Jembisa offers you 3 fully equipped self-catering lodges in a beautiful, unspoilt wild setting, on the Palala River deep inside the Waterberg mountain wilderness with a diversity of game including rhino, leopard, hippo and crocodile


Self-catering units:

  • The self-catering units are all equipped with crockery, cutlery, 2 ring stove, microwave, kettle and toaster.
  • All you need to bring is your food and drinks, and possibly ice.

River Cottage:

  • River Cottage, is an isolated cottage set in a beautiful spot, often visited by our resident rhino, and is right next to the Palala river.
  • Perfect for a couple, the cottage sleeps two people (fixed double bed) with mosquito netting.
  • It has a bathroom with bath and shower, lounge with fireplace and fully kitted kitchen. Towels and firewood are provided.

Podica Chalets:

Escape to the wilds. The three Podica chalets are situated together in a quiet spot next to the Palala River are fully equipped, en-suite thatched rondavels.

  • The chalets have an open plan living area with bed(s), table and kitchenette.
  • Each has a separate bathroom with bath, and an outside shower.
  • Relax in a hammock, walk, enjoy game viewing or watching the abundant bird life and cool off under your private bush shower.
  • Each chalet has its own individual braai area, and there is use of a swimming pool within 5 minutes walk
  • Towels and firewood are provided

Each chalet is slightly different:

  • Podica 1 has a double bed
  • Podica 2 has a double bed and twin beds, in the same room
  • Podica 3 has a double bed and fold down sofa bed which sleeps one, or two children, in the same room.

Kingfisher Cottage:

  • Kingfisher Cottage sleeps a maximum of 10 people in 3 twin rooms and 2 double rooms.
  • Ideal for small groups or families.
  • Sit on the veranda with wide views across the Palala river to the far hills.
  • The cottage has a comfortable living area with a fireplace place and dining table.
  • There is also a swimming pool for your enjoyment, a braai and it is fully serviced.

How to get there:

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 (there is only one stop street in Vaalwater).
  • 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) and pass the Rhino Museum.
  • From the Rhino Museum drive 3.3km, the main entrance to Jembisa Lodge will be on your right.

Kingfisher Cottage:

  • Continue past the main entrance to Jembisa.
  • After 1km the road bends to the left.
  • At the bottom of the hill, the Kingfisher gate will be on your right. Kingfisher entrance is before the Palala river bridge.

Podica chalets:

  • Continue past the main entrance to Jembisa.
  • After 1km the road bends to the left, go over the Palala River Bridge and through the electric gate.
  • Drive another 1km and keep to the right of the fork and follow the Podica signs.

River Cottage:

  • Do not take the Lapalala turn, but stay on the Melkrivier Road from Vaalwater until you reach a T-Junction.
  • Turn left at the T, and approximately 2 kms on the left hand side you will see a farm gate.
  • This is just before you cross the Palala River. Someone will greet you at the gate.