Jembisa Bush Home

Type: B&B & Self-Catering

27 (0)82 570 8474

654LR Muisvogelkraal, Melkrivier, Vaalwater , 0530

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About Jembisa Bush Home

The 5 Star Jembisa Bush Home is for those looking for an exceptional, personal African Safari in a malaria-free area. Only one booking at a time to provide you with an exclusive holiday and ensure that your stay is tailor-made to your requirements.

It is perfect for family safaris or small groups of friends looking to experience true African hospitality and wildlife in a private, luxury safari lodge set within a private game reserve. The lodge is built from local stone and thatch in harmony with its surroundings. It is beautifully designed with large, spacious rooms decorated with natural materials in an Afro-colonial style There are five luxury en-suite bedrooms, three with private balconies plus a children’s bunkroom. All bathrooms have both a shower and a bath.

Meals are varied affairs and may include picnics in the bush, dinner under the stars, lunch on the terrace, and al fresco breakfasts and brunches. Local, fresh ingredients are used when in season including those from our own large, organic kitchen garden. Please let us know of any special dietary needs or preferences in advance.A wide range of beverages are available and wines are quality South African estate wines.

Children of all ages are extremely welcome at Jembisa.

In addition there are 3 self contained cottage scattered over the reserve in this wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty, the cottages are all different and can accommodate couples looking for a romantic getaway to families after adventure and fun or groups of friends. All will enjoy the peace, beauty, wildlife, and opportunity to relax in comfortable, well-appointed lodges and excellent personal service.

Kingfisher Cottage:
Sit on the veranda with wide views across the Palala river to the far hills. Single party bookings ensure privacy. Ideal for small groups or families.

Podica Bush Camp:
Escape to the wilds. Relax in a hammock, walk, enjoy game viewing or watching the abundant bird life and cool off under your private bush shower, and braai area.

River Cottage:
An exclusive, romantic, 1 bedroom stone and thatch cottage in the middle of nowhere!

Come and stay here to escape to the peace and tranquillity of the bush.


Bunk beds and cots for children are available.

Distance From:

Naboomspruit 106 km
Nylstroom 62 km

Our Rooms

  • Kingfisher Cottage

    5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large sitting room with log fire, braai, and swimming pool.

    • Adult Occupancyx 10
    • Child Occupancyx 0
    • Private BathroomYes
  • Podica Bush Camp

    3 fully equipped, en-suite thatched rondavels sleeping 4, 4 and 2 nestled in the riverine bush on the banks of the Palala river.

    • Adult Occupancyx 2
    • Child Occupancyx 2
    • Private BathroomYes
  • River Cottage

    A beautifully appointed and luxurious hideaway cottage is for those who want to get away from it all in style.

    • Adult Occupancyx 2
    • Child Occupancyx 0
    • Private BathroomYes
  • The Bush Home

    Five large, spacious bedrooms are en-suite and decorated with natural materials and a contemporary take on colonial style. White linen with red and ebony accessories adorn the beds, shallow copper basins rest on polished vanity units and directors’ chairs beckon from private balconies. There is a separate bunkroom allowing adults privacy and children independence and space to play, and cots are available for the youngest visitors. For the adventurous, it’s also possible to spend a night or two camping out under canvas. Sleeping under the southern stars and waking with the dawn chorus and rising sun is a truly memorable experience.

    • Adult Occupancyx 10
    • Child Occupancyx 2
    • Private BathroomYes


GPS Co-ordinates:
S23° 57.596
E28° 23.029

From Johannesburg International Airport - Take R21 to Pretoria for about 20 minutes. Take the N1 highway North towards Pietersburg / Polokwane. Turn off at the Kranskop toll gate (third toll gate) to Nylstroom/Modimolle. Go through Nylstroom/Modimolle to Vaalwater (± 60km). In Vaalwater turn right at the stop street towards Melkriver. Go ± 42 km and turn left onto a gravel road marked Melkriver School/Lapalala. After 6km turn right (there is an old Cape Dutch farm house on the right hand side) and pass the Rhino Museum. From the Rhino Museum drive 3.3 km; the main entrance to Jembisa Lodge will be on your right.

If you are driving to Kingfisher Cottage, continue past the main entrance to Jembisa. After 1 km the road bends to the left. At the bottom of the hill, the Kingfisher gate will be on your right. Kingfisher entrance is before the Palala river bridge.
If you are driving to the Podica chalets, continue past the main entrance to Jembisa. After 1 km the road bends to the left, go over the Palala River Bridge and through the electric gate. Drive another 1 km and keep to the right of the fork and follow the Podica signs.
If you are driving to River Cottage, do not take the Lapalala turn, but stay on the Melkrivier Road from Vaalwater until you reach a T-Junction. Turn left at the T, and approximately 2 kms on the left hand side you will see a farm gate. This is just before you cross the Palala River. Someone will greet you at the gate.

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