Introducing Magari Lodge, a new lodge in the Waterberg, South Africa. Situated high above a sweeping bend of the Palala river, in the private Jembisa Game Reserve, with widespread panorama views over savanna and woodland to a backdrop of hills, Magari is in a spectacular position with breathtaking views. This small, personal and private new lodge with a flexible tailor-made safari itinerary on offer is perfect for couples looking for a secluded time away, small groups, families or a very romantic safari wedding. It truly is MAGICAL MAGARI.
- Activities for Children
- Children at Jembisa
- Getting to Magari
Magari can be taken on an exclusive, private use basis, or a non-exclusive, shared basis. The rates for each are below plus an extra rate for extended stays, 7 nights or more.
All rates are fully inclusive of all meals, all soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, safari activities and laundry.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|Details||1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019|
|Exclusive Use (1-8 guests)- House rate per night||
|- Additional Guests (Per Adult) per night||
|- Additional Guests (Per Child) per night||
|- Additional Guests (Per Infant) per night||
|Non Exclusive Use (Per Adult) per night||
|- Non Exclusive Use (Per Child 3-11 yrs inc) per night||
|- Non Exclusive Use (Per Infant 0-2 yrs inc) per night||
Rates are subject to change without notice
It would be hard to find anything more exciting for a child than to discover the delights of the African bush, whatever the age. At Jembisa we specialise in providing children with an extraordinary range of experiences which combine to give them knowledge, understanding, appreciation and above all great enjoyment.
Our unique Jembisa tracker programme has proven extremely popular with the young and is tailored to suit the different age groups
For parents and even grandparents to share in these discoveries and awakening is an experience never to be forgotten.
Age 0 - 2 Full nanny service available
Age 2- 5
Little 5 walks in search of bugs and
Game drives with parents
Age 6- 10
Bug hunt and competitions
e.g. Who has the ugliest bug or who has the bug with the best legs
African beading workshop
Age 11 - 15
2 day walking safari
Guided Bush walking
River rapid swimming
Horse back safaris*
Guided bush walks
3 day walking safari
Spend a day with a game ranger
Perimeter fence patrol
Bush kitchen - learn to make warthog sausages
River rapid swimming
Bush tucker walk
Horse back safaris*
Whatever age, all children love Jembisa, enjoy a thrilling safari adventure, are educated in some of the wonders of the natural world and leave as mini-game trackers. For families to share this experience is a never-to–be forgotten holiday. At Jembisa family safaris are our speciality and we offer a very wide range of unique activities designed to give a full and rounded depth to the safari. As we are small we are flexible with our safari programme to cater to the ages and interests of each family group.
So much for children to do. We will arrange activities that create lifelong memories for them and lots of things to boast about!
Walking Safaris, Camp outs
Walking, sleeping and camping in the bush are highlights for young and old.
Children can realise their dreams of becoming an intrepid game ranger through our specially designed programme. Learn the secrets of the bush and take home your own official Jembisa certificate!
A Day in the Life of...
Days are filled with magical excitement, adventure and fun. From dawn to dusk there is so much to carry children away in our wonder world.
We cater for all ages of children. We know exactly what younger children enjoy and we delight in giving them a magical memory – the kind you remember all your life!
Teens love Jembisa – they can be independent and our game rangers will take them on bush expeditions of discovery and excitement. Teens leave Jembisa a little more grown up.
Special accomodation is available for children.They can sleep in the bunk room, or we can add an extra bed into the bedrooms.They can sleep out under the stars...we'll make their stay something they'll never forget.
Meals and mealtimes are flexible to suit the needs of each family and activities of the day. Meals are made fresh and ‘African’. For example there would be zebra burgers or warthog sausages on the menu.
A full nanny service is included for children of all ages.
The classic way to enjoy exploring and game viewing is in 4x4 open vehicles with experienced guides and trackers. Our diverse habitat makes game drives fascinating and thrilling, and includes drives across open savannah, through syringa woodland, evergreen forests, cliff roads and across rivers. Our guides enthral all ages with their knowledge and stories.
Enjoy the opportunity to see nocturnal animals, such as jackal, brown hyena, leopard, porcupine, aardwolf, civet cats, bush babies and the rare aardvark. Surrounded by the vast starry canopy of African night, the atmosphere is different and senses are heightened. Wildlife is seen by 'spotlighting' for eyes with a lamp from the vehicle, guests have the opportunity to do this too.
There is nothing compared to walking in the African bush. It is a highlight for our guests, both young and old. Get the thrill of experiencing the African bush close-up and on its own terms. Feast your heightened senses on new sensations as our guides expertly teach you about the signs of the bush and the wonders of nature.
Learn how to track and approach game, and explore the fauna and flora. A never-to-be-forgotten experience in this magnificent wilderness.
Campouts - Sleeping under the stars
There is nothing closer to nature than spending the night sleeping under the African stars, around a blazing camp fire. Snuggle up under the milky way, searching for shooting stars after a delicious campfire dinner. Listen to the sounds of the bush and wake up to the African dawn to feel, hear and sense the bush wake up around you. A guest favourite.
With 7km of the Palala river meandering through the reserve, a river walk is a delight. Wildlife species to be encountered are hippo, crocodile, otters, monitor lizards, pythons plus the general game of the reserve come down to drink. Water birds are abundant. At lunch time, picnic on the banks, cool off in the rapids and try some fishing.
Night Sky Safari
A local astronomy expert - Dr Philip Calcot, will set up his big telescope and screen in the middle of Jembisa and provide a fascinating experience of the southern hemisphere stars. Find out how to navigate the true south from the southern cross, look at where stars are born in star nurseries and see the planets close up. Zero light pollution provides the perfect viewing environment. (This activity often combined with camp-outs).
A Day with a Ranger
Get behind the scenes and shadow a game ranger for a day, helping with fence patrols, bush clearing, wildlife husbandry, game viewing and much more.
The opportunities for landscape, wildlife, birds and flora photography are abundant at Jembisa and in the Waterberg area generally. We have teamed up with some professional photographers who will conduct a full photographic safari including workshops and tutorials. Outings to specific local points of interest are included. Please contact us for more details.
An exciting way to view game is on mountain bike. Cycle alongside herds of zebra or get up close to a giraffe whilst getting some exercise at the same time. There are a variety of cycle routes to suit all ages, abilities and energy levels.
Archeological Walks and Sites
As a result of the existence of the Palala River, there are several sites of archaeological importance at Jembisa where ancient peoples lived. These include a full iron-age village site, circumcision stations and bushman paintings.
Join our chefs in preparing some of their own recipes using some unusual local ingredients and learn how to make a pizza oven out of a termite mound! Discover our bush tucker- the edible plants and berries in the wilderness.
There are many other activities specially designed for children of all ages.
Horse Back Safaris (Local Excursion)
The Waterberg is spectacular for horse-riding - the dramatic scenery, and the ability to get close to wildlife makes it a fabulous experience for riders of all ages and experience. There are some riding safari specialists very close to Jembisa where our guests ride. They have professional riding guides and carefully match riders to horses.
The Big 5 (Local Excursion)
Jembisa has chosen not to be home to lion and elephant as the safety element allows us to provide opportunities to experience the African bush in a deeper, wider way on foot and to use all of the senses in this discovery. It also allows other unusual activities like spending the night under the stars, bush kitchen activities and mountain biking. Many guests want to see the more dangerous animals and so we can take them on a half day excursion to nearby reserves for this or we can arrange for them to spend a night there.
Flora and Fauna
It is not necessary to go far from the cottages to appreciate the diverse fauna and flora of the Waterberg. The animals come into the camps, and the trees and wildflowers are in abundance and vary between the different habitats on the reserve. The best time for wildflowers is Spring (October - January).
This is what Jembisa specialises in – providing a wide range of bush experiences for guests to get the most out of their safari holiday whatever their age or interest. The examples below are designed to give a flavour of the experience guests will enjoy at Jembisa.
Magari Lodge on Jembisa Game Reserve in the heart of the Waterberg, which is a Unesco world bisophere reserve, is easily accessible by road or air. From Johannesburg airport it is a 3 1⁄2 hour road transfer. There are local airstrips for guests wishing to fly in on charter planes. All types of transfer can be arranged.
Travel & Maps
International visitors usually arrive at Johannesburg airport and are met and transported by road or air up to Jembisa. Guests can also choose to self-drive. If approaching from a different direction please let us know and we will provide directions.
Journey time: Approx 3hours from Johannesburg
Self-driving: Please note that there are 3 toll gates on the way to Jembisa and so some cash will be needed for these.
Driving Directions 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).
- Drive 4km and Jembisa main entrance is on your right.
- Journey time : Approx ½ hour from Johannesburg
- Air charters can be arranged to a local air strip.
GPS co-ordinates Lodge: GPS: S23° 57.596 | E28° 23.029
Both Jembisa Lodge and Magari Lodge can be taken on an exclusive use basis, whereby a single party has private use of the lodge, or on a non-exclusive shared basis. Rates for both options are given below. For parties staying for 7 nights or longer there is a lodge/week rate shown. For last minute bookings (booking and staying within 30 days) we are sometimes able to offer specials. Please phone or email for specials.
Terms and Conditions
Rates are fully inclusive of all meals and drinks, private chef, private game rangers, personal nanny, laundry service, game drives and bush walks, sundowners, camp outs, all activities on the game reserve and VAT/taxes.
Rates exclude road and air transfers to and from Jembisa, transport to and from local excursions, curios, massages and telephone calls.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TIMES:
Arrive: 14:00h Depart: 11:00h
Transfers can be arranged by road (3 hours from Johannesburg) or by small aircraft charter. Road transfer rates are shown below and are valid from Jan - Dec 2019. Please note that these are subject to any changes from the transfer company.
Number of passengers
|1 - 3 pax||R3 500||R7 000|
|4 - 7 pax||R4 300||R8 600|
|8 - 11 pax||R5 250||R10 500|
|11 +||Please contact us for a rate||Please contact us for a rate|
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY:
- A 25% non refundable deposit is required to secure the reservation.
- Full and final payment is required 60 days prior to arrival.
- 60-90 days prior to arrival 25% cancellation fee
- 30-60 days prior to arrival 50% cancellation fee
- 0-30 days prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee
*All cancellations must be received in writing.