Fact File


By road or air. Local international airport is Johannesburg – 3 hours by road, half an hour by air. Visitors can be met and transfers can be arranged.


Programmes are flexible to suit guests. Morning and afternoon game drives, night drives in open 4x4 game vehicles, guided bush walks and walking safaris, childrens wildlife activities, bird watching, fishing, swimming pool, ‘bush croquet’, mountain bikes, guided star safaris, bushman paintings, reading room and much more.


4.500 feet


Provided free of charge at Jembisa.


There are cash machines in the local town.

Check in-Out

Check In: 14H00 Check Out: 11H00.


Children are very welcome at Jembisa and they love it! There are lots of specialised childrens activities and programmes designed for all ages, plus a games room, toys, books, etc. Meals can be specially planned for them and there are babysitters/nannies for the small ones. Children 6 years and older are welcome at Magari.


Jembisa enjoys a temperate climate and is visited all year round.


Internet is available in all rooms at Jembisa and Magari.


Guests are responsible to check latest COVID-19 and health requirements.


We are famed for our cuisine, produced by our 3 chefs. Meals are delightful events in various locations - under the stars, bush picnics etc. Cuisine is international with a local twist. Special requests and celebration dinners welcomed.

Curio shop

We have a small curio shop that sells African crafts, jewellery, some clothing, hats and postcards.


There are 2 doctors in the closest town, 50 kms away. One being a GP and the other a paediatrician.


Provided from the national grid. Sockets are large roundpin, 220v. Adapters are available at the lodge. Occassionally there are power cuts. Jembisa has a generator that covers the key functions during these.

Email address


Facilities for handicapped

We have some facilities for handicapped guests. Please contact us to discuss requirements.

Getting to Jembisa & Magari

Jembisa is easily accessible by road from Johannesburg. The journey takes about 3 hours of which 15 minutes is on sand roads. Guests flying in to airports are usually met and transferred by road or air. Any guests wishing to self-drive and who need car hire can contact us for suggested agencies. For detailed directions, please go to our Travel & Maps page.


There are strict rules regarding passports on entering South Africa. Passports need to have 3 completely blank pages and be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the return date of the visit. Visas are not usually required for European and north American guests, however requirements must be confirmed with the relevant embassies. South Africa requires any under-aged children travelling to South Africa to have Unabridged Birth Certificates. We do not take responsibility for travel documentation requirements, this stays the responsibility of the parent/guardian. At Jembisa and Magari mandated COVID-19 precautions and protocols are firmly in place. A COVID-19 PCR Test Certificate is needed for international guests travelling to South Africa and required to at OR Tambo when flying out again. Click here for more information on travel requirements as well as suggested airlines and best routes for travel.


We recommend tetanus and hepatitis as a precaution Please take up-to-date medical advice.

Length of stay

An average length of stay is 4 – 6 days.

Locations and GPS

Waterberg, Limpopo.
Jembisa - GPS: -23° 958 | 28° 383
Magari - GPS -23° 952 | 28° 399


Jembisa Reserve is malaria-free.


Full DSTV at Jembisa. WiFi available in each room at Jembisa and Magari.

Medical Facilities

Jembisa staff are trained to first aid level 1 and there are medical aid kits and supplies kept at the lodge. The closest town for medical attention is Vaalwater - 40km and/or Potgietersrus/Mookgopong. Potgietersrus (Mokopane) is approximately 60-80min drive, and Nylstroom (Modimolle) is 60-70min drive.


Jembisa and Magari have parking for vehicles.

Phone numbers

Reservations: 082 570 8474
Lodge: 083 438 1166

Safety Deposit Box

There is a safe in each room of the lodge.


The local town (40km) has basic shops including a pharmacy, banks, supermarket and very good craft and curio shops. Guests can be driven to town.

Size of Jembisa Reserve

Jembisa and Magari are situated on our privately owned Jembisa Reserve which is 3000ha large.


Guests are driven in open 4x4 vehicles around the reserve and closed lodge vehicles to local excursions.


Visas are not necessary for European or North american visitors. For other nationalities please check with your local embassy. In all cases requirements must be confirmed with the relevant embassies.


Water is provided by borehole.

What to pack / Clothing

Clothing lightweight- shorts, cotton shirts, cotton trousers, swimming costume, sunhat. A light jersey or fleece for those visiting between April and October.
Footwear - As well as sandals or open-toed shoes for the lodge, we recommend some more substantial closed toe shoes for the bush and evening, particularly if planning to do bush walking, such as trainers, or walking shoes. Sun cream, binoculars, camera, video camera, sunglasses, guidebooks – some are also available for use at the lodge.

Whats included

All meals, drinks, wildlife activities at Jembisa, babysitting and laundry.

Whats not included

Excursions, local experts, massages, phone calls, curio purchases.