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  • Intimate venue in a highly private Big 5 game reserve for wonderous seclusion
  • Wildlife-rich area of the beautiful Waterberg makes for an excellent safari
  • High standards and luxurious accommodation

Jamila Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

68km from Vaalwater


-24.243, 27.7181


Jamila Game Lodge has the advantage of being situated in a wilderness area that has had very little human impact. The 35000ha Welgevonden Private Game Reserve has never been exposed to hunting, is home to only a handful of lodges and no private vehicles are permitted, so an intimate, exclusive connection with the African bush is guaranteed.

The lodge accommodates only 10 guests and is set in the beauty of the Waterberg Mountains, with five luxurious chalets featuring sweeping views from the hilltops, spread out in the pristine bushveld and shadowed by attractive syringa trees.

The chalets are furnished with striking pieces expertly carved from local wood, and each has an en-suite bathroom with double vanities, a voluminous bath and an outdoor shower. A striking feature of the rooms is the large decks, where guests can do some armchair birdwatching or take a plunge in the Jacuzzi while soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of the bush.

Luxury bungalows with large bedrooms and King-size beds are a haven for couples, while the standard bungalows have two single beds.  

The family bungalow is a little piece of African heaven, featuring an opulent lounge with top-quality furnishings, a bar, entertainment area and fireplace. The large bathroom has its own spa bath, while the private Jacuzzi is interestingly set into a rock feature. Two sleeper couches in the lounge are ideal for accommodating children. Mini-bars and overhead fans, along with the swimming pool and bar in the main lodge, should keep guests suitably refreshed.

While sipping a sundowner on the main deck, you can watch the animals coming to the nearby waterhole for their own sundowners. Conducted by an experienced nature guide, an early morning game drive will get you up close with some of the 50 mammals and countless bird species on the reserve, and is followed by a delicious cooked breakfast.

After a comprehensive high tea, you will head out into the reserve again during the afternoon, hopefully ticking off some members of the Big Five from your list. The reserve is home to one of the biggest populations of white rhino of any private reserve in Africa, so there is a good chance of encountering one of these magnificent endangered beasts.

After a memorable and informative safari, guests return to the lodge to refresh themselves in their rooms, before having a drink in the bar. As far as possible, dinner is served in a different location every night, with the setting ranging from the main deck, to the lamp-lit beauty of the waterhole or the African boma. 

With bellies full, stories swapped and memories made, guests will fall asleep to the unmistakable sounds of the wild African bush, a fitting end to a day at Jamila.

Rates & Summary

2 Luxury Bungalows

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, double vanities and outdoor shower
Deck with Jacuzzi and bushveld view

2 Standard Bungalows

Each sleeps 2 in single beds
En-suite bath and outdoor shower
Deck with Jacuzzi and bushveld views

1 Family Bungalow

Bedroom with King-size bed
En-suite spa bath and outdoor shower
Lounge with 2 double sleeper couches
Bar, entertainment area and fireplace
Jacuzzi set into rock feature


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Breakfast, High Tea and Dinner included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located in the unspoilt seclusion of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve north of Gauteng, Jamila Game Lodge offers a wonderful, all-inclusive safari experience for guests who value luxury and privacy. The ultra-luxurious Jamila is immensely private and located in an exclusive reserve with access allowed only to a limited number of guests, ensuring minimal human impact and the ultimate game-viewing experience. The reserve is home to more than 50 species of mammals, including the Big Five.


  • Intimate venue in a highly private Big 5 game reserve for wonderous seclusion
  • Wildlife-rich area of the beautiful Waterberg makes for an excellent safari
  • High standards and luxurious accommodation

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for game viewing/bird watching.

Road Conditions

The lodge is reached via good gravel roads suitable for any vehicle.
Guests are picked up from the main gate by a game ranger.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Excellent Big Five game viewing


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Ceiling fans
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted







Rugged mountains, rolling bush and abundant wildlife characterise this area. The Waterberg is one of Limpopo’s most popular eco-tourism regions. Over the past decade it has come to rival Mpumalanga’s legendary Lowveld, with the added plus of being malaria-free.

The Waterberg offers a range of wildlife and safari experiences. These vary from Big 5 private reserves and game lodges to remote wilderness hideaways and self-catering bush camps. There are also national and provincial reserves.

The region is named after the Waterberg mountain range - ‘water mountains’ in Afrikaans - that stretches west to east for about 150km from Thabazimbi to the Mokopane. The mountains form the shoulder of the Palala Plateau – the bushveld of which rolls westwards all the way to Botswana.

True to their name, the Waterberg mountains include many rivers, streams, swamps and wetlands. The Limpopo River forms the western boundary of the region and the Mogalakwena River the eastern. The Waterberg has vast tracts of bushveld savannah punctuated with clusters of trees and tall savannah shrubs. The Springbok Flats are to the south. 

The Waterberg is more than three million years old – and there are numerous archaeological finds and San paintings that give us glimpses of its past.

Mining has long been essential to the Waterberg’s economy. An Iron Age mineshaft found in the Waterberg was carbon dated to 1 500 AD. Five hundred years later, mining is still taking place. The Waterberg is one of the richest mineral deposits in the world. It’s part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex - a unique geological complex of volcanic rocks formed some 600 million years ago. The complex extends over 50 000km² and is rich in platinum, iron ore, vanadium, tin, tungsten, chromium and coal.

The Waterberg region includes the towns of Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mabatlane, Lephalale, Mookgophong and Thabazimbi. The largest town is Bela-Bela, a lively centre for surrounding farms and game reserves, and famed for its hot springs. The name Bela-Bela means ‘water that boils’ in Tswana.

The towns of Modimolle and Mookgophong are steeped in interesting Iron Age, Nguni and Voortrekker history. The quaint village of Matlabane is a meet-and-greet spot for many travellers to the area, and Lephalale is the centre for the region’s thriving hunting industry.

The heart of the Waterberg is the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a 400 000ha protected wilderness area offering a mix of nature, culture and heritage. It was declared by UNESCO in 2001 on the basis of its mountainous habitat, magnificent red sandstone cliffs and evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years. It was first inhabited by the San people, who left their legacy in the form of rock art and cave paintings.

The only savannah reserve of its kind in southern Africa, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve includes private and provincial game reserves. It also has areas of cultural and archaeological significance. The region has a strong conservation ethos, and eco-tourism and sustainable practices underpin many lodges and reserves here.

The Waterberg offers an exciting mix of wildlife and wilderness experiences – from traditional game lodges to tailor-made adventures. You can go hiking, camping, 4x4 off-roading, horseback riding and birding. The Waterberg is famed for two significant birding sites. The Nylsvley Wetlands is home to over 400 species of waterbirds. The Marakele National Park is home to the largest Cape vulture colony in the world. The area also has conservation training programmes, wildlife rehabilitation centres and educational school camps.

Look out for

Marakele National Park - The name Marakele is Tswana for ‘place of sanctuary’ and this wild and remote reserve is just that. Marakele has craggy hills and deep wooded kloofs, with rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees. This is an unspoilt part of the Waterberg, home to all the large game species from rhino to elephant and the big cats. It is also home to the world’s biggest Cape vulture population – over 800 breeding pairs.

Nylsvley - The Nylsvley Conservancy is a favourite destination among South Africa’s birding community. It is part of the country’s largest flood plain. Stretching over 70km from Modimolle to Mokopane, Nylsvley is a world-renowned RAMSAR site. In the rainy summer months the grasslands of Nylsvley are transformed into lake that stretches for kilometres. It virtually becomes an international bird airport. The Waterberg Nylsvley Birding Route covers Nylsvley, the Waterberg mountains and Marakele National Park.

The Waterberg Meander - The Waterberg Meander is a self-drive route through the heart of the region that takes you to a series of interesting sites, community projects and tourist attractions. Visit local arts & crafts projects, explore the ancient hill of Melora, meet the Waterberg Red Beds, an unusual geological formation, check out the glorious mountain peaks known as the Seven Sister of the Waterberg, or visit a monument dedicated to explorer David Livingstone.

Bela-Bela’s hot springs - Long known for their healing properties, the hot mineral springs at Bela-Bela bubble out of the ground at about 2 200 litres per hour, at a temperature of around 53ºC. The water is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts with natural healing properties. The Bela-Bela Aventura Resort is a popular spot for its water world activities. There are many health and pampering opportunities in and around Bela-Bela.

The annual Big Five Marathon - The 42km-long Big Five Marathon is known as the wildest of them all – they say it’s tougher than South Africa’s famous 88km-long Comrades Marathon. Held at Entabeni Game Reserve in the Waterberg mountains, this annual marathon attracts thousands of runners from around the world. Out here there are ravines and gorges, rivers and lakes, and stretches of unspoiled bushveld. There are no fences; just wide open spaces and a tough challenge for marathon runners.

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