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Jaci's Tree Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Jaci's Tree Lodge lies tucked away in the canopy of trees on the banks of the Groot Marico River which flows along the eastern border of Madikwe Game Reserve.

As its name suggests, this secluded boutique Lodge rests high above the forest floor on a structure of raised wooden stilts, interconnected walkways, and platforms designed to blend harmoniously with the spectacular riverine terrain.

This makes for fantastic birdwatching and gives guests a unique perspective on the resident wildlife that frequent the indigenous woodlands. Due to its architecture, however, Jaci’s Tree Lodge isn’t suitable for small children, but kids aged 13 years and older are welcome.

Jaci’s Tree Lodge offers guests a choice of eight twin-occupancy Treehouse Suites, custom-built from a combination of gum poles and African rosewood and exquisitely done out in Jaci’s trademark vibrant colours and decidedly Afro-centric décor, delivering a feast for the senses.

Each Treehouse Suite features a king-sized bed, cosy lounge area, large stone bath, and outdoor shower with concertina sliding glass doors that open onto a suspended viewing deck. Air conditioning and a ceiling fan ensure you stay cool and comfortable no matter what time of year you are visiting. Plus, you have the services of a private chef for the duration of your stay.

The main guest hub at Jaci’s Tree Lodge is the heart of this welcoming bushveld haven. With its authentic Afro-centric style and focus on serenity, the main lodge is the ideal spot to beat a retreat from the summer heat or relax fireside on chilly winter evenings. Gather in the fully-stocked bar to watch the sun set on another glorious day in paradise. Or feel free to browse the curio shop for a memento of your treetop safari getaway.

Come mealtimes, enjoy the freshly prepared delectable dishes for which Jaci's chefs are famed. As Jaci’s Tree Lodge encourages fireside starlit dining as often as possible, dinners are usually served around under the starry night skies in the outdoor Boma area, weather permitting. Brunches and high teas are served in the indoor dining area direct from the open-plan kitchen.

A trip to Jaci’s Tree Lodge means no shortage of exciting opportunities to discover the incredible biodiversity of Madikwe Game Reserve. These include twice-daily game drives, and night drives with a focus on astronomy plus guided walking trails in the company of the Lodge’s expert rangers. For a more up-close- and-personal encounter with the local bird- and wildlife, a visit to the submerged Terrapin Hide which is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Guests who are passionate about photography will be pleased to learn that Jaci’s Tree Lodge provides top quality photographic gear for rent. The Lodge also caters to avid wildlife enthusiasts with more specialised wilderness safari options, namely birding, photographic, and conservation safaris, all led by professionals renowned for their expertise.

For a uniquely romantic bushveld experience, you can book an overnight retreat in the four-poster starbed above the small hide which overlooks the watering hole and wetland area a short walk from the main lodge.

When it comes to enjoying some downtime, head to the crystal-clear swimming pool for a refreshing dip. Alternatively, you can get your pulse racing with a workout in the small on-site gym. Or pamper yourself with the range of wellness therapies – from full body to Indian head, back and shoulder, and foot massages – available at the Masala Spa. And if you’re looking for an out-of- this-world venue for your wedding, or to renew your marriage vows, celebrate your anniversary, or host an engagement party, the dedicated staff at Jaci's Tree Lodge will ensure your festive occasion goes off without a hitch.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

6 Jan 2018 to 18 Dec 2018 19 Dec 2018 to 5 Jan 2019
Single Per Night R11 950 R12 855
Per Person Per Night Sharing R7 965 R8 570

Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!

Jaci's Tree Lodge SA RESIDENTS Rates 

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT. • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Seasonal Rates High Season
6 jan- 18 Dec 2018
Peak Season
19 Dec- 05 Jan 2019
Jaci's Tree SADC Rate - Per Person Per Night Sharing R5 130 R5 640
Jaci's Tree Lodge SADC Last Minute Rates - Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 690 R4 000
  • SADC Last Minute High Season Rates are also extended to apply to SADC reservations for the period of travel from 01 May – 31 July 2018
  • Last Minute Rates outside of the 01 May - 30 July 2018 are subject to the reservation being made 14 days & less from date of travel
  • Last Minute Rates are only valid for travel between 06 January 2018 & 18 December 2018
  • Rates are quoted per person sharing per night
  • Single Supplement Rate available on request
  • Jaci’s Tree Lodge does not accept children. Children over 13 are considered adults and will be accommodated in their own room.
  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • Minimum 3 night stay over long weekends
  • Copy of Valid SA Driver’s license to be provided prior to confirmation of reservation. Please note that we do not accept Visitors Visa or Transit Visa, only a valid South African Work Permit valid for a minimum of 3 years, or a resident’s visa or valid SADC country drivers licenses.
  • 6 x King Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways
  • 2 x Twin Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways 
  • All rooms have a stunning outdoor jungle shower and a large inside bath

Terms & Conditions

Rates Incude:  
  • Twice daily game drives, including sunset / sunrise stop & night drive with astronomy
  • Afternoon Tea, Dinner & Brunch, local & specialised teas as well as fabulous filter coffee
  • All house drinks, which include a special selection of fine South African wines (Red, White & Sparkling), local beers, nonalcoholic beverages as well as house spirits 
  • Complimentary optional Sleep Out at the Star Bed overlooking Jaci’s Waterhole (To be booked at the lodge, pending availability) 
  • Fireside, starlight dining as often as possible 
  • Access to our submerged “Terrapin” photographic hide (From Dusk to Dawn arrangements for individual access as well children to be made in advance with management) 
  • Transfers to & from the Eastern Airstrip when flying with FedAir / Unique Air / FlexeFlyer / private charter 
  • 15% VAT
Rates Exclude:  
  • Camera Equipment available for daily rental 
  • Madikwe Game Reserve entrance fees & Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution (prices subject to change, confirmation of fees will be added on to pro-forma invoice at time of booking) 
  • Transfers to and from the lodge other than the eastern airstrip 
  • Escort after dark from the reserve gates
  • Spa treatments  
  • Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, all other incidental costs 
  • Emergency medical evacuation, travel insurance / travel cancellation refunds 
  • Premium spirits, speciality wines & champagne
We highly recommend a minimum of 3 nights stay at Jaci’s Lodges in order to get the full benefit of our spectacular South African Safari experience & hospitality!

Arrival & Departure Times

Check in: From 14:00 (Should guests require lunch on the day of arrival, this will need to be pre-booked. Lunch is served between 1pm - 2pm)
Check out: Until 11:00

Jaci's Lodges Specialised Safari Offering

Walking Safaris:
With our walking-trails-qualified guides you can enjoy a 3 to 4 hour walk through the Madikwe bushveld. We recommend a reasonable level of fitness as walks could vary between 5km and 10km.
Subject to a walking guide being available.

Photographic Equipment: We are able to offer our guests the opportunity to rent our photographic equipment for use on their daily safari activities. One evening safari, and consecutive morning safari constitutes the duration of one days rental period. The equipment is a DSLR camera body (plus base plate), 100-400 lens, including a complimentary SD card. Gimpro game viewer mount or Monopod (On request and Subject to availability) Our Jaci’s Lodges field guides are photographically minded, ensuring that the game viewers are parked in the best possible location for our guests photographic needs. If you’re interested in any of the above specialised safari experience, please enquire with our reservations team when making your booking

Electricity & Water
We have Eskom power and back-up generators for emergencies. Jaci’s Lodges now has filtered water on tap. This water is available to our guests at no charge.

Madikwe Weather
  • Generally sunny & dry
  • Temperatures vary from 0 – 24 degrees Celsius
  • Generally wet with spectacular thunderstorms
  • Temperatures vary from 12 – 38 degrees Celsius

  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, spare battery & charger
  • Long trousers
  • Short trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sweatshirt / jersey
  • Rain jacket
  • Wind proof jacket
  • Scarf Gloves (winter)
  • Closed shoes


  •  6 x King Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways.
  •  2 x Twin Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways
  •  All rooms have a stunning outdoor jungle shower and a large inside bath


  •  Bar & Lounge Area
  •  Indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  •  Outdoor swimming pools
  •  Masala Spa is available subject to our therapist being on site (To be booked at the lodge)
  •  Outdoor bush gym, situated between Jaci’s Safari Lodge & Jaci’s Tree Lodge, on the river path


  • We have Eskom power and back-up generators for emergencies.
  • Jaci’s Lodges now has filtered water on tap. This water is available to our guests at no charge.

The raised rosewood walkways link the rooms to the main lodge - inviting you to explore your luxurious tree house. Luxurious silk cushions, cotton bed linen complimented by burnt orange suede beanbags, invite you to lie on the deck to admire the stars. The open plan bathroom features an enormous stone bath and handmade copper taps as well as an outdoor "jungle" shower.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fans and heaters, to ensure your comfort through the year. Decorated in vibrant reds and greens - complemented by modern African elements, each room also has a large balcony, an ideal spot from which to watch resident mongoose families or birds in the surrounding tree canopy.

In such a luxurious and playful environment, Jaci's Tree Lodge makes creating lasting memories effortless.


The spacious open-plan main building at Jaci's Tree Lodge includes a magnificent bar and lounge area separate from the dining area by a 4 sided open fireplace. Enjoy sundowners whilst on safari or at the hide overlooking the waterhole, alternativly listen to the sounds of the bush, or curl up with a good book by the fireplace or in the breakaway lounge.

The interiors of Jaci's Tree Lodge proudly showcases the vibrant colors and unique crafts found in Southern Africa. Jaci has created a truly African lodge, enhanced by a superior personal service and a very intimate safari experience. Expect outstanding meals from our open plan kitchen, bountiful cosmopolitan food! Enjoy outdoor dining on deck above the forest floor, enjoy the night symphony and the vibrant stars above!

Safari game drives take place when the likelihood of sightings is at its highest early morning and late afternoon. Winters are dry and evening temperatures may drop to 0°C, while the wet summers are characterized by daily highs of up to 38°C. Game drives take into account these shifts in temperature, to ensure that guests are in no discomfort while out on a drive.

The morning drive leaves after a light breakfast at first light, while the later drive usually departs around 15h00 to 15h30, depending on the season. Each drive lasts for three-and-a-half hours on average, but if a spectacular or unusual sighting is made, it could last longer.

Facilities & Services
  • Fitness Centre with Play Room
  • Games Room
  • River Walk
  • Swimming Pools                  
  • Masala Spa
  • African Safaris

  • The 75 000 hectare Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve lies in the extreme north-west corner of South Africa’s North West province.
  • Whether you fly directly to Jaci’s Lodges on one of the daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Madikwe or decide to do a self-drive, Jaci’s Lodges is easily accessible by both road and air.
  • Daily flights are available on Federal Airways. We can arrange a private road transfer, a charter flight upon request at additional costs.
  • Flight Times: OR Tambo International to Madikwe East: 55 minutes
  •                         Northern Sabi Sand to Madikwe East: 1.5 hours
  •                         Madikwe East to Jaci's Lodges is a 15 minute drive
  • Self Drive: Johannesburg: 4 hours (See driving directions on last page) 
                              Sun City: 1.5 hours
                              Gaborone: 2 hours
                              Rustenburg: 2 hours
                              Derdepoort / Sekwane Border Post: 1 hour

It is approximately a 3.5-hour drive to the lodge. We advise that you refuel at Sun Village, as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
  • Directly after leaving the airport, look out for the sign saying R21 PRETORIA / KEMPTON PARK.
  • The sign will be on your left with the turn-off very soon after leaving the Airport, so keep a sharp lookout.
  • Follow the signs to PRETORIA & N1 PIETERSBERG / POLOKWANE
  • After approximately 36km you will see large signs over the highway, follow the direction PRETORIA & N1 PIETERSBERG / POLOKWANE / NORTH
  • Turn onto this highway (you are now travelling in a northerly direction)
  • After passing a number of off-ramps, you will see signs for a toll road called BAKWENYA PLATINUM HIGHWAY / N4 / RUSTENBURG
  • Take this toll road.
  • Once on the N4, continue in the Rustenburg direction & take EXIT 225, which is the R556 / SUN CITY / MAJAKANENG off- ramp.
  • Turn right at the top of the off ramp & continue straight to SUN CITY.
  • Sun City is approximately 73km from this off-ramp.
  • It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right.
  • After passing Sun City and the Sun Village on the right, continue straight until you reach a four-way junction.
  • Turn right to DERDEPOORT.
From here, there are two route options:
OPTION A (Recommended route)
  • Follow the R565 road for approximately 39.4km & turn left at KAYAKULU.
  • Continue straight along the D548 road for 24.8km until you reach a T-JUNCTION.
  • Please note: This T-Junction is not marked & there are no warning signs that you are approaching it.
  • Turn Right at the T-Junction onto a tar / sealed road that continues for about 10.4km & then becomes gravel / dirt
  • The DWARSBERG LIQUOR STORE will be on your left, continue straight along the gravel road towards MOLATEDI VILLAGE (do not take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight)
  • Pass through MOLATEDI VILLAGE, over the MARICO RIVER & straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into MADIKWE GAME RESERVE.
  • From here the friendly gate staff can give you directions, or just follow the signs to JACI’S LODGES.
OPTION B (Alternative route)
  • Follow the road for approximately 8km, you will need to turn left at the sign saying BAPONG.
  • Continue straight along this road (Please ignore all signs saying Madikwe Hospital / Madikwe Village)
  • After passing through MABIESKRAAL, approximately 45km, you will come to a 4 way stop.
  • Turn right to DERDEPOORT. This tar / sealed road continues for about 25km & then becomes gravel / dirt.
  • The DWARSBERG LIQUOR STORE will be on your left, continue straight along the gravel road towards MOLATEDI VILLAGE (do not take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight)
  • Pass through MOLATEDI VILLAGE, over the MARICO RIVER & straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into MADIKWE GAME RESERVE.
  • From here the friendly gate staff can give you directions, or just follow the signs to JACI’S LODGES.
  • There are brown Jaci’s Safari Lodge / Jaci’s Tree Lodge & Madikwe Game Reserve signs at various points along the way.
  • A GPS will not bring you directly to Jaci’s Lodges if utilised from ORT / JHB / Pretoria or Sun City.
  • Please ignore all signs saying Madikwe Hospital or Madikwe Village along the Mabeskraal Road.
  • Please advise the lodge of your estimated time of arrival & check the afternoon game drive schedules to ensure you will be on time.
  • Please drive carefully & be aware of village pedestrians, children & animals.
  • Gaborone-Tlokweng: Take the road from the city centre to the Tlokweng border post.
  • Once customs and immigration formalities have been completed, continue in the direction of Zeerust.
  • After approximately 10km you will see the Abjaterskop gate entrance into Madikwe.
  • From here follow the signs to Jaci’s Lodges (approximately a two-hour drive with a 50-minute drive through the reserve)
  • Gaborone-Sikwane: Take the Francistown road.
  • Look out for the road to Odie on the right and continue through Odie (this road starts as tar and becomes gravel) to a T- junction where you turn right.
  • Once customs and immigration formalities have been completed at Sikwane, continue in the direction of Derdepoort.
  • You will pass the Derdepoort General Dealer on the left, continue to a four-way stop and go straight to the Derdepoort gate entrance to the Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • From here follow the signs to Jaci’s Lodges (approximately a two-hour drive, with a 50-minute drive through the reserve)

Need Assistance ?

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Business Hours

Mon – Fri: (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat: (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours

E-mail: safaris@madikwe.net


What sets us Apart!

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us?

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
Most special deals by far
Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
No booking fees

Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice