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By the 1940's the combination of chronic overgrazing and desertification had reduced the Marico district to a handful of struggling farmers and the poorest area in the province. Thus the Parks Board decided to create the Madikwe Game Reserve, not only to conserve the fauna and flora but also to provide a more favourable environment for the local people.Operation "Phoenix" saw the translocation of 10.000 head and 27 species of game into the newly fenced Park, the largest movement since Noah. The late Eric Chapman, together with Jan van Heteren, saw the potential and were the first investors establishing Madikwe River Lodge. Jan's outgoing personality, operational experience and his exceptional ability as a Restaurateur, together with Jaci's organizing skills and her outrageously successful decorational flair, soon made Madikwe River Lodge a much-vaunted destination.
However, soon after selling their interest in Madikwe River Lodge they were both yearning to invest in Madikwe and start their own Lodge again - the idea of Jaci's was born. After three long years of negotiation and planning with Parks they have been able to fulfill their dream. Out of their many contacts from Jan's very successful Restaurant days at Cynthia's and Pasha's in Pretoria, Jaci's exotic times, managing the Bazaruto Lodge in Mozambique, their joint effort in making friends with all their guests at River Lodge and Jan's current involvement with Zongoene Lodge at the mouth of the Limpopo, they were able to select a handful of lucky investors to help fund their dream. Thus, in spite of the torrential rains of this year and all obstacles, Jacis Safari Lodge has been delightfully established and opens in April 2000. With this team supporting Jacis you can expect superb personal service, a wonderful ambience, good food and wine and a great game trip. They hope you have fun and that they may have the pleasure of welcoming you back here with your friends in the near future.