Searching for a Safari experience on the net is overwhelming, so many different places, experiences and prices. We were in luck, a long time friend that I had flown with in the USAF and later for an airline spent time in South Africa at the Embassy and married a South African. A number of years ago he struck up a friendship with Jan who was setting up a lodge in Madikwe. Larry highly recommended Jaci's even though he was not really unbiased. We had some difficulty booking (our fault) and ended up booking through an agency, go straight to Jaci's website to book. Jan, originally from Holland, is a professional having run restaurants and hotels prior to moving up to Madikwe, he knows and insists on top service by all of his staff. Being our first trip to Africa and the wildlife viewing experience, I cannot compare it to other operations but I can assure you that the lodge, rooms, food and service are absolutely first rate. We were lucky to have Thomas as our guide, I cannot say enough complimentary things about this native South African gentleman. We spent six to seven hours a day for three days with him and each adventure was more fun and, more importantly, more educational than the previous one. He learned early on that I enjoy trying to identify animal foot prints and went out of his way to show and explain the myriad of prints that we saw. The rooms are very spacious, comfortable and well accommodated but you are not going to have a 60" flat screen TV in your Tree House and that is not why we were there anyway. The staff have a vested interest in the success because after a period of time they become owners, a real incentive to making your guests happy. Sollie and Virginia do magic in the kitchen and even cooked Bobotie for me for our last brunch. Disclaimer: because of our goofing up the reservation process, Jan did not know Cathy and I from Adam so we were treated just as all of the other guests. For a Safari experience, I could not recommend it higher. It goes without saying that Thomas provided us with a delightful watching experience from Wild Dogs chasing down two Waterbok (they did not get them), an angry young bull Elephant in musk and on the prowl, to a majestic male Lion courting his latest sweetheart. Fantastic!
- 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 supurb African Safari with memories to be cherished.Jaci's Tree Lodge, with breathtaking raised walkways & only 8 “tree houses” eachhidden amongst the ancient riverine trees, ensures the ultimate, luxurious forest hideaway in the african bush veld.… complimented with daily game drives in expansive madikwe, conducted by knowledgable and attentive guides your wildlife sightings and memories will be unforgettable. Perfect for romantic safaris, weddings, or just to escape the urban jungle...we look forward to pampering you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jaci`s Tree Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve