Private Reserve

Jembisa lies in the heart of the Unesco world biosphere reserve of the Waterberg. It is a breathtakingly beautiful reserve that encompasses a wide diversity of habitats and biomes including savannah plains, syringa forests, riverine forests, gullies, rock faces, cliffs, flood plains and with 7km of the Palala river meandering through it.

As a result it is home to a very broad range of fauna and flora species.  Game species includes, leopard, giraffe, gemsbuck, blesbuck, zebra, serval cats, Livingstone eland, zebra, red hartebeest, hippo, crocodile, steenbok, bushbuck, kudu, duiker and many nocturnal animals such as civet cats, porcupine, bushbaby, brown hyena, genet, aardwolf and the relatively rare, but frequently sighted at Jembisa, aardvark. The land is managed in line with a plan drawn up by Dr Fanie Venter, a leader in the field of bushveld management.

The reserve was created by joining several pieces of land and now covers 3000 hectares. It is private land that is owned by the owners of the Jembisa Bush home. This allows for good conservation management and control and provides guests with privacy and the knowledge that there will not be other visitors to the reserve other than Jembisa guests.  The Jembisa team frequently partners with research projects on fauna and flora, recently taking part in a leopard distribution project with the University of the Witwatersrand and a protea monitoring project.



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The owners and staff of Jembisa are fully committed to and play an active role in the conservation of the Waterberg region and the social upliftment and well-being of the local communities. More >>