Jaci's Tree Lodge

Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Southern Africa


Jaci’s Tree Lodge is the brainchild of founder Jan van Heteren, a luxurious sanctuary suspended above the ground that draws inspiration from the secluded and intimate camps of the Okavango Delta. Each elevated suite is carefully designed on stilts and constructed with eco-conscious materials to harmonise effortlessly with its natural surroundings.

Nestled amid the lush riverine forest beside the Marico River, the Main Lodge at Jaci’s Tree Lodge has been recently revamped to offer guests both a haven from the scorching African summers and a warm, fireside abode during the cooler months. With versatile dining options—indoors and outdoors—and inviting lounge and bar spaces, the Main Lodge serves as the heart of your authentic safari adventure.

For those looking to escape the heat, our shaded swimming pools offer the perfect oasis. Outdoor gym equipment is thoughtfully placed along the riverside path for guests desiring a workout amid nature. Embrace the time-honoured South African tradition of dining under the stars to enrich your safari experience at Jaci’s Lodges.

Explore the breathtaking expanse of Madikwe on foot, led by our expert walking-trails guide. These guided strolls are subject to availability and may vary in length depending on a range of factors, including guest numbers, weather, and game drive timings. The walk alongside the Marico River between Jaci’s Safari and Tree Lodges provides an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and potentially witnessing elephants enjoying a swim. You’ll also find our outdoor bush gym equipment along this tranquil path.

As night falls, prepare to be awe-struck by the mesmerising celestial display. Whether you’re enjoying a night drive, gazing from your private deck or taking it in from the main lodge, the unspoiled bushveld setting makes for an unparalleled stargazing experience. Our guides are on hand to share their knowledge of the constellations and other astronomical wonders.


  • Wi-Fi
  • Pool
  • Airport Transportation
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry Service
  • Photographic Hide

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • En-Suite
  • Shower

What to Expect

At Jaci’s Tree Lodge, our photographic amenities are thoughtfully curated to meet the needs of photography enthusiasts across the board, from novices to seasoned wildlife photographers aiming for those once-in-a-lifetime shots. To simplify your experience, we offer a range of high-quality photographic equipment for rent, whether you need a camera just for a day’s safari or for your entire stay.

Our conservation safaris offer an unparalleled chance for nature aficionados to actively contribute to local wildlife preservation efforts in the expansive Madikwe Game Reserve. This program includes hands-on activities like rhino notching, elephant collaring, lion branding, and data collection to assist the North West Parks Board rangers in maintaining the well-being of Madikwe’s key species, such as lions, rhinos, and African wild dogs.


Treehouse Suites

The 8 Treehouse Suites at Jaci’s Tree Lodge offer a sublime treetop sanctuary, crafted with custom-designed, elevated structures on stilts. Linked by raised walkways, each suite provides unparalleled vistas of the enveloping riverine forest and offers glimpses of the iconic Marico River. Nestled within a canopy of verdant foliage, the suites serve as prime spots for avid birdwatchers, all within a serene natural setting.

Each expansive, open-plan bedroom is adaptable, with options for either King or Twin bed configurations. The suites feature an en-suite bathroom complete with a generously sized, free-standing bathtub. Guests can also relish a unique shower experience in a private indoor/outdoor area.

For your convenience, each suite is equipped with a custom safari bar and mini fridge, complemented by a Kalahari Cooler stocked with a handpicked assortment of coffees, teas, and homemade goodies.

Further enhancing your stay is a secluded viewing deck, offering awe-inspiring panoramas of the surrounding bushveld. Modern comforts like air-conditioning and ceiling fans are standard, along with environmentally-friendly Afriearth amenities.

Naledi Treehouse

The Naledi Treehouse presents guests of Jaci’s Tree Lodge with an unparalleled sleep-out adventure, all within the confines of the camp. Named ‘Naledi,’ which translates to ‘Star’ in Tswana, this enchanting hideaway is outfitted with a draped King-size bed, a private KolKol wood-fired hot tub, an eco-friendly Enviroloo, and an al fresco shower.

With an outstanding view overlooking a bustling watering hole, the experience is perfect for nature enthusiasts. Spend the evening enveloped by the grandeur of a towering Tamboti Tree while gazing at a sky full of stars. For anyone passionate about safari expeditions, a night at the Naledi Treehouse is an absolute must-experience, certain to be a highlight on your safari journey’s wishlist!

Terrapin Hide

The Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Tree Lodge offers an unparalleled perspective for wildlife observation. Whether you’re an avid photographer aiming for that perfect shot from the heart of our bustling waterhole, or a nature lover looking for a peaceful moment of immersion, this is your ideal location. Accessible through a hidden underwater tunnel, this submerged viewing chamber is available to guests of both Jaci’s Tree Lodge and Jaci’s Starbed Suite around the clock.

For those interested in capturing the perfect photo, high-quality photographic equipment is available for rent. Whether you need a camera for a single day of safari adventures or wish to reserve one for your entire stay, we’re pleased to offer top-notch equipment to meet your needs.

Tlou Deck

Tlou Deck stands as the pinnacle of sunset and dining experiences at Jaci’s Tree Lodge, embodying the stunning “golden hour” panoramas and awe-inspiring scenery that have made Madikwe a renowned destination. Positioned right next to our active watering hole, this elevated platform gives guests a front-row seat to the daily activities of the diverse wildlife that visits the area. And with full Wi-Fi connectivity, Tlou Deck can easily claim the title of Africa’s most scenic office space!

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