Thakadu River Camp has 12 luxurious safari tents on the banks of the Marico River in the malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Thakadu is a wholly-owned, community-based project and an ecotourism success story. This exclusive, tented safari bushcamp is situated in the far eastern part of Madikwe, in a good area for game viewing.

  • Luxurious en-suite tents overlooking the Marico River
  • Traditional Meru-style safari tents on wooden decks give you a close-to-nature experience
  • Excellent viewpoint for stargazing and birdwatching
  • Friendly local guides with a vast knowledge of the area
  • Pampering on-site spa treatments
  • Refreshing swimming pool overlooking the bush

The main lodge at Thakadu River Camp is an intimate, elegant, open-plan affair that includes a lounge, restaurant, pool deck and bar. The 12 luxuriously appointed safari tents are spacious and comfortable, each with an indoor bathroom and a private viewing deck overlooking the river.

Close to Nature

Guests are often thrilled by the sounds of the bush that waft through the tent walls – especially at night. The private decks are also great for birdwatching and stargazing.

Successful ecotourism project

Thakadu River Camp, a wholly-owned, community-based tented safari camp, is a thriving eco-tourism partnership between the local parks board, the community and the operator. It's a unique concept and one that substantially benefits the locals. The staff are all locals with extensive knowledge of the area and its rich wildlife inhabitants.

Getting there

By air - Scheduled flights connect OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International with Madikwe Airstrip. Charters are available on request.

By car - Thakadu is a 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg and two hours from Gaberone. Road transfers can also be arranged.

Our take on Thakadu River Camp

Thakadu River Camp is a special, luxurious safari experience. We were impressed with the quality of the local guides at this lodge. The lodge itself appears better suited to those without young children as, apart from a swimming pool, there didn't seem much for children to do.

  • All meals and snacks
  • Two game drives daily on open safari vehicles
  • Bed levy
  • Entrance fees to Madikwe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (optional)
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