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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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    5 of 5 stars
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22 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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AU
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Southampton Parish, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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206 reviews 206 reviews
39 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just, sadly, come to the end of our 5 days at Jamala Madikwe and I write this sitting in Johannesburg Airport waiting for our flight back to the UK. Jamala provides personal attention to a small number of guests - maximum 10 at any one time. The warmth of welcome and hospitality certainly starts with Nico and Rodney,... More 

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

Dear DTM56 Thank you for this wonderful review of Jamala Madikwe. We absolutely pride ourselves in attention to detail and warm hospitality. The waterhole has been a little less active of late but we expect it to become much busier as the winter sets in. The lodge and Villas are a real triumph and we are delighted in your enjoyment... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent three nights at Jamala on the tail end of a South Africa trip. Our entire time in the country was wonderful but our time at Jamala was the highlight and what we will always remember the most fondly. Everyone on the staff was so kind to us. We were traveling with an older gentleman and they were very... More 

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Rodney S, Owner at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Thank you Vhoust for your special review. A great pleasure to meet and host the 3 of you and even greater to see how Dave enjoyed himself. It is always rewarding to be able to make a dream a reality and to meet your expectations on all levels. We are passionate about Africa, big 5 game viewing, providing exceptional cuisine... More 

Hamburg
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many places in the world that promise you heaven on earth - but once you´re there you realize that they have just exaggerated again. Jamala Madikwe makes a wonderful exception.Already at the moment when the entrance gate is opened for you at your arrival, you´ll be embraced by unequalled hospitality. Latest at the moment when you have finshed... More 

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Rodney S, Owner at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Thank you TomTom for your very thoughtful review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We are especially proud of the cuisine awards and want guests to have the most memorable experience on all fronts, namely luxurious surroundings, exceptional game viewing and exotic cuisine. We love that you enjoyed the villa and the views from it.... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Februay we had a fabulous time at Jamala Lodge. Great service, excellent food and obliging animals at the private waterhole made tour trip to South Africa truly memorable. Rodney and his staff made us feel very much at home and together with meeting some other wonderful guests this was the perfect end to our holiday. There were lovely touches... More 

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Rodney S, Owner at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Thank you Christina P for your very kind review. We strive to provide a memorable Safari experience on all aspects including fine dining, luxurious surroundings and exceptional game viewing. I was very happy you were able to experience dinner in the Watch Tower. This has become the favourite place to have dinner - romantic for two or just with great... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This game lodge is simply perfection from the minute you arrive everything is seamless. Four of us were collected from the landing strip and taken to the beautiful lodge where the two Managers greeted us with their team. We were given a glass of chilled bubbles and were greeted by a breeding herd of elephants (approx 30) who were clustered... More 

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

Dear Michael C Thank you for this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the Main Lodge and the Villas, we strive to create something beautiful yet comfortable a real home away from home for our guests. I am so glad you enjoyed Madikwe Game Reserve and it treasure trove of animals. We take the cuisine very seriously and your... More 

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