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Set within the 75,000 hectare malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe consists of just five luxurious villas, each shaded by age-old leadwood trees and with open views of the private watering hole right in front of the lodge, and open savannah. The lodge is owner-managed and run, and so the service is as top notch as the wildlife viewing (which can often be enjoyed without even setting foot off of the lodge decking).
The five detached air conditioned Villas are fronted by private decking, and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, facing the private waterhole to maximise wildlife viewing, and make the most of the cooling breeze. Private plunge pools, walk-in dressing rooms, complimentary minibars, wood burning stoves, free standing bathtubs and private outdoor showers are just some of the luxurious offerings within each villa.
The high beamed ceilings of the main lodge provide spacious lounging and dining areas, but the al fresco Boma area, Star deck or watch tower are the main events when it comes to ticking off the ultimate culinary safari experience. Dine on modern gourmet dishes, with wine pairings, created by award winning chef Nico Verster, whose honours include Best Safari Cuisine in Africa in 2014 and 2015. Foodies can even take home a copy of the lodge cookbook - 'Savannah to Sea'.
Jamala Madikwe also offers spa facilities; the Royal Spa is an eco-friendly retreat, which is proud of its South African roots demonstrated through the use of spa products infused with Baobab Oil and Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract. Gym facilities are also available. The lodge accepts children under 16 by prior arrangement only.
Sitting in a quieter corner in the south eastern part of the Reserve, Jamala Madikwe offers fantastic game viewing opportunities on its twice daily game drives. With the Big Five, over 300 bird species and possible sightings of highly endangered African Wild Dog, Jamala Madikwe is an excellent safari choice.