Fodor's Expert Review Jaci's Lodges

Madikwe Game Reserve, North-West, South Africa

The two lodges that make up Jaci's Lodges are family owned and have a longstanding reputation for friendliness, superb game drives, and comfortable accommodations that has made them synonymous with the name Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci's Safari Lodge sits in the southeast reserve on the edge of the Marico River. You'll stay in one of eight roomy tented suites with outdoor showers, handcrafted mosaic baths, and a private deck looking out over the bushveld and river below. There are also two suites that sleep about 10 each if you have a bigger family group. The welcoming public areas are bright and cheerful with a seamless fusion of contemporary and African decor. This is probably one of the most child-friendly lodges in South Africa. Take the older kids with you on guided game drives (6 to 12 years, younger by special arrangement). The eight rooms of the secluded Jaci's Tree Lodge, built of rosewood and thatch and perched on stilts connected by wooden walkways, have views through the riverine trees across the Marico River. You may not want to leave your leafy aerie and its surrounding birdsong.

PROS

  • friendly
  • welcoming atmosphere
  • great children's activities and facilities
  • great game
  • friendly, welcoming atmosphere, great children's activities and facilities, great game
  • friendly, welcoming atmosphere
  • great children's activities and facilities
  • great game-viewing

CONS

  • if children aren't your thing
  • stay away from Jaci's Safari Lodge
  • pricey
  • if children aren't your thing, stay away from Jaci's Safari Lodge
  • pricey

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 083-700–2071 | 083-700–2071-reservations | 083-303–0885-Jaci's Safari Lodge manager | 083-276–2387-Jaci's Tree Lodge manager

HOTEL DETAILS

8 tented suites per camp, 2 family suites at Safari Lodge
Rate Includes: All meals

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