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.
Game Drive Times”:
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|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability|
|Details||1 Oct 2018
31 Mar 2019
|1 Apr 2019
30 Sep 2019
|1 Oct 2019
31 Mar 2020
|Standard Tented Suite Single||R5 455||R5 125||R6 160|
|Standard Tented Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing||R3 635||R3 420||R4 110|
|Family Tent Single||R5 455||R5 125||R6 160|
|Family Tent Per Person Per Night Sharing||R3 635||R3 420||R4 110|
|Children under 12 yrs sharing||R1 815||R1 715||R2 065|
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
|01 Oct 2018 to 31 Mar 2019||Per Person Sharing|
|SA Resident Rate||R3 300|
|Minimum 3 Night Stay||R2 700|
|Book within 7 Days||R2 700|
|01 Apr 2019 to 30 Sep 2019||Per Person Sharing|
|SA Resident Rate||R3 300|
|Minimum 3 Night Stay||R2 880|
|Book within 7 Days||R2 880|
- All meals and 2 game drives daily
- Above Rates are per person sharing
- 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
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adultsharing rate.
Children over 12 are charged as adults.
The above Conservation Levies are subject to change
Aha Thakadu River Camp certainly stands out from the crowd of standard game lodges, as it is ideally positioned in a transitional area which means it draws wildlife from two different, yet complementary, ecosystems.
The beauty of aha Thakadu River Camp is complimented by a team of dedicated and highly trained game rangers* who understand the fauna and flora within the Madikwe Reserve. These professionals are skilled in locating as many animals as possible in this malaria-free area.
Because comfort is paramount, this 24-bed camp, with its exceptionally private location, assures guests of a tranquil, relaxing experience.
*Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘self-drive’ game drives.
MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, Madikwe Game Reserve is the ideal getaway destination! The Reserve allows guests to book exciting game drives and learn more about the area as they spot numerous species
You may expect to find the following animals in the area:
- Black and White Rhino
- Wild Dog
Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation and camp is a superb open-vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers. On your visit to the Reserve, aha Thakadu River Camp offers a range of other activities for you to enjoy:
- Boma dining
- Game drives
Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation is available in luxury tented suites, as well as an inviting main camp area that offers guests an open-plan lounge, dining, pool and bar area to relax in after a day of game viewing.
Besides indulging in the elegant luxury and warm, personal service of aha Thakadu River Camp, guests can experience the essence of nature by joining us for a range of activities*, designed to ensure the ultimate African adventure!
*Children under 6 years can join us for a 1.5-hour game drive especially for them after breakfast, as they cannot be permitted on standard game drives. Parents are welcome to join.
Wake up in the true splendor of Madikwe River Camp, situated along the Botswana border, and start your day amidst nature. Our game drives are led by highly trained rangers with a vast knowledge of the fauna and flora in the area.
Guests have the opportunity to enjoy early morning as well as evening game drives where the chances of spotting the Big Five, are high. Both morning and evening game drives offer completely different opportunities and sightings.
Please Note: Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘Self-Drive’ game drives
EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVES
Get an early start to the day and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that accompany the dawning of a new day. Depending on the time of year, morning game drives depart at different times.
EVENING GAME DRIVES
As the sun sets, an entirely new game viewing experience presents itself. Once again, depending on the time of year, departure time will differ. Evening game drives offer a host of wildlife: hyena, lion, jackals, leopard, birds of prey and much more.
aha Thakadu River Camp offers game drives where professional and informative rangers will gladly assist with educating you about various bird species you may encounter.
After the Zambezi road turno, take the N4 toward Rustenburg.
Once on the N4 take the R556 Sun City/Pilanesberg turno. Follow the signs to Sun City/Pilanesberg.
Pass Sun City for approx 5km, you will come to a 4way stop.
Turn right at the 4way stop onto the R565 towards Derdepoort. Follow the road for approx 9km and turn left to Bapong/Mabeskraal.
Continue straight (through Mabeskraal village). For approx 35km and you will get to a 4way stop at the end of Mabeskraal village.
Turn right to Derdepoort. After 26km the tar ends and a gravel road begins.
Continue straight for about 26km, you will pass through Molatedi village. Once through the village, you will see a sign to proceed over the bridge, crossing the Marico river.
Proceed for about 7km to enter Madikwe Game Reserve via the Molatedi gate. The gate will be staffed by a member from the North West Parks.
Please turn right once through the gate and follow direction boards to Thakadu River Camp. Please keep to the reserve speed limit of 30 kph. Be aware of animals passing over the road.
THAKADU RIVER CAMP DETAILS
D53, Thakadu Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve, Molatedi,
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.
The 5-star accommodation in Madikwe comprises 12 x Tented Suites that boast a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience and viewing decks overlooking the Marico River. These spacious tents offer every comfort and luxury with features including air-conditioning, hairdryer and power 220vAc.
- Air Conditioning
- Coffee & Tea Station
- Hair Dryer
Children are welcome in any of the 4 x Family Rooms, as these tented suites each have an extra queen-size sleeper couch
- Air Conditioning
- Coffee & Tea Station
- Hair Dryer
All rates for South African properties include a 1% South African tourism development levy
Check in time is from 14h00 and check out time is by 10h00 at all aha properties.
- Per Person,
- All meals and 2 Game Drives daily
- Excl. Bed levy & Gate fee
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.
Where a child shares with 1 adult the double rate applies. Children staying on their own in a room will pay the prevailing single or double rate.
Babysitting facilities are offered ta R132/ sitter/hr.
- 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 Rand
- All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored
- 60 and 30 days prior to arrival – 50% of the total amount will be due.
- 29 and 15 days prior to arrival – 75% of the total amount will be due
- 14 and 0 days prior to arrival – 100% of the total amount will be due
Family Rooms: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch