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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge | Game Reserve


Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge lies in the lower eastern region of the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve.

With its refined contemporary décor, neutral earth-inspired palette, classic finishes, and enduring charm, this elite boutique Safari Lodge blends perfectly with the natural beauty of the surrounding terrain, and more than lives up to its name, Jamala being the Swahili term for “natural elegance.”

Incidentally, Safari is also of Swahili origin and means “journey” or “to travel,” a term that has become synonymous with exotic African adventures.

From its secluded position beneath a canopy of ancient Leadwood trees, the extensive viewing decks of the main lodge offer unparalleled views of the open savanna and the waterhole which is frequented by the resident wildlife – ideal for indulging in an “armchair safari.” Alternatively, make your way up to the watchtower for an up-close encounter with the birds and impish Vervet monkeys cavorting in the forest.

Come mealtimes, relish in award-winning cuisine served al fresco in the firelit Boma or under mesmerising night skies on the “Star deck” of the main lodge. All meals are freshly prepared by gourmet chef Nico Verster who aims to delight with his fusion fare that is guaranteed to be a feast for the senses and that earned Jamala Madikwe the vote for “Best Safari Cuisine in Africa 2014/2015.” Meals can also be prepared on request.

The Jamala Royal accommodates a maximum of ten guests in five deluxe freestanding villas which have been carefully positioned to ensure you enjoy optimal peace and privacy and unforgettable views of this pristine bushveld setting. Villas 1 and 2 look out over the adjacent plains and Lodge waterhole while Villa 3 provides twin extra-length beds for friends travelling together. Villas 4 and 5 have been built with honeymoon couples in mind and are therefore set slightly further away from the main lodge to ensure ultimate seclusion.

Each beautifully-appointed thatched villa boasts an antique four-poster bed draped in mosquito netting, sitting area with fireplace, dining area, walk-in dressing room, lavish bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, and concertina glass sliding doors that open onto the spacious wrap-around verandah, complete with plunge pool and private Sala.

For your ultimate comfort, amenities include a complimentary minibar and coffee/tea facilities, air-conditioning, dressing gowns, pure cotton linen, a hair dryer, and safe as well as the option to book a romantic dinner for two on your verandah.

The Jamala Royal can also be booked for a sole-use family or group breakaway. In this case, a minimum of eight guests is required to qualify for sole-use and children of all ages are accepted. Typically, the Lodge does not allow children under 16 years of age without prior arrangement.

A visit to Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge ensures no shortage of opportunities to explore the diverse wildlife and geographical wonders of Madikwe without having to compromise on life’s little luxuries. Outdoor activities include twice-daily game drives in an open 4X4 vehicle, accompanied by expert rangers as well as unrivalled bird watching.

When it comes to enjoying some downtime, escape the heat of the day at the Lodge’s large lap pool. While away the afternoon playing boules. Get your heart rate up with a workout in the well-equipped gym. Or pamper yourself with a range of luxurious treatments in the Jamala Madikwe Royal Spa.

If you’re looking to unwind, treat yourself to one of Jamala Royal’s sumptuous high teas or retire to the library for some light reading. Chilly winter evenings are the perfect reason to cosy up in front of the lounge fireplace while the open-air bar is just the spot to toast another fabulous day on safari in this spectacular bushveld destination.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to availability
Details 1 Sep 2018 to 31 Dec 2018
Per Person Per Night Sharing R10 310
Exclusive Use R103 095
Details 1 Jan 2019 to 30 Apr 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing R11 440
Exclusive Use R114 385
Details 1 May 2019 to 31 Jul 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing R10 465
Exclusive Use R104 640
Details 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing R11 440
Exclusive Use R114 385
Organic glamour and opulent accents combine to ensure a distinctive and elegant flair. Tradition and eccentricity are tastefully united in an atmosphere that knows no equal. Jamala Madikwe reflects a classic sense of style that is sufficiently robust to match the savage beauty that lies beyond.
Jamala Madikwe gently embraces the lay of the land with five freestanding villas. Each slice of paradise 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 shower.
Carefully considered design ensures that each private villa enjoys expansive views of open savannas and the watering hole. Spatial elegance is to be found throughout each private sanctuary where gracious bathrooms, a separate lounge and bedroom are all luxuriantly appointed. Indulge yourselves by enjoying a romantic dinner for two within or on your own deck of endless views.
Panoramic views, exotic sounds and wild perfumes of the bush are hallmarks of the Jamala Madikwe Experience. From its genteel position beneath a canopy of age-old Leadwood trees, the deck-fringed lodge gives way to views of open savanna lands and a watering hole that plays host to Africa's wildlife.
Designs from award winning chef Nico, titillate the senses with an array of sensual delights. 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.
Game Drives
Madikwe is an ancient land where nature play 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 malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 ha region of untamed beauty. A natural splendour located in South Africa’s North West province.This wild terrain boasts a tapestry of awe-inspiring landscapes that encompass vast open plains, dense bushveld and towering rocky peaks. All of which offers sanctuary to  a kaleidoscope of creatures, including the ‘super seven’.
Air Transfers
Scheduled flights to and from Madikwe Game Reserve are available, twice per day.  These flights are operated by national carrier Federal Air. Departures from OR Tambo International Airport are scheduled for 10h00 and 13h00 respectively.  Flight duration is approximately 1 hour.  Flights from Madikwe Game Reserve depart at 11h30 and 14h30 respectively. Flight schedules are subject to change.
Helicopter and Private Charter
Guests preferring helicopter or privately chartered flights are welcome to make reservations by way of the Jamala Madikwe personnel.
Road Transfers
Several transfer companies provide chauffeur operated vehicles into and from Madikwe Game Reserve and the travel duration is approximately 3½ hours. Jamala Madikwe personnel can make reservations for either of these options on your behalf.

Single Supplement-50% surcharge will apply

Rate Includes:
  • Complimentary welcome drinks
  • Accommodation
  • All meals as prepared by our award winning Chef
  • All local drinks which includes a personal selection of house wines, teas, coffees and soft drinks
  • Early morning and evening game drives
  • All transfers to & from the lodge to the landing strip
Rate Excludes:
  • Gate Entry -  
  • Flight Entry  
  • Subject to change & NWPTB terms and conditions
  • Laundry
  • Spa Treatments
  • All imported Champagnes
Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellations must be in writing and will be accepted from date of receipt.
  • 90 Days or longer, prior to arrival date - 10% of reserved fee is applicable
  • 90 to 61 days prior to arrival date - 25% of reserved fee is applicable
  • 60 to 15 days prior to arrival –50% of reserved fee is applicable
  • 14 days and less - 100% of reserved fee is applicable
  • Flights booked via FEDAIR is subject to their cancellation policy.
In the event of a 100% cancellation fee, Jamala Madikwe will undertake to reimburse 90% of the levied fee, should the villa be resold for the period in question.

Deposit / Payment Policy:
  • As per industry standards, a deposit is applicable to secure a booking.
  • Full prepayment or balance payments: 30 days prior to arrival.
  • If booking is 30 days or less - full prepayment is required to confirm.
  • Payments must be received timeously
With facilities for a MAXIMUM OF TEN GUESTS, exclusivity is a hallmark of this very special property

Jamala Madikwe is beautifully positioned within the Madikwe Game Reserve. Located in the North West Province, the reserve is home to the greatest diversity of wildlife in the southern region:
  • Fourth largest reserve in South Africa at 75,000 hectares
  • Full traverse rights over the 75,000 hectares
  • Home to the BIG FIVE
  • Renowned for it’s successful WILD DOG programme and sightings
  • Includes both Black and White Rhino, Brown and Spotted Hyena, Cheetah and a plethora of other wildlife
  • Extremely Low Impact Ratio: 1 bed to every 150 hectares
  • Just 3 hours by road from Lanseria Airport to the reserve
  • Daily flights into the reserve is operated by Federal Air
  • Options for private charter flights by way of aircraft or helicopter
  • Several transfer companies provide services to and from Madikwe
  • Summers are warm with late afternoon rains – November to May
  • Winters are dry and fair during the day. Temperatures plummet between sunset and sunrise – June to October.
Villa's: 5
Guests: 10 maximum - (2 Guests sharing per Villa)
Exclusive Use: Applies to the use of all 5 Villas / or 8 guests or more
Child Policy: No children under 16 years of age without prior arrangements
Private vehicle required for bookings with children under 16. Subject to availability and additional charges apply for private vehicle usage
Exclusive Use Child Policy: Exclusive use, the child policy falls away
Rates Policy: Date range validity as indicated. Rates are subject to change Check in / out and departure time: Check in 14h00 / Check out and departure 11h00
Early arrivals and late departures by arrangement only

Arrival / Departure times: Check in time 14h00 and Check out/ departure time 11h00. 
Early check in and late check out subject to availability and charges may apply. We recommend that adequate travel insurance be arranged for the duration of your holiday.

Levies are inclusive of VAT and subject to change without prior notice. They will be charged by the respective lodge to the guest's overall bill and paid at check-out.

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What sets us Apart !

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us

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Stay in control of your booking
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South African based
Superior knowledge
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Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice