Jaci and Jan van Heteren are the owner-manager couple behind Jaci’s Lodges. A dynamic duo, they work together in creating and sustaining a luxury wildlife and safari experience that surpasses guest expectations.
Their story is unique. The couple moved to Madikwe in the mid 1990s and built and opened the first lodge in the reserve – Madikwe River Lodge. They later sold their interest in the lodge, but soon realised they missed Madikwe.
Back for a second time, they returned and opened Jaci’s Safari Lodge.
Jaci’s Tree Lodge followed three years later, fulfilling Jan’s dream of building a lodge on stilts.
Their partnership is a successful one based on trust, love and support. While Jan focuses on the cuisine, hospitality and financial side of the business, Jaci focuses on all things marketing related as well as the interiors. A lover of bright African colours, Jaci has applied her creative flair to the unique décor complimenting the look and feel of the lodges.
Jaci’s Lodges is testament to the Van Heterens’ insight into the needs of couples, groups and families looking for a relaxing, upmarket safari getaway set amid the arid beauty of the African Marico bushveld.