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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

A feast for the body and the soul

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

This intimate and service-focused lodge is set in a group of leadwood trees in the southeastern corner of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Overlooking the plains and a bustling waterhole frequented by elephant, zebra, giraffe and rhino, Jamala Madikwe will indulge you with safari drives that bring you face to face with wild dog, lion, cheetah, buffalo and a host of other species, excellent birdwatching and award-winning cuisine.

At the lodge

The hotel

Located beside a waterhole, Jamala's sumptuous, thatched-roof communal areas are intimate, with a relaxed atmosphere that lures you to sink into a deep chair. Large windows and wrap-around decking make the most of the views. The luxurious lounge and dining spaces are very comfortable with hanging chandeliers, upholstered furniture, African artwork and carved wooden sculptures. There is also a soothing wellness spa and, for the energetic, a well-equipped gym with unique bushveld views.

The rooms

Accommodation is in just five freestanding villas, so if it's a peaceful romantic getaway you're after, this lodge is a great choice. Decorated in dark wood, neutral colours and luxurious textures, each villa has a private lounge and dining space, lush beds with mosquito-net drapes, a huge en-suite bathroom with his and hers basins, a shower and a tub. Outside is another shower and a private deck with an infinity pool, recliners and endless views.

On safari

Experiences

Expertly guided day and night game drives take you to the farthest reaches of the park in search of the abundant big and small wildlife species, including the famed Big Five and 300-plus bird species, found in this region. Relaxing on the communal deck with an ice-cold beer on what is affectionately known as the “Sofa Safari” provides some of the best moments of any stay.

When to go

Madikwe by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Dry

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Madikwe Game Reserve lies on a transition zone with a mix of Kalahari thornveld, denser bushveld and open savannah areas providing the perfect habitat for an abundance of species including the famed Big Five, with both black and white rhino present. The not-to-be-missed wildlife specials for this region include brown hyena, sable antelope and gemsbok. However, the real highlight for Madikwe is its resident pack of wild dogs, providing exciting moments on the hunt.

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