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Jembisa Bush Home

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

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

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Overview

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.

Nearby Alternatives

The Ant Collection

The Waterberg

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Malaria free Waterberg safari
- Superb for families
- Horse Riding and Bush Walks
- Beautiful landscapes

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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