Jacis Safari Lodge

Jaci's trademark colourful decor seating area
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Jacis Safari Lodge: Location

Jaci’s Safari Lodge is situated on the eastern border of Madikwe Game Reserve next-door to their sister Lodge, Jaci’s Tree Lodge, we find the quickest and also the recommended route from Johannesburg, is to drive via Sun City, entering at the Molatedi Gate, which is about a 3 ½ hours’ drive from JHB.

About Jacis Safari Lodge

As you begin your entrance to Jaci’s Safari Lodge you cross over a small swing bridge to get to the main lodge area.

The Main Lodge at Jaci’s Safari Lodge features an impressively spacious, open-plan lounge,  all proudly reflecting their trademark colourful decor and customary South African atmosphere.

Jacis Safari Lodge Loungeseating are in the lounge

Jacis Safari Lodge: Food & Drink

round the bar area is a glorious copper fireplace, where drinks are served all during the day......

Jacis Safari Lodge Bar areacosy seating round the copper fireplace

chef’s kitchen, and dining areas - a wooden deck overlooking a stream is where most of the meals are served.  We had our hot breakfasts there each morning, consisting of fruit, eggs, bacon, mushroom and grilled tomato with sausage and fruit juice.

Jacis Safari Lodge chefs kitchennice open dining area with a view into the chefs kitchen

Dinners are also setup on the wooden deck and because it was cold during our stay, there were portable fireplaces next to each table as well as a gas heater. 

dinner on the deck during winter

The boma is situated next to the Marico River so you get to eat under the African sky while sitting round the huge fire as an alternate to the deck. 

Boma area

We had some enjoyable meals, like our beef carpaccio salad starter, with a rack of lamb and veg and for dessert we had granadilla cheese cake.

Granadilla cheesecake
High-tea

There is always something interesting to taste at  tea time, which is served in the before your afternoon game drives.

Thutlwa Lookout.....

is designed especially for an idyllic outdoor dining experiences, safari sundowners and game viewing opportunities throughout the day, without leaving camp.

Thutlwa lookout deck at Jacis Safari LodgeThutlwa lookout

A great spot for relaxing and taking in Madikwe’s magical sunrises and sets, Thutlwa Lookout is accessible to all guests staying at Jaci’s Safari Lodge.

it has wifi which makes Thutlwa Lookout the perfect bush office!

Thutlwa deck with game viewing vehicle at Jacis Safari Lodgeready for sundowners on Thutlwa lookout deck
Thutlwa Lookout deck at Jacis Safari Lodge Madikwefresh salad on Thutlwa Lookout deck

Jacis Safari Lodge: Accommodation 

Jaci's Safari Lodge has 6 Tented Suites; Nare Suite; Safari Suite and 2 Starbed Suites. 

Tented Suite....

outside view of the Tented suite number 1

We stayed in tented suite number 1, which is right next to the main lodge; each suite is decorated in vibrant colours - with a king-sized bed, air conditioning, fan, small fire place and underfloor heating to ensure your comfort throughout the year. The walls in the suites have all been repainted giving it a new fresh appeal.

vibrant coloured bedroom

There is a safari gin bar, mini bar fridge as well as a kalahari cooler which is stocked with a selection of coffees, teas and home-baked treats.....

the Tented suite at Jacis safari lodgeview showing the gin bar, mini bar fridge and a kalahari cooler

The bathroom has a large mosaic bath and outdoor shower....

mosaic bath
Outdoor shower at Jacis Safari Lodgethe outdoor shower

the private wooden viewing deck off each tented suite, is a superb place to enjoy the beautiful surrounding bushveld and birdlife.

deck at Jacis Tented Safari lodge a relaxing deck to watch the birdlife

Nare Suite....

Entrance to Jacis Safari Lodge Nare SuiteThe inviting entrance gate to Nare Suite
Nare Suite at Jacis Safari Lodge in Madikwefront view of Nare Suite showing firepit, pool and viewing deck

a magnificent master bedroom on the ground floor with a full en-suite bathroom featuring double rain showers and a luxurious free-standing bath...

There is Air-conditioning and ceiling fans throughout

Nare Suite bedroom at Jacis Safari Lodge MadikweA bedroom with a view over the pool

The guest bedroom is also on the ground floor with en-suite bathroom, double rain showers and a free-standing bath, with a viewing deck...

Jacis Safari Lodge 2nd bedroom at Nare Suitethe 2nd bedroom with a view of the surrounding bush

An upstairs Loft Bedroom has an en-suite shower and WC, as well as a private balcony.

Upstairs bedroom at Jacis Safari Lodge Nare SuiteThe upstairs room
Jacis Safari Lodge Nare Suite upstairs view of waterholethe view of the waterhole from the deck of the upstairs bedroom

The expansive private viewing deck, features a heated swimming pool, sunken fire pit and seating area – all with superb views of the waterhole (Nare Suite’s waterhole is active year-round)

Nare Suite deck at Jacis Safari Lodgethe cosy deck over looking the bush and waterhole

Safari Suite:

Main area at Safari Suite at Jacis Safari Lodge JJaci's Safari Suite at Dusk

Safari Suite accommodates up to 8 guests. The master bedroom and adjoining twin bedroom share an outdoor shower and open-plan bathroom with the adjacent Twin-bedded Children’s Bedroom.

The master bedroom has a king size bed,  an open-plan en-suite bath and outdoor shower area.

the Main bedroom at Jacis Safari Suitemain bedroom with a view

Across the passageway, is a double-occupancy guest bedroom, as well as an upstairs twin-bedded loft bedroom which shares a bathroom and outdoor shower with the guest bedroom.

there is air-conditioning and ceiling fans throughout.

loft bedroom at Jacis Safari SuiteLoft Bedroom
View of Jacis Safari Suite in Madikwesurrounded by majestic Tamboti Trees and overlooking the famous Marico River

The private wooden viewing deck features, a private swimming pool, starpod, fire pit and seating area – all with superb views onto the riverine forest and Marico River.

The deck at Jacis Safari Suiteview of the starpod, swimming pool, firepit and the river

The Starbed Suite: The remodeled Starbed suites are pure luxury - the huge open-plan space has  superb views over the surrounding bushveld...  

entrance to Starbed Suite at Jacis safari lodgeEntrance gate to the Starbed Suite

With a choice of sleeping indoors, or under a blanket of African stars, each suite boasts two king-size beds, outdoor showers and indoor bathrooms, as well as lounge areas, a safari bar and private viewing deck.

Starbed lounge
Starbed main bedroom

and the stunning four poster bed on the roof, giving you an ideal place to spend the night under the African sky.

Starbed at night at Jacis safari lodgeThe rooftop Star bed at night

Jacis Safari Lodge: Activities

Relax around one of the two pools....

swimming pool at Jacis Safari Lodge the pool area

There are two guided game drives per day.

photographic safari

Game Drive images:

elephant coming for a drink
White rhino
Young male lion yawning
Male Ostrich with chicks
Zebra
Giraffe
early morning coffee stop
wild dogs playing
dancing hamerkop
male kudu silhouette
Dabchick

Our sightings while at Jacis Safari Lodge

Lion - two sightings

Elephant

Buffalo

Giraffe

Zebra

Brown Hyena / Spotted Hyena

Wild Dogs - two sightings

And to top it off, an African Wild Cat...!

night shot of an African Wild Cat captured on game drive

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