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Jamala Madikwe

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Molatedi, North West Province, 2838, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I may have lied, I actually wish, my home felt like Jamala Madikwe. And by home I mean exactly that, Rodney, Nico and the team make you feel like you always belonged here. The casual elegance of the decoration has the personal touch of an old friend or (wishful thinking) my own. The memorable evenings by the fireplace in our... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

"We need places and moments that makes us pause and take time out. Time to think. To listen . To return a smile. To write a letter. Things that make us focus on what really matters in life. On friendship and feelings. Thought and dreams. Jamala Madikwe is that place" Such was the vision of the late Shaun Roe, co-owner... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite this being our first (hopefully not last) stay, we were welcomed like old friends to Jamala by Nico and the team. This beautiful lodge is tastefully styled to hark back to an earlier era, yet provides every modern luxury and comfort. The friendly, relaxed yet perfectly balanced service set the tone for the whole of our stay and we... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just arrived home and remain stunned by our experience at Jamala Madikwe. It seems superfluous to add another "Excellent" rating; however, we feel compelled to communicate our feelings about Jamala. There was nothing we would change! Absolutely zero! We were welcomed graciously by Lazarus (Lazi) at the airstrip and were road blocked by 3 rhino on the short drive... More 

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

Dear MBRTexas Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience of Jamala with us. I am delighted that you managed to see so much game on your way from the airstrip, this happens often, and it is a real treat to experience the African bush and its animals as soon as you land in the reserve. I am very happy... More 

hampshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Jamala for 5 nights for a special birthday and anniversary treat, and what a treat it was. It is hard to explain how amazing the place is, and the staff. In all our travels, we have never had such a perfect experience. The Villas are spacious, beautifully appointed, and fitted with everything you need, or might need,... More 

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

Dear Moscovy Thank you for such a generous review on our special property. I am truly delighted at your enjoyment of Jamala Madikwe. We always strive to make every experience a special and memorable one for very guest. It was an absolute pleasure to host you. Thank you for the kind comments from the entire team at Jamala. More 

seattle
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband has been planning our South African adventure for almost a year. Having talked about it for so long, and knowing how much research my hubs had but into this trip I was a little afraid that the reality would not live up to our dreams. But our three days at Jamaal far exceeded anything we hoped for. What... More 

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

Dear kerwriter I am so pleased we could make your dream Safari a reality. There is nothing better than beating every expectation guests have. You mentioned the incredible value for money offered by Jamala. The beautiful accommodation, award winning cuisine, local wines and beverages, twice daily Safari's, mini bars, impeccable service and off course free WiFi. This has to be... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This lodge is set on a waterhole where all the big five can be seen drinking. During our stay we had ring side seats to watch a herd of elephants quench their thirst and then bath and play in the waterhole. It was magical. The location of this lodge certainly makes it special but so too does the wonderful attentive... More 

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

Dear Julia E Thank you for this remarkable review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the "sofa safari' and all it has to offer. The lodge's waterhole is very close to the main deck and numerous animals can be seen from this point with frequent elephants and other game. The staff are so pleased you enjoyed them and their gentle... More 

AU
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Just the BEST! Brilliant luxurious accommodation, friendly team from the top down, up close & personal game drives with 4 of the big 5! Encountered 3 lions & a giraffe on the 30 minute drive from the airstrip! (Sorry for all the exclamation marks but they are called for.) Even the food: top class. Such comfortable beds: why could I... More 

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

Dear jgfjgf Thank you for this review. We will have to supply bigger bags so guests can't start taking those beds home with them ;) the entire team thank you for this wonderful review, we are truly pleased you enjoyed your time spent at Jamala and our beautiful Madikwe Game Reserve. All the best The Jamala-ian's More 

Southampton Parish, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had been told by friends at home what a wonderful place Jamala Madikwe is but you simply can't comprehend the extent to which Rodney, Nico and their staff go to to make sure that every minute spent as their guest is sheer heaven! The accommodation is outstanding - is there a 10 star rating for accommodation? If not, there... More 

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

Dear Bermudaonion 1950 I love PERFECTION!!! Thank you for this wonderful review. We can not tell you how pleased we are that you enjoyed your stay with us. The food, service and accomodation are exceptionally important to us and I am so happy you enjoyed every aspect. The waterhole has not dissapointed over the last couple of weeks with regular... More 

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12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The trouble with being the 133rd person to leave an 'Excellent' review for a place is that all the good superlatives have already been used up... The reason behind this is that from the minute you step into Jamala Madikwe, you are welcomed like a good friend, who they are delighted to see – and this is a theme that... More 

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

Dear bill_creative Thank you both for this review, we truly loved having you stay with us. Having creative people and chefs stay, like your selves, create a pretty high expectation but i am so thrilled that you enjoyed every moment with us. I have to say I am so proud to get such great feedback on our staff, every one... More 

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