Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

A tribute to African elegance
With facilities for a maximum of ten guests, exclusivity is a hallmark of this very special property

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge is owner-managed and run and offers an intimate bush experience with just 5 luxury villas. Here personal service and attention to detail are the cornerstones of every waking moment. The lodge successfully combines colonial style and African eccentricity in a delightful marriage of opposites.

We need places and moments that make us pause and take time out. Time to think. To listen. To return a smile. To write a letter. Things that make us focus on what really matters in life. On friendship and feelings. Thoughts and dreams. Jamala Madikwe is that place.

Jamala Madikwe is beautifully positioned within the Madikwe Game Reserve. Located in the North West Province of South Africa, the reserve is home to the greatest diversity of wildlife in the southern region:

• Fourth largest reserve in South Africa at 75,000 hectares
• Full traverse rights over the 75,000 hectares
• MALARIA FREE and home to the BIG FIVE
• Renowned for its successful WILD DOG programme and sightings
• Includes both Black and White Rhino, Brown and Spotted Hyena, Cheetah and a plethora of other wildlife
• Extremely Low Impact Ratio: 1 bed to every 150 hectares
• Just 3.5 hours by road from OR Tambo / Lanseria Airports to the reserve
• Daily flights into the reserve is operated by Federal Air
• Options for private charter flights by way of aircraft or helicopter
• Several transfer companies provide services to and from Madikwe

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge


Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge  is a luxury boutique safari lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. Organic glamor and opulent accents combine to ensure a distinctive and elegant flair. Tradition and eccentricity are tastefully united in an atmosphere that knows no equal. Your African safari will provide a detailed insight into the diverse landscape of Madikwe Game Reserve and its unparalleled game viewing. Indulge in award winning cuisine under African skies or treat yourself to a tranquil spa day in the Jamala Madikwe Royal Spa.

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge reflects a classic sense of style that is sufficiently robust to match the savage beauty that lies beyond. Jamala Madikwe is easily accessible by air and road and is located in Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of Southern Africa.


• Lounge and library with fireplace
• Gourmet dining experiences: Boma and Star deck
• Complimentary WiFi access
• “Sofa Safari” overlooking our private waterhole
• Curio Shop
• Jamala Madikwe watchtower overlooking the Savannah plains and waterhole
• Open air bar
• Large Lap pool

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge Villa


Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge gently embraces the lay of the land with just five freestanding luxurious villas. Each slice of paradise is fully air-conditioned and offers superlative luxury and intimate privacy combined with extravagant outdoor facilities which include individual rim-flow pools and salas, expansive wooden decks and private outdoor showers. The Jamala Madikwe villas exude colonial charm perfectly suited to a luxury safari experience.


• Views of our waterhole and open savannah
• Lounge with fireplace
• Dining area
• Walk-in dressing room
• Complimentary minibar and coffee/tea facilities
• Air conditioned
• Private rim flow pool and sala
• Outdoor shower


Designs from our award winning chef Nico Verster titillate the senses with an array of sensual delights. Jamala Madikwe has been awarded the Best Safari cuisine in Africa 2014/2015. Dine alfresco beneath Africa’s ink-rich skies, cut with the brilliance of a million stars. Food aficionados can indulge in modern gastronomic treats served with the chic colonial charm and grace that is unique to Jamala Madikwe. Look out for the Jamala Madikwe Cookbook, Savannah to Sea by Nico Verster.

Madikwe Wildlife


Enjoy daily game drives in pristine malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe Game Reserve is an ancient land where nature plays out her age-old theatre of life and death between hunter and hunted. Well positioned within the reserve’s treasure trove of animals, Jamala Madikwe reverberates with the call of birds and impish Vervet monkeys. The lodge offers incredible safari experiences including sighting of the big 5 and super 7. The ‘Big 5’ phrase referred to the five most dangerous animals in Africa to hunt. The term is still used today but without the hunting connotation. The “Super 7” phrase also includes the highly endangered Wild dog and Cheetah.

Madikwe Game Reserve is know as one of the best conservation areas in all of Africa, at Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodgeyou will get to experience this diverse and rich ecosystem with over 130 mammal and 300 bird species not to mention the vast landscapes of plant life that keeps the whole reserve alive and healthy for all its inhabitants.

Twice-daily game drives at dawn and dusk form the daily routine of your Safari day. You will witness sunrise and sunset under incredible African skies whilst enjoying the daily animal sightings. A typical game drive lasts approximately three to four hours and all game drives are included in our rates.


Morning and evening game drives
Big 5 game viewing
130 mammal and 300 bird species


We have three exceptional game rangers at Jamala Madikwe, they hold FGASA qualifications, advanced rifle-handling as well as first aid training. These qualifications ensure guests an exceptional and informative game experience. Our greatest priority is guest safety. All guides receive ongoing training and evaluations monthly within Madikwe Game Reserve to ensure this.


We ensure two safari vehicles daily with a maximum number of six guests to a vehicle depending on the size of the party. Private vehicles are subject to availability at an additional cost. Please contact us directly for availability and pricing

The term “Sofa Safari” does go hand-in-hand with the Jamala experience. There are very few places in Africa where you can sit and watch wild elephants play at a waterhole 20 meters in front of you. The Sofa Safari will evoke incredible emotion for any traveler young or old.


A unique experience to Jamala Madikwe the pool safari. Refresh, relax and revitalize at our large swimming pool situated at the edge of the Jamala waterhole under an ancient Leadwood tree. The vantage point will offer incredible wild life sightings while you bathe in the glorious African sun. The pool deck also offers a wide range of drinks available from the open-air bar.

Jamala is known for its cuisine


Dine alfresco beneath Africa’s ink-rich skies, cut with the brilliance of a million stars. Food aficionados can indulge in modern gastronomic treats served with the chic colonial charm and grace that is unique to Jamala Madikwe.

Designs from our award winning chef Nico Verster titillate the senses with an array of sensual delights. Jamala Madikwe has been awarded numerous awards for its outstanding cuisine. Look out for the Jamala Madikwe Cookbooks, Savannah to Sea and Safaris and Spices by Nico Verster.

Breakfast is served daily at the main lodge after morning game drive and usually finishes around 11 am; no buffets here strictly beautifully plated food. Enjoy a relaxed high tea with numerous sweet and savory treats in the afternoon just before the evening safari. Upon return to the lodge indulge in an intimate table for two in one of our numerous beautiful locations.


• Outdoor Boma dining area
• Romantic watchtower dinner
• Star lit pool deck dinner overlooking the Jamala Madikwe waterhole
• Award winning cuisine
• Degustation menus with wine pairings


• Indulge in a classic gin and tonic experience whilst enjoying waterhole views at Jamala. We have hand selected some of South Africa’s best Gins for you to enjoy whilst you watch crimson skies across the Savannah plains.


An extraordinary way to experience an afternoon at Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge is to sit aloft the watchtower whilst observing spectacular scenes of mother nature’s bounty unfold. Numerous seating areas on top of the tower give you uninterrupted views across the Dwarsberg mountain range. The watchtower is the ideal place for an afternoon nap, sipping on champagne or enjoying a romantic private dinner.


The Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge spa is a tranquil space where you can reconnect mind, body and soul to nature. A calming and relaxing area where the daily worries can be forgotten. Our bespoke spa menu features signature treatments unique to Jamala to create an immersive experience, which is entirely African.

The Jamala Spa is proud of our South African heritage the Charlotte Rhys Spa product range includes Baobab Oil and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil as well as Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract. These products are Eco-Friendly and approved by Beauty Without Cruelty. The LaMelle skin care range contains ingredients that moisturize, protect, soothe, and reduce free radicals and pigmentation, it’s topical growth factors also increase new collagen development. The Spa is open daily between 8am and 5pm.

The Jamala Gym is complimentary for all our guests. Equipment includes treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike, free weights, and TRX training.


Full body detox, detox body polish and detox massage
Full body relaxation, relaxing full body and head massage including aromatherapy, swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massage
Manicure / Pedicure / Facials / Waxing
Jamala masculine experience, for him
Jamala experiences, including hot stone massage and mineral clay
Jamala experience, with detox sea salt scrub and deep tissue massage

Photography at Madikwe


Every vantage point around Jamala offers a chance to capture that dream Safari image. Numerous areas around the lodge will give you access to the private waterhole where a plethora of animals congregate. Photographers will enjoy uninterrupted scenery and endless opportunity to capture Africa’s most impressive species interacting in their natural environment.


We offer hand crafted and bespoke items in the Jamala Madikwe curio boutique. If you need a small bronze or a bespoke piece of jewelry for that special loved one we can assist. We keep numerous African Artifacts and other worldly items perfect for any special occasion or that last minute gift from Africa.


Where rugged landscapes soften to the blush of the African dawn. The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 ha region of untamed beauty. A natural splendour located in South Africa’s North West province. This wild terrain boasts a tapestry of awe-inspiring landscapes that encompass vast open plains, dense bushveld and towering rocky peaks. All of which offers sanctuary to a kaleidoscope of creatures, including the ‘super seven’.


Prior to 1991, the area where Madikwe Game Reserve is today consisted largely of degraded cattle farms. As the area was not running efficiently, Settlement Planning Services commissioned a feasibility study to establish the best use of this land. The study showed that the development of wildlife-based tourism in the area the creation of a game reserve would be most beneficial to local communities. What followed was the largest translocation project in the world – Operation Phoenix.

Over a period of seven years, Operation Phoenix reintroduced more than 8,000 animals of 28 species into the newly established Madikwe Game Reserve. The project achieved a number of world-firsts with entire herds of elephant being relocated and the reintroduction of African wild dog into a fenced reserve.


Madikwe’s rich cultural history began almost one million years ago and is as much a part of the Reserve as the wildlife and other natural wonders in the area. Historical sites containing irreplaceable artifacts are in abundance and in time will be restored and displayed as part of South Africa’s heritage.

Operation Phoenix is world renowned as the largest and most successful reintroduction programme to date. In fact, it has been so successful that Madikwe is able to sell wildlife to donate and sell some of its wildlife to other Southern African Parks. Another result has been the establishment of Madikwe’s prosperous wild dog breeding programme.

The evidence of this translocation project is very clear to visitors of the park today. Madikwe appears to have been a wildlife rich reserve for centuries, however this is all the result of Operation Phoenix. This project is an ongoing effort with 5 cheetah and 25 gemsbok being introduced into the park in 2012.


Valid until 31 April 2021  
Per person per night  R            6 700,00
Local rates excluded any alcoholic beverages anyway but in line with mandated laws, no alcohol may be currently sold or provided during level 3.  
Accommodation in one of our luxury villa’s
All fine dining meals freshly prepared by our team of award winning chefs
All soft drinks, waters, coffees and tea’s
Refreshment station in the villas
Twice daily game drives
Internal transfers from the landing strip to the lodge
Park entry fee of ZAR 240 per person if flying in or ZAR 180 per person if by Vehicle *Subject to official change
Daily conservation fee of ZAR 165 per person per day for adults and ZAR 85.00 per child per day under 12 years old.*Subject to official change
Both of these fees will be charged onto the accommodation as they are entry method and duration of stay dependent.
Transfers to and from the reserve (we would be happy to assist with arranging these for you)
Wines, champagnes and spirits – currently as the laws are – we may not sell or supply alcoholic beverages
Spa treatments



Low Season 1 May -31 July 2021  
Per person per night sharing  R         11 582,00
Exclusive use per night  R      115 817,00
Winter Special – May, June July 2021  
3 nights – 50% reduction on 3rd night  
4 nights – 75% reduction on 4th night  
One Promotion per visit. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other specials  
High Season 6 Jan – 30 Apr/1 Aug -14 Dec 2021  
Per person per night sharing  R         12 650,00
Exclusive use per night  R      126 496,00
Peak Season 15 Dec 2021 – 5 Jan 2022  
Per person per night sharing  R         14 160,00
Exclusive use per night  R      141 600,00


Complimentary welcome drinks • Accommodation

All meals as prepared by our award winning Chefs

A personal selection of house wines, spirits, teas, coffees and soft drinks

Early morning and evening game drives

All transfers to & from the lodge to the landing strip


Gate Entry – Adult R 200 Child under 12 – R100 or Flight Entry – Adult R 270 Child under 12 – R170 *

Daily Conservation Levy – Adult R 190 pppd Child under 12 – R100 pcpd *

* Subject to change & NWPB terms and conditions. Charged with accommodation.

 Spa Treatments

Imported Champagnes, Premium Wine & Spirit



Villa’s: 5

Guests: 10 maximum – (2 Guests sharing per Villa)

Exclusive Use: Applies to the use of all 5 Villas / or 8 guests or more

Child Policy: No children under 16 years of age without prior arrangements. Private vehicle required for bookings with children 6-16yrs. Subject to availability and additional charges apply for private vehicle usage

Exclusive Use Child Policy: Exclusive use, the child policy falls away

Subject to Availability. Terms & Conditions Apply. E&OE


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