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    Tree Lodge
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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 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

6 Jan 2018 to 18 Dec 2018 19 Dec 2018 to 5 Jan 2019
Single Per Night 11 845 12 745
Per Person Per Night Sharing 7 895 8 495

For SA Residents Rates please contact our offices at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone on  0878200021

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.

  • 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 
  • 14% 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!


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


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

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.


  • 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
  • Park fees - R210 per adult per STAY | R105 per child per STAY
  • Landing fees - R280 per adult | R140 per child (provisional, subject to change)
  • Guest Conservation Contribution: R210 per adult per DAY | R75 per child per DAY 

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

Daily Scheduled Flights
There are daily scheduled flights from Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg direct to Jaci's Lodges. Private charters can also be arranged on request. Landing strip fees of R100 per adult and R20 per pensioner/child (2-12 years) are payable for use of the strip.
Road Transfers | Self-Drive
Jaci's is an easy four-hour drive from OR Tambo International Airport. Allow us to arrange a private road transfer for you or you could simply take the self drive option.

If you will be arriving by car, the quickest (and recommended) route from Johannesburg is to drive via Sun City, and then on to the Molatedi Gate in the south-western corner of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Please contact the lodge directly when passing Sun City for more specific directions should you require them, and to alert us so that we can prepare for your arrival.

Please refuel at Sun Village / Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.

Please remember that although the gates into the Madikwe Game Reserve close at 21h00, guests are not permitted to drive unaccompanied in the reserve after 18h00. Should you expect to arrive after 18h00, please make prior arrangements for a lodge escort (chargable).
Please DO NOT use GPS location systems (even google earth etc....) to get to Jaci's Lodges - you will be taken on routes / roads that no longer exists.
For more information, please contact our reservations office.

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!

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

By Car

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Self-drive - R180 Adults
• Self-drive - R 80 Child under 12
• SUBJECT to change without notice

By Air

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Flight landing fee R240 per Adult
• Flight landing fee R150 per Child
• SUBJECT to change without notice