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Jaci's Lodges -  Madikwe Game Reserve

Jaci's Lodges • Madikwe Game Reserve

Location

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.

Rates

Rates vary depending on your lodge selection, the time of year and specials available. Please contact us for the most up to date rates for this specific lodge.

Specials

A lodge may offer special or discounted rates from time to time. Please enquire.

Special rates exclude peak periods, public holidays and long-weekends - and are subject to availability.

Included

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

Excluded

  • 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.

Notes

Check-in is at 14:00. Should guests arriving earlier & require lunch, 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.

Included

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

Excluded

  • 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.

Notes

Check-in is at 14:00. Should guests arriving earlier & require lunch - please note that this has to be pre-booked, there will be an additional cost per person and lunch 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.

  • 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation consists of Jaci's Tree Lodge and Jaci's Safari Lodge. Jaci's also offer two exclusive family suites namely the Safari Suite and Nare Suite, each with their own guides and game drive vehicles.

ENQUIRIES & RESERVATIONS

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 Safari Lodge 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

Jaci's Lodges offer exclusive family suites namely Safari Suite and Nare Suite, each with their own guides and game drive vehicles. At night you can choose to dine with other guests at the lodge or have your own private dinner.

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.

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.

Children & Families

Children of all ages are welcome at Jaci's and are especially catered for.

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. It is 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.

Meals
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 eaten together as a 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 Lodges 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 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.

Gym

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 Safari Lodge and Jaci's Tree Lodges offer 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 via Zeerust before proceeding north.

The lodge is accessed via Abjaterskop Gate.

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

Wild dog puppies

All photos copyright © Jaci's Safari Lodges

ENQUIRIES & RESERVATIONS

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