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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

1 Jan 2019 to 18 Dec 2019 19 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020
Single Per Night R12 865 R13 925
Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 575 R9 285
6 Jan 2020 to 18 Dec 2020 19 Dec 2020 to 5 Jan 2021
Single Per Night R14 100 R14 625
Per Person Per Night Sharing R9 400 R9 750

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


Our “Stay for 3 Pay for 2” Special

Valid 01 May – 31 July 2020


2019 SADC Rates

SADC High Season
06 January - 18 December 2019
SADC Peak Season
19 December - 05 January 2020
Double Single Double Single
R5 130
Per person sharing
R7 695
Per single room per night
R5 640
Per person sharing
R8 460
Per single room per night
E&OE

2019 SADC Last Minute Rates
SADC Last Minute High Season
06 January - 18 December 2019
SADC Last Minute Peak Season
19 December - 05 January 2020
Double Single Double Single
R3 690
Per person sharing
R5 535
Per single room per night
R4 000
Per person sharing
R6 000
Per single room per night

SADC Last Minute High Season Rates are also extended to apply to SADC reservations for the period of travel from 01 May – 31 July 2019
Last Minute Rates outside of the 01 May - 30 July 2019 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 2019 & 18 December 2019
Rates are quoted per person sharing per night
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.

ACCOMMODATION 

  • 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 indoor bath
RATES INCLUDE
  • 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, non-alcoholic 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.
  • 24-hour access to our submerged “Terrapin” photographic hide (Dusk to Dawn arrangements for individual access 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
  • Madikwe Game Reserve entrance fees & Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution (prices subject to change – will be added to pro forma invoice & prepaid with accommodation)
  • Transfers to and from the lodge (other than the Eastern Airstrip) & escorts 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

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At Jaci’s Tree Lodge, guests are accommodated in custom-built treehouses that seem to float high above the ground. Guests can enjoy a magnificent accommodation experience with views into the surrounding riverine forest as well as glimpses across the Marico River. Jaci’s Tree Lodge blends into the overarching canopy of the surrounding bush and foliage, making for fantastic birdwatching in a natural environment.

Due to its structure, on wooden stilts connected by raised walkways, Jaci’s Tree Lodge isn’t suitable for small children. Kids 13 years and older are welcome.

Treehouse Suites

Each of the eight double-occupancy treehouse-style suites features a private outdoor shower and indoor bath, and suspended private viewing decks. Each suite is decorated with our trademark African vibrancy, complemented by modern elements and with a focus on privacy. The custom-built stilted structures are connected by suspended walkways.

Main Lodge
Enjoy the cosy fireplace, fully stocked bar and lounge, as well as our indoor and outdoor dining areas, and browse through our African curio shop.

The Main Lodge at Jaci’s Tree Lodge Includes

  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Viewing deck
  • Open-plan kitchen
  • Cosy fireplace
  • Lounge and guest-welcome area
  • Outdoor boma area
  • Fully stocked bar
  • Bush swimming pool
  • Bush gym and river walk
  • Curio shop
  • Easy access to the submerged Terrapin hide

Accompanied by an expert walking-trails guide, guests can explore parts of Madikwe Game Reserve on foot. You may not spot many of the larger animal species (although you will almost certainly see their spoor), but you will learn so much more about the relationship between flora and fauna in the African bush, making it an unforgettable experience for all your senses.

The focus of a walking safari is the things you may miss on a game drive: the smaller animals, insects and birds, surrounding trees and grasses, with a spotlight on animal spoor and dung, small flowers and plants, bird calls and the aromatic smells of herbs and shrubs.

Jaci’s  Photographic

With the breathtaking vistas of Madikwe Game Reserve as the backdrop and a diverse variety of wildlife as the subject matter, Jaci’s Lodges’ complete photographic offering caters to all guests, whether amateurs or professionals, who want to capture once-in-a-lifetime memories, rare and beautiful game sightings, emotive landscapes or those special often-overlooked details that the bush provides in abundance. Perfectly complementing the photographic offering at Jaci’s Lodges is the submerged Terrapin Hide. Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the popular hide is open 24/7 to all guests. For your convenience, our photographic equipment is also available to hire.

The Terrapin Photographic Hide

The Terrapin Hide is located in the middle of a waterhole, with easy access from Jaci’s Tree Lodge and within walking distance of Jaci’s Safari Lodge. The hide, which is accessed via a submerged tunnel and features a water-level viewing window, has established Jaci’s Lodges as a premium photographic safari destination.

The low angle gives photographers an unparalleled opportunity to capture eye-level images of the plethora of animal life that visits the waterhole daily. Its west-facing orientation guarantees soft morning light and warm backlit silhouettes in the late afternoon. From the safety and unique vantage point of the hide, you might even get lucky and capture an elusive leopard, swimming elephants or African wild dogs.

The hide is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fully equipped with red LED interior lights, spotlights and a radio, this unique vantage point is enjoyed by not only photographers but all lodge guests.

Conservation Safaris

Conservation safaris at Jaci’s Lodges are designed to help everyday bush lovers contribute to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts taking place in the greater Madikwe Game Reserve.

This initiative includes exhilarating involvement in wildlife safeguarding efforts within the reserve, such as notching and microchipping rhino; collaring elephants; and collecting genetic material to help record, track and protect Africa’s endangered wildlife, branding lions and gathering information for North West Parks Board field rangers to help effectively manage Madikwe’s core species of lion and rhino and African wild dog relocation.

Each conservation safari is led by a team of professionals, including:

A wildlife veterinarian with specific training in immobilising wild animals, and with knowledge of their habitat, stress levels and other factors that may affect the outcome of darting procedures.
A helicopter pilot skilled in low-level flying, who enables the vet a clear and steady shot.
Field rangers who assist the team in doing the job quickly and efficiently, helping gather essential data and recording the details of each animal, contributing to the successful outcome of a conservation safari.

Walking Safaris

Accompanied by an expert walking-trails guide, guests can explore parts of Madikwe Game Reserve on foot. You may not spot many of the larger animal species (although you will almost certainly see their spoor), but you will learn so much more about the relationship between flora and fauna in the African bush, making it an unforgettable experience for all your senses.

The focus of a walking safari is the things you may miss on a game drive: the smaller animals, insects and birds, surrounding trees and grasses, with a spotlight on animal spoor and dung, small flowers and plants, bird calls and the aromatic smells of herbs and shrubs.

Tips and tricks

  • We recommend a reasonable level of fitness, as walks vary between 5km and10km over three to four hours.
  • The guide will match the pace of the slowest person in the group, so there’s no need to worry about having to keep up.
  • No guests under the age of 16 years are allowed on walking safaris.
  • Opt for neutral-coloured clothing, and shorts in summer and long trousers in winter.
  • Wear comfortable, closed walking boots and socks, and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Don’t forget your sunblock.
  • Try to carry as little as possible – stick to a small daypack containing your camera, binoculars and notebook.
  • Your guide will carry a first-aid kit, water, a radio for emergencies and toilet paper.
Weddings at Jaci's

Madikwe Game Reserve offers an extraordinary setting for romantic wedding ceremonies with a difference, surrounded by Mother Nature, with the setting African sun as your witness. Joined by a gathering of close family and cherished friends, brides- and grooms-to-be are invited to celebrate their big day at Jaci’s Lodges.

The special-events crew at Jaci’s Lodges will do their very best to make sure that your wild wedding is unforgettable. Whether you want to exchange (or renew) marriage vows, celebrate your anniversary, or host an engagement party, Jaci’s Lodges’ dedicated events staff will ensure that your special occasion runs smoothly.

The Jaci’s Lodges Grand Wedding Package includes:

  • An ordanined Minister for the ceremony, including preparation and processing of all legal documents.
  • A wedding ceremony at a location of your choice in the lodge or in the bush.
  • Local flowers of your choice. (depending on season and availability)
  • Sparkling wine for the bridal couple.
  • A single layer wedding cake with topping of your choice.
  • Local Tswana dancers to perform at the ceremony.
  • Wedding turndown for the bridal couple.
  • Traditional wedding gifts.
  • Professional photographer for 2 to 3 hours & a CD with all your wedding photos.
  • Professional hairdresser and make-up artists are available on request and are quoted separately.

The Jaci’s Lodges Intimate Wedding Package includes:

  • Arrangements for wedding parties of 2-8 people, including the bridal couple
  • Bush bouquet for the bride and boutonnière for the groom
  • Small homemade decorated cake
  • Ceremony venue and setup at our designated outdoor bushveld wedding area
  • Two game-viewing vehicles available for one hour during the day (to be scheduled between standard game-drive times)
  • Special romantic suite turndown with a bottle of bubbly for the bridal couple
 

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

***NOTE*** Due to sporadic & unforeseen road closures, we recommend self drive guests & road travelers confirm their intended driving route on their day of arrival & check local road conditions before their departure / arrival. As of June 2018, there are currently roadworks from Dwarsberg towards Madikwe for approximately 10kms. We expect these to be complete by the end of 2019.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
All gates into Madikwe Game Reserve open at 06h00 and close at 18h00. Guests arriving or departing outside these times will require an escort to the lodge, this must be pre-arranged with Jaci’s Lodges and has an additional cost per escorted trip:
Molatedi Gate: R950.00 per vehicle / escort (2018 Rate)
Derdepoort / Abjaterskop Gate: R1250.00 per vehicle / escort (2018 Rate)

SELF-DRIVE DIRECTIONS FROM OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO JACI’S LODGES

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.
PLEASE NOTE
  • 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.
SELF-DRIVE DIRECTIONS FROM GABORONE
  • 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)
Flight durations
  • From OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with Federal Air: approx 55-minute flight
  • From Cheetah Plains or Jaci’s Sabi House in Sabi Sand with Unique Air: approx 90-minute flight
  • From Cape Town to Gaborone with Air Botswana: approx 120-minute flight
  • From Kasane to Gaborone with Air Botswana: approx 120-minute flight
  • Private charters and transfers via helicopter arranged on request.
  • Car hire available at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg
  • Road transfers from all airports directly to Jaci’s Lodges arranged on request
Important info about private flights and charters
  • Landing-strip fees, Reserve entrance fees and fuel levies are payable per person for use of the airstrip, and will be added to your invoice when booking
  • There is a strict baggage allowance of 20kg per person (soft bag*) on all scheduled flights and private charters
  • All OR Tambo International Airport connecting flights must land/depart at least two hours (three hours for international flights) before/after the scheduled private charter-flight departure/arrival time to allow for possible delays
  • All flights are subject to weather conditions
  • Should a flight not be possible, a road transfer will be arranged
  • Private pilots must request, sign and return the indemnity form from Jaci’s Lodges before landing on the eastern airstrip in Madikwe
  • Surface tar length:1 500m
  • Elevation: 1 158m
  • *Not all airlines accept rigid cases, so it is advisable to carry a small duffel bag or soft case in your main suitcase for your time at Jaci’s Lodges. You can pack your soft bag with your clothing and other equipment for your safari, and leave the hard case at the airline offices for collection on your return

Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.’ Brian Jackman, wildlife writer. To experience a truly authentic African safari in the splendid Madikwe Game Reserve is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure guaranteed to be forever etched in your memory.

On a Jaci’s Lodges safari, you can look forward to an epic experience including the possibility of seeing the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), as well as cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, giraffe and hippo – all sightings for which Madikwe is famous.

Jaci’s Field Guides

Your expert field guides will always do their utmost to ensure that you enjoy an incredible bush safari adventure on our twice-daily safari drives.
Over the years, our highly qualified guides have accumulated a wonderful repertoire of anecdotes and interesting facts on local wildlife, geology, history and geography, and they look forward to sharing these tales of the wild with you, making your African safari game drive a fun and informative experience.
Should your guides see fit, they may venture off-road onto bush trails and into natural terrain to track animals.
Expect to hear languages you may not understand: Jaci’s field guides will communicate sightings and recent kills via a two-way radio, using Setswana and vernacular code words.
To ensure a private safari experience, only three safari vehicles at a time are allowed at each sighting.
Our guides make stops on the morning drive for hot chocolate, coffee or tea and home-baked rusks, and in the late afternoon for sundowners and snacks while taking in an unforgettable African sunset.
Be sure to follow our field guide blog for all the up-to-date happenings at the lodge, fantastic sightings and photography.

Your Safari Schedule

Wakeup call: You will be woken by a knock on your door. Please feel free to make a cup of coffee/tea in your room, or enjoy tea, coffee and cereal at the Main Lodge before setting off on the morning drive.
Departure: The morning drive leaves from the Main Lodge and includes a stop along the way for exceptionally good coffee and freshly baked rusks.
Brunch: Enjoy a delicious continental or full-English breakfast selection, with additional lunch dishes and refreshments, on your return from the morning drive.
High tea: Refreshing homemade drinks and an assortment of savouries and pastries are served before you depart for your afternoon drive.
Departure: The afternoon drive also leaves from the Main Lodge and includes a stop for your choice of sundowner as well as stargazing after sunset.
Dinner: On returning from the drive, guests have time to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks at the Main Lodge bar, before being treated to a variety of South African-inspired, fire-cooked dishes, which we serve under the stars around the campfire as often as possible.
 
Safari Activities

Jaci’s Lodges’ photographic offering gives our guests the opportunity to learn about photography and capture those iconic safari images without having to invest in their own kit, under the guidance of our resident photographic expert, Andrew Aveley.
The Terrapin Hide is a submerged photographic hide with a water-level viewing window in the Jaci’s Lodges waterhole.
Conservation safaris at Jaci’s Lodges are designed to help everyday bush lovers contribute to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts taking place in the greater Madikwe Game Reserve.
Our walking safaris teach guests to walk in the wild with senses finely tuned to every sound and smell.
Say ’I do’ in, the gorgeous African bush, surrounded by your true love and closest friends – weddings at Jaci’s Lodges is a truly magical experience.
Madikwe Weather

Winters are generally sunny and dry, with temperatures varying from 0 to 24ºC.
Summers are generally wet, with spectacular thunderstorms and temperatures varying from 12 to 38ºC.
Expect sunny days for most of the year.
Packing your suitecase
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, spare battery and charger
  • Long trousers
  • Short trousers
  • T-shirts
  • 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
Winters:
  • Generally sunny & dry
  • Temperatures vary from 0 – 24 degrees Celsius
Summers:
  • Generally wet with spectacular thunderstorms
  • Temperatures vary from 12 – 38 degrees Celsius

WHAT TO PACK
  • 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

Need Assistance ?

South Africa RSA  +27 87 820 0021

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!

MALARIA FREE
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

Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Gate Entry Fees
  - R180
per Adults per STAY
  - R 80  per Child  
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - ZAR150 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR75 per Child
Guest Conservation Contribution  from 1.1. 2020 (GCC)
  - ZAR R165 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR 82.50 per Child     
SUBJECT to change without notice,
Guests GCC are payable at the lodges and
will be added to guests' bills
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight Entry
  - R240 per Adult  
  - R150 per Child from   
SUBJECT to change without notice