A Day on Safari


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 you 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.


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 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 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


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.


Each slice of paradise is fully air-conditioned and offers superlative luxury and intimate privacy combined with extravagant outdoor facilities, which include individual plunge pools and salas, expansive wooden decks and private outdoor showers. The Jamala Madikwe villas exude colonial charm perfectly suited to a luxury safari experience.

The 5 Villas at Jamala offer exceptional luxury accommodation with large spaces and remarkable waterhole and savannah views. We believe that Safaris should be both comfortable yet opulent, no detail spared.


  • 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 pool and sala
  • Outdoor shower
  • The last couple of weeks have been filled with incredible Elephant sightings around the Jamala Madikwe waterhole. Bring your camera !
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  • The afternoon game drive today delivered the most beautiful Leopard in a Marula tree sighting amongst the rest of the #big5 #leopard #madikwegamereserve #luxurylife #lodge #safari #southafrica #tree
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  • The new #poolsafari at Jamala Madikwe will leave you breathless. The pool sits at the edge of the Jamala waterhole under an ancient Leadwood tree with incredible views across Madikwe Game Reserve. .
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  • In our sky at Jamala tonight the most incredible moon #supermoon
  • Breathtaking summer safari days filled with beauty and incredible scenery. .
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  • Its sweltering in Madikwe however the Jamala Madikwe #poolsafari offers a calming respite for weary travelers..#pool #summer #safari #luxury
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  • Dining on the deck tonight under incredible African skies #sky #africa #diningroom #luxury #lodge #jamalamadikwesafari
  • Pool views of beautiful Madikwe Game Reserve this gorgeous summers evening #sky #summer #southafrica #pool #luxury #hotel #safari #lodge

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