Fact Sheet
Palala River Cottages are situated 3 hours drive north of Johnannesburg
Guests can self-drive game viewing in daylight hours, walk, birdwatch, enjoy picnic sites and the natural beauty. Mountain bikes are available to hire. No fires are to be lit and the river is to be avoided as there are hippo and crocodile in it.
4.500 feet
There are cash machines in the local town.
Check in-Out
Check In: 14H00 Check Out: 11H00
link to 2.2.3
There is some Vodacom and MTN mobile connection.
There are 3 doctors in the closest town , 50 kms away.
We have Eskom Electricity.
Email address
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Facilities for handicapped
We have limited facilities available for handicapped - please enquire for more information.
Getting to Palala River Cottages
Self drive to Palala River Cottages
If travelling from abroad, we recommend tetanus and hepatitis as a precaution Please take up-to-date medical advice.
Locations and GPS

Waterberg, Limpopo. GPS: S23° 58.971| E28° 24.045


The Waterberg is a malaria-free area
Medical Facilities
Jembisa has a medical aid kit on hand at the lodge. Closest town for medical attention would be Vaalwater and/or Potgietersrus.
Palala River Cottages have ample outdoor parking.
Phone numbers
Reservations: 082 570 8474
Lodge: 083 438 1166
The local town has basic shops including a pharmacy, banks, supermarket and very good craft and curio shops.
Size of Jembisa Private Reserve
Palala River Cottages are situated on our privately owned Palala River Reserve which is 3000ha large.
What to pack
In the summer months it would be wise to pack light cloths and swimming wear. In the winter months warm cloths needs to be pack.
What to bring
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 around the cottages, we recommend some more substantial closed toe shoes for the bush and evenings, particularly if planning to do bush walking such as trainers or walking shoes. Suncream, Binoculars, Camera , Videocamera, Sunglasses and Guidebooks.
Useful Information
Fact Sheet

"Third trip and the best ever! Saw most game and took a drive to the ‘River Crossing’ for the most awesome view!! Sunset drinks on the dunes – watching the hippos was a different experience. Thanks for another bush & bundu bashing two days."
–  Ernie & Barbara

"Just the right amount of everything. No TV, no cellphone reception, lots of silence, the sound of running water and a nice outdoor shower. Thank you for the wine and the card."
–  Wouter & Sandra

"The family came for a wedding. Wow. The 2 days we spent here have been wonderful. We certainly didn't want to go home (Johannesburg). Mother nature together with your friendly, helpful staff, (they must be hand-picked) made the wedding and our stay unforgettable. Compliments to all the staff."
–  Colin & Desiree

"Thank you for the excellent accommodation! We really appreciated the complimentary bottle of wine, and the personalised card was a nice touch. The peace and quiet was just what the doctor ordered. We will definitely be back."
–  Hercules, Candice & Hailey

"Dankie vir die stil verblyf. Die natuurskoon is wonderlik. Wonderlik om te kan ontspan en die stilte te kan ervaar."
–  Danie

"Thanks for a very memorable evening. The massage down by the river is great. Will definitely be back."
–  Franswa & Corrie

"Another magical, restorative stay at Podica (no.3 WOW!) Wonderful Eland & Giraffe sightings & we found the Iron Age site…. At last! Thank you for everything, take care of yourselves & we’ll see you soon. "
–  Leo, Dominique & Cassey

"Thank you for a most enjoyable and peaceful stay. All the staff we met were friendly and very helpful and we loved driving and walking in your most beautiful bush. We look forward to coming back again. "
–  Charles & Joan

"Thank you for the great weekend away. We really enjoyed being one with nature and the relaxing environment. We did a self drive game drive and saw lots of beautiful animals which was one of our highlights. We also really loved showering outside. Thanks again for the card and the wine (nice touch). "
–  Xolani & Pusho

"The birding has been awesome and the animals, special as always."
–  Philip and Caroline

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