by Carrie Hampton
A Wildlife SanctuaryBeing in the Madikwe Game Reserve has distinct advantages. This malaria-free reserve is described as 'top ten territory', with wild dog, black and white rhino, hippo, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyaena, cheetah, giraffe, buffalo and elephant found in this wildlife sanctuary.
As if this is not enough, there is also a variety of plains game like wildebeest, kudu and zebra, and over 340 species of bird. Built in a riverine forest of tamboti and leadwood trees, the eight tree houses of Jaci's Tree Lodge stand on stilts up to six metres above the ground. This gives guests a unique vantage point from which to observe the wildlife and at least some of the many species of bird recorded in Madikwe. The tree houses consist of open-plan rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Outdoor jungle showers add to the fun for children.
Marvelous Bird LifeThe safari-chic decor of the tree houses is echoed in the main lounge. Resembling the shades of Madikwe's most colourful birds, such as the lilac-breasted roller and the southern carmine bee-eater, the muted purples, pinks, oranges and reds create a confident contemporary feel in this rustic bush setting.
Exceptional Gourmet DishesThe food, too, is contemporary, and head chef Stewart Hunter is responsible for the exceptional gourmet dishes created in his kitchen. Some menu favourites include his starter of salmon mousse topped with prawns and a main dish of fillet of beef stuffed with cream cheese, basil and tangy pepperdew on a butternut mash. Visit Jaci's Safari Lodge
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