Palala River Cottages

Settled on the stunning mountainous landscape of the Waterberg, Jembisa is a refreshing private game reserve that has a great diversity of habitats and biomes and with 7km of the Palala river flowing through it.

Spread across the private Jembisa Game Reserve, the self-catering Palala River cottages are all unique and idea for couples, families and friends looking for a serene place that'll also provide them with adventure.

Guests have numerous safari activities to enjoy at Palala River Cottages and have have the advantage of being surrounded by stunning landscapes and wildlife on the reserve. From self-driving to guided drives and walks, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, birding or relaxing with a massage, guests have the benefit of choosing what they would like spending their time doing at the cottages.

Accommodation options at Palala River Cottages

  • River Cottage

    groupMin 1 guest - max guests

    River Cottage is an intimate and private stone thatched cottage situated above a river at Palala River Cottages. Positioned right on the riverbank, the River C…


    from R 600 / Per person per night sharing

    R650 Weekend Rate

  • Samia Lodge

    groupMin 1 guest - max guests

    Palala River Cottages' Samia Lodge is a raised wooden eco cabin that is nicely secluded with beautiful views across the Waterberg mountains and river. Comforta…


    from R 550 / Per person per night sharing

    R600 Weekend Rate


What's included

Self-catering rate, catering available at additional cost


How to get there

  • 1 hrs

    Polokwane Airport

  • Palala River Cottages

    Muisvogelkraal 654Lr, Melkrivier, Vaalwater

  • Check in at Palala River Cottages

    14:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Palala River Cottages

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I get there without 4x4?

R 600
/ per person per night sharing

R650.00 Weekend Rate

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  • Superb

    Our stay was amazing, we loved everything about the river cottage and the service was great, will definitely be going back again next year review

    U. Manari

  • Loved the experience

    Neat and cozy. review

    H. Van Tonder

  • Amazing

    Excellent relaxation place, very tranquil surrounding. review

    W. Masombuka

Palala River Cottages impact highlights

Jembisa is situated in the center of the Unesco world biosphere reserve of the Waterberg. Land and wildlife management is top priority and planned with the help of consultants and experts in the field. As a result, this pristine wilderness is being managed sustainably and protected for the future.