Jaci's Safari and Tree Lodge

Madikwe, South Africa

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The hotel

Utterly authentic, this safari sanctuary sits in the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve and takes you back to nature at every opportunity. Its walking safaris and game-drives are just the start (although with this malaria-free reserve home to the 'Big Five' and wild dogs, it’s a pretty spectacular start). You’ll also find yourself taking night drives for a spot of astronomy and tucking into fire-cooked meals under a blanket of stars. Or hanging out in the waterhole’s submerged Terrapin Hide, waiting for a unique photo-opportunity of bathing elephants. (Don’t worry, Jaci’s Lodge has its own pool, so you can give in to the urge for a dip yourself). All this before settling in for the night in one of the incredible suites. Perhaps a Treehouse Suite on stilts? Or a Starbed Suite, letting you sleep beneath the night skies?

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Set in South Africa’s North West province, in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. A 5-hour drive or 1-hour internal flight from Johannesburg (time restrictions apply).

Hotel information

Accommodation is split into 2 lodges: Jaci’s Safari Lodge and Jaci’s Tree Lodge (unsuitable for small children. Children 13 years and older are welcome). Jaci's Tree Lodge offers 8 custom-built treehouses built on wooden stilts that are connected by raised walkways. All of the suites have air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private outdoor shower, indoor bath and private viewing deck.

All Inclusive of: afternoon tea, dinner and brunch, all house spirits and drinks including local beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Twice daily game-drives, including sunset/sunrise stop and night drive with astronomy.

Safari Lodge has recently been refurbished and offers the following;

  • 6 tented suites, all with air-conditioning and ceiling fan, private outdoor shower, mosaic indoor bath and raised private viewing decks.
  • 2 new Starbed Suites (ideal for couples), set over 2 levels and boasts bold interior and authentic decor, guests can enjoy 2 king-size beds (one on the roof under the stars), lounge areas, a private safari bar and viewing deck.
  • Nare Suite sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children and Safari Suite sleeping maximum 4 adults and 4 children are also available for families or groups travelling together.

Each main lodge includes kitchen and dining areas, a bar, lounge and fireplace. The Main Lodge at Safari Lodge has recently had a full refurbishment now offering guests brand new lounge areas and a copper fireplace and bar. Outdoor boma area. Viewing deck. Swimming pools. Outdoor gym on the river walk. Daily game-drives, including sunset/sunrise stop and night drive with astronomy. Terrapin Hide (unique vantage point where a submerged tunnel offers a water-level viewing window). Complimentary WiFi access.

3 nights between 1 May-31 Jul '20.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ultimate Family Bush Experience

Apr 26, 2022 CapeTownKittykat Cape Town

We cannot recommend Jaci’s Safari Lodge highly enough! We were a family group of seven – 4 adults and 3 kids (aged 13, 9 and 5). The accommodation setup is perfect for families. There are 2 houses/luxury tent combos next to each other, like your own private safari lodge. They lead out onto a deck where the main dining table is and then down into… Read more
We cannot recommend Jaci’s Safari Lodge highly enough! We were a family group of seven – 4 adults and 3 kids (aged 13, 9 and 5). The accommodation setup is perfect for families. There are 2 houses/luxury tent combos next to each other, like your own private safari lodge. They lead out onto a deck where the main dining table is and then down into the boma/pool area with loungers. There are scooter bikes for the toddlers, the pool can be heated, and the setting amongst the trees provides a shady canopy and a sense of complete privacy and tranquility. We were welcomed with big smiles from all the staff, like long lost friends, even though this was actually our first visit (hopefully not our last!). The experience at Jaci’s was so fantastic: all of the staff, without exception, were impeccable in their service. We were made to feel like part of a big, warm, happy Jaci’s family. We were fortunate enough to have Inam as our chef. We cannot sing his praises highly enough. Before every meal, he would explain his menu to us in a most tantalizing and beautiful manner, whetting our appetites for every dish. He was totally amenable to adjusting the menu for our particular dietary preferences, and most willing to accommodate the kids’ particular requests. His food was of the highest standards. We ate like kings and queens! He made a chocolate birthday cake for our 5-year old granddaughter that was any child’s dream and really made her special day. Our host, Mooketsi, is a wonderful human being. He was warm and hospitable, attentive without being intrusive. He is a credit to Jaci’s. Our lovely waitress, Jane, was always on hand with a kind smile and impeccable service. I cannot recall the names of all the wonderful staff, but we wish to thank them all, including Shepherd, one of our main waiters. Rhona and Andrew, the Lodge’s Managers, popped in regularly to check how our day was going, to make suggestions, to make sure that we were happy; how could we possibly not be! We had massages in our suite given by Valencia that were quite wonderful and most professional. Our Ranger was Peter. What a first-class ranger and all-round terrific guy! Our family all loved him, especially the kids. He has a special patience and gentle way with children and was the perfect choice of ranger to take care of our family group. We saw a wonderful variety of game, including a large pack of playful wild dogs, lion, elephant, many rhino, and loads of other beautiful animals and birds. Peter took us out one particular day for a longer day out in the bush, which we had requested. He set up a picnic for us and, to the kids’ delight, devised outdoor adventure games and gave us riddles to solve, as if we were on family “Survivor” – it was a lot of fun. We even stopped to look at the stars, and Peter identified many constellations for us which was such an unusual activity and added to the experience of the night drive. I could go on, but it’s already a long review. If you are looking for a malaria-free game reserve in South Africa that is family-friendly with excellent game viewing and a 5* experience, we would highly recommend Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiiful lodge

Apr 5, 2022 Jurgen B Brussels, Belgium

Staff was as friendly and efficient as usual although we clearly had better guides in most other lodges. Food, main building and rooms were avarage in this price category. We do not recommend the star bed suite that we had. The rooms in the Tree lodge have more charm and better value for money. The absolute best and quite unique thing about this… Read more
Staff was as friendly and efficient as usual although we clearly had better guides in most other lodges. Food, main building and rooms were avarage in this price category. We do not recommend the star bed suite that we had. The rooms in the Tree lodge have more charm and better value for money. The absolute best and quite unique thing about this lodge is the water hide. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful lodge with excellent service

Mar 22, 2022 784michalj Warsaw, Poland

Our stay at Jaci's has been wonderful. We chose one of the Starbed Suites and they did not disappoint - definitely worth it if you can splurge a little. Taking an evening shower on your terrace and then sleeping under the African sky is truly a magical experience. The staff was very friendly and really went the extra mile with their service. I… Read more
Our stay at Jaci's has been wonderful. We chose one of the Starbed Suites and they did not disappoint - definitely worth it if you can splurge a little. Taking an evening shower on your terrace and then sleeping under the African sky is truly a magical experience. The staff was very friendly and really went the extra mile with their service. I have to give particular praise to our ranger - Bianca who made sure that each of our safari rides was a thoroughly enjoyable experience (also, thanks for the amazing bush walk - that was quite an experience!). I also can't say enough good things about the food - every meal was a wonderful feast. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An experience and a school

Mar 10, 2022 cemozanasma Basel, Switzerland

One of our most amazing experiences happened at Jaci’s lodge. The lodge had an unbeatable balance between natural harmony and luxury. Waking up with the sounds of birds and monkeys is an experience by itself. The staff showed a similar balance between professionalism and friendliness. The highlight of the stay was definitely the tours we had… Read more
One of our most amazing experiences happened at Jaci’s lodge. The lodge had an unbeatable balance between natural harmony and luxury. Waking up with the sounds of birds and monkeys is an experience by itself. The staff showed a similar balance between professionalism and friendliness. The highlight of the stay was definitely the tours we had twice a day. We saw so much interesting things and we learnt a lot. Our guide Peter, was amazingly knowledgeable and skilled in addition to being an excellent host and a friend. Don’t look more if you are looking for the safari adventure of your life. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Holiday

Feb 28, 2022 T961UMchloel Cape Town Central, South Africa

I visited the lodge with a friend from the US, and we absolutely loved it. From INCREDIBLE food (presentation and taste!), 7* service, friendly staff and knowledgeable game rangers with great banter - we were blown away. The accommodation was incredible beyond description, and the whole holiday left us feeling incredible relaxed and happy - a… Read more
I visited the lodge with a friend from the US, and we absolutely loved it. From INCREDIBLE food (presentation and taste!), 7* service, friendly staff and knowledgeable game rangers with great banter - we were blown away. The accommodation was incredible beyond description, and the whole holiday left us feeling incredible relaxed and happy - a once in a lifetime experience (except I hope it will be a more than a once off experience!) Would not hesitate to recommend 1000 times. Couples, friends, families - conducive to anyone! ✨ Read less