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Jembisa is an idyllic ‘exclusive use’ Safari Lodge, located within a Private Game Reserve in the heart of the beautiful Waterberg Plateau, in the northern Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve is a beautiful unspoilt wilderness of rivers, cliffs, gorges, woodland and open savanna – home to a beguiling array of animals, and all preserved through careful conservation management.

It’s the perfect backdrop for a family safari – take your pick from game-drives and bush-walks, night-drives and star-gazing and with bush-dining, sleep-outs and a fabulous kids programme that encompasses bush tracking and survival skills, you’ll encounter magical memory-making moments at every turn.

Facilities & Activities

The focus is very much on wildlife viewing opportunities and cultural excursions, but the lodge itself offers a library, with a special Africana section, a tranquil wooden deck overlooking the Palala River, plus a pool (heated in the winter months) with thatched shade and a floodlit tennis court. There is also a small curio shop. WiFi is available at the lodge.

Jembisa offers guided game-drives and bush-walks, night-drives and magical star-gazing; private visits to Bushman painting and Iron Age sites on the reserve; bush-dining, sleep- outs, fishing, swimming, tennis and cycling. Fun activities for the children include spoor identification and tracking, bug and frog hunting and basic bush survival skills. Other local activities include scenic helicopter trips, horse-riding, quad-biking and visits to a Big 5 Reserve – these external excursions can all be arranged at an additional cost.

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All meals are freshly prepared by the chefs and make use of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The cuisine is international with a local twist. There are a variety of exciting dining venues on offer.

Jembisa will gladly cater for any special dietary requirements and separate meal times can be arranged for children. Children’s menus include excitements such as zebra burgers (beef cooked in stripes rather than zebra itself!)


Jembisa Lodge has 5 en-suite bedrooms and a children’s bunkroom, sleeping up to a total of 10 adults & 4 children. Arrangements are flexible, to suit guests’ needs. Cots are available for infants.

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Children of all ages are very welcome at Jembisa, and activities are tailor-made to suit. There is a spacious playroom where children’s books, games and wildlife videos are available. Cots and free baby-sitting can be provided. Early mealtimes for children can also be arranged.


Jembisa is part of the Unesco International Waterberg Biosphere reserve and is an active member of the Waterberg Nature conservancy – an organisation comprising the owners of the majority of the land in the area with the aim of fostering good conservation practices, sharing ideas and support. The main international organisation that they support is Fauna and Flora International.


The Waterberg lies approx 3 hours North East of Johannesburg by road, and 4 hours East of Madikwe and 5 hours west of the Kruger National Park. Private shuttle flights can also be arranged.

Since the Waterberg lies on an intercontinental divergence zone there is a wider variety of flora and fauna than elsewhere in Africa sustaining over 40 species of game including giraffe, sable antelope, nyala, gemsbok (Oryx), kudu, Livingstone eland, blue wildebeest (gnu), red hartebeest, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, blesbuck, baboons, bushpig, klipspringer, leopard, jackal, brown hyena, caracal, civet and genet to name but a few!

Jembisa is located in a malaria-free area. There are doctors, a paediatrician and a pharmacist in the local town of Vaalwater which is 40 minutes’ drive away.

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