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Jaci's Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Malaria free Madikwe Safari
- Renowned Family Friendly Lodge
- Bush Luxury
- Exclusive Family Suites

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Overview

Jaci's Safari Lodge is a fantastic small safari camp in malaria-free Madikwe that successfully treads the fine line between luxury and an authentic safari feel. The separate Nare and Safari Suites offer one of the finest exclusive family safari experiences in South Africa.

Jaci's has a relaxed communal area and pool overlooking a watering hole, and the eight tented suites are decorated in vibrant colours and African textures. Each suite has a large mosaic bath (big enough for two to share), a private outdoor shower and a suspended game viewing deck. With thatched roofs, low stone walls and canvas panels that roll up, the lodge's eight spacious tented suites let the outside in, making for an exclusive African safari experience. The suites are equipped with underfloor heating, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. For families looking for a more exclusive experience, Jaci's Lodge's jaw-dropping Nare Suite or Safari Suite sleep families of six or eight and feature a private plunge pool and deck; a wonderful shared space for families on safari together.

Four to five hours north east of Johannesburg, Madikwe is a fantastic option for families looking for a low-risk malaria safari holiday. The 75,000 hectare game reserve is rich in wildlife offering the big five and a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive wild dogs. Jaci's Lodge offers two game drives a day in open safari vehicles, morning drives usually include a stop for hot chocolate, coffee or tea and home-baked rusks, and afternoon drives include a stop for sundowners and snacks while taking in an unforgettable African sunset.

Jaci's Lodge is an excellent option for families. The standard suites can take up to two extra children, albeit with comfortable camp beds that are put up for the children each day, whilst the Nare Suite and Safari Suite offer one of the finest exclusive safari experiences in South Africa. Children over five can join game drives, while families with under fives will have to stay in the Nare or Safari Suite, which include private game drives for any age.

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Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Great value for Madikwe
- Special drives for under-sixes
- Dedicated family suites
- Strong community links

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded location in Madikwe Game Reserve
- 3 large lodges
- Superb vehicle and walking safaris
- Great for families and large groups

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Traditional lodge in riverside setting
- Secluded wildlife reserve
- Malaria free area
- Spacious accommodation and pool

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 3

- Malaria free Madikwe safari
- 8 lovely private suites
- Authentic atmosphere
- Recommended option for Madikwe

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 3

- Set in one of the quieter game reserves
- Luxurious yet authentic in character
- Private viewing decks and plunge pools
- Good provision for children

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Glass walled bedrooms with river views
- Morning and evening game drives
- Game walks, sleep-outs under the stars
- Heated infinity pool, spa, gym

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Star gazing under clear night skies
- Chalets with private plunge pools
- Game drives and walking excursions
- Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Five-star luxury
- Lots of activities for children
- Pool overlooking waterhole

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Excellent viewing decks for spotting wildlife
- Located in Madikwe Private Game Reserve
- Fantastic Big 5 vehicle and walking safaris
- Star gazing under clear night skies

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Game drives in Madikwe Game Reserve
- Very family friendly
- Peaceful, remote location

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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