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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Molatedi, North West Province, 2838, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have read that Jamala in Swahili means 'Natural elegance.' This lodge is absolutely true to the essence of its name in every aspect. Our stay was memorable for many reasons but the personalised service element is truly outstanding. Rodney and Nico are amazing hosts, attentive to all needs but in no way intrusive. We were treated to a special... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been fortunate enough to have stayed in many lodges in Southern Africa, and without a doubt, this one tops the list. From arrival to departure, nothing was too much trouble, service was impeccable but never in your face, food was totally stunning, ranger was knowledgeable AND entertaining. We congratulate the owners, management and staff for truly wonderful time,... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the plane to Africa, I sat next to a stranger who, as we were talking, gave me the wise advice that the most precious commodity is time. I only understood what he meant by this when I arrived at Jamala. The days I spent there were unsurpassably the best four days of my life. Each moment there is devoted... More

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St.raphael
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We first discovered Jamala five years ago.Since then we have been back every year,at least once.We have lived in S.Africa and indeed owned a game park but nothing compares to Jamala.From the moment you arrive until the time time you leave there is only one problem....24 hours in a day isn't sufficient. Everything is totally perfect,game viewing,waterhole,cuisine,accommodation and most importantly... More

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cape town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to Madikwe for over 10 years, Jamala Madikwe for over 6 years and we always return as old friends. We have the best game viewing off the front deck leopard, wild dog lion elephant and more. The lodge is always immaculate wonderful people great staff and awesome food. I cant recommend this property enough. Jamala is... More

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As an introduction to safari in South Africa, I think I have been totally spoiled and believe this is the only way to go! I thought I was in a fairytale - a beautiful lodge and a stunning waterhole with its own 'Sofa Safari'. Rod is a most gracious and interesting host, happy to regale you with stories; Nico and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please excuse any grammar/vocabulary errors, my writing tends to include some. Amazing experience, could not have asked for better. As a 23 year old who is fortunate enough to have taken many vacations in my lifetime, I will say that Jamala Madwike tops the chart. The staff: First off, never have I stayed somewhere where every single individual was so... More

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

Dear Anthony T What an incredible review, thank you. We take great pride in Jamala Madikwe, the staff, lodge, food and game viewing. Rodney and I really appreciate the wonderful comments and you are now a friend we hope to see you visit us again. You are correct all rooms look the same with incredible views over the savannah plains... More

Pembroke Parish, Bermuda
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I first fell in love with Africa in 2012. I had been hearing fabulous things about Jamlala for years so upon my return to Africa in 2014, I made Jamala my first stop in the bush. You know when people tell you how great something is and then you have this expectation, which is then let down by the reality... More

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Nico V, Owner at Jamala Madikwe, responded to this review

Dear Jules Gunther We are honoured that you chose Jamala as your 2014 Africa destination. We are so happy that you felt the magical Jamala welcome and we too consider you family and now life long friends. Mexican train and Rose wine afternoons, are now a firm tradition and having converted two new sets of guests to such activities after... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

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

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

Dear Antje Mouton We are so great full for your review, thank you. We often feel the magic especially when guests experience the arrival TWO breeding herds of elephants over breakfast "I'm sure you remember that moment". As a team we strive to anticipate guest needs and nothing gives us more pleasure than knowing we achieved this goal. Jamala was... More

Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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

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

Dear NOLADL Thank you for this review, we really appreciate the term "relaxed safari elegance" just the style we are striving to achieve. I am so pleased you found the Villa's well stocked and tastefully appointed. Thank you for the kind comments on our cuisine we do take great pride in our gastronomy. The Jamala Madikwe waterhole has become increasingly... More

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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*
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