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Banbury
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our fifth safari in S Africa, and we have stayed at some top lodges in the past. They all vary, some have more beautiful scenery, some have more game; some have more expert trackers, and some provide enough food to sink a ship - but for an all-round experience Jamala is difficult to beat. What makes a big...

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Knoxville, Tennessee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is incredible! Who knew that you could experience such luxury in the middle of the bush? The "room" included a nice sitting area with a fireplace, dining area, king size bed with gorgeous views of the private watering hole, and a luxurious bathroom. The outdoor deck had a covered area with lounge chairs next to the plunge pool....

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Rachel Thank you for this review, I am thrilled that your family could enjoy every aspect of our beautiful property Jamala Madikwe. I will pass all your wonderful comments to the entire team. We hope to host you and your friends and family in the future. The Jamala-ian's

Farnham Common, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our first experience of a safari and we had been recommended Madikwe, a relatively unknown and smaller game reserve in South Africa that is malaria free. We also decided that we wanted a luxurious trip and chose Jamala. We had the most wonderful time and it was better than we could have ever hoped for. We echo what...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear ruthiegee We truly enjoyed having you stay at our beloved property Jamala Madikwe. I am so glad the entire experience lived up to expectation. I hope that in the future we will have the opportunity to host you again. All the best Jamala

Dolmayrac, France
Reviewed 11 February 2017

If you have read through previous reviews you do not need me to tell you about all the wonderful things that Jamala offers. I can guarantee that all the reviews are indeed reflecting a true image of the Jamala royal safari lodge. Instead I am going to concentrate on the Safari experience. Our guide was called Lucky, he made our...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Sandra Thank you for this kind review and wonderful words. I am glad that you could enjoy every aspect of Jamala Madikwe and the wonders Madikwe Game Reserve has to offer. The team will be very excited to here all your feedback Thank you again.

Shanghai, China
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Yes, all of the superlatives are accurate. We are regular travelers, and are lucky to have enjoyed stays in many exceptional properties. Even in that context, Jamala Madikwe stands out for an extraordinary combination of genuine hospitality, indulgent comfort, and excellent amenities. Location and safari background: I can highly recommend Born Free Safaris in the U.S., which arranged our booking....

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear ShiMoke Thank you for this kind and wonderfully informative review. I am so glad you could enjoy every aspect of the property and that you enjoyed spending time with us on Safari. I hope Jamala has created wonderful memories for you both. The Jamala-ian's

Reviewed 25 January 2017

I've done many Safari Trips around South Africa, but I must say that this was the best of them all. The primary element that sets Jamala apart from others is the waterhole that attracts the animals to it at all times of day. You feel so connected to the wild because you are never away from it. Waking up in...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Kagiso M Thank you for this review. We are so great full for the wonderful comments and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time spent with us. Thank you again and we look forward to hosting you in the future. All the Jamala-ian's

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 January 2017

OMG....this is about as good as it gets. This is not flippant. We travel a lot. The level of service and engagement was exceptional. The greetings, the food and the stunning accommodation was exceptional. The ease of getting there from Johannesburg was easy. The greeting from the manager/owner (Rodney) was genuine and with so much warmth. We all know what...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Simon We thank you for this review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time spent with us. I hope that in the future we can host you again. All the best from sunny South Africa and the Jamala Team

San Diego, California
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I can't rave enough, this was the most amazing property in the most amazing location, it completely blew away my expectations. The staff was extremely friendly, the guides were phenomenal (JP made the trip what it was, plus he saved us from a black mamba which was nice), and of course the wildlife was out of this world. Can't recommend...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Sean C We love your raving thank you so much for this review. I hope Jamala has given you wonderful memories of Africa and that you will return to visit us in the future. All the best

Surbiton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We just spent 3 nights at Jamala with our 3 teenagers and the only fault we can find is that we didn't stay for longer! The attention to detail everywhere was exemplary and the staff could not have been more attentive. Our cottage was huge and beautiful with crisp linens on top of super comfortable beds. The decor and interior...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Fiona Thank you for this review we are delighted at your comments. I hope Jamala Madikwe has left you with wonderful African memories.

Faversham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 January 2017

stayed for 7 nights , last week in september . if you have read the other 5 star reviews ,they are all accurate and i don't need to extoll Jamalas staff , rooms, cuisine or ethos , and it does have an ethos , which seems to be , do what you can to make the guest have the best...

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Dear pilgrim3739 We are so pleased at your wonderful review and kind comments. Jamala surely is a special place and we love sharing it with visitors. I am truly happy that you could have such an incredible and memorable experience with us. All the best.

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  • Free Parking
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Jamala Madikwe is an intimate and elegant safari lodge located within the 75 000 HA malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province. Each of the five sumptuous and elegantly appointed suites offer private decks and rim-flow swimming pools. Madikwe is home to all of the Big 5 and most of Africa's top game species which includes a spectacular array of general game in addition to a very successful breeding program for the endangered wild dog. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jamala Madikwe

Address: Molatedi, North West Province, 2838, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: R15 319 - R19 660 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Jamala Madikwe 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“All lodges are the same, but choose room one if you struggle to walk, and it is nearest to the water hole”
 of 5 bubbles 25ollyc, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all the rooms have good views and are all equally furnished to the same luxurious level. Room 1 has an excellent view of the water hole but this can be seen from all the rooms too.”
 of 5 bubbles SandraMU3887JV, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms 1 - 5 are stunning”
 of 5 bubbles simonj718, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Villa #1 is the closest to the lodge and best for viewing animals at the watering hole”
 of 5 bubbles jmcorson, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All of the rooms are amazing - lovely villas with bedroom, dining room, sitting room and deck with pool! Perfect! ”
 of 5 bubbles jamiewG6855WI, 18 Dec 2016 | Read review
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