Jaci's Tree Lodge
Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice

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Jaci's Tree Lodge opened in December 2002 - with Eight "Tree Houses", each encompassing a giant Tambotie or Leadwood Tree. Each “Tree House” is constructed amongst the Riverine forest on stilts, up to 6 meters above the ground. In these spacious “Tree Houses” – built utilizing a combination of rosewood, thatch and stacking doors - the forest surrounds are invited in, to compliment your stay with us. An open plan, en-suite bathroom with an enormous stone bath and outdoor “Jungle Shower” allow you to enjoy your forest surrounds. Relax, on the deck in front of your room, in the main lodge or wander to the forest pool to cool off. Raised wooden walkways, suspended in the forest canopy lining the banks of the Marico River, will connect with the extraordinary Main Lodge and its generous facilities.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

6 Jan 2018 to 18 Dec 2018 19 Dec 2018 to 5 Jan 2019
Single Per Night R11 950 R12 855
Per Person Per Night Sharing R7 965 R8 570
6 Jan 2019 to 18 Dec 2019 19 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020
Single Per Night R12 865 R13 925
Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 575 R9 285

Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!

Our “Stay for 3 Pay for 2” Special is valid 01 May – 31 July 2019
Jaci's Tree Lodge SA RESIDENTS Rates 

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT. • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Seasonal Rates High Season
6 jan- 18 Dec 2018
Peak Season
19 Dec- 05 Jan 2019
Jaci's Tree SADC Rate - Per Person Per Night Sharing R5 130 R5 640
Jaci's Tree Lodge SADC Last Minute Rates - Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 690 R4 000
  • SADC Last Minute High Season Rates are also extended to apply to SADC reservations for the period of travel from 01 May – 31 July 2018
  • Last Minute Rates outside of the 01 May - 30 July 2018 are subject to the reservation being made 14 days & less from date of travel
  • Last Minute Rates are only valid for travel between 06 January 2018 & 18 December 2018
  • Rates are quoted per person sharing per night
  • Single Supplement Rate available on request
  • Jaci’s Tree Lodge does not accept children. Children over 13 are considered adults and will be accommodated in their own room.
  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • Minimum 3 night stay over long weekends
  • Copy of Valid SA Driver’s license to be provided prior to confirmation of reservation. Please note that we do not accept Visitors Visa or Transit Visa, only a valid South African Work Permit valid for a minimum of 3 years, or a resident’s visa or valid SADC country drivers licenses.
  • 6 x King Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways
  • 2 x Twin Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways 
  • All rooms have a stunning outdoor jungle shower and a large inside bath

Terms & Conditions

Rates Incude:  
  • Twice daily game drives, including sunset / sunrise stop & night drive with astronomy
  • Afternoon Tea, Dinner & Brunch, local & specialised teas as well as fabulous filter coffee
  • All house drinks, which include a special selection of fine South African wines (Red, White & Sparkling), local beers, nonalcoholic beverages as well as house spirits 
  • Complimentary optional Sleep Out at the Star Bed overlooking Jaci’s Waterhole (To be booked at the lodge, pending availability) 
  • Fireside, starlight dining as often as possible 
  • Access to our submerged “Terrapin” photographic hide (From Dusk to Dawn arrangements for individual access as well children to be made in advance with management) 
  • Transfers to & from the Eastern Airstrip when flying with FedAir / Unique Air / FlexeFlyer / private charter 
  • 15% VAT
Rates Exclude:  
  • Camera Equipment available for daily rental 
  • Madikwe Game Reserve entrance fees & Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution (prices subject to change, confirmation of fees will be added on to pro-forma invoice at time of booking) 
  • Transfers to and from the lodge other than the eastern airstrip 
  • Escort after dark from the reserve gates
  • Spa treatments  
  • Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, all other incidental costs 
  • Emergency medical evacuation, travel insurance / travel cancellation refunds 
  • Premium spirits, speciality wines & champagne
We highly recommend a minimum of 3 nights stay at Jaci’s Lodges in order to get the full benefit of our spectacular South African Safari experience & hospitality!

Arrival & Departure Times

Check in: From 14:00 (Should guests require lunch on the day of arrival, this will need to be pre-booked. Lunch is served between 1pm - 2pm)
Check out: Until 11:00

Jaci's Lodges Specialised Safari Offering

Walking Safaris:
With our walking-trails-qualified guides you can enjoy a 3 to 4 hour walk through the Madikwe bushveld. We recommend a reasonable level of fitness as walks could vary between 5km and 10km.
Subject to a walking guide being available.

Photographic Equipment: We are able to offer our guests the opportunity to rent our photographic equipment for use on their daily safari activities. One evening safari, and consecutive morning safari constitutes the duration of one days rental period. The equipment is a DSLR camera body (plus base plate), 100-400 lens, including a complimentary SD card. Gimpro game viewer mount or Monopod (On request and Subject to availability) Our Jaci’s Lodges field guides are photographically minded, ensuring that the game viewers are parked in the best possible location for our guests photographic needs. If you’re interested in any of the above specialised safari experience, please enquire with our reservations team when making your booking

Electricity & Water
We have Eskom power and back-up generators for emergencies. Jaci’s Lodges now has filtered water on tap. This water is available to our guests at no charge.

Madikwe Weather
  • Generally sunny & dry
  • Temperatures vary from 0 – 24 degrees Celsius
  • Generally wet with spectacular thunderstorms
  • Temperatures vary from 12 – 38 degrees Celsius

  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, spare battery & charger
  • Long trousers
  • Short trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sweatshirt / jersey
  • Rain jacket
  • Wind proof jacket
  • Scarf Gloves (winter)
  • Closed shoes


  •  6 x King Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways.
  •  2 x Twin Bedded Double Occupancy Tree Houses built on stilts with elevated walkways
  •  All rooms have a stunning outdoor jungle shower and a large inside bath


  •  Bar & Lounge Area
  •  Indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  •  Outdoor swimming pools
  •  Masala Spa is available subject to our therapist being on site (To be booked at the lodge)
  •  Outdoor bush gym, situated between Jaci’s Safari Lodge & Jaci’s Tree Lodge, on the river path


  • We have Eskom power and back-up generators for emergencies.
  • Jaci’s Lodges now has filtered water on tap. This water is available to our guests at no charge.

The raised rosewood walkways link the rooms to the main lodge - inviting you to explore your luxurious tree house. Luxurious silk cushions, cotton bed linen complimented by burnt orange suede beanbags, invite you to lie on the deck to admire the stars. The open plan bathroom features an enormous stone bath and handmade copper taps as well as an outdoor "jungle" shower.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fans and heaters, to ensure your comfort through the year. Decorated in vibrant reds and greens - complemented by modern African elements, each room also has a large balcony, an ideal spot from which to watch resident mongoose families or birds in the surrounding tree canopy.

In such a luxurious and playful environment, Jaci's Tree Lodge makes creating lasting memories effortless.

The spacious open-plan main building at Jaci's Tree Lodge includes a magnificent bar and lounge area separate from the dining area by a 4 sided open fireplace. Enjoy sundowners whilst on safari or at the hide overlooking the waterhole, alternatively listen to the sounds of the bush, or curl up with a good book by the fireplace or in the breakaway lounge.

The interiors of Jaci's Tree Lodge proudly showcases the vibrant colors and unique crafts found in Southern Africa. Jaci has created a truly African lodge, enhanced by a superior personal service and a very intimate safari experience. Expect outstanding meals from our open plan kitchen, bountiful cosmopolitan food! Enjoy outdoor dining on deck above the forest floor, enjoy the night symphony and the vibrant stars above!

Safari game drives take place when the likelihood of sightings is at its highest early morning and late afternoon. Winters are dry and evening temperatures may drop to 0°C, while the wet summers are characterized by daily highs of up to 38°C. Game drives take into account these shifts in temperature, to ensure that guests are in no discomfort while out on a drive.

The morning drive leaves after a light breakfast at first light, while the later drive usually departs around 15h00 to 15h30, depending on the season. Each drive lasts for three-and-a-half hours on average, but if a spectacular or unusual sighting is made, it could last longer.

Facilities & Services

  • Fitness Centre with Play Room
  • Games Room
  • River Walk
  • Swimming Pools                  
  • Masala Spa
  • African Safaris
  • The 75 000 hectare Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve lies in the extreme north-west corner of South Africa’s North West province.
  • Whether you fly directly to Jaci’s Lodges on one of the daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Madikwe or decide to do a self-drive, Jaci’s Lodges is easily accessible by both road and air.
  • Daily flights are available on Federal Airways. We can arrange a private road transfer, a charter flight upon request at additional costs.
  • Flight Times: OR Tambo International to Madikwe East: 55 minutes
  •                         Northern Sabi Sand to Madikwe East: 1.5 hours
  •                         Madikwe East to Jaci's Lodges is a 15 minute drive
  • Self Drive: Johannesburg: 4 hours (See driving directions on last page) 
                              Sun City: 1.5 hours
                              Gaborone: 2 hours
                              Rustenburg: 2 hours
                              Derdepoort / Sekwane Border Post: 1 hour

It is approximately a 3.5-hour drive to the lodge. We advise that you refuel at Sun Village, as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
  • 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 24.8km 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 10.4km & 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 LODGES.
OPTION B (Alternative route)
  • Follow the road for approximately 8km, you will need to turn left at the sign saying BAPONG.
  • Continue straight along this road (Please ignore all signs saying Madikwe Hospital / Madikwe Village)
  • After passing through MABIESKRAAL, approximately 45km, you will come to a 4 way stop.
  • Turn right to DERDEPOORT. This tar / sealed road continues for about 25km & 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 LODGES.
  • There are brown Jaci’s Safari Lodge / Jaci’s Tree Lodge & Madikwe Game Reserve signs at various points along the way.
  • A GPS will not bring you directly to Jaci’s Lodges if utilised from ORT / JHB / Pretoria or Sun City.
  • Please ignore all signs saying Madikwe Hospital or Madikwe Village along the Mabeskraal Road.
  • Please advise the lodge of your estimated time of arrival & check the afternoon game drive schedules to ensure you will be on time.
  • Please drive carefully & be aware of village pedestrians, children & animals.
  • Gaborone-Tlokweng: Take the road from the city centre to the Tlokweng border post.
  • Once customs and immigration formalities have been completed, continue in the direction of Zeerust.
  • After approximately 10km you will see the Abjaterskop gate entrance into Madikwe.
  • From here follow the signs to Jaci’s Lodges (approximately a two-hour drive with a 50-minute drive through the reserve)
  • Gaborone-Sikwane: Take the Francistown road.
  • Look out for the road to Odie on the right and continue through Odie (this road starts as tar and becomes gravel) to a T- junction where you turn right.
  • Once customs and immigration formalities have been completed at Sikwane, continue in the direction of Derdepoort.
  • You will pass the Derdepoort General Dealer on the left, continue to a four-way stop and go straight to the Derdepoort gate entrance to the Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • From here follow the signs to Jaci’s Lodges (approximately a two-hour drive, with a 50-minute drive through the reserve)
 Jaci’s Field Guides
Your expert field guides will always do their utmost to ensure that you enjoy an incredible bush safari adventure on our twice-daily safari drives.
Over the years, our highly qualified guides have accumulated a wonderful repertoire of anecdotes and interesting facts on local wildlife, geology, history and geography, and they look forward to sharing these tales of the wild with you, making your African safari game drive a fun and informative experience.
Should your guides see fit, they may venture off-road onto bush trails and into natural terrain to track animals.
Expect to hear languages you may not understand: Jaci’s field guides will communicate sightings and recent kills via a two-way radio, using Setswana and vernacular code words.
To ensure a private safari experience, only three safari vehicles at a time are allowed at each sighting.
Our guides make stops on the morning drive for hot chocolate, coffee or tea and home-baked rusks, and in the late afternoon for sundowners and snacks while taking in an unforgettable African sunset.
Be sure to follow our field guide blog for all the up-to-date happenings at the lodge, fantastic sightings and photography.

Your Safari Schedule
Wakeup call: You will be woken by a knock on your door. Please feel free to make a cup of coffee/tea in your room, or enjoy tea, coffee and cereal at the Main Lodge before setting off on the morning drive.
Departure: The morning drive leaves from the Main Lodge and includes a stop along the way for exceptionally good coffee and freshly baked rusks.
Brunch: Enjoy a delicious continental or full-English breakfast selection, with additional lunch dishes and refreshments, on your return from the morning drive.
High tea: Refreshing homemade drinks and an assortment of savouries and pastries are served before you depart for your afternoon drive.
Departure: The afternoon drive also leaves from the Main Lodge and includes a stop for your choice of sundowner as well as stargazing after sunset.
Dinner: On returning from the drive, guests have time to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks at the Main Lodge bar, before being treated to a variety of South African-inspired, fire-cooked dishes, which we serve under the stars around the campfire as often as possible.

Safari Activities
Jaci’s Lodges’ photographic offering gives our guests the opportunity to learn about photography and capture those iconic safari images without having to invest in their own kit, under the guidance of our resident photographic expert, Andrew Aveley.
The Terrapin Hide is a submerged photographic hide with a water-level viewing window in the Jaci’s Lodges waterhole.
Conservation safaris at Jaci’s Lodges are designed to help everyday bush lovers contribute to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts taking place in the greater Madikwe Game Reserve.
Our walking safaris teach guests to walk in the wild with senses finely tuned to every sound and smell.
Say ’I do’ in, the gorgeous African bush, surrounded by your true love and closest friends – weddings at Jaci’s Lodges is a truly magical experience.

Madikwe Weather
Winters are generally sunny and dry, with temperatures varying from 0 to 24ºC.
Summers are generally wet, with spectacular thunderstorms and temperatures varying from 12 to 38ºC.
Expect sunny days for most of the year.
Jaci’s Photographic
With the breathtaking vistas of Madikwe Game Reserve as the backdrop and a diverse variety of wildlife as the subject matter, Jaci’s Lodges’ complete photographic offering caters to all guests, whether amateurs or professionals, who want to capture once-in-a-lifetime memories, rare and beautiful game sightings, emotive landscapes or those special often-overlooked details that the bush provides in abundance.

Perfectly complementing the photographic offering at Jaci’s Lodges is the submerged Terrapin Hide. Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the popular hide is open 24/7 to all guests. For your convenience, our photographic equipment is also available to hire.

The Terrapin Hide
Whether you want to capture priceless images of wildlife from the centre of the waterhole or simply sit quietly, immersing yourself in your surroundings, the water-level Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Lodges is proud to offer this unique vantage point. Our friends at Pangolin Photo Safaris assisted with the design and construction of the hide, ensuring its position and functionality for a truly unique game-viewing and photographic experience. The hide is visited by a wide variety of animals and birds, and, thanks to its unique location, you can sit quietly and watch them coming down to drink as if you weren’t even there.

The Terrapin Hide, open since September 2015, has established Jaci’s Lodges as a premium photographic safari destination
Its west-facing orientation guarantees soft morning light and warm backlit silhouettes in the late afternoon
Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the hide is open 24 hours a day
It is fully equipped with red LED interior lights, spotlights and a radio
It is open to all guests of Jaci’s Lodges

Photographic Equipment Hire

Guests at Jaci’s are able to make use of the lodge cameras while staying with us. Whether you require a camera for a particular day’s drives or would like to make use of one for the duration of your stay, we are happy to be able to offer our guests access to this quality photographic equipment.

Camera kit for hire:

Canon 7dii
100-400ii Lens
Gimpro game viewer mount

Rate: R1250.00 per camera for use on two game drives / 1 day

Conservation Safari

Conservation safaris at Jaci’s Lodges are designed to help everyday bush lovers contribute to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts taking place in the greater Madikwe Game Reserve.

This initiative includes exhilarating involvement in wildlife safeguarding efforts within the reserve, such as notching and microchipping rhino; collaring elephants; and collecting genetic material to help record, track and protect Africa’s endangered wildlife, branding lions and gathering information for North West Parks Board field rangers to help effectively manage Madikwe’s core species of lion and rhino and African wild dog relocation.

Each conservation safari is led by a team of professionals, including:

A wildlife veterinarian with specific training in immobilising wild animals, and with knowledge of their habitat, stress levels and other factors that may affect the outcome of darting procedures.
A helicopter pilot skilled in low-level flying, who enables the vet a clear and steady shot.
Field rangers who assist the team in doing the job quickly and efficiently, helping gather essential data and recording the details of each animal, contributing to the successful outcome of a conservation safari.

Walking Safari

A ccompanied by an expert walking-trails guide, guests can explore parts of Madikwe Game Reserve on foot. You may not spot many of the larger animal species (although you will almost certainly see their spoor), but you will learn so much more about the relationship between flora and fauna in the African bush, making it an unforgettable experience for all your senses.

The focus of a walking safari is the things you may miss on a game drive: the smaller animals, insects and birds, surrounding trees and grasses, with a spotlight on animal spoor and dung, small flowers and plants, bird calls and the aromatic smells of herbs and shrubs.

Tips and tricks
  • We recommend a reasonable level of fitness, as walks vary between 5km and10km over three to four hours.
  • The guide will match the pace of the slowest person in the group, so there’s no need to worry about having to keep up.
  • No guests under the age of 16 years are allowed on walking safaris.
  • Opt for neutral-coloured clothing, and shorts in summer and long trousers in winter.
  • Wear comfortable, closed walking boots and socks, and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Don’t forget your sunblock.
  • Try to carry as little as possible – stick to a small daypack containing your camera, binoculars and notebook.
  • Your guide will carry a first-aid kit, water, a radio for emergencies and toilet paper.

Weddings at Jaci’s

Madikwe Game Reserve offers an extraordinary setting for romantic wedding ceremonies with a difference, surrounded by Mother Nature, with the setting African sun as your witness. Joined by a gathering of close family and cherished friends, brides- and grooms-to-be are invited to celebrate their big day at Jaci’s Lodges.

The special-events crew at Jaci’s Lodges will do their very best to make sure that your wild wedding is unforgettable. Whether you want to exchange (or renew) marriage vows, celebrate your anniversary, or host an engagement party, Jaci’s Lodges’ dedicated events staff will ensure that your special occasion runs smoothly.

The Jaci’s Lodges Grand Wedding Package includes:
  • An ordanined Minister for the ceremony, including preparation and processing of all legal documents.
  • A wedding ceremony at a location of your choice in the lodge or in the bush.
  • Local flowers of your choice. (depending on season and availability)
  • Sparkling wine for the bridal couple.
  • A single layer wedding cake with topping of your choice.
  • Local Tswana dancers to perform at the ceremony.
  • Wedding turndown for the bridal couple.
  • Traditional wedding gifts.
  • Professional photographer for 2 to 3 hours & a CD with all your wedding photos.
  • Professional hairdresser and make-up artists are available on request and are quoted separately.

The Jaci’s Lodges Intimate Wedding Package includes:
  • Arrangements for wedding parties of 2-8 people, including the bridal couple
  • Bush bouquet for the bride and boutonnière for the groom
  • Small homemade decorated cake
  • Ceremony venue and setup at our designated outdoor bushveld wedding area
  • Two game-viewing vehicles available for one hour during the day (to be scheduled between standard game-drive times)
  • Special romantic suite turndown with a bottle of bubbly for the bridal couple