We have stayed at Jamala twice and rank it at the top of all the fine hotels in the world. Even the fabulous Mombo doesn't rival Jamala! Jamala Royal Safari Lodge was Shaun's dream for years and Rodney and he made it a reality. The lodge is simply breathtaking, truly perfection as only Shaun and Rodney could achieve. The main lodge must be seen to believe. It rivals the finest exotic homes anywhere and the game watching from the veranda in absolutely first class! The villas rival the finest hotels in the world, but with views none of them can even approach. The ladies really appreciate the hot bubble bath drawn every night with fresh rose petals strewn across the floor!
The entire compound is surrounded by an electrified fence, so you are can move about freely at night, which is a rarity in Africa! This also allows for some of the finest star gazing in the world from your own veranda with views of the Milky Way so vivid words fail in description...literally as if someone had spread a bucket of brilliant diamonds across the sky...then there are the Magellanic Clouds and dozens of easily visible star clusters and nebulae...WOW!
On our trip this July we were stunned to learn of Shaun's passing at Christmas. It truly dampened our return as we were really anticipating his attention to detail, warmth and friendliness. I am happy to report that Rodney and Nico have carried on in the grand spirit of Jamala.
Our two guides Lucky and J R were as good as guides can get, helpful, knowledgable an just fun to be with. J R's knowledge of the birds is truly phenomenal and Lucky is able to find absolutely ANY animal in the preserve, almost on demand!
Do not miss this Jewel of South Africa, but make it your final "camp" of your safari as anyplace you stay after Jamala will be a huge letdown. It is worth every penny it costs, many times over!
- 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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