Jaci's Tree Lodge

Luxurious tree houses connected by suspended walkways, overlooking a river

Jaci's Tree Lodge

Jaci's Tree Lodge, built high above the ground on wooden stilts, is a unique treetop safari experience consisting of eight stunning tree house rooms decorated in vibrant colours. The rooms are connected by wooden walkways which blend into the surrounding tree canopy and have great views of the Groot Marico River. Each room consists of an open plan, en-suite bathroom with an enormous stone bath and an outdoor shower. Guests can relax on the deck in front of their rooms, on the loungers surrounding the swimming pool or in the vibrant main lodge when not on safari.

At the lodge

The hotel

The dining area is in the main lodge where brunch and high tea are served. Dinners are usually around a fire under the African stars if the weather is suitable. Menus feature fresh, seasonal South African produce and meats. A large fireplace separates the lounge and bar area from the dining room and the quaint curio shop. Tree Lodge guests have access to a swimming pool surrounded by comfortable loungers, perfect for relaxing on after a refreshing swim.

The rooms

Jaci’s Tree Lodge provides accommodation in 8 luxurious rooms built on wooden stilts and joined by suspended wooden walkways. The thatched, wooden tree-houses overlook the Marico River and blend in with their surroundings, allowing guests to connect with the nature around them. The rooms are decorated in vibrant reds and greens, complemented by African elements, and boast an outdoor shower, a stone bath, heating and air conditioning. Wooden balconies extend into the wide open forest from each of the rooms.

On safari


Activities include a variety of safaris, including game drives, bush and river walks, and birding safaris. There are two hides offering great photographic opportunities: Jaci’s Star Bed, a four-poster bed on top of a hide, where guests can enjoy a night out in the wild, and the Terrapin Hide, which is in the centre of a water-hole and is accessible via an under-water tunnel. Guests can also curl up with a book in the lounge or go for a swim.

When to go

Madikwe by month


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Madikwe Game Reserve lies on a transition zone with a mix of Kalahari thornveld, denser bushveld and open savannah areas providing the perfect habitat for an abundance of species including the famed Big Five, with both black and white rhino present. The not-to-be-missed wildlife specials for this region include brown hyena, sable antelope and gemsbok. However, the real highlight for Madikwe is its resident pack of wild dogs, providing exciting moments on the hunt.


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