanding luxurious villas. Each slice of paradise is fully air-conditioned and offers superlative luxury and intimate privacy combined with extravagant outdoor facilities which include individual rim-flow pools and salas, expansive wooden decks and private outdoor showers. The Jamala Madikwe villas exude colonial charm perfectly suited to a luxury safari experience.

Places We Love- Jamala Lodge Madikwe - Wild Eye - Michael Laubscher

Organic glamor and opulent accents combine to ensure a distinctive and elegant flair. Tradition and eccentricity are tastefully united in an atmosphere that knows no equal. Your African safari at Jamala will provide a detailed insight into the diverse landscape of Madikwe Game Reserve and its unparalleled game viewing.

A Day On Safari

Enjoy daily game drives in pristine malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve which is an ancient land where nature plays out her age-old theatre of life and death between hunter and hunted. Well positioned within the reserve’s treasure trove of animals, Jamala Madikwe reverberates with the call of birds and impish Vervet monkeys. The lodge offers incredible safari experiences including sighting of the big 5 and spectacular 7 which includes the highly endangered Wild dog and Cheetah.

Madikwe Game Reserve is know as one of the best conservation areas in Africa. At Jamala Madikwe you will get to experience this diverse and rich ecosystem with over 130 mammal and 300 bird species not to mention the vast landscapes of plant life that keeps the whole reserve alive and healthy for all its inhabitants.

Twice-daily game drives at dawn and dusk form the daily routine of your Safari day. You will witness sunrise and sunset under incredible African skies whilst enjoying the daily animal sightings. A typical game drive lasts approximately three to four hours.

A Food Lovers Delight

Jamala Madikwe is a perfect destination to indulge in award winning cuisine. Designs from their award winning chef Nico Verster titillate the senses with an array of sensual delights. Jamala Madikwe has been awarded the best safari cuisine in South Africa in the Safari Awards 2014/2015/2019. Dine alfresco beneath Africa’s ink-rich skies, cut with the brilliance of a million stars. Food aficionados can indulge in modern gastronomic treats served with the chic colonial charm and grace that is unique to Jamala Madikwe. Look out for chef Nico’s Cookbooks, Savannah to Sea and Safaris and Spices by Nico Verster.

Places We Love- Jamala Lodge Madikwe - Wild Eye - Michael Laubscher
Places We Love- Jamala Lodge Madikwe - Wild Eye - Michael Laubscher

Insider Tip From Michael Laubscher

The Jamala experience is truly phenomenal. Each aspect, from the lodge/villas itself, to the safaris, cuisine and service will leave you in awe. The safari sofa and/or viewing tower stands out as a highlight to me. I cannot think of a better place to spend your time between the safari activities. The water hole in front of Jamala is so prolific and if at all possible, I’d recommend you stay an extra night and spend an evening and morning enjoying a sofa safari as this goes hand in hand with the Jamala experience.

Getting to Jamala in Madikwe Game Reserve is a breeze.

By air: Scheduled flights depart daily from OR Tambo International to Madikwe Game Reserve. The duration of this flight is approximately an hour. Helicopter and private charter flights are also available.

By road: Jamala Madikwe is an easy (95% tar) drive from Johannesburg and is approximately a four hour drive. Private transfers and chauffeur driven vehicles can easily be arranged.

Visit Jamala Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

Jamala Madikwe is the ideal place for that ultimate safari experience. Catering for the romantic breakaway just as well as it does for the family looking to spend some quality time together in a private villa and with their own private vehicle. We would recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights and would suggest pairing this wildlife experience with some time in Cape Town and Franschhoek.

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