If you are looking for an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience then look no further than Jaci’s Lodges. Jaci’s Lodges focus on providing guests with personal attention and outstanding service as well as luxurious accommodation.
Their luxurious lodges, Jaci’s Safari Lodge and Jaci’s Tree Lodge, offer two very unique safari experiences, catering to both families as well as couples looking to reconnect with nature.
Jaci’s Tree Lodge is perched high up in the forest canopy, built on the edge of the Marico River. Sit in your suite and watch the forest animals play in the forest canopy. Jaci’s Safari Lodge offers guests a tranquil space in which to unwind and interact with some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge
Jaci’s Safari Lodge provides accommodation in 8 luxurious tents, each with a distinct African feel, decorated with rich, vibrant colours and textures. Each suite has its own large mosaic bath, outdoor shower and private deck from which to enjoy the beautiful views that surround you.
In addition to the double suites, the Safari Lodge also offers 2 exclusive family suites treating guests to the finest luxury accommodation: the Nare Suite, which accommodates up to 6 guests, and the Safari Suite, which accommodates up to 8 guests.
The family suites, Nare and Safari, have their own private plunge pools and come with their own guides and game-drive vehciles.
Features of the suites include:
Mongoose House Self Catering
This inviting and luxurious property comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests in a tranquil, fully serviced hideaway. Use of Mongoose House includes a private game drive vehicle and field guide, private swimming pool, and the daily services of a housekeeper to ensure your every comfort.
Dine in the fresh air on the spacious wooden decks, or fire up the grill in the outdoor braai area. The beautifully appointed main house features four bedrooms with tree views. A large, fully-equipped kitchen is ready for your culinary needs. Flowing, spacious dining and entertainment areas provide the perfect space to relax and , leaving the city behind you. Indoor and outdoor rock showers invite you to immerse yourself in nature. A guest cottage with king-sized bedroom, outdoor shower and a small balcony completes the accommodation.
Jaci’s Tree Lodge
Jaci’s Tree Lodge provides accommodation in 8 luxurious rooms connected by wooden walkways. These rooms enjoy views across the Marico River. These thatched, wooden “treehouses” blend in with their surrounds allowing guests to truly unwind and connect with the nature that surrounds them.
Features of the rooms include:
Jaci’s Lodges provide guests with a wide range of activities to make the most of their safari experience.
DIRECTIONS TO JACI’S, MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
If you are coming from any of these major cities, here are the estimated driving times when there is no traffic:
Madikwe Game Reserve lies on the South Africa/ Botswana border. It is accessible from a few major South African cities/ towns within a few hour drive and only a 1-2 hour drive from Gaborone airport in Botswana.
These are the main gate entrances into the reserve:
Most of the lodges and camps on the western side of the park are accessed via the Wonderboom Gate while accommodation in the eastern and central part of the park is largely accessed via the Abjaterskop Gate.
ADDRESS: Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province, Zeerust, South Africa
GPS CO-ORDINATES: 24°44’00′ ‘S /26°24’27′ ‘E
Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectares and is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The reserve was opened in 1991 and was part of the biggest game relocation programme ever staged. Operation Phoenix took place over six years and involved moving more than 8 000 animals into the Madikwe Game Reserve.
The reserve contains all the big five species – lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros, but it is the prevalence of cheetah and wild dog that has given the reserve its special reputation for the ‘Super Seven’. There are of course many other species within the reserve, including almost all antelope species as well as some 350 recorded bird species.
Madikwe also features a number of successful community-owned lodges, which are maintained by members of the local community. The lodges create employment and benefit local businesses, and all profits made are fed back into the community.
Madikwe is an area rich in heritage. It was named after the Madikwe or Marico River, and the nearby town, Groot Marico, is named after the river. Groot Marico was formed by the Voortrekkers in the 1850s but only proclaimed in 1948. Legendary South Africa writer Herman Charles Bosman made the area famous, often writing about Marico in his books, saying the area bore “the authentic stamp of South Africa”.
Mafikeng Road, the name of an historical road built in 1899 that runs right through Madikwe, is also the title of one of Bosman’s books, featuring a collection of short stories about a land populated with leopards and bluegum trees.
What to Expect
About 90 kilometres north of the town of Zeerust is Madikwe Game Reserve. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is roughly 3.5 hours in a car from Johannesburg/ Pretoria. Safari Lodges are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.
In 1991 the area was declared a reserve and 10 000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find all this flora and fauna in an area comprised of vast open plains of grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains. The area is bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains.
Madikwe Game Reserve operators in a three- phase system. The North West Parks and Tourism Board, the local communities and the private sector are all involved: