Jembisa Lodge in Vaalwater

Jembisa lies at the heart of the magnificent Waterberg, a plateau in the middle of the Limpopo Province. Jembisa is stylishly relaxed, luxurious but informal and set within spectacular wilderness. Owned and lived in by a British family for 10 years, it retains the wonderful atmosphere of a family home where guests feel relaxed and can enjoy the peace and tranquillity, whilst experiencing a fabulous game and wilderness experience and personal service of the highest level. Jembisa is built from local stone and thatch in harmony with its surroundings. Only one booking is taken at a time allowing guests exclusive use of the lodge, with a maximum of 14 guests at a time. There are five luxury en-suite bedrooms, three with private balconies plus a children's bunkroom. The quality of cuisine is celebrated and can include picnics in the bush, dinner under the stars, lunch on the terrace, and al fresco breakfasts and brunches. Rates are fully inclusive of all game activities on the reserve, meals and drinks. Whether you wish to unwind in style or be more active, there are a host of options available at Jembisa and in the surrounding area, which include swimming or relaxing by the natural saltwater pool, playing tennis 'in the bush', tranquil massages, game drives, bush walks, camp-outs, visiting bushman paintings, stargazing, birdwatching, archaeological sites, elephant back safaris and scenic helicopter flights. Children are very welcome and special activities can be organized for them. The exclusive use policy makes it perfect for families (children of all ages), groups of friends, special occasions and bush weddings. The area is malaria free and access is easy from Johannesburg by either road or air. Transfers can be arranged. Jembisa is a part of Classic Retreats of Africa and a member of the African Travel and Tourism Association. An easy three hour drive from Johannesburg, this hidden gem is the ultimate for private use and special occasions; staying here one does truly feel 'at home in the bush'.

  • Jembis Lodge

    Jembisa is an idyllic country house safari lodge within it’s own private game reserve at the heart of the beautiful Waterberg Plateau in the northern Limpopo Province of South Africa.An exclusive booking policy means that guests have the lodge and reserve entirely to themselves. Children of all ages are welcome and it has proven to be an exceptional family safari destination. An additional advantage is that it is in a malaria-free area. It is also popular with small groups traveling together, safari weddings and tutored painting safaris. All guests are looked after extremely attentively by the staff. Built originally as a family home, Jembisa has a wonderful atmosphere of relaxation and comfort. The lodge is built from local stone and thatch with large, spacious rooms decorated with natural materials in an Afro-colonial style. There are 5 luxury en-suite bedrooms, 3 with private balconies and a single / children’s bunk room. Having been a family home, Jembisa benefits from some extras not usually found at safari lodges, for example a library, reading room, games room and tennis court. Arrangements are flexible to suit each party’s needs. Bunk beds and cots for children are available. All bathrooms have both a shower and a bath.Whether guests wish to relax in style or be more active, there are a host of options available at Jembisa. They can swim or relax by the natural saltwater pool, play a game of tennis on the floodlit court or for extra relaxation opt for a massage either in the privacy of their bedroom or on the secluded deck overlooking the river. Game drives are in 4x4 open landrovers with highly trained and experienced rangers. Night drives provide the opportunity of seeing the nocturnal animals such as leopard, brownhyena, aardvark, civets and porcupines. Bush walks are always fascinating and guests may experience the thrill of walking with rhino. There is an option of camping out for a night under canvas, getting closer to nature and waking with the African dawn. Visit Bushman Paintings and archaeological sites, the reserve has been home to many people over time and there are Stone Age, early and late Iron Age sites and bushman paintings. There are also lots of interesting things to do in the surrounding area; horse riding for the novice to the experienced rider, elephant-back safaris, a visit to the Rhino and Waterberg cultural museum where guests can hand-feed an orphan rhino, excursions to Big 5 Reserves, visit to local African art and curio shops and scenic helicopter flights. Transfers can be arranged by air or road.


Jembisa Lodge

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