Safari Need-To-Know

“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”
Brian Jackman, wildlife writer. 

To experience a truly authentic African safari in the splendid Madikwe Game Reserve is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure guaranteed to be forever etched in your memory.

On a Jaci’s Lodges safari, you can look forward to an epic experience including the possibility of seeing the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), as well as cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, giraffe and hippo – all sightings for which Madikwe is famous.

Jaci’s Field Guides

  • Your expert field guides will always do their utmost to ensure that you enjoy an incredible bush safari adventure on our twice-daily safari drives.
  • Over the years, our highly qualified guides have accumulated a wonderful repertoire of anecdotes and interesting facts on local wildlife, geology, history and geography, and they look forward to sharing these tales of the wild with you, making your African safari game drive a fun and informative experience.
  • Should your guides see fit, they may venture off-road onto bush trails and into natural terrain to track animals.
  • Expect to hear languages you may not understand: Jaci’s field guides will communicate sightings and recent kills via a two-way radio, using Setswana and vernacular code words.
  • To ensure a private safari experience, only three safari vehicles at a time are allowed at each sighting.
  • Our guides make stops on the morning drive for hot chocolate, coffee or tea and home-baked rusks, and in the late afternoon for sundowners and snacks while taking in an unforgettable African sunset.
  • Be sure to follow our field guide blog for all the up-to-date happenings at the lodge, fantastic sightings and photography.

Your Safari Schedule

  • Wakeup call: You will be woken by a knock on your door. Please feel free to make a cup of coffee/tea in your room, or enjoy tea, coffee and cereal at the Main Lodge before setting off on the morning drive.
  • Departure: The morning drive leaves from the Main Lodge and includes a stop along the way for exceptionally good coffee and freshly baked rusks.
  • Brunch: Enjoy a delicious continental or full-English breakfast selection, with additional lunch dishes and refreshments, on your return from the morning drive.
  • High tea: Refreshing homemade drinks and an assortment of savouries and pastries are served before you depart for your afternoon drive.
  • Departure: The afternoon drive also leaves from the Main Lodge and includes a stop for your choice of sundowner as well as stargazing after sunset.
  • Dinner: On returning from the drive, guests have time to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks at the Main Lodge bar, before being treated to a variety of South African-inspired, fire-cooked dishes, which we serve under the stars around the campfire as often as possible.

Safari Activities

  • Jaci’s Lodges’ photographic offering gives our guests the opportunity to learn about photography and capture those iconic safari images without having to invest in their own kit, under the guidance of our resident photographic expert, Andrew Aveley.
  • The Terrapin Hide is a submerged photographic hide with a water-level viewing window in the Jaci’s Lodges waterhole.
  • Conservation safaris at Jaci’s Lodges are designed to help everyday bush lovers contribute to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts taking place in the greater Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • Our walking safaris teach guests to walk in the wild with senses finely tuned to every sound and smell.
  • Say ’I do’ in, the gorgeous African bush, surrounded by your true love and closest friends – weddings at Jaci’s Lodges is a truly magical experience.

Madikwe Weather

  • Winters are generally sunny and dry, with temperatures varying from 0 to 24ºC.
  • Summers are generally wet, with spectacular thunderstorms and temperatures varying from 12 to 38ºC.
  • Expect sunny days for most of the year.

Packing your suitecase

  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, spare battery and charger
  • Long trousers
  • Short trousers
  • T-shirts