Jembisa Game Reserve is a privately owned reserve, nestled in the heart of the Waterberg region of Limpopo and offers a fantastic safari experience. The beautiful reserve comprises diverse habitats and biomes, providing shelter to a wide variety of fauna and flora. The landscape is characterized by savannah plains, riverine forests, rock faces, and flood plains, and the Palala River carves its way through the reserve for about seven kilometres.
The Waterberg offers a patchwork of breathtaking scenery, intriguing cultural history, a wide variety of wildlife species, and several chances for nature-based tourism. The hub of the Bushveld region’s Waterberg area is the village of Vaalwater. Jembisa is easily accessible from Johannesburg via road. The trip takes roughly 3 hours, with 15 minutes spent on sand roads. Guests arriving at airports are often greeted and conveyed by car or air.
The Jembisa Game Reserve boasts an excellent location within the Waterberg region of Limpopo, making it home to a diverse range of fauna and flora. Those visiting can expect to spot a variety of wildlife including leopards, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, and several antelope species. Furthermore, the Reserve is home to hippos and crocodiles as well. Among the nocturnal species are civet cats, bushbabies, brown hyenas, aardwolves, and genets. Over 400 bird species have been identified in the region, including raptors such as snake eagles, buzzards, and secretary birds, as well as numerous kingfishers, hornbills, and sunbirds.
Jembisa enjoys a temperate climate and is visited all year round. However, the best time to see wildlife is during the dry winter months between May and September. In the winter, the foliage thins down as it becomes drier, and animals concentrate around water sources. The warmer summer months from October to April may be preferable for simply enjoying the bush ambience, including bush breakfasts, sundowners, and evening braais.
Jembisa Game Reserve offers an array of activities for safari and outdoor enthusiasts. From guided game drives in the morning and evening, where guests will spot a wide variety of wildlife, to embarking on an adventure on foot, there is something for every adventurous guest. Other activities include mountain biking and guided star safaris, and those with children can book wildlife activities hosted specifically for kids. With over 400 species of birds, twitchers are encouraged to bring along their binoculars and keep their eyes on the sky, while avid anglers should cast a line in the river and enjoy a peaceful afternoon of fishing.
Jembisa Game Reserve is home to two small lodges: Jembisa Bush Home and Magari Safari Villa. Each offers award-winning hospitality and is perfect for families or small groups of friends. Those looking for a romantic getaway will not be disappointed either.