Jaci's Lodges - Madikwe Game Reserve

In the North West Province, situated along the Marico River

Welcome at Jacis Lodges
Welcome to Jaci's
The lounge at the main lodge
Tree House Lounge
The Diningroom at the Main Lodge
Tree House Diningroom
The pool at the main lodge
Tree House Pool
Tree House Bedroom
Tree House Bedroom
Safari Lodge Lounge
Safari Lodge Lounge

Lodge Setting

The two lodges, Jaci's Tree Lodge and Jaci's Safari Lodge, and the two family suites, Nare Suite and the Safari Suite, are situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

The two lodges are situated along the Marico River.

Nare Suite is an exclusive bush retreat, and the Safari Suite has its own private splash pool

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation consists of Jacis Tree Lodge and Jacis Safari Lodge and two exclusive family suites namely the Safari Suite and Nare Suite&emdash; each with their own guides and game drive vehicles.

    Jaci's Tree Lodge

    Jaci's Tree Lodge is high above the ground - built on wooden stilts. This treetop safari experience consists of eight tree house rooms connected by wooden walkways. It has views out across the Groot Marico River.

    Each room has a king sized bed, a stone bath and outdoor shower. The tree houses blend into the surrounding tree canopy. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fans and heaters, to ensure your comfort throughout the year. Each room also has a large balcony, an ideal spot from which to watch the birds in the surrounding tree canopy. The dining area is in the main lodge where brunch or high tea is served. Dinners are usually around a fire under the African stars – weather permitting. Tree Lodge guests have access to a swimming pool surrounded by comfortable loungers, perfect for relaxing on after a refreshing swim.

    Jaci's Safari Lodge

    Jaci's Safari Lodge is situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve on the edge of the Marico River. The lodge consists of eight luxury rooms, each with a large mosaic bath (big enough for two to share), outdoor "bush" shower and private deck. The main lounge where brunch and high tea are served has views across a small stream. There is a loft bar for those in need of a little refreshment after a long day of game viewing. The main lounge has a large fireplace and a circular fire pit where guests can relax and warm themselves on cool evenings.

    The rooms have under-floor heating which is great for those cool winter months and it also has air-conditioning as well as a ceiling fan to keep guests cool during hot summer days. With thatch roofs, low stone walls and canvas panels that roll up, the spacious rooms really let the outside in, making for a unique African safari experience from the comfort of your bed. The rooms are doubles; however stretcher beds can be set up in the rooms for families with children if requested.

    Guests at Jaci's have the use of two swimming pools. A small plunge pool situated near to the main lodge makes for a refreshing dip after an afternoon game drive, while the larger pool, surrounded by lush green grass, is the perfect place to both cool off and soak up the warm African sun.

    The Family Suites

    The two exclusive family suites namely Safari Suite and Nare Suite, each has their own guides and game drive vehicles. At night you can choose to dine with other guests in the main diningroom or have your own private dinner.

    The Safari Suite

    Guests staying at the Safari Suite have their own private splash pool, flanked by a deck and loungers on which to soak up the sunshine, as well as a small lounge in which to relax after a long day in the bush. This suite can sleep up to four adults and four children, and includes all the features of Jaci's Safari Lodge.

    The Nare Suite

    The Nare Suite is an exclusive bush retreat, with a waterhole at the front and can accommodate up to six guests. The suite comes equipped with open plan bathrooms, a handmade rock bath and outdoor safari shower. It has a wooden viewing deck which overlooks the waterhole. The upstairs loft with its own toilet is ideal for children. In addition, the lounge and outdoor dining area is equipped with a self-contained kitchen, where our chefs can prepare meals for you in privacy, should you so desire.

  • Rates

    Rates vary depending on your lodge selection, the time of year and specials available.

    Contact us for your very own quote, individually calculated by our experienced travel specialists. Each quote is based on the season, specials available, lodging quality and various other factors.


    A lodge may offer special or discounted rates from time to time. Special rates exclude peak periods, public holidays and long-weekends, and are subject to availability.

    • There may be special or discounted rates outside peak season and public holidays.
    • Special discounted rates for bookings made within 5 days of arrival may also apply, please enquire.

    Included - Lodges

    • Accommodation, dinner & brunch
    • Game Drives
    • Return transfers, in an open game vehicle, when flying with FedAir
    • VAT at 14%

    Excluded - Lodges

    • Reserve fees - subject to change
    • All drinks (including sundowners)
    • Mineral water
    • Lunch on day of arrival
    • Gratuities
    • Curio shop purchases
    • Massage treatments
    • Telephone
    • Laundry, etc.

    Included - Suites

    • Accommodation, dinner, brunch
    • Exclusive use of game drive vehicle and field guide
    • Return transfers, in an open game vehicle, from the Eastern Airstrip when flying with FedAir
    • VAT at 14%
    • Selected spirits
    • Selected wines and beers, soft drinks (excluding mineral water)
    • Babysitting available during game drives and dinner - ONLY in the Suites

    Excluded - Suites

    • Madikwe Game Reserve gate fee / airstrip tax - subject to change
    • Premium brands spirits, wines and beers
    • Mineral water
    • Lunch on day of arrival
    • gratuities
    • Curio shop purchases
    • Massage treatment
    • Telephone
    • Laundry, etc.


    Check-in is at 14:00. Should guests arriving earlier & require lunch &emdash; please note that this has to be pre-booked, at an additional cost per person, and is served between 13:00 to 14:00. The first meal included in the package is high tea which is served at approximately 15:30.

    Bottled mineral water is excluded from rate, due to the fact that Jaci's has pure, safe, drinkable borehole water which is supplied through our taps, and ice cold water is provided in the guests rooms. By not supplying unnecessary bottled water, we are minimizing the lodges' carbon footprint. If guests however insist on having mineral water due to personal preference, this is available and can be purchased from the bar.

  • Booking enquiries

  • Children & Families

    Children of all ages are welcome at Jaci's and are especially catered for. Being in a malaria free area, Madikwe is well suited for children.

    Game drives

    There is a special "jungle drive" for children four years and younger. This is an educational and informative drive to keep the younger children engaged- offered at an additional cost.
    Jaci's family safari drives have evolved from the specialized children's safaris. Family safari vehicles are only available at Jaci's Safari Lodge – this is presented to get parents with children aged 5 – 12 years together on the game drives.

    For further children's entertainment there is a games room, and swimming pools.

    At extra cost child minders can be arranged for the younger children aged 4 years and under, during game drive times and evening dinner to allow parents an "adult" evening meal.


    Jaci's chefs cater to your child's likes and dislikes, menus typically include firm favourites like spaghetti bolognaise, hot dogs, chips, home-made hamburgers as well as vegetables and salads.

    For all children 12 years and younger sharing with their parents, an earlier evening “children's” meal is provided in the dining room just after the evening game drive, as they are not allowed into the boma for the evening meals.

    The evening meal in the boma (weather permitting) is an adult affair and children 12 years and younger will enjoy dinner in the dining room.

    All children in their own rooms paying adult rates are welcome to eat with the adults at night. Brunch is served to the family.

    Sleeping arrangements

    The special children's rate is for children 12 years and younger sharing a room with their parents.

    Children 0 - 4 years old stay free!

    General safety

    While Jaci's are fenced off from the Reserve, it is still the responsibility of the parents to be mindful of potential dangers at all times, as the lodges are situated in a Big Five wildlife area.

  • Cuisine

    At Jaci's, the chefs are dedicated to preparing fresh, wholesome and tasty dishes. Menus feature fresh, seasonal South African produce and meats, meal schedules are flexible, typically tailored around your game drives.

  • Activities

    Jaci's star-bed

    A small watering hole and wetland area which attracts a wealth of wildlife are a short walk from Jaci's Tree Lodge. A small hide is on the banks of this watering hole in which guests can quietly observe the animals and birds. On top of the hide there is a four-poster bed and guests can enjoy a night out in the wild to experience game at night-time from a special vantage point.


    There is a small on-site gym with a treadmill and exercise bike amongst others. A play area is attached to the gym, in which children can keep occupied while you work out.

    Game Drives

    Safari game drives take place when the likelihood of sightings is at its highest - early morning and late afternoon.

    Jaci's field guides are all professional and experienced game guides with a wealth of knowledge on local fauna and flora, information on local customs, geology, history and geography – all of which is guaranteed to make your African safari game drive fun and informative.

  • Spa Facilities

    The Masala Spa offers full body, Indian head, back and shoulder and foot massages.

  • Weddings

    Jaci's offers a unique wedding venue in the heart of the African bush. With extensive experience in planning such celebrations, Jaci's dedicated staff will ensure that your special occasion goes off without a glitch.

  • Wildlife Safaris at Jaci's

    Walking Safaris

    Jaci's is excited to offer specialised guided walking safaris in Madikwe. With our walking-trails qualified guides you can enjoy a three to four-hour walk through the Madikwe bushveld. You will be walking in Big Five/Top Ten territory, so if you are really lucky you might encounter some of the larger mammals while on foot. But normally you can get closer to them when on a vehicle. We recommend a reasonable level of fitness as walks could vary between 5km and 10km over the three to four hours. Children 0 - 15 years are not allowed to walk in Madikwe. A medical fitness certificate is required for those over 60 and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition.

    • Birding Safaris - Learn to identify birds by sound, habitat and sight, with professional and passionate birding specialist guides.
    • Photographic Safaris - Jaci's offers specialised photographic safaris with renowned wildlife photographers.
    • Conservation Safaris - Be involved in wildlife conservation work - making a real difference by being personally and physically involved in Madikwe.
  • Directions

    The reserve is approximately a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg, following the route to Sun City and Derdepoort. Jaci's is accessed via MOLATEDI GATE. We advise that you refuel at Sun Village, as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.

    Air transfers from Grand Central Airport or Johannesburg International Airport are available. There is no charge for the transfer from the Madikwe air strip to the Jaci's.


    • Directly after leaving the airport, look out for the sign saying R21 PRETORIA / KEMPTON PARK.
    • The sign will be on your left with the turn-off very soon after leaving the Airport, so keep a sharp lookout.
    • Follow the signs to PRETORIA & N1 PIETERSBERG/POLOKWANE
    • After approximately 36km you will see large signs over the highway, follow the direction PRETORIA & N1 PIETERSBERG / POLOKWANE / NORTH
    • Turn onto this highway (you are now travelling in a northerly direction)
    • After passing a number of off-ramps, you will see signs for a toll road called BAKWENYA PLATINUM HIGHWAY / N4 / RUSTENBURG
    • Take this toll road.
    • Once on the N4, continue in the Rustenburg direction & take EXIT 225, which is the R556 / SUN CITY / MAJAKANENG off-ramp.
    • Turn right at the top of the off ramp & continue straight to SUN CITY.
    • Sun City is approximately 73km from this off-ramp.
    • It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right.
    • After passing Sun City and the Sun Village on the right, continue straight until you reach a four-way junction.
    • Turn right to DERDEPOORT. From here, there are two route options

    OPTION A - Recommended route

    • Follow the R565 road for approximately 39.4km & turn left at KAYAKULU.
    • Continue straight along the D548 road for 24.8 km until you reach a T-JUNCTION.
    • PLEASE NOTE: This T-Junction is not marked & there are no warning signs that you are approaching it.
    • Turn Right at the T-Junction onto a tar/ sealed road that continues for about 10.4 km & then becomes gravel/ dirt
    • The DWARSBERG LIQUOR STORE will be on your left, continue straight along the gravel road towards MOLATEDI VILLAGE (do NOT take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight)
    • Pass through MOLATEDI VILLAGE, over the MARICO RIVER & straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into Madikwe Game Reserve.
    • From here the friendly gate staff can give you directions, or just follow the signs to JACI'S


    A GPS will NOT bring you directly to Jaci's if utilised from OR TAMBO / JOHANNESBURG / Pretoria or Sun City.
    Please drive carefully & be aware of village pedestrians, children & animals.

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The Lounge at Jacis Tree House The Tree Lodge Boma The Tree Lodge Lounge Safari Lodge Lounge

children are welcome dedicated chefs prepare fresh, wholesome, tasty dishes "jungle drives"