Jaci's Safari Lodge

Location: Madikwe & Northwest | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Jaci’s Safari Lodge is set in the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve, and offers an authentic safari experience in South Africa. Built on the edge of the Marico River, this luxury lodge is owner-run and managed, adding warmth and genuine hospitality to this peaceful bushveld setting, alongside exceptional wildlife-spotting adventures.
Perfect forThose looking for a traditional yet still luxurious Big Five safari holiday in South Africa.
In the knowThe Starbed Suites ooze romance and are perfect for honeymooners – as well as colourful, stylish interiors, complete with a safari bar, they offer guests the memorable experience of sleeping under the African stars.

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Guiding

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Nestled in the wildlife-rich Madikwe Private Game Reserve, you are guaranteed a memorable wildlife adventure at Jaci’s Safari Lodge.

Rooms at Jaci's Safari Lodge

There are six luxury tented suites, two private family suites and two exclusive Starbed Suites. They come with thatched roofs, low stone walls and canvas roll-up panels, making the most of the setting. Designed in earthy African tones with comfort in mind, the rooms have large handcrafted mosaic baths and outdoor ‘bush’ showers, as well as air conditioning and ceiling fans. They also each have a raised private deck to relax on and take in the views.

If you are travelling with the family or a group of friends, the Nare Suite, named after the resident buffalo that is a regular visitor to the waterhole in front of it, accommodates up to six guests and has a private pool, a loft space perfect for children to play in, and a viewing deck giving you prime position overlooking the animals at the waterhole. There’s also the Safari Suite, which sleeps up to eight and has a deck with a central firepit, a private pool and a ‘star pod’ for stargazing. Guests at both suites can enjoy a private game vehicle for the duration of their stay.

Food & Drink

The main lodge, also decorated in vibrant African colours and textures, features a central lounge with a copper fireplace, a bar and dining area. Meals showcasing delicious South African flavours, including brunch and afternoon tea, can be enjoyed here alongside the views across a stream, with starlit dining by the fireside in the evening.

Have a refreshing drink at the bar after a busy day on safari – try the selection of South African wines and local beers.

Facilities

There’s a circular firepit for social gatherings, a pool to cool off in and a gym if you fancy a workout.  

Activities at Jaci's Safari Lodge

Madikwe is renowned for being one of South Africa’s best destinations to spot the famous Big Five, as well as hundreds of birds, and your expert guides will ensure you have the best experience possible. Activities include twice-daily morning and afternoon game drives, walking safaris, river walks and night-time stargazing trips, as well as a comprehensive children’s programme if you are travelling with the family. Head to the submerged Terrapin Hide to take the perfect photo.

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Hotel location

Jaci’s Safari Lodge is an hour’s flight or a 3.5-hour drive from Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to Madikwe’s Eastern Airstrip. Private flights are available.  

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