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Thakadu River Camp | Madikwe

Thakadu River Camp is an exclusive tented safari lodge located in the south-eastern corner of the world-acclaimed Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve. This upmarket River Camp is tucked away amid the dense riverine canopy that lines the banks of the Groot Marico River. And can sleep a maximum of 24 visitors in 12 luxurious canvas suites.

The suites at Thakadu River Camp are all built to blend in with the pristine natural landscape and give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the unprecedented beauty and peace that this secluded African bushveld destination provides.

Each superbly-appointed tented suite is equipped with a choice of two single beds or a super king-sized bed fitted with a mosquito net, an en-suite bathroom with shower, and a large sliding door that opens onto an elevated wooden deck overlooking the spectacular river frontage. Extra amenities include air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, digital safe, and access to AC power (220 volts).

Being a family-friendly accommodation, four of the twelve suites at Thakadu River Camp are family units. The family units offer the same features as the standard two- sleeper suites plus an additional queen-size sleeper couch suitable for junior visitors under 12 years. A cot is available for infants aged two years or younger on request.

The wood-and- thatch main camp at Thakadu lies between the Groot Marico River and one of its tributaries and is decorated in the same polished Afro-centric style prominent throughout the tented suites. Its generous use of organic materials – like stone, wood, and metal – and earthy textures serves to highlight the authentic African hospitality and exceptional service you can expect to enjoy during your visit to Thakadu.

Here you will find an open-plan lounge, dining, and reception rooms as well as mini- conference zone, and a safe. The River Camp’s chilled bar and pool area is the perfect spot to while away another idyllic afternoon in this fabulous bushveld oasis.

There is also a firelit Boma where locally-inspired cuisine is served al fresco on fair weather nights as well as a Lapa set within a riverine glade from where you can soak up the mesmerising views of the lazily meandering river and the terrain beyond. Thakadu River Camp also has the capacity to host intimate wedding celebrations.

Naturally, Thakadu’s outdoor adventures are the focal point of a stay at this magnificent Madikwe-based River Camp with an itinerary that gives you plenty of opportunities to encounter this Big Five Reserve’s thrilling diversity of bird- and wildlife.

Activities include morning and afternoon/evening game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, top-notch birdwatching excursions, informative walking trails, and stargazing, in the company of accompanied by highly knowledgeable guides. For a more elite, in-depth experience, a private safari vehicle is available by prior arrangement.

Due to safety concerns, junior visitors aged six years and younger are not permitted on regular game drives. However, Thakadu does provide a special “kiddies game drive” as well offering a babysitting service. And if you feel up for some pampering, why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage in the privacy of your tent or on your viewing deck.

However, you chose to spend your time, a trip to Thakadu River Camp is sure to fulfill your wish to commune with Mother Nature without compromising on your creature comforts.

Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism partnership between the Molathedi Community, African Hotels and Adventures, and North-West Parks which means the Molathedi Community directly and substantially benefits from this partnership.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to availability
Details 1 Apr 2018 to
30 Sep 2018
1 Oct 2018 to
31 Mar 2019
Standard Tentes Suite Single R4 530 R5 455
Standard Tented Suite Per Night Sharing R3 025 R3 635
Family Tent Single R4 530 R5 455
Family Tent Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 025 R3 635
Children under 12 yrs sharing R1 515 R1 815
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!
Special Domestric Rates
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
01 Apr  2018 to 30 Sep 2018 Per Person Sharing
SA Resident Rate R3 000
Minimum 3 Night Stay R2 700
7 Day Rate R2 700

Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
Above Rates are per person sharing
Rate excludes gate entrance fee of R180 per person per stay and conservation levies of R 150 per person per night and bed levy of R10 per person per night   rates will apply on block out dates
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. Children over 12 are charged as adults.
The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.



Thakadu River Camp is located on the banks of the Marico River, an exclusive lodge offering a maximum of 24 people a bush experience which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.

Thakadu River Camp comprises twelve tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. Of the twelve tented suites, four are family units, each with an extra sleeper couch catering for children.



Morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, bush sundowners and drink stops on the Reserve, visits to hides. Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives (shorter kiddies game drives can be arrange after breakfast).

Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino), elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard) cheetah, wild dog, hyaenas, hippos, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers.



Thakadu River Camp is a wholly-owned Community-based Tented Safari Camp within Madikwe Game Reserve, which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. Thakadu is easily accessible by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Eastern Airstrip just 45 minutes from Thakadu through the reserve. Thakadu River Camp is 3 and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg on the N4 via Sun City.

Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Madikwe Airstrip, departing at 11H15 and returning at 12H30. Private air charters fly directly to Madikwe airstrip, 25 minutes from the lodge. Morukuru Lodge is easily accessible by two-wheel drive vehicle on good roads. The driving time from Johannesburg is 3.5 hours on good roads.


Subject to availability of suitable accommodationandmaximum2children sharing a bedroom with 2 adults:
Third Person Sharing: Not applicable

Game Lodges Policy:

  • Children: 0 - 5 years of age
  • Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption
  • Children: 6 - 11 years of age
  • Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults
  • Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room
  • Children: 12 years & older
  • Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate

Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
At Game Lodges, children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on special children's game drives. This is subject to availability and at the discretion of the lodge manager.

Babysitting facilities are offered ta R110/ sitter/hr.
There exists an option of a sole use vehicle at R3 600 per day to facilitate children under 6 on game drives should the family require this.
Children under age of 6 not permitted on game drives.

Tarrifs Quoted

  • Inclusive of 15% VAT
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Two game drives per day
  • All meals daily
  • Welcome drinks and teas & coffees at meals
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • In South African Rands
  • Subject to availability

All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will
be honoured

Cancellation Policy

  • Should a cancellation be received 61 days prior to arrival, the deposit will be refunded in full unless the reservation falls between 20 December and 01 January, in which case the deposit is non refundable.
  • Reservations cancelled 31-60 days prior to arrival will be charged a 50% cancellation fee of the total accommodation amount
  • Reservations cancelled 1-30 days prior to arrival will be charged a 50% cancellation fee of the total accommodation amount
  • All cancellations must be made in writing

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What sets us Apart !

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice