jaci's tree lodge madikwe

Jaci’s Tree Lodge

Jaci’s Tree Lodge is the realisation of Jan’s dream – an elevated lodge that appears to float above the ground… Jaci’s Lodges founder and owner Jan van Heteren, was profoundly inspired by the Okavango Delta’s characteristically intimate, secluded, luxury camps that seem to grow organically from the earth. Each suite is built to sit high on stilts and with a focus on ecological construction, ensuring they blend seamlessly into their environment.

The Main Lodge at Jaci’s Tree Lodge Madikwe, hidden in the riverine forest along the banks of the Marico River, and recently refurbished, provides a cool retreat from the heat of African summer days and a cosy fireside sanctuary during chilly winter months. With both indoor and outdoor dining spaces as well as open-plan lounge and bar areas, the Main Lodge sets the tone for an authentic, inspired safari experience.

Treehouse Suites

The Treehouse Suites luxuriously accommodate guests in custom built stilted treehouse-style structures. Connected by elevated walkways, they each boast magnificent views into the surrounding riverine forest, as well as glimpses across the famous Marico River. The 8 Treehouse Suites blend effortlessly into the overarching canopy of lush foliage, making for fantastic birdwatching in a peaceful, natural environment.

Each of the 8 Treehouse Suites Include:

  • Twice-daily game drives, including sunset and sunrise stops
  • All meals daily
  • Local and specialised teas and fabulous filter coffee
  • Select local house drinks including a variety of fine South African wines, spirits, beers and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to booking terms and conditions)
  • Access to the Main Lodge and swimming pool area, as well as the Terrapin Hide, Tlou Deck and *Naledi Treehouse at Jaci’s Tree Lodge Madikwe

Each of the 8 Treehouse Suites Feature:

  • A spacious, open-plan bedroom which can be configured with either King or Twin beds
  • An en-suite bathroom, featuring a large free-standing bath
  • A private in/outdoor shower area
  • A personal safari bar, mini bar fridge and a Kalahari Cooler, stocked with a delicious selection of coffees, teas and treats
  • A private viewing deck area with superb views into the beautiful surrounding bushveld
  • Air-conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Eco-friendly Afriearth amenities

The Treehouse Suites each accommodate 2 guests.

Children 12 years old and under are not accommodated at Jaci’s Tree Lodge.
There is a double-occupancy open-plan Master Bedroom with an en-suite bath, WC and private outdoor shower. 

Please Note:

The inclusions listed above are subject to change and are only applicable when booking at full rates.|
Special offers and SADC Rate bookings exclude all beverages.
Premium spirits are charged on consumption, including those stocked in the Treehouse Suites’ personal safari bars, and are not included in booking rates.
Guests staying in the Treehouse Suites at Jaci’s Tree Lodge do not have private game viewing vehicles. Game viewing vehicles accommodate 6 to 8 guests on drive.
Naledi Treehouse sleep-outs are subject to additional costs and availability.
Terms and conditions apply.

Terrapin Hide

The Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Tree Lodge provides a truly unique vantage point for game watching, whether you want to capture priceless images of wildlife from the centre of our active waterhole or simply sit quietly, immersing yourself in your surroundings.

Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the submerged photographic hide is open to Jaci’s Tree Lodge and Jaci’s Starbed Suite guests 24-hours a day and for guests’ convenience, our photographic equipment is also available to hire. Whether you require a camera for a particular day’s safari drives or would like to make use of one for the duration of your stay, we are happy to be able to offer our guests quality photographic equipment rental.

Camera kit for hire

  • Canon 7Dii’s
  • 100-400mm lenses
  • Gimpro game viewer mounts
  • R1250.00 per camera per day, which consists of an evening and a morning drive.

Please Note:

The Terrapin Hide is only accessible to guests staying at Jaci’s Tree Lodge and Jaci’s Starbed Suites.
Camera kit hire is subject to additional costs and availability.
Terms and conditions apply.

Tlou Deck

Tlou Deck is arguably the best sundowner and unique safari dining spot at Jaci’s Tree Lodge, epitomising all the “golden hour” beauty and epic bushveld vistas that Madikwe is famous for. The impressively elevated structure is located directly adjacent to our watering hole, affording guests the opportunity to observe the daily comings and goings of a variety of animals that frequent the area. Fully equipped with wifi, Tlou Deck also happens to be the best office in Africa!

Please Note:

Tlou Deck is only accessible to guests staying at Jaci’s Tree Lodge and Jaci’s Starbed Suites.

Naledi Treehouse

Naledi Treehouse offers Jaci’s Tree Lodge guests the ultimate safari sleep-out under the stars, without even having to leave camp. Naledi – meaning Star in Tswana – is kitted out with a canopied King-size bed, private KolKol wood-fired hot tub, Enviroloo, outdoor shower and boasts exceptional watering hole views.

This romantic sleep-out experience, enjoyed under starlight and the cover of an impressive Tamboti Tree, is certainly worthy of a top spot on every safari-lover’s bucket list!

Please Note:

Naledi Treehouse sleep-outs are subject to additional costs and availability.
Naledi Treehouse is only accessible to guests staying at Jaci’s Tree Lodge and Jaci’s Starbed Suites.
Terms and conditions apply.