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.
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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