We stayed 5 nights at Jaci's and we shall never forget them! To set the scene, one morning we awoke to the amazing sound of a lion's call, close to the camp (no worries since they have an electric fence--so that was only a thrilling experience). As one of our fellow lodge-dwellers from the UK put it, Jaci's was "five-star camping." And truly it was. Luxury tents, super cool interior, but freezing cold at night and for showers in the morning. Jaci's makes a fire in your room before you return from dinner, they have electric blankets, and in the morning before the rides they awake you in your room with hot tea. All wonderful-- and all necessary if you're there in the winter (we were there June-July). And definitely don't leave food in your tent/room because yes, the cute little monkeys will enter to feast during the day when they open up everyones' tents. To the staff: enthusiastic and welcoming. The meals: cozy and delicious. But one cannot rate Jaci's as a hotel alone, since the game rides (we did 10 total) were an essential part of the experience. Our guide David was rather shy, but we all really liked him because he knew everything about the animals and area-- and we appreciated his being even-keel while being surrounded by certain members of the Big Five and their brethren. : ) We saw dozens of different types of animals, including those that are rather rare, such as Wild Dogs. We haven't been to Masai Mara, but various fellow game riders said there were fewer animals running around everywhere than in Kenya (which they described as an almost zoo-like experience), but that this was better in many ways because the animals were more elusive/in their natural habitat-- and that we saw more variety here. (A quick footnote re Madikwe: I was newly pregnant while we were on vacation in South Africa and we chose Madikwe vs. Kruger because Kruger is malarial, but Madikwe thankfully is not.) BTW I've attached two photos-- I took hundreds so it's impossible to choose, especially of the many close-ups of the animals, but I selected an elephant charging a pack of lions since it was an incredible scene. In sum, a highly recommendable experience at Jaci's and at Madikwe... you must go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaci's Lodges promise personal attention to detail from effervescent staff each indivdually committed to outstanding service and united in assuring you enjoy an suburb African Safari with memories to be cherished. Jaci's Safari Lodge with only 8 "tents" and 2 exclusive suites -features eclectic combinations of vibrant colour, earthy canvas, stone and shaggy thatch. Enjoy fire cooked & starlit meals - heaven indeed!... Complimented with daily game drives in expansive madikwe, conducted by knowledgeable and attentive guides your wildlife sightings and memories will be unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jaci`s Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve