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 if it all? My experience in this case was the polar opposite. Jamala surpassed everything! From the moment we (a group of 8 of us) stepped off the bush plane and were greeted by the staff, we were made to feel like family. You will learn more about the bush from head ranger Daniel on one drive than you ever thought possible. The level of care, service and attention to detail is outstanding. Everyone will know your name and be ready to accommodate your every waking need. The villas, each with their own plunge pool and outdoor shower, are so stunning that you will want to tack on a few extra days just so you can enjoy them to the fullest. The food prepared by Chef Prayer is heavenly, and you will surely want to take home a copy of Nico Verster's book, "Savannah to Sea." Owner, Rodney Steyn, is the consummate host and is now a friend for life, as evidenced by my sobbing on his shoulder when we hugged goodbye. Sobbing is actually putting it mildly - saying goodbye to everyone at Jamala was heart-wrenching; like something I have never experienced before. Bottom line, if you are planning a trip to Madikwe - Jamala is, hands-down, your #1 choice.
- 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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