Jaci’s Tree and Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Malarial free game viewing

  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing

  • Spend a night sleeping out under the stars

  • Head to their hide-out and observe animals coming to the watering hole

  • Ideal for families with lots on offer for children

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The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Autumn (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.

Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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Insider's View

Take yourself off to the hide for the afternoon with a pair of binoculars and enjoy the game as it wanders in and out of the waterhole, completely unaware of their watcher...

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Jaci's Safari Lodge and Jaci's Tree Lodge are situated in the malaria-free game rich Madikwe Game Reserve. These classic camps both offer the ideal family safari experience, with staff on hand to ensure it's a holiday to remember!

Situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which covers 75,000 hectares of big five territory, Jaci’s two lodges are set alongside the Marico River in a beautiful area of the park surrounded by lush vegetation.

The delightful Tree Lodge is made up of eight very spacious tree house suites which have been constructed within the riverine forest. High up on stilts and up to six metres above the ground, with sliding glass doors across the whole front of the room, they offer superb views of the surrounding area. They have been built utilising a combination of rosewood, thatch and stacking doors, are open plan and have an en-suite bathroom with an enormous stone bath and outdoor shower looking out to the neighbouring wilderness. Rooms are connected by elevated wooden walkways.

Safari Lodge is located a little further along the river and is made up of eight large and spacious tented rooms with canvas walls, shaggy thatched roofs, large windows, en-suite bathrooms and huge white mosquito nets hanging above oversized double beds.

The Nare Suite is an exclusive two-bedroom private villa with a self-contained kitchen, chef, living area, outdoor dining area, private plunge pool - overlooking a waterhole with a private game viewing vehicle and professional guide this is the epitome of luxury safari. This is highly recommended for small groups or families who are looking for a private experience.

The generous main living areas of both lodges consist of a spacious lounge and open plan dining area with uninterrupted views of the bush.

Private vehicles for game drives must be pre-booked prior to travel.

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The Tree Lodge offers eight spacious tree houses made from rosewood and thatch. Each room features a king sized bed, stone bath, and outdoor 'jungle' shower. The Safari Lodge offers eight rooms including one Nare Suite and one Safari Suite. Rooms feature large mosaic baths, outdoor showers and private decks. Amenities include underfloor heating and fireplaces for the winter months and air-conditioning and a ceiling fan to keep you cool during summer days.


Children are well looked after at Jaci's with family safaris provided for 5 - 12 year olds and jungle drives for those younger than 4 years. A children's menu and babysitting are also available if required.


Facilities at the lodges include a main lounge with fireplace, a swimming pool, games room with table tennis, foosball, a pool table and a wide selection of board games. The camp also features a spa and a gym.


Game drives, guided walks and use of the gym and games room are complimentary at Jaci's. Spa treatments are charged additionally.


  • Game Drives & Bush Walks

    The Madikwe Game Reserve is an incredible 'Big 5' wilderness area. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, and the critically endangered Africa wild dog are just some of the amazing sightings you can enjoy in this 75 000 hectare reserve.

  • South African Birding

    The Waterberg is home to an incredible diversity of bird species. Besides residents, migratory species move through during the rains and the escarpment cliffs are home to the world's largest breeding colony of the critically endangered Cape Vulture.

Location & directions

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Set alongside the Marico River in a beautiful area of the Madikwe Game Reserve, surrounded by lush vegetation. It is situated close to the Botswana border, in the 75,000 hectare game reserve.

How to get there

There are daily scheduled flights from OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg, direct to Jaci's Lodges. Alternatively, Jaci's is an easy three-and-a-half to four-hour drive from OR Tambo International Airport.

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