With the breathtaking vistas of Madikwe Game Reserve as the backdrop and a diverse variety of wildlife as the subject matter, Jaci’s Lodges’ complete photographic offering caters to all guests, whether amateurs or professionals, who want to capture once-in-a-lifetime memories, rare and beautiful game sightings, emotive landscapes or those special often-overlooked details that the bush provides in abundance.

Our daily photographic safaris give guests the opportunity to go out on drive with one of our photographic field guides, and with state-of-the-art camera equipment for the duration of the drive. Our resident photographic expert Andrew Aveley is on hand at various times during the year to bring keen photographic enthusiasts his Creative Nature Experience.

Perfectly complementing the photographic activities at Jaci’s Lodges is our submerged Terrapin Hide. Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the popular hide is open 24/7 to all guests.

Jaci’s Daily Photographic Drives

Our daily photographic safari drives give guests the opportunity to learn about photography, capture iconic safari images and take home priceless memories of their African adventure, all without having to invest in their own photographic equipment.

  • Our custom-designed photographic vehicle seats four guests per drive.
  • Gimpro game-viewer camera mounts allow for stable shooting and take the weight of the camera off your hands.
  • Guests have optional use of our professional-level DSLR cameras and 100–400mm lenses.
  • Your Jaci’s Lodges photographic field guide is on hand to teach you the necessary skills while out on the drive.
  • Photographic drives go out every morning and evening, giving the opportunity to experience the soft morning light or capture some dusty backlit images.
  • We provide your memory card, so your images are ready to go with you when you leave the lodge.
  • Request your photographic drive when making your reservation.

*Photographic drives and equipment are subject to additional costs.

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Creative Nature Photographic Experience

Hosted by Andrew Aveley

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Andrew will be at Jaci’s Lodges on

  • August 10th – 2oth
  • October 16th – 29th

The Creative Nature Photographic Experience at Jaci’s Lodges is hosted by professional photographer Andrew Aveley. During these photographic workshops, guests are also able to make use of the specialised photographic vehicle fitted with Gimpro mounts, and our Canon 7D MK II and 100-400 Mk II cameras (or their own personal gear), and benefit from Andrew’s wealth of knowledge and field experience.

  • Personal instruction is provided on all things related to wildlife and nature photography.
  • Tutoring is provided on composition, settings and techniques while on the drive at any specific sighting.
  • Andrew helps you hone your skills and shares new ideas, creatively inspiring photographers of any skill level.
  • Optional image reviews are carried out daily.
  • Our custom-designed photographic vehicle seats four guests per drive.
  • Gimpro game-viewer camera mounts allow for stable shooting ad take the weight of the camera off your hands.
  • Guests have optional use of our professional-level DSLR cameras and 100–400mm lenses.
  • We provide your memory card, so your images are ready to go with you when you leave the lodge.

Andrew Aveley is a passionate nature photographer who continually strives to help all who travel with him to push their own personal photographic boundaries while out in the field. A true professional at all levels of his craft, he has a wide portfolio of work from his extensive travels throughout Africa. Andrew is also a qualified RSA tour guide and is registered with FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa), ensuring guests get the highest standard of service possible.

*Photographic drives and equipment are subject to additional costs

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The Terrapin Hide

Whether you want to capture priceless images of wildlife from the centre of the waterhole or simply sit quietly, immersing yourself in your surroundings, the water-level Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Lodges is proud to offer this unique vantage point. Our friends at Pangolin Photo Safaris assisted with the design and construction of the hide, ensuring its position and functionality for a truly unique game-viewing and photographic experience. The hide is visited by a wide variety of animals and birds, and, thanks to its unique location, you can sit quietly and watch them coming down to drink as if you weren’t even there.

  • The Terrapin Hide, open since September 2015, has established Jaci’s Lodges as a premium photographic safari destination
  • Its west-facing orientation guarantees soft morning light and warm backlit silhouettes in the late afternoon
  • Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the hide is open 24 hours a day
  • It is fully equipped with red LED interior lights, spotlights and a radio
  • It is open to all guests of Jaci’s Lodges

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Photographic Gallery

We love to receive images from our guests who have taken advantage of the amazing photographic opportunities that our lodge and the magical Madikwe Game Reserve offer. Our field guides and resident photographic experts are also a constant source of inspiring photography. It is our pleasure to share a selection of these with you.

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