We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Molatedi, North West Province, 2838, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Jamala Madikwe to your Saves list
Jamala Madikwe
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
100%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
AntjeAlexaM Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Overview
  • Reviews (85)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Photos (164)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (33)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

85 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    85
    0
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
21
44
5
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (33)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is something Magical about Jamala Madikwe, you cant quite put your finger on it. It was only on my second day, that I realised that there is not just one thing that makes Jamala Madikwe so incredibly special and memorable - its the many small parts that make up the whole. The smiling staff, that cater to your every... More

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I spent 3 full days at Jamala as part of our two week South Africa trip, and our time here was certainly the highlight. The lodge - the villas (there are 5, we were in #1) and common areas are very well kept and attended and a study in what I would term "relaxed safari elegance." The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
park city utah
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We are experienced high end five star travelers and this unique property knows who to stand up to the best of African safaris. We stayed at Royal Malewane after this (did not hold a candle to Jamala). Singita Ebony is a beautiful resort, but Rodney and Nico at Jamala have it all topped. After a month traveling in Africa this... More

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Hi kyrajim Thank you for your appreciable review. We are thrilled that the experience at Jamala Madikwe was exceptional for you and that this will endure in your memory. We strive to offer luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine and that awe inspiring sofa safari. I still recall the "Andrea-Borcelli-filled-evening" overlooking the starlit waterhole. The Safari experience in Madikwe Game Reserve is... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

I stayed for four days in April. It was exquisite. The villas were so beautiful and the beds are so comfortable. I slept like a baby. The attention to detail is something else. Every night a personalised message on the bed and menus had pics of the game we had spotted that day. Our host Rodney was a treasure, nothing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rodney S, Owner at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Gillian K Thank you so much for your lovely review and for noting the subtle use of imagery relating to your days viewing activities. We are so excited to have been able to show you your first leopard and an exceptionally rare wild dog sighting, these 2 are truly some of the most magnificent animals madikwe game reserve has... More

Sao Paulo, SP
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights at Jamala Madikwe during out honeymoon and the safari experience couldn't get any better. The lodge is small (only 5 villas - villas are very spacious), beautiful and private, perfect for watching the various animals that attend the water hole from the deck, having some snaks and drinks. The staff couldn't be more attentive and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rodney S, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Eduardo We thank you for this review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time at Jamala Madikwe. Jamala is a great spot for honeymoon as we are very private and romantic. The villas are large and very luxurious. The Jamala-ian's will be happy to hear that you enjoyed the service and ou award winning cuisine. Thank you again More

mada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We stayed 3 nights at Jamala lodge and can only feel sorry we had to leave so soon. it is not often we have come across a perfect holiday place- Jamala is just that. everything and everyone at the lodge make you feel in an ideal setting, with lots of personal attention and great attention to detail. The lodge is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rodney S, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Thank You Nathalie We always try and make every guest feel welcome and at home, our lodge is very small and intimate as you know and all the little details make for a great holiday. Thank you for the great review. The whole team looks forward to you returning to us in the future. More

London
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We have just returned from a two week holiday in South Africa. Our first stop there was two nights at Jamala Madikwe and it was the absolute highlight of our holiday. The minute we arrived at the Lodge we knew this was going to be a magical stay. My husband and I brought our young 12 year old son Tom... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear LondoReido What a great review, thank you so much. We are so happy you and your family felt so at ease at Jamala and we truly enjoyed having you with us. We now consider you friends and we hope you will return to the magic that is Jamala. The waterhole has been getting busier as we approach winter elephants... More

Bad Homburg
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Outstanding experience with mother Nature. At a lodge where dreams come true. Beautiful villas with stunning views, warm and charismatic people and a 360° service: that`s Jamala Madikwe. We came as strangers, we left as friends.

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear travellerBadHomb Thank you for this review, Jamala is magical and we truly love to share the property. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Jamala is a place where friends are made. We hope to have you return to us in the near future. More

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Jamala Madikwe was a dream come true. The food, the wine, the service, the rooms, the people were ALL outstanding. The safari tour guides were not just so knowledgable… they were warm and charismatic. We were sad to say good bye. If you can make it happen… trust me your expectations will be surpassed. If you go in winter like... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear gshickler I am so happy to receive a great review from you, thank you. We do try and offer the best food and service in Madikwe, and recently won Best Safari Cuisine in Africa 2014. The guides are so enthusiastic and passionate about Africa. We are heading into cooler weather now and June/ July can be very cold especially... More

Cali, Colombia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is my second Safari, and my first in South Africa. Staying in this hotel is just an amazing experience. The hotel has few beautiful villas and is breathtaking. All the villas have a little swimming pool and total privacy. From the room you can see the animals coming to eat and drink water in front of your room !!!... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nico V, General Manager at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Maria Virginia V We are always blown away when we get great reviews, and yours is no different. The rooms were designed to offer great views over the Jamala waterhole whilst always remaining private and comfortable. We always try and make each guest stay special, running a bubble bath for you is just a small gesture. The team and... More

Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Jamala Madikwe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
All
hotels in
any neighborhood
in Madikwe Game Reserve with
any amenities

Been to Jamala Madikwe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Jamala Madikwe

Address: Molatedi, North West Province, 2838, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Jamala Madikwe 5*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Agoda, Travelocity, Booking.com, Priceline, Hotels.com, Tingo, Expedia, BookingOdigeoWL and Venere so you can book your Jamala Madikwe reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

164 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (74)
Viewed
View from room (4)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (9)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Other (55)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (91)
Viewed
View from room (2)
Viewed
Dining (12)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
Room/suite (5)
Viewed
Other (67)

Amenities

Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Class
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 
Number of rooms
5

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer