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Suitable for babies

Suitable for babies

Suitable for toddlers

Suitable for toddlers

Suitable for children

Suitable for children

Baby sitters

Baby sitters

Minimal jet lag

Minimal jet lag

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Winter sun

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Jembisa - (exclusive use) 


South Africa: Safaris, Africa

Jembisa - (exclusive use) 


South Africa: Safaris, Africa

Jembisa - (exclusive use) 


South Africa: Safaris, Africa

Jembisa - (exclusive use) 


South Africa: Safaris, Africa

Our rating: Not Rated
Rooms: 5
Interleading rooms: Yes
Childrens facilities:Ecellent
Setting: Bush
Style: English Manor Houe
Kids club: n/a
Baby sitters: Yes
Nightly rates from:
Per Person:
ZAR 2900 (£241)
Complimentary age sharing: n/a
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Our Review

Situated in the middle of the beautiful Waterberg region this stunning house can be your home in Africa.When we arrived here we had been travelling for 6 months across 4 continents looking for UFH hideaways. We had seen some incredible places (and some not so incredible places) but this was the only place that Mrs BJ didn’t want to leave. It just works so well for families, with such a relaxed atmosphere and so much to do that you will fall in love with it. If you have ever dreamed of owning your own house in Africa – then this is your chance, if only for a few days. Jembisa was itself once a much loved family home set in a beautiful 3000 hectare reserve. When the family moved back to the UK they turned the house into an exclusive use lodge – fully equipped with everything a family needs to have an incredible holiday. And this really is the perfect place to come after a safari. Unlike in the national parks where there are lions and elephants stopping you getting out and about during the day there are no such constraints here. And that is what makes Jembisa so incredible for families. To start with you have a rolling lawn running down to your pool, which is set in a huge garden that is tailor made for hide and seek. And whilst the children are occupied you can lie by the pool soaking in the views from your African home. The house itself has 7 quintessentially English bedrooms including a very sweet bunk room for children (which Inca and Bea immediately claimed as theirs). Downstairs you have a library, TV room, dining room, sitting room and, best of all for families, a play room (equipped with table tennis, colouring books, and all manner of fun things for young children). For older children there is also a tennis court. If you can drag yourself away from the house then there is so much to do you will wish you were staying longer. Steven is your host and guide and is a genius with children of all ages. For little people he will take the family down to the river for mud pie making competitions, catching minnows, climbing termite hills, chasing butterflies. And for the young and old he will organise fishing, hiking, biking around the estate, rhino tracking, game drives, star gazing, camp outs – the list is endless. This really is your home so you can decide what you want to do. He is also constantly inventing fun places to eat such as surprise bush breakfasts by the river, dining on the deck overlooking the valley, lunch in the park and again the list goes on. And when the children are tucked up in bed you can have a delicious dinner ‘al fresco’ in your garden, lit only by candle light and then spend the rest of the evening quietly star glazing whilst roasting your toes on the camp fire. OUR OPINION It is rare that we really struggle to leave a place and Jembisa was one of those. The girls and us had so much fun here that we are desperate to return. After the restrictions of a safari camp this is just the perfect antedote. Jembisa is bliss and we loved it. Rooms 7 beautifully decorated rooms including a children’s bunk room which sleeps 4. ON SAFARI What isn’t there to do is probably the easiest way to put it. They don’t have dangerous game, except a couple of charming rhino, so you are free to do what you want. Fishing, star gazing, mud pie making, riding at Horizon Safaris next door, tennis, termite catching, swimming in the river, hiking and biking. And above all being pampered by the fantastic house staff.

Rooms

Total: 5

There are five luxury en-suite bedrooms, three with private balconies and there is also a gorgeous children's bunkroom with two sets of bunk beds.

Things to do

THINGS TO DO FOR PARENTS ... Swimming pool, game drives, game walks, tennis court, massages, camp outs, local excursions can be arranged such as horse riding, elephant back safaris, helicopter flights (additional costs).

I’M BORED (…& for children)… Swimming pool, game drives, game walks, bug walks, fishing, bush dining, playing in the play room and so, so, so much more.

CHILDREN’S CLUB… There is no childrens club but plenty for children to do and lots of people to help look after them.

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SUITABLE FOR... Families with children of all ages

ARE WE THERE YET?... Jembisa is 3 hours drive North of Johannesburg.

ON SAFARI ... You have a huge expanse of bush to explore, there is no dangerous game (except a couple of Rhino) so you have the freedom to explore on foot as well by vehicle. It is more a home in the African bush rather than a safari, while you can go for standard game drives it is best for doing things in the bush such as bush dining, bush walks and fishing.

I’M HUNGRY… As the lodge is an exclusive use lodge children are allowed at all times. The lodge does have a children's menu and your chef can prepare any preferred meals - notice is required.

BABYSITTING & COSTS… Babysitters are available free of charge.

COSTS FOR CHILDREN… Children and Infants are accommodated at a discounted rate.

PRICES FROM…(dependant on ROE) ZAR2900.00 per person per night (approx £242) inclusive of all meals (personal chef), two game drives daily, all alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks - cost based on 1-4 adults. Or for exclusive use (1-8 guests) total cost per night is ZAR22000 (£1833) including private chef, game ranger & all food and drink.

WHAT YOU DON’T NEED TO PACK… The lodge can provide a babycot, highchairs.

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