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About Jaci's Safari Lodge

Located in the heart of the renowned Madikwe Game Reserve, Jaci’s Safari Lodge offers the perfect bush getaway with an array of accommodation options. Guests at Jaci's Lodges can enjoy a variety of safari activities, Big 5 viewing and a comfortable stay with amazing views over the vast landscape. Jaci and Jan van Heteren are the dynamic duo and owner-manager couple behind Jaci’s Lodges. Together they have spent more than 30 years working tirelessly to start and keep alive their vision of an authentic wildlife and safari experience, at both Jaci's Safari Lodge and Jaci's Tree Lodge.

Jaci's Safari Lodge is a family-friendly haven where nature and luxury seamlessly converge. The central hub, known as the Main Lodge, has a lovely spacious lounge area with a splendid copper fireplace and a well-stocked bar. The chef’s kitchen and dining spaces are seamlessly integrated, showcasing vibrant decor and the welcoming ambience of South African style. This inviting space is designed not only for comfort but also to cater to the needs of families, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking an immersive and enjoyable experience among the wonders of the African wilderness.

Jaci's Safari Lodge Setting

Located within the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, Jaci's Safari Lodge offers an enchanting escape surrounded by natural beauty. The lodge's crown jewel, the Thutlwa Lookout, invites guests to enjoy the breathtaking spectacle of sunrise and sunset, providing an idyllic setting to unwind, relax, and immerse themselves in the mesmerising African landscape. Whether indulging in a leisurely dining experience or simply basking in the natural beauty, the Thutlwa Lookout promises an unforgettable vista. For those seeking an up-close encounter with wildlife, the Terrapin Hide presents a unique opportunity to discreetly observe and photograph animals as they gather at the watering hole. It's a sanctuary where the thrill of the safari unfolds just beyond the doorstep, ensuring an immersive and captivating stay at Jaci's Lodges.

What's included

  • Twice-daily game drives, including sunset/sunrise stops and night drives
  • All meals daily
  • Local and specialised teas and filter coffee
  • Select local house drinks including a variety of fine South African wines, spirits, beers and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to booking terms and conditions. No spirits included if booking on SA Resident rate)
  • Access to the submerged Terrapin photographic hide and Tlou Deck
  • Optional Naledi Treehouse sleep-out experience (subject to availability and additional cost)
  • Transfers to and from the Eastern Airstrip when flying with FedAir/private charter


How to get there

  • 4 hrs

    O.R. Tambo International Airport

  • Jaci's Safari Lodge

    Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe, 2838

  • Check in at Jaci's Safari Lodge

    15:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Jaci's Safari Lodge

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions


  • Unique Bush Experience

    We stayed at Jaci's Tree Lodge over a long weekend and had an amazing time. The tree houses are unique, service excellent and game drives were fantastic - our guide was extremely knowledgeable review

    K. Samson

  • Perfect Bush Break

    Jaci's was the perfect place to escape for a few days and enjoy the wildlife rich Madikwe! review

    A. Fairfield

Jaci's Safari Lodge impact highlights

Jaci's Safari Lodge is more than just a luxurious retreat—it's a conscientious steward of the environment and an active contributor to the local community. The Main Lodge, the central hub of Jaci's, is not only a spacious and inviting haven but also a testament to the lodge's commitment to sustainable practices. Jaci's Lodges take pride in their eco-friendly initiatives, such as recycling, redirecting food scraps to a local pig farm, eliminating plastic bottles, and harnessing solar power. Notably, they are pioneers in implementing hydrogen power, marking a groundbreaking step toward eco-conscious energy solutions. The lodge's dedication extends beyond environmental efforts, with a focus on community development projects. Apart from the staff trust that empowers employees with a share in the business, Jaci's Lodges actively engages in various community development initiatives. Moreover, their commitment to conservation is evident through projects like rhino notching, microchipping, elephant collaring, lion branding, and aiding in African wild dog relocation. At Jaci's Lodges, the symbiotic relationship between luxury, sustainability, and community engagement forms the very essence of their mission.

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