Jaci’s Tree Lodge and its sister, the Safari Lodge, are located in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, a four hours’ drive or one hour flight from Johannesburg. The reserve is highly regarded by safari connoisseurs.
With a size of circa 75,000 hectares, Madikwe is one of the largest private game reserves in Africa. Moreover, it boast the “Top Ten” of African wildlife: wild dogs, both the black and the white rhinoceros, hippopotamus, lions, leopards, spotted and brown hyenas, cheetahs,
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giraffes, buffalos and more than 400 elephants.
Needless to say, that countless other species inhabit the Madikwe. Large herds of eland and oryx antelopes, springboks, red gnus and more than 340 bird species call the Madikwe Reserve home.
The friendly couple Jan und Jaci van Heteren have fulfilled themselves their African dream: They opened two luxurious, but heart-warming and unpretentious lodges in the Madikwe Game Reserve, the Safari Lodge and the Tree Lodge.
Opened in 2002, the Tree Lodge changes your perspective: perched at a height of six meters above the ground, eight luxurious tree houses were built in between the branches of Tambotie and Leadwood trees.
Lodged at the heart of nature, admire the African night sky from your private terrace, the soundtrack being provided by the wilderness all around. Take a refreshing bath in the forest pool or stroll down the boardwalk to the banks of the Marico River, where the main building is located.
The spacious lounge opens to all sides. A cosy bar invites guests to enjoy a refreshing drink while sharing safari adventures around the large fireplace. The open kitchen allows you to observe the chefs working their magic. The cosmopolitan specialities are served on the restaurant’s elevated open-air terrace.
Listen to the evening symphony and enjoy the unforgettable starry sky - welcome to Jaci’s Tree Lodge – in the middle of the African Bush!
Jaci's "Children Safari Programme“
What makes both of Jaci’s lodges so unique is the Children Safari Programme. One of the few lodges in South Africa to offer such a service, children are not only highly welcome at Jaci’s but may even participate in a specially designed safari programme.
Both the special location and the tailored programme ensure an entertaining and educative safari that is thoroughly enjoyed by both kids and their parents.
Children under the age of twelve share a room with their parents, sleeping on a comfortable extra bed. The special children’s package includes a day-care service and the participation in a Jungle Adventure.
Animal observations for children up to the age of seven are conducted with a personal guide. The Jungle Drive is especially designed to meet the interests, the age and the concentration span of the young guests.
Kids between eight and twelve and twelve are encouraged to take part in the regular safari activities with their parents.
Dinner for children up to twelve is served at 6 pm. The young ones are taken care of by a babysitter, allowing mummy and daddy to set off on an exciting night safari.
The little ones fast asleep, the parents may enjoy their dinner at the “childfree” boma. Additionally, Jaci’s offers tailored safari-programmes for children between three and twelve at an extra charge and a minimum of two participating children.
Specially trained guides teach the children traditional handicrafts, show them how to track animals and play detective games, intensifying the children’s knowledge of the African Bush – a unique opportunity in South Africa!
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