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Jaci’s Lodges

Jacis Lodges

Jacis lodges in Madikwe game reserve is situated next to the Botswana border in the Northwest province of South Africa.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria it is about a 3-4 hour drive. Madikwe also got a runway so you can fly in as well which makes the experience even better. Once there you park and forget about your vehicle. Once there you get spoiled by the guides/drivers and staff at Jaci’s lodges .

Jacis Lodges


Jacis Lodges are divided in 2 lodges at Madikwe game reserve. The Safari lodge is child friendly with their own restaurant and stunning private accommodation. Children have a games room available to them to keep them busy when not looking for animals. Some of the chalets got some nice splash pools to cool you down and bigger pools are strategically positioned between the rooms.

On the river path you can even find outdoor gym equipment for those who need to get rid of the stunning food from Jaci’s lodges.

The tree lodges at Jacis lodges are built on stilts in between the trees and also very very private. These lodges got a child age restriction just to ensure that all can enjoy nature. The tree lodges are all link with “wooden bridge pathways” and ending up at the tree lodge restaurant.

The food was top notch, at both lodges as both have their own staff and chefs and do slightly different menus. So a good excuse to go back and experience both lodge set ups at Jacis’s lodges.

Jacis Lodges


At Jacis Lodges it is quite safe to walk between all the lodges and the terrapin hide. All is enclosed and fenced in with some buck moving around in the bushes and loads of birds all around. I have heard stories that they do have every now and then an Elephant that decide the fencing is not a good idea.  Probably the Elephant thinks the grass is greener on the other side and then break through the fence. Then the lodge staff struggles to get the guy back to the bush and the pricey fix of the fence again. (more…)

Aquila Private Game reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve is situated just over a 2 hour’s drive from Cape Town. Dive Inn Cape Town had some guests who needed a surface interval before flying to Aliwal shoal and we arranged a day trip out to the Aquila Private Game reserve.

Aquila Private Game reserve can arrange a pick up from your hotel as well but Dive Inn also provides this service and we add some extra touring information on route and have the flexibility to stop and check out other places of interest, depending on time of course.

We had an afternoon safari booked and needed to be there at 12pm. On arrival you are welcomed with a glass of bubbly or a non-alcoholic a sparkling grape juice. After a quick registration and payment the guests are directed to the restaurant for lunch where a buffet of traditional South African food is served. This is included in the day trip price but excludes drinks. The food is top notch and for the morning trips a breakfast is also included.

Aquila Private Game Reserveprovides stunning accommodation and to do an overnight or longer stay plus a safari on horseback is highly recommended. (more…)