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

Creative Nature Photographic Experience

Hosted by Andrew Aveley


Andrew Aveley has partnered with Jaci’s Lodges to present an exclusive photographic experience known as, Creative Nature Photography, with Andrew as the photographic professional guide and host.

Andrew will be guiding guests of any photographic level to go out and #createandexplore the beauty and richness of our magical piece of Africa. By booking one of these two incredible experience options, you join him on the exclusive, custom-built Jaci’s Lodge’s photographic vehicle. This exclusive photographic offering is open for bookings during the following periods:

  • 2 – 31 May 2018
  • 1 – 30 June 2018
  • 1 – 23 July 2018
  • 12 – 31 October 2018
  • 1 – 30 November 2018

Option 1: The Jaci’s Classic Photographic 4 night package
Option 2: The Jaci’s Epic Photographic 8 night package

Creative Nature Photographic package details:

  • Photography: During your stay and drives Andrew will be on hand to offer constructive and sighting specific insight to assist you in growing your portfolio.
  • Photographic Drives: These will go out twice daily. In total you will have 8 photographic drives over the The Jaci’s Classic Photographic 4 night package and 16 drives over the The Jaci’s Epic Photographic 8 night package.
  • Terrapin Hide: Between brunch and high tea at Jaci’s, Andrew hosts a private 2-hour session at the submerged photographic hide.
  • Image Reviews: Andrew will be on hand daily before the afternoon drive should you wish to discuss your images and results of the drives to ensure you are working towards portfolio grade images.

This is the only photographic offering of its kind in Madikwe and we are proud to have Andrew as the only full-time professional Safari and Tour host to offer this experience to any level of photographer and traveler who wants to capture this idyllic destination and increase their wildlife portfolio. Andrew aims to help develop guests photographic knowledge and enjoyment of nature. Our guests’ overall experience is the key focus from both a photographic, nature and wildlife perspective.

Along with the specialized vehicle, Jaci’s Lodges is an incredibly unique photographic location, especially due to the inclusion of the Terrapin Hide. This partially submerged, large mammal hide is situated in the center of our waterhole and gives animals unrestricted access. Only guests of Jaci’s Lodges can make use of it’s unique point of view 24-hours a day. There are no distracting spot lights to interfere with the animals natural behavior, however specialized low-impact lights are available for those that want little better look at the visitors during low-light times. Short and long exposure techniques from the hide are an absolute must!

In addition to the Creative Nature package dates listed above,  Andrew will also be at Jaci’s Lodges on the following dates:

21 – 30 October 2017
23 – 26 May 2018

*Photographic drives, packages and equipment are subject to additional costs and exclusions.

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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.

Photographic Equipment Hire

Guests at Jaci’s are able to make use of the lodge cameras while staying with us. Whether you require a camera for a particular day’s 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 access to this quality photographic equipment.

Camera kit for hire:

Canon 7dii
100-400ii Lens
Gimpro game viewer mount

Rate: R1250.00 per camera for use on two game drives / 1 day

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