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Jembisa is for those looking for an exceptional, personal African Safari. We take only one booking at a time to provide you with an exclusive holiday and ensure that your stay is tailormade to your requirements.

It is perfect for family safaris or small groups of friends looking to experience true African hospitality and wildlife in a private, luxury safari lodge set within a private game reserve.

The Lodge

Jembisa-Thumb-2Built originally as a family home, and still owned by the family, Jembisa has a wonderful atmosphere of relaxation and comfort. Staying here one does truly feel ‘at home in the bush’. The lodge is built from local stone and thatch in harmony with its surroundings. It is a beautifully designed lodge with large, spacious rooms decorated with natural materials in an Afro-colonial style.

Having been a family home Jembisa also benefits from some extras not usually found at safari lodges. For example a library, reading room,games room and tennis court.


Jembisa has hosted some beautiful bush weddings. As every wedding is such a personal experience we will liaise closely with you to meet your individual needs and requirements. We are able to host weddings with up to 40 guests and can arrange and provide the ingredients necessary for an exceptional, memorable wedding day.

All details will be carefully planned from the ceremony, flowers, decoration, guest accommodation, wedding banquet, reception, etc. We even have the most romantic and secluded honeymoon cottage. If you are considering a bush wedding we look forward to discussing your requirements with you.


Whether you wish to relax in style or be more active, there are a host of options available at Jembisa.

Jembisa-Thumb-5At Jembisa Lodge

Swimming: Swim or relax by our natural saltwater pool

Tennis: Play a game of tennis on the floodlit court

Relaxation: For extra relaxation opt for a massage either in the privacy of your room or on the secluded deck where all you will hear is the birdsong and the river below. We use local organic oils including avocado oil and rose geranium oil.

In the Reserve

Jembisa-Thumb-4Game Drives: Drives are in our 4×4 open landrovers with highly trained and experienced rangers. Night drives provide the opportunity of seeing the nocturnal animals such as leopard, brown hyena, aardvark, civet cats and porcupines.

Bush Walks: Bush walks are always fascinating and experience the thrill of walking with rhino.

Camp Out: Camp out for a night under canvas, if you choose, getting closer to nature and waking with the African dawn.

Bushman Paintings and Archaeological sites: The reserve has been home to many peoples over time and there are stone age, early and late iron age sites and bushman paintings. We will gladly help you to explore these and share our knowledge with you.

Jembisa-Thumb-6Local Excursions

There are lots of interesting places to visit and things to do in the area and we would be delighted to accompany you to those of your choice.

  • Curio shops – the Waterberg boasts some exceptional curio and African art shops.
  • Horse riding at Horizon Horseback Adventures for the novice to the experienced rider
  • Elephant-back safaris at Rock Lodge
  • Day trips to Big 5 Reserves
  • Scenic helicopter flights


Jembisa-Thumb-7Children of all ages are extremely welcome at Jembisa. Having been a family home Jembisa is ideally suited to families with children. In particular having all bedrooms within the lodge provides parents with peace of mind when staying within a game reserve. Another important advantage to adults and children alike is that Jembisa is in a malaria free area. We aim to provide a family safari holiday where all ages are catered for including providing adults with some time for themselves

There is much for children to do here and activities can be tailor-made to suit them. These can include guided bush walks, instruction on tracking and bush lore, bug walks, slide shows and bush games. There are also children’s books, games and wildlife videos available and a free babysitting service. Children’s separate mealtimes can be arranged if you choose.

Self-Catering Lodges

Jembisa-Thumb-8There are 3 small self-catering lodges. They are all secluded, private and fully equipped. Come and stay here to escape to the peace and tranquillity of the bush.

  • Wide diversity of game including rhino, leopard, hippo, crocodile
  • 7 km of the beautiful Palala river winds through the middle of the reserve
  • Malaria free
  • 3 hours drive from Johannesburg
  • Abundant bird life
  • Guided walks and game drives subject to availability


Please contact Jembisa for rates.