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Jaci’s Tree Lodge

“A premium photographic safari destination”

Budget level: High-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Kalahari & Madikwe South Africa
Kids Min Age

Set in the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West province, Jaci’s Lodges offer guests the perfect destination for unrivaled game-viewing, unique accommodation options, outstanding service, and tailor-made safari activities.

Jaci’s Lodges founder and owner Jan van Heteren was profoundly inspired by the Okavango Delta’s characteristically intimate, secluded, luxury camps that seem to grow organically from the earth. These lodges are often built to sit high on stilts and with a focus on ecological construction, they blend seamlessly into their environment. As a result, Jaci’s Tree Lodge is the realisation of Jan’s dream – an elevated lodge that appears to float above the ground…

Guests are luxuriously accommodated in custom treehouse-style suites, boasting magnificent views into the surrounding riverine forest, as well as glimpses across the famous Marico River. The Treehouse Suites blend effortlessly into the overarching canopy of lush foliage, making for fantastic birdwatching in a natural environment.

Upon arrival, guests are warmly welcomed at Jaci’s Tree Lodge Main Lodge, which provides a cool retreat from the heat of African summer days and a cozy fireside sanctuary during chilly winter months.

Experience & Activities

The submerged Terrapin Hide is a favourite of amateur snappers and photographic professionals alike while the freshly revamped Naledi Treehouse boasts a KolKol hot tub and unbeatable views of the active waterhole – an ideal “sleep-out” experience to add to one’s safari bucket list! The Tlou Deck is the best sundowner spot at the lodge, epitomizing all the “golden hour” beauty that Madikwe is famous for.

Conservation safaris and walking safaris under the guidance of experts in their field offer everyday bush lovers the opportunity to experience Madikwe Game Reserve from unique perspectives.

TERRAPIN HIDE – Whether you want to capture priceless images of wildlife from the centre of our active waterhole or simply sit quietly, immersing yourself in your surroundings, the water-level Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Tree Lodge is proud to boast this unique vantage point.

Our friends at Pangolin Photo Safaris assisted with the design and construction of the hide, ensuring its position and functionality is optimised 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 and design, one can sit quietly and watch them coming down to drink as if you weren’t even there.

For guests’ convenience, our photographic equipment is also available to hire. Whether you require a camera for a particular day’s safari 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 our quality photographic equipment.


Treehouse Suite: Each of the eight double-occupancy treehouse-style suites features a private outdoor shower and indoor bath, and suspended private viewing decks. Each suite is decorated with our trademark African vibrancy, complemented by modern elements and with a focus on privacy. The custom-built stilted structures are connected by suspended walkways.

Why we like it

  • Amazing location in Madikwe Game Reserve, only 15 minutes from the Eastern Airstrip
  • 3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg
  • Malaria free
  • Incredible game viewing
  • Some of the best food on safari

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