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Tristan van Heteren


In the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Tristan will be representing a remarkable family legacy at this year’s Our Africa Show. Spanning over two decades, their business is nestled within a 75,000-hectare safari wilderness of uninterrupted game viewing. Guests can expect to encounter the majestic Big 5, including both black and white rhinos, as well as an array of other wildlife like brown and spotted hyenas, wild dogs, and cheetahs.

What truly sets this family business apart are its pioneering initiatives in community involvement and environmental sustainability. Proudly, 27.2% of the business is owned by a staff trust, empowering local communities and fostering a deep connection between the lodge and its employees. This model not only enhances the guest experience by creating a more invested and passionate staff but also contributes significantly to local economic development.

Moreover, they are at the forefront of eco-friendly practices, being the first and only lodge to harness hydrogen power as an alternative fuel source. This ground breaking move underscores their commitment to preserving the pristine wilderness that surrounds them. By adopting hydrogen power, they are significantly reducing their carbon footprint, ensuring that the Magical Madikwe Game Reserve remains unspoiled for future generations.

This fusion of community empowerment and environmental stewardship makes Jaci’s Lodges a standout at the Our Africa Show, offering a unique and sustainable safari experience that goes beyond wildlife viewing.