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Jaci’s Lodges has been one of the front runners in the safari industry for over 15 years by always offering family friendly safaris, efficient service, well trained and eloquent guides, and luxurious rooms that are complemented with delicious and carefully prepared meals. A new photographic safari innovation has been added to that list, and now Jaci’s Lodges is able to offer a unique photographic hide at water level.

The Terrapin Hide opened to much excitement and has quickly gained traction as a front runner for lodge photographic innovations having recently been added to an exclusive list of “Five of South Africa’s Best Photographic experiences” as published in The Huffington Post.

The Terrapin Hide is accessible from Jaci’s Lodges at all times of day without the need for a guide to escort you. So should you wish to go down to see what visits in the early hours of the morning, you are able to. And you can do so in comfort as it can easily accommodate up to eight photographers at a time. You will see giraffe, zebra, impala, kudu, and may even have a surprise visit from a Madikwe leopard, brown hyena or pride of lions.

zebra impala

The tracks of all three of these predators have bee seen at the waterhole – not to mention the endless stream of elephants that visit daily to drink, splash and take a swim!


The photographic opportunities at Jaci’s Lodges are endless as a plethora of mammals, birds and even reptiles make use of the waterhole in which the Terrapin Hide is located. And it is not often that you have the chance to take all the time you want for some night photography, which is a priceless photographic experience.


To further understand the location and structure of the Terrapin Hide, watch our video:


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Situated in Madikwe you can expect friendly and personal service assuring an African Safari to be remembered. Jaci's Lodges are vibrant combinations of colour, canvas, shaggy thatch and breathtaking raised walkways. Imagine fire cooked & starlit meals - heaven indeed! Perfect for romantic safaris and that bush escape.