Fact File


Palala River Cottages are an easy 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. For detailed directions, click here - Travel & Maps page.
The majority of the roads can be accessed by normal vehicle, however there are additional routes for 4x4 as marked out on the map of the reserve.


Guests can choose from the wide range of experiences both on the Jembisa game reserve and interesting local excursion. Please click here for more information.


4.500 feet


There are cash machines in the local town, Vaalwater.

Check in-Out

Check In: 14H00 Check Out: 11H00.


Jembisa enjoys a temperate climate and is visited all year round.


There is very good Vodacom and MTN mobile connection at Samia & Kingfisher has free WiFi. River cottage and Podica Bush Camp do not have cell phone coverage but are equipped with radios.


Provided from the national grid via Eskom.

Email address


Locations and GPS

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


The Waterberg is a malaria-free area.


Palala River Cottages have ample outdoor parking.

Phone numbers

Reservations: 082 570 8474
Lodge: 083 438 1166

Shops & Fuel

The closest petrol station to Palala River Cottages is Vaalwater (45km) or Mokopane (82km).
The local town of Vaalwater (40km) has a pharmacy, banks, supermarket and very good craft and curio shops.

Size of the reserve

Palala River Cottages are situated on the privately owned Jembisa Game Reserve which is 3000ha in size.

What to pack/Clothing

Lightweight clothing - shorts, cotton shirts, cotton trousers, swimming costume, sunhat. A light jersey or fleece for those visiting between April and October.
Footwear – 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. Sun cream, binoculars, camera, video camera, sunglasses, guidebooks – some are also available for use at the reception.