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8.4
Overall

Jaci’s Tree Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Madikwe

from R 4270 pp/night sharing

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Our Rating
8.4
Overall

Jaci’s Tree Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Madikwe

from R 4270 pp/night sharing

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Eight stunning treehouses perched on wooden stilts in the forest canopy, Jaci's Tree Lodge is a wonderfully unique and very romantic alternative!

Our Ratings

8.4
Overall
8.0
Luxury & Style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.4
Overall
8.0
Luxury & Style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • The 8 luxurious tree houses are stunningly different and a refreshing change from the usual traditionally styled rooms you find at most game lodges
  • Whilst Jaci's Safari Lodge is renowned as being very child-friendly, Tree Lodge is definitely our choice as the romantic option of the 2 lodges as no kids are allowed
  • There's nothing like having an outdoor shower up in the tree tops where you're looking out on squirrels and birds flittering about amongst the foliage!
  • For a very different and hugely romantic experience, why not try the starbed – the chance to sleep under the stars in a 4 poster bed placed on a platform overlooking a busy waterhole!
  • There's excellent game viewing here in the Madikwe – and if you're keen to see wild dogs this is definitely the right reserve to come to

What's Not

  • For some folks the whole concept and look and feel of the tree houses could just be too different – never mind, there are plenty of more traditional game lodges to choose from in that case!
  • If you're travelling with kids then sister camp Jaci's Safari Lodge is your child-friendly option
Jaci’s Tree Lodge

Jaci’s Tree Lodgejust because these are tree houses don't think that they are cramped and uncomfortable though – far from it in fact, as these are wonderfully spacious and delightfully styled rooms with no shortage of luxury features!

Lodge Profile

Eight stunning treehouses perched on wooden stilts in the forest canopy, Jaci's Tree Lodge is a wonderfully unique and very romantic alternative!

Quick Overview

Location
Madikwe
Drive Time
4 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking a dry riverbed
Rooms
8 Tree Houses
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - and forest pool in all Tree Houses
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
No children under 12 - unless prior arrangements have been made

Madikwe has been one of the biggest conservation success stories since it was formed bacl in 1990 – prior to that this massive area of some 75000 hectares bordering Botswana close to the Kalahari Desert was marginal farm land consisting of dusty mealie fields and the only animals were cattle and goats. As soon as the Madikwe Game Reserve was formally declared to be a wildlife sanctuary, husband and wife team Jan and Jaci van Heteren saw the massive potential of the new reserve. Having developed and then sold their interest in the first lodge to be developed in the reserve, they missed Madikwe too much and returned to develop their dream vision for a family friendly safari lodge and Jaci's Safari Lodge was the stunning result! Jaci's launched to huge critical acclaim and commercial success too and Jan and Jaci then decided to do something new and creative – hence Jaci's Tree Lodge was born!

Jaci's Tree Lodge is a unique and very attractive lodge perched high up in giant Tamboti or Leadwood trees - here you can relax in one of 8 luxurious, expansive “tree houses” constructed up to 4 metres above the ground on wooden stilts, offering you a magnificent tree-top safari experience where you can watch squirrels play outside your window! Made from African rosewood and thatch, each “tree house” blends seamlessly into the surrounding canopy (affording fantastic bird watching by the way)

Just because these are tree houses don't think that they are cramped and uncomfortable though – far from it in fact, as these are wonderfully spacious and delightfully styled rooms with no shortage of luxury features! There are en-suite bathrooms for example, with an enormous stone bath and a refreshing outdoor 'jungle' shower from which you can enjoy the vista - honeymoon heaven! All rooms are also equipped with air conditioning, fans and heaters, to ensure your comfort through the year. They're unashamedly different in style to usual game lodge rooms and very attractive too, decorated in vibrant reds and greens - each room also boasts a large balcony, the ideal spot from which to watch the entertaining antics of the resident mongoose families or game coming down to drink on the river bank!

Raised, wooden walkways, suspended in the forest canopy and lining the bank of the Marico river connect the tree houses with the main lodge. This spacious open-plan building includes a magnificent bar and lounge area, while separated from the lounge by a four sided open fireplace is the luxurious dining room - here you can eat your fill of bunch or high tea! You can also experience dining on the deck above the forest floor or enjoy dinners around a roaring open fire under the stars in the boma! Whether you choose to relax on the deck in front of your room, wander to the forest pool to cool off, listen to the sounds of the bush, or curl up with a good book by the fireplace, this luxurious yet somehow playful environment makes for a unique bush experience!

Whilst the lodge itself is gorgeous, the other highlight are the twice daily game drives. It took some six years to capture and move different game species from other reserves to Madikwe, the world's biggest wildlife relocation project called Operation Phoenix! This has produced stunning results, with this 75 000 hectare reserve now boasting prime Big Five game viewing as well as perhaps the best sightings in the country of the highly endangered African wild dog! The 2 Jaci's lodges pride themselves on their experienced and skilled team of rangers - over and above a wealth of knowledge on local fauna, they have wonderful stories and snippets of information, all of which is guaranteed to make your game drive fun and informative. Walking safaris are offered for the more adventurous, where you will be tuned to every sound and smell, offering a completely different experience from game drives - as they say here "taking a game drive is like watching a movie, while walking in the bush is like reading a book!"

Another great experience is the small hide overlooking the waterhole and wetland area, where you can observe the game coming down to slake their thirst or catch ellies having a bath! Perched on top is also a four-poster bed, where those adventurous types can enjoy a night out in the wild under the African sky and experience game at night from this special vantage point – definitely an experience not to be missed!

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • Cannot combine with any other promotion or special offer
  • Rates quoted are only applicable to South African residents (a copy of a valid South African or SADC drivers licence required at time of reservation)
  • 3 Night minimum stay on Long Weekends
  • A 50% supplement is applicable for guests occupying a single room
  • Subject to change

Child Policy

  • Children only accepted at Jacis Safari Lodge