Jaci's Safari Lodge in South Africa is in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, a 4-hour drive or 45 minute flight north west of Johannesburg, close to the Botswana border. Jaci's Safari Lodge is constructed around an anthill on the Marico river bank. It overlooks an established waterhole and is underneath a grove of Tamboetie trees.
There are eight double rooms and two family suites, the Nare Suite and the Safari Suite. Each has canvas walls and large tented windows. The en suite bathrooms have rock baths and outside safari-showers. Each room has its own deck looking onto a stream, where you can relax betweeen activities. The Nare Suite accommodates a maximum of six guests, and has a kitchen where your chef can prepare meals for you, lounge and outdoor dining area. The Safari Suite can sleep up to eight guests in two double bedrooms and two children's rooms. It has a wrap around deck and private pool. Both suites are equipped with private vehicle and guide. There are also two secluded starbed suites, with accommodation over two levels, and a mix of indoor and outdoor space including a starbed.
Dinners are eaten outside around the open fire in the ‘boma'. There is a spacious lounge, a bar with a reading area, and craft shop in the main lodge. There is also a swimming pool and a plunge pool.
Each day there are game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. You can also go on guided walking safaris. The wildlife is plentiful and you will usually not be inundated by hundreds of other visitors.
Jaci's Tree Lodge This is a seperate luxurious lodge, run by the same people in the same area and comprises of eight tree houses, each built around a giant Leadwood or Tambotie tree. They are on stilts about sox metres above the ground in Riverine Forest. The rooms are all large with great decks and huge bathroom facilities including a giant stone bath tub and an outdoor 'jungle' shower. Raised walkways in the forest canopy link the rooms to the main lodge facilities which include a massive bar, a lounge area with a four sided fireplace, dining areas, a boma, swimming pool and bush gym.
Open: Jaci’s Safari Lodge and Jaci's Tree Lodge are open all year.
Location: The lodges are on the edge of the Marico River in Madikwe Game Reserve, about a 4-hour drive or 45-minute flight from Johannesburg. The lodges have their own airstrip.
Rooms: Jaci's Safari Lodge has are eight luxurious, spacious rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with large bath tubs, twin hand basins and outdoor bush showers. They have private decks. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans as well as underfloor heating for the cooler winter months. They have thatched roofs and canvas walls with panels that can be rolled up, allowing you to enjoy the view. An extra bed can be added to accommodate a child. There are two family suites, which include a plunge pool, your own guide and game vehicle. One of these, the Safari Suite, accommodates up to four adults and four children and the other, the Nare Suite, sleeps six people. Private dinners can be eaten in the suite, or you can opt to dine in the lounge with other guests. The lodge also has two starbed suites, offering tghe option of sleeping outdoors as well as inside, and each with an indoor bathroom, outdoor shower, sitting area, bar and deck.
Jaci's Tree Lodge has eight treehouse suites connected by elevated walkways. Each suite has a bedroom, indoor bath and outdoor shower. They are air conditioned and have ceiling fans, and all have their own viewing deck.
Activities: The lodges offer game drives in the early morning and late afternoon and guided walking safaris. This is a good area for bird watching. At the lodge you can go for a swim, enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa or go for a stroll along the river. Jaci's Tree Lodge also has a submerged terrapin hide.
Facilities: Jaci's Safari Lodge has a main lounge is where you relax between activities, read a book and enjoy brunch and high tea. On cool evenings a fire can be lit in the large fireplace. The loft bar serves a range of drinks. Sundowners can be enjoyed round the firepit. There is a plunge pool and a swimming pool. The games room has a table tennis table, a pool table and lots of board games. There is a gym.
Jaci's Tree Lodge's main building includes a lounge with a fireplace, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a boma=, bar and a shop. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, bush gym and a river walk.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables at jaci's Safari Lodge and are often eaten communally at Tree Lodge.
Children: Jaci's Safari Lodge welcomes children of all ages. Activities can be tailored for children and families, and special meals can be arranged.
Jaci's Tree Lodge accepts children aged 13 years and over.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
"This was a really lovely place to stay with a lot of effort put into making each day different - eg dinners eaten in different places each night. The staff were fantastically helpful, the food was good and plentiful (5 meals a day!), the guides were knowledgeable. Toilets apart, the rooms are fantastic - especially (I imagine) if there are only two of you - polished stone floors, beautiful sinks, comfy bed with net canopy, outside shower. Negatives were that the toilet is open plan in the bedroom which became a pain when we all suffered from tummy bugs. Punters should also be aware that the pools are too small to do anything other than get wet in. Games room needs some replenishment of games (it seems that no one ever checks that all the bits of the scrabble board are there at places like this). Also I am not convinced that this is the best place to see game as it is very bushy with lots of places for animals to hide in. This makes the tracking more fun, but don't expect big vistas with herds of zebra. Having said that, it is somewhere I would love to go back to, maybe without the children so as to have the luxury of the room to ourselves."