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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Molatedi, North West Province, 2838, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A superb experience. Communication in setting up the reservation was excellent. They arranged the flight for us from Johannesburg. They met us at the landing strip and brought us to the lodge for a very warm welcome, escorted us to our lodge which was extraordinary in its comforts. I just could not expect such comfortable surroundings in the wild bush.... More

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

Hi pbenj We are so happy to get this great review from you. Rodney the owner handles most of the reservations and booking details himself, so we know guests are well looked after even before they arrive. We love that you found the lodge so comfortable, and yes considering its location it is very special. I am also happy you... More

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently stayed at Jamala and can not recommend this lodge enough. Everything was absolutely perfect, the rooms spacious, the staff attentive and the food absolutely amazing. On our four night stay we managed to see a great variety of animals including wild dogs on a kill and some cheetahs, amongst many others. I would recommend spending 3 nights here... More

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

Hi Andrea We are so happy to get this great review from you, as a seasoned Madikwe traveller it is great to hear this and we are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. I am really pleased you enjoyed the accommodation food and our great staff we are so passionate about the lodge and the reserve. We look... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our experience at Jamala was unforgettable. The personal detail, amazing suites, stunning views and warm and attentive staff, delicious meals and snacks. The best choc chip biscuits and high tea salads ever had. This post cant do justice to our great experience and game viewing. All I can say is if you going to Madikwe there is no better place... More

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

Hello ClemD2014 Thank you very much for this wonderful review. Madikwe Game Reserve has incredible game viewing and off course the views over the Jamala Madikwe waterhole cant be beat. We are seeing more animals returning to the waterhole as the rain subsides and winter is going to be incredible for game viewing at the Jamala waterhole. We hope you... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stayed two nights in February this year. The nature was green and lush and quite different from November when one of us stayed here last year. The game drives very well performed by a new driver and ranger - Daniel. However, Jamala lodge was as good as ever and can just be highly recomended. You pay well and you... More

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

Hi Claude and Anna Thank you for the review, we have had a lot of rain and yes the reserve is green lush and just beautiful this time of the year. I am so pleased you enjoyed your guide Daniel, he is new to the Jamala team but such a great asset. We really look forward to your return and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Jamala Madikwe is everything you could wish for and more, this lodge compares with the best of the best in Africa. We could not fault this lodge in any way. The hospitality, the staff, the food, the game viewing and the accommodation is world class. Rodney, Nico and all the staff you are all one of a kind and raised... More

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

Hi Dmclack We are so happy to get this beautiful review, thank you. I am so pleased you feel that we have raised the bar so high. Thank you again for the great comments. The new Cookbook on the way ;) More

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Staff and owner make you feel like family (in a good way). The food was excellent. The rooms amazing. The safari excursions are fun and exciting. But what I loved best is the fenced in feel of security. Close neigh to what them play in there watering hole from your room or the porch, but from behind a protective fence... More

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

Dear MarcusW Thank you for taking the time to write this fantastic review. I am so pleased you felt like family amongst the Jamala-ian's. The fence is great and does keep everybody safe, a must have for a lodge with such a busy waterhole and so much animal activity. Thank you for recommending us so highly. We hope you enjoyed... More

Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Jamala and Madikwe are magical. This was our first safari and we obviously found the very best place to experience it. From the moment we were met at the airstrip by our Ranger, Daniel, to the moment we left four days later, our every expectation was exceeded. The Villas are the epitomy of luxury and it is amazing to be... More

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

Hi MarkC Thank you for the review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the experience. We are also delighted to have won the Safari Awards 2014 Best Cuisine in Africa award ;) yes I am smiling and both Bongi and Prayer are beyond proud. I can assure you we loved having you stay with us, the entire team look forward... More

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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
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 Specialty lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Jamala Madikwe 5*
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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