About Palala River Cottages

Perfectly positioned on the banks of the Palala River in the majestic Waterberg region of the Limpopo province, Palala River Cottages offers lovers of the bush a relaxed self-catering getaway in one of the most scenic locations in the country. Spread across the private Jembisa Game Reserve, Palala River cottages are all unique and ideal for couples, families and groups of friends looking for an adventure with all the comforts of home.

Sleeping anywhere from two to 10 guests per unit, each cottage is equipped with comfortable furnishings and a wonderful sense of privacy, with gorgeous views in every direction. Guests can choose to stay in the 10-sleeper Kingfisher Cottage, the three-unit Podica Bush Camp (sleeping 6 in total), the 2-sleeper River Cottage, or the 6-sleeper Samia Lodge. All accommodations offer a large kitchen, spacious living areas, and the wonderful opportunity to game-watch from your private patio.

Palala River Cottages Setting

Palala River Cottages is located in the beautiful Jembisa Private Game Reserve in the northern area of South Africa. The reserve is known for its extensive diversity of habitats and biomes, as well as the vast and varied landscapes including savannah plains, syringa forests, riverine forests, gullies, rock faces, cliffs, flood plains and a 7km stretch of the Palala River flowing through it.

While staying at Palala River Cottages, guests will be able to experience the surrounding landscapes and extensive wildlife with a range of safari activities. From self-driving to guided game drives and bush walks, hiking and mountain biking trails, to fishing, birding or simply relaxing with a massage, guests have the freedom of choosing how they would like to spend their time at the cottages.

Accommodation options at Palala River Cottages

  • Podica

    Min 1 guest - max 2 guests
    3 Chalets

    3 rondavels, located in a private game reserve near the Palala River. Sleeping 2 - 4 guests with open plan living area, kitchenette, bathroom, outside shower & …

    SHOW MORE

    from R 500 / per-person-per-night-sharing

    enquire
    Indoor Shower
    Indoor Shower
    Fan
    Fan
    Tea & Coffee Station
    Tea & Coffee Station
    Toiletries
    Toiletries
    Fireplace
    Fireplace
    Heater
    Heater
    SHOW ALL AMENITIES
  • Kingfisher

    Min 1 guest - max 10 guests
    1 Cottages

    Nestled within a stunning private game reserve, Kingfisher Cottage accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in its 2 twin rooms and 3 double rooms. Notably, two of t…

    SHOW MORE

    from R 550 / per-person-per-night-sharing

    enquire
    Indoor Shower
    Indoor Shower
    Bath
    Bath
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    Fan
    Fan
    WiFi
    WiFi
    SHOW ALL AMENITIES
  • River Cottage

    Min 1 guest - max 2 guests
    1 Cottages

    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…

    SHOW MORE

    from R 700 / per-person-per-night

    enquire
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    En-suite bathroom
    En-suite bathroom
    Braai Area
    Braai Area
  • Samia Lodge

    Min 1 guest - max 6 guests
    1 Eco Cabin

    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…

    SHOW MORE

    from R 700 / per-person-per-night

    enquire
    Bath
    Bath
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    En-suite bathroom
    En-suite bathroom
    Braai Area
    Braai Area
    Outside Dining Area
    Outside Dining Area
    Fire Pit
    Fire Pit

What's included

  • Accommodation

Location

12

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?

  • Draft question

Reviews

  • 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

    Conservio.com review

    U. Manari

  • Loved the experience

    Neat and cozy.

    Conservio.com review

    H. Van Tonder

  • Amazing

    Excellent relaxation place, very tranquil surrounding.

    Conservio.com review

    W. Masombuka

Palala River Cottages impact highlights

Jembisa Private Game Reserve 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.

Are you unsure of where to stay? Contact us to help plan your nature-based travel.

Top picks this week

INSTANT BOOK

Bundox Explorer Camp

Balule Nature Reserve | Safari Experiences | Full Board | Glamping | Big 5 | Intimate

R3450 /Per person per night

INSTANT BOOK

Camissa Farm

Near Stellenbosch | Cottages & Cabins | Farm Setting | Child Friendly | Self-Catering

R1000 /Per person per night sharing

INSTANT BOOK

Kaaimans River Lodge

Wilderness | Self-Catering | River Views | Pet-Friendly | Water Activities | Outdoor Adventures

R1650 /Per accommodation per night

INSTANT BOOK

GlenDonald Orchard Cottage

Cederberg Mountains | Self-Catering | Heated Pool | Rustic Charm | Fruit Farm

R4250 /Per accommodation per night