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Muisvogelkraal, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 22/02/02 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/02/02 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 56 Specialty lodging in Vaalwater
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A beautiful safari bush home in a malaria- free private wildlife reserve for a South African holiday full of activities. Small, stylish and relaxed and offering many unique safari experiences, such as a junior tracker programme where children learn a range of bush and survival skills. Ideal for family safaris or smaller groups, it is available for exclusive, private use or non-exclusive booking.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Game room
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Tennis court
Fishing
Table tennis
Massage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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HOTEL STYLE
River View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Muisvogelkraal, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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Letitia D wrote a review 01 Aug
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What an amazing experience we had. the staff went out of their way to ensure we feel like royalty. each meal we had at a new location, the one more breathtaking than the other, and one of them under the stars in the bush. The food is delicious!! They even baked us a cake because it was my husband's birthday. We were more than satisfied with the excellent service we received. I strongly recommend this lodge if you want to be wined and dined!! Letitia
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Date of stay: July 2022
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We are absolutely delighted to have made your husband's birthday weekend so special! And that you enjoyed the expertise of our chef at Jembisa Bush Home so much and the beautiful locations of each meal. We love sharing these with our guests and making you' feel like royalty’.
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Tara wrote a review Jun 2022
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This is an incredible place and perfect for small children. Lorraine and the whole team could not be more accommodating. Combine this with the landscape, beautiful home, incredible food etc and you couldn’t find anywhere better. Thank you for another lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks. T
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 22 Jun 2022
Thank you for your lovely review, Jembisa Bush Home is definitely perfect for families and children of all ages. With so many exciting safari activities available for our younger guests, they are totally enthralled by what the surrounding bush and wildlife has to offer. We are so happy that you had another lovely weekend here and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Iain Stewart wrote a review Jun 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom2 contributions
Safari on your bucket list? Staff ♡ Accommodation ♡ Food ♡ Reserve and Ed(guide) - ♡ Walks, drives, breakfast, lunch and dinner were never in same location. ♡ Can't recommend this highly enough. You will not be disappointed
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 22 Jun 2022
We are delighted to have been on your bucket list and that we did not disappoint, thank you so much for your high recommendations. Our friendly staff and knowledgeable rangers, luxuriously appointed lodge and bedrooms, as well as the many safari activities we have to offer on the breathtakingly beautiful Jembisa reserve all make for the best safari holiday ever. We look forward to your return visit.
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SusieSue wrote a review Jun 2022
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Just spent 3 nights at Jembisa Bush Home on a full board basis. The house is absolutely beautiful. My room the Bird Room triple aspect had a small balcony with views over the beautifully kept gardens. Four poster bed complete with mosquito netting was so comfortable. Large dressing room and bathroom with lovely toiletries. The food is delicious and so much care goes into everything. All the staff are wonderful. Ed our guide was so knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble even taking us star gazing. Our last evening the staff laid on a delicious meal outside with an open fire, candles, lanterns and fairy lights made it absolutely magical. I thought that experience could not be beaten until we were taken for a cook-out breakfast by the river on our last morning. Luxurious full table service, full cooked breakfast followed by lessons in fly fishing! When we were due to drive home my car had even been washed for me! Everything is thought of and catered for including wonderful in-house massage. I cannot wait to return. Thank you Lorraine and the entire team for an unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 11 Jun 2022
Thank you for your amazing review- we are delighted that you had such an unforgettable experience, and enjoyed your stay at Jembisa so much. There are so many options for activities and we are delighted that the star gazing and fly fishing lessons were particularly enjoyable for you. Thank you for appreciating all of the elements that make a stay with us so memorable. We love going the extra mile.Come back soon!
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Beverley wrote a review May 2022
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A long weekend well spent! Magari Safari Villa is absolutely beautiful with incredible views, luxurious accommodation and amazing hospitality from management and staff. Our walks through the bush, spotting the wildlife and a game drive across the river - what an experience!! We will definitely be recommending Magari and will be returning to this little piece of heaven as soon as we can. Thank you!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 23 May 2022
We are delighted that you had such a well spent long weekend at our beautiful Magari Safari Villa. The breath-taking scenery, beautifully appointed lodge and bedrooms and our friendly service orientated staff are what make Magari so magical. We are also thrilled that you all so enjoyed your safari experiences such as the bush walks, game spotting, game drives and river crossings. With such a large variety of safari activities available, there is always excitement and fun to be had for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you all back to your little piece of heaven here at Magari.
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Gregory A wrote a review May 2022
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On a whim, we decided to go up to Jembisa for the Workers Day weekend, not really knowing what to expect. The team at Jembisa exceeded any expectation that we may have had. Lorraine made my mom feel very special and Clayton was always there to do give the kids a special bush experience. Meals were a treat with the bush breakfast and sundowner dinner real highlights - Cliff and David carrying it off in a subtle and unobtrusive way. Nothing was ever too much, even setting up a study table on the viewing desk where my wife could get some peace and quiet to study for her upcoming exams. When my son left his toiletries bag behind, Andre took it through to Modimolle to get it couriered back to us. These are truly exceptional people. We had great game viewing on the drives and bike rides (on their bikes) with the privilege of seeing eland, rooikat and civet in addition to a wide variety of antelope and the ubiquitous giraffe. We were able to do a lot more in the bush and on our own because it is not a Big Five reserve.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 14 May 2022
We are delighted that your family weekend away was such a huge success and that we exceeded your expectations. Being able to enjoy the spectacular reserve, our plentiful wildlife and everything that Jembisa Bush Home has to offer, whether in a game viewer, on a bush walk or riding a bicycle, makes for an exceptional and special bush safari experience for the whole family and we are so happy that you all had such a wonderful time together. At Jembisa Bush Home we endeavour to make all our guests feel welcome and to ensure a memorable stay for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon for another family weekend away.
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Christine wrote a review May 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
In April we celebrated our wedding anniversary at Jembisa - 12 members of our European family flew in for the occasion making our total group size 15 . The amazing (flexible) staff ensured we enjoyed an unforgettable 4-night stay filled with: fantastic food, attention to detail (from little gifts upon arrival, chocolate bunnies for the kids for Easter, wonderfully decorative table settings), fun activities (zip-lining, bush walks, game drives, bush lunches, camping out at night, to name a few), fun things for the kids to do like baking cookies and tracking tuition, stunning sun-downers, incredibly knowledgeable rangers who taught us about the little intricacies of the bush ensuring we came away with a new appreciation for nature.... I could go on and on. Overall 5-star service. Jembisa truly is a little piece of SA bush paradise and there is no question we will visit again soon.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 14 May 2022
Thank you so much for such an amazing review, we are delighted that you and your family had such an unforgettable celebration of your wedding anniversary here at Jembisa Bush Home. With such a large variety of safari activities suitable for the whole family there is always something for everyone to enjoy, and our younger guests are encouraged to learn all about the reserve, nature and wildlife as Junior Rangers with our experienced rangers. We are so happy that you all had such a wonderfully fun and informative stay and we look forward to your next visit to our piece of “bush paradise”.
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NACHOAGUICAR wrote a review Mar 2022
Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain27 contributions18 helpful votes
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My wife, my parents in law and uncle in law spent a long weekend at Magari Bush Lodge. We don't have enough words to describe this wonderful, outstanding experience. It was well beyond our expectations. The site is just astonishing with endless views and impressive surroundings; the rooms we stayed at were super clean and have impressive viewing decks; and the people (Ed, Marinnette, David, Cliff...) were just amazing. We had a surprise each single day (lunch in the middle of the bush, a boma dinner, breakfast by the river, evening gin-tonics also in the middle of the river, dinner at the viewing deck...), not a single day without an amazing surprise that made our day. Of course, luxury at its best in every corner, including the food and the wine, but the most remarkable part is the people attending you here. They will make you feel at home, yet super discrete and always trying to make you feel special. With us, they indeed made it happen. Two of my family members were over 80 years old (actually we celebrated the 80s birthday of one of them right there!), so it was great to learn that all the staff is trained on First Aid and that the manager (Ed) is actually a paramedic. For the elderly, this is just an additional thing to add to the amazing rest of things. We will FOR SURE come back, next time with friends. Pure magic!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: The main house and 2 of the rooms look into the river. Another 2 have views to the garden.
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Responded 26 Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are delighted that you all so thoroughly enjoyed the “Pure Magic” of our Magari Safari Villa! We are so happy that you found everything that Magari has to offer so amazing, from the stunning views and surrounds to the luxurious accommodations, and that we were able to help in making your 80th celebrations so memorable. We look forward to welcoming yourselves and your friends back to Magical Magari!
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Sarah Campbell-Watts wrote a review Mar 2022
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
We have just returned from a truly outstanding 3-day immersive getaway for an executive team based at Jembisa. As a facilitator, I was looking for a venue able to provide a corporate team with a truly memorable relaxed bush-based experience far removed from the run of the mill usual conference center type environment. Jembisa was selected as the venue and this week exceeded our expectations in being able to provide the perfect place for a truly unique and transformative team adventure!! Highlights included: - Professionalism, responsiveness, and incredible flexibility of the entire Jembisa team from beginning to end - Magical settings for the team to reconnect including sundowner drinks stops, bush breakfast in an idyllic setting under a tree on a riverbank, sunrise walk to the peaceful viewpoint, and lantern-lit dinners under big starry skies - Rangers were able to skillfully share stories of the surroundings in a way that was memorable and gave food for thought that we then used in sessions for the team to consider their own business as an eco-system - Huge vistas at Magari lodge the perfect backdrop to unlocking creativity and vision of future - Spaces to relax and replenish energy on the verandah, by poolside, in the hammock, or on mountain bikes leg stretching rides - Delicious meals each served in a different location - Flexibility the property provides of accommodation for smaller or bigger team groups We were blown away by the quality of the experience and the thought and care given to each and every aspect of our stay. For the team, the time at Jembisa was truly transformative and brought a greater level of connection, alignment, and pure joy at being able to have fun and share in a wilderness adventure together. Such is the magic of Jembisa that as facilitators we felt we couldn't leave before booking dates into the diary for the next one! We are counting down the days till we return to share this piece of paradise with another team. Hoping on this next trip to be able to do a sleep out under the stars....
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 20 Mar 2022
Thank you for such a wonderful review. We love that Jembisa Bush Home was such a perfect venue for your immersive getaway and that your team had such a memorable and relaxed bush safari experience. Our personalised safari itineraries are tailor-made to suit our guests, allowing them to enjoy all that we have to offer on the reserve at their leisure, experiencing the “Magic of Jembisa”. We look forward to hosting your next team, and will definitely include a sleep out under the stars for everyone.
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Richard Fothergill wrote a review Feb 2022
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We had the most wonderful time at Jembisa! We were celebrating a significant birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary and Jembisa so spoilt us. There were four of us there as our two daughters were able to come up for the 5 days. The accommodation, meals and whole environment were delightful - 5 star service at every turn! We loved the game drives and Ed (our ranger) had a tremendous knowledge of the bush, so we were really able to learn about every part of the world around us. I can thoroughly recommend staying at the Lodge, particularly if it's a special occasion that one wants to celebrate. The staff were fantastic and my only complaint is that we were fed too well!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Responded 19 Feb 2022
Thank you for such a wonderful review, we are delighted to have been able to help you celebrate such wonderfully special occasions with your whole family here at Jembisa Bush Home! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything that Jembisa has to offer and that you learnt so much. We look forward to your return to celebrate the next happy occasion with the family.
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PRICE RANGE
US$820 - US$3 681 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergVaalwater
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jembisa Bush Home
What are some of the property amenities at Jembisa Bush Home?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Jembisa Bush Home?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Jembisa Bush Home?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jembisa Bush Home?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Jembisa Bush Home have airport transportation?
Yes, Jembisa Bush Home offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Jembisa Bush Home?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Jembisa Bush Home have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.