24 August 2016
I returned to the rugged landscapes of the Madikwe Game Reserve bordering
Our one hour flight from
After a warm greeting we headed to our secluded chalet, surrounded by savage beauty. Five carefully-considered, freestanding villas embrace the lie of
the land with a palatial style that makes one feel like royalty! Tradition and eccentricity are tastefully united in an unbeatable ambience run by
seamless staff. Owner-run and managed by Rodney Steyn, a stickler for detail, whose personal service is the cornerstone of this bijou. Special touches
are the order of the day here!
The lodge’s crowning glory is undoubtedly its active watering hole which is the ideal spot to settle in on a 'sofa safari'! Within two hours of touch down
we were visited by a parade of thirsty elephant at the popular spot! It was as though they remembered me from my previous visit - not impossible with
these mammals’ memories!
The wild terrain is identified by a tapestry of landscape, from bushveld to peaks and plains, all within striking distance of one another. This malaria-free
sanctuary offers a kaleidoscope of wildlife, including three hundred bird species and an impressive Big Five population. We were privy to wild dog
and mating lion sightings, among other great game viewing!
Food is another focus at Jamala. Their award-winning chef, Nico Verster, is the reason for their ‘Best Safari Cuisine in Africa 2014/2105’ title. Our expectations were exceeded and evident on our belt buckles! Their shared areas are sociable and if you fancy some quiet time their library is beautiful!
Well deserving of its name, after two visits, I feel I’m qualified to say that Jamala is the ultimate place to explore this prolific reserve!
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