Thakadu River Camp, Madikwe Game Reserve Tented Camp
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 camp is situated in the far eastern part of Madikwe, in a good area for game viewing.
* Thakadu River Camp Highlights
- ∞ 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 star gazing and bird watching
- ∞ Friendly local guides with a vast knowledge of the area
- ∞ Pampering on-site spa treatments
- ∞ Refreshing swimming pool overlooking the bush
More about this accommodation
The main lodge is an intimate, elegant, open-plan affair which includes the 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 bird watching and stargazing.
Successful ecotourism project
Thakadu River Camp is a wholly-owned, community-based tented safari camp; a thriving ecotourism 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 an extensive knowledge of the area and its rich wildlife inhabitants.
Getting to Thakadu
By air: Scheduled flights connect OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International with Madikwe airstrip. Charters are available on request.
By car: Thakadu is a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg and two hours from Gaberone. Road transfers can also be arranged.
Our take on Thakadu River Camp
Thakadu 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
- x 1% Bed levy
- x Entrance fees to Madikwe
- x Items of a personal nature, gratuities (optional)
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.