Jamala Madikwe is a luxury lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75,000 hectare malaria-free area in South Africa’s North West province. The region offers a plethora of landscapes all within striking distance of one another, from dense bushveld to awe-inspiring peaks and expansive plains.
Family-owned and operated, Jamala Madikwe is a labour of love that manages to be both comfortably modern and luxuriously colonial. Unafraid of old-world glamour, it has something for every guest, from a library to a modern gym to a luxurious dining-room and bar, and even a ‘sofa safari’ room with views over the lodge’s private watering hole, a spot popular with an abundance of wildlife. The main areas are characterised by a striking combination of thatch and local dark wood and tasteful chandeliers and European-style furniture, and there is plentiful decking as well as special areas including the Boma and Star Decks for dining and a watchtower overlooking the plains. The cuisine is expertly prepared and combines both local and Western influences.
Accommodations at Jamala Madikwe comprise five freestanding villas. Each offers considerable luxury and includes decking that’s been well thought out to offer stunning views while not compromising privacy, a private rim-flow pool, en-suite facilities and a private outdoor shower. The atmosphere in each is in keeping with the feel of the main areas, dominated by four-poster beds, thick cotton bed linen, local rugs and decorations. Large doors and windows open out onto tremendous views over the grasslands and towards the watering-hole. Each room has air-conditioning, a lounge with a fireplace, a dining area and a complimentary minibar.
Activities at Jamala Madikwe include morning and evening game drives as well as opportunities to view from the facility itself.