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Jembisa Bush Home

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- Waterberg Bush Home
- Bush Walks
- Fly Camping
- Family Friendly

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Set in the breathtakingly beautiful mountains scenery of the Waterberg, Jembisa is a genuine bush home on its own private game reserve, the Palala River Reserve.

The lodge is built from local stone and thatch and has five large, spacious bedrooms (all en suite) designed in a contemporary colonial style, each with private balcony. There is a separate bunkroom allowing adults privacy and children independence and space to play, and cots are available for the youngest visitors. For the adventurous, it’s also possible to spend a night or two camping out under canvas, sleeping under the southern stars and waking to the dawn chorus and rising sun. The lodge is available in exclusivity or on a room basis.

Each stay is unique and tailored to the needs and ages of the group. Activities include traditional safari activities such as game drives in open Land Rovers, night drives and bush walks. Horse riding safaris can be organised at a nearbye location (extra cost, 6yrs and up), mountain biking is available on the reserve as are visits to see natural bushan rock art. Game on the reserve includes giraffe, zebra, leopard, brown hyena, hippo and crocodile, with opportunities on night drives to see aardvark, civet cats and porcupines. During your stay we highly recommend a night spent camping out in the bush.

The resident chef prepares delicious meals using fresh local ingredients and seasonal produce from the organic kitchen garden. Dining locations are varied: picnics in the bush, dinner under the stars, lunch on the terrace and al fresco poolside breakfasts. A wide range of drinks are always available along with wines from quality South African estates.

Jembisa specialises in family safaris - the safari programme is flexible and catered to the ages and interests of each family group. There is a junior ranger program, little 5 walks, guided bush walking, river swimming, fishing and camp outs all on offer. Meals and mealtimes are flexible to suit the needs of each family and the activities of the day. Meals are made fresh and ‘African’. For example there would be zebra burgers or warthog sausages on the menu. A full nanny service is included for children of all ages. On site, there is a trampoline, swimming pool, tennis court and playroom.

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  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

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