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Knoxville, TN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jamala Madikwe is the most perfect safari lodge I have stayed at! Everything detail of part of Jamala is done to perfection by Rodney, Nico and the rest of the wonderful staff. This was my second visit and I enjoyed seeing the new additions - the new bar, furniture and a fabulous elevated lounge. The lodge facilities, built in front...

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had four wonderful days at Jamala last week. Everything was perfect. Rodney was so welcoming, with his infectious enthusiasm for the wild life and ensuring guests are happy and their every wish met. Lazarus is an exceptional ranger who shared his wealth of knowledge of life at Madikwe in such a gentle manner. He made every effort to ensure...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear robyn Thank you for reviewing our beautiful property. I will pass your kind comments on to the entire team. We are so pleased you could enjoy the time you spent with us and create wonderful memories of Africa. The Jamala-ian's

Banbury
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This was our fifth safari in S Africa, and we have stayed at some top lodges in the past. They all vary, some have more beautiful scenery, some have more game; some have more expert trackers, and some provide enough food to sink a ship - but for an all-round experience Jamala is difficult to beat. What makes a big...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Olly We are so grateful for the kind review, highlighting that very special thing that makes Jamala Madikwe such a treasure within the Safari industry. I am delegated that you could enjoy the waterhole and all that Jamala Madikwe has to offer. I hope that we will have you return to us in your future Safari travels. All the...

Knoxville, Tennessee
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

This place is incredible! Who knew that you could experience such luxury in the middle of the bush? The "room" included a nice sitting area with a fireplace, dining area, king size bed with gorgeous views of the private watering hole, and a luxurious bathroom. The outdoor deck had a covered area with lounge chairs next to the plunge pool....

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Rachel Thank you for this review, I am thrilled that your family could enjoy every aspect of our beautiful property Jamala Madikwe. I will pass all your wonderful comments to the entire team. We hope to host you and your friends and family in the future. The Jamala-ian's

Farnham Common, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This was our first experience of a safari and we had been recommended Madikwe, a relatively unknown and smaller game reserve in South Africa that is malaria free. We also decided that we wanted a luxurious trip and chose Jamala. We had the most wonderful time and it was better than we could have ever hoped for. We echo what...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear ruthiegee We truly enjoyed having you stay at our beloved property Jamala Madikwe. I am so glad the entire experience lived up to expectation. I hope that in the future we will have the opportunity to host you again. All the best Jamala

Dolmayrac, France
Reviewed 10 February 2017

If you have read through previous reviews you do not need me to tell you about all the wonderful things that Jamala offers. I can guarantee that all the reviews are indeed reflecting a true image of the Jamala royal safari lodge. Instead I am going to concentrate on the Safari experience. Our guide was called Lucky, he made our...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Sandra Thank you for this kind review and wonderful words. I am glad that you could enjoy every aspect of Jamala Madikwe and the wonders Madikwe Game Reserve has to offer. The team will be very excited to here all your feedback Thank you again.

Shanghai, China
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Yes, all of the superlatives are accurate. We are regular travelers, and are lucky to have enjoyed stays in many exceptional properties. Even in that context, Jamala Madikwe stands out for an extraordinary combination of genuine hospitality, indulgent comfort, and excellent amenities. Location and safari background: I can highly recommend Born Free Safaris in the U.S., which arranged our booking....

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear ShiMoke Thank you for this kind and wonderfully informative review. I am so glad you could enjoy every aspect of the property and that you enjoyed spending time with us on Safari. I hope Jamala has created wonderful memories for you both. The Jamala-ian's

Reviewed 25 January 2017

I've done many Safari Trips around South Africa, but I must say that this was the best of them all. The primary element that sets Jamala apart from others is the waterhole that attracts the animals to it at all times of day. You feel so connected to the wild because you are never away from it. Waking up in...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Kagiso M Thank you for this review. We are so great full for the wonderful comments and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time spent with us. Thank you again and we look forward to hosting you in the future. All the Jamala-ian's

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 January 2017

OMG....this is about as good as it gets. This is not flippant. We travel a lot. The level of service and engagement was exceptional. The greetings, the food and the stunning accommodation was exceptional. The ease of getting there from Johannesburg was easy. The greeting from the manager/owner (Rodney) was genuine and with so much warmth. We all know what...

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Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Simon We thank you for this review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time spent with us. I hope that in the future we can host you again. All the best from sunny South Africa and the Jamala Team

San Diego, California
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I can't rave enough, this was the most amazing property in the most amazing location, it completely blew away my expectations. The staff was extremely friendly, the guides were phenomenal (JP made the trip what it was, plus he saved us from a black mamba which was nice), and of course the wildlife was out of this world. Can't recommend...

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Dear Sean C We love your raving thank you so much for this review. I hope Jamala has given you wonderful memories of Africa and that you will return to visit us in the future. All the best

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  • Free Parking
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Jamala Madikwe is an intimate and elegant safari lodge located within the 75 000 HA malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province. Each of the five sumptuous and elegantly appointed suites offer private decks and rim-flow swimming pools. Madikwe is home to all of the Big 5 and most of Africa's top game species which includes a spectacular array of general game in addition to a very successful breeding program for the endangered wild dog. ... more   less 

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Address: | Madikwe Game Reserve via Molatedi Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,604 - $1,992 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Jamala Madikwe 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“All are beautiful with gorgeous bathrooms, outdoor showers, beds surrounded by 3 walls of glass and a spacious lounge.”
WhereWildThingsAre, 8 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are great..room 1 is closest to the main lodge”
r0byn2017, 27 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All lodges are the same, but choose room one if you struggle to walk, and it is nearest to the water hole”
25ollyc, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all the rooms have good views and are all equally furnished to the same luxurious level. Room 1 has an excellent view of the water hole but this can be seen from all the rooms too.”
SandraMU3887JV, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms 1 - 5 are stunning”
simonj718, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
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