Lodges

Jembisa Bush House

A sole-use private bush getaway in Limpopo's beautiful Waterberg region.

Jembisa Bush House

Jembisa Bush House was originally built as a family home, and is a wonderful sole-use option for families or a group of friends looking for a fun-filled bush experience with the freedom to plan your stay exactly to your own requirements. The lodge is situated within the private Palala River Reserve, named after the river which flows through it, in the beautiful malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo Province. This area is also renowned for the significant number of Bushmen rock paintings and ancient archaeological sites, adding a further fascinating dimension to a great all-round safari experience.

At the lodge

The hotel

The double-storey stone and thatch lodge has everything you might expect of a stylish family bush retreat, with generous open-plan lounge and dining areas, a snug library and children’s play room downstairs. A wide veranda leads down onto broad sweeps of lawn, with a viewing platform overlooking the reserve. Within the gardens, there is a floodlit tennis court, and a salt-water swimming pool with sun loungers strategically placed to soak up the sun and the views of the surrounding bushveld.

The rooms

Jembisa Bush House has five spacious en-suite double bedrooms featuring natural tones and colourful contemporary touches, with a comfortable homely feel all round. Three of the rooms have private balconies. A separate bunkroom for up to four children offers privacy for the adults and independence for the younger family members, and cots are available if required. One of the highlights at Jembisa is to spend a night camping out under the stars.

On safari

Experiences

The beauty of having Jembisa to yourself means absolute freedom to explore the reserve at your own pace. Daily game drives and bush walks offer the chance to see a variety of plains game, with the exciting possibility of spotting leopard, aardvark and civet at night. Visit ancient bushman rock art sites, pack a picnic and stay out all day, or enjoy a massage while the kids play tennis, swim, and learn some bushcraft skills in the Junior Tracking Academy.

When to go

Waterberg by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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