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    River Camp
  • Thakadu

    River Camp
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    River Camp
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    River Camp
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Thakadu River Camp | Madikwe

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Thakadu River Camp is a luxury tented safari lodge set in the south-eastern region of the world-renowned Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve. This exclusive River Camp is secluded amid the dense indigenous forest vegetation that borders the Groot Marico River. And can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests in 12 spacious canvas suites.

The suites at Thakadu River Camp are all built to reflect the influence of the pristine riverine surroundings and allow guests the opportunity to truly enjoy the breathtaking splendor and tranquility that this remote African wilderness destination offers.

Game Drive Times”:
  • Winter 06:00 and 15.30
  • Summer 05:30 and 16:00
Gate Times:
  • Winter 08:00 and 16.30
  • Summer 08:00 and 17:00
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    Each beautifully-appointed tented suite is furnished with an option oftwo single beds or a super king-sized bed draped with a mosquito net, an en-suite bathroom with shower, and a large sliding door which opens onto a raised wooden verandah overlooking the majestic river scenery. Additional facilities include air-conditioning, coffee and tea making amenities, a hairdryer, digital safe, and access to AC power (220 volts).

    As a family-friendly establishment, four of the twelve suites at Thakadu River Camp are family units. The family units each provide the same features as the standard two- sleeper suites plus an extra queen-size sleeper couch suitable for junior guests aged 12 years or younger. A cot is available for infants under two years by prior arrangement.

    The wood-and- thatch main camp at Thakadu is located between the Groot Marico River and one of its tributaries and is decorated in the same contemporary Afro-centric style evident in the tented suites. Its prominent use of natural materials – like stone, wood, and metal – and rich textures serves to highlight the down-to- earth African hospitality and personal service you can expect to enjoy during your stay at Thakadu.

    Here you will find an open-plan lounge, dining, and reception areas as well as a mini- conference room, and a safe. The River Camp’s relaxed bar and pool zone is the ideal spot to laze away another glorious afternoon in this welcoming wilderness haven.

    There is also a firelit Boma where fine traditional fare is served under balmy star-filled skies as well as a Lapa set within a forest glade from where you can drink in the magical views of the slowly meandering river and the landscape beyond. Thakadu River Camp also has the capacity to cater intimate nuptial ceremonies.

    Naturally, Thakadu’s outdoor activities are the highlight of a visit to this spectacular Madikwe-based River Camp with an itinerary designed to give you ample opportunities to experience this Big Five Reserve’s exceptional diversity of fauna and flora.

    Adventures include sunrise and sunset game drives in open safari vehicles, first-rate birding trips, interpretive walking trails, and stargazing, accompanied by highly skilled rangers. For a more exclusive up-front- and-personal encounter, a private 4X4 game- viewing vehicle can be arranged on request.

    Due to safety concerns, junior guests under six years are unable to participate in regular game drives. However, Thakadu does offer a dedicated “kiddies game drive” as well providing a babysitting service. And if you’re in the mood for a little self-indulgence, you can book a revitalising massage treatment in the privacy of your tent or viewing deck.

    However, you chose to spend your time, an excursion to Thakadu River Camp is bound to satisfy your desire to get in touch with the great outdoors without sacrificing on all the mod cons.

    Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism partnership between the Molathedi Community, African Hotels and Adventures, and North-West Parks which means the Molathedi Community enjoy substantial benefits as a result of this partnership.
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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Oct 2019 to
31 Mar 2020
1 Apr 2020 to
30 Sep 2020
1 Oct 2020 to
31 Mar 2021
Standard Tented Suite Single R6 160 R5 635 R6 780
Standard Tented Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 110 R3 755 R4 525
Family Tent Single R6 160 R5 635 R6 780
Family Tent Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 110 R3 755 R4 525
Children under 12 yrs sharing R2 065 R1 880 R2 270
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!

Month of Love February 2020 SADC PROMO
Valid from 01st – 29th February 2020

Tented Suite Includes
Value ADD:
Bottle of wine
during 1 of the dinners
R 3 000
per person sharing
per night
All Meals and 2 Game Drives Per Day
Gate Fee @ R180 per adult per stay,
R80 per child from age 3 – 9 years old, Free under 3 years old
Conservation Levy @ R150 per adult per day, R75 per child per day from ages

day from ages 2 – 12 years old, Free under 2 years old
Bed levy @ R 10 per person per day from age 1 year old

All other extras
aha Rate Sheet Notes:
  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate, unless otherwise stated.
  • Children over 12 are charged as adults.
  • Children under 12 charged @ 50% of the adult sharing rate, unless otherwise stated.
  • South African properties Inclusive of VAT @ 15% subject to change
  • Subject to change without prior notification
  • Excludes any and all Community / Conservation levies

Special Domestric Rates
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
01 Jan 2020 to 30 Sep 2020 Per Person Sharing
SA Resident Rate R3 480
Minimum 3 Night Stay R3 000
Book within 7 Days R3 000

Rate includes:

  • All meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Above Rates are per person sharing

Rate exclude:

  • Gate entrance fee
  • Conservation levies
  • 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 adult sharing 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.

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
  • Buffalo
  • Cheetah
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • 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:
  • Birding
  • Boma dining
  • Game drives
  • Stargazing
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

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.

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.
Take the R21 to Pretoria, then north to Polokwane.
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.


D53, Thakadu Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve, Molatedi,
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 arranged 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.


Maximum 2 adults

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
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch

Children are welcome in any of the 4 x Family Rooms, as these tented suites each have an extra queen-size sleeper couch
Baby-sitting facilities available at R 225 per hour (maximum 2 children)
Sole use vehicle is available to facilitate families at an additional cost of R4500 per vehicle per game drive

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • TV
All rates quoted include 15%  VAT
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.

Rates are:
  • Per Person,
  • All meals and 2 Game Drives daily
  • Excl. Bed levy & Gate fee
Third Person Sharing: Not applicable

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.

Tariff’s 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 Rand
  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored
Cancellation fees
  • 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
Standard Rooms: Maximum 2 adults
Family Rooms: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch

Need Assistance ?

South Africa RSA  +27 87 820 0021

Business Hours

Mon – Fri: (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat: (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours

E-mail: safaris@madikwe.net


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

Why Book With Us?

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
Most special deals by far
Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
No booking fees

Best time to visit

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

Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Gate Entry Fees
  - R180
per Adults per STAY
  - R 80  per Child  
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - ZAR150 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR75 per Child
Guest Conservation Contribution  from 1.1. 2020 (GCC)
  - ZAR R165 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR 82.50 per Child     
SUBJECT to change without notice,
Guests GCC are payable at the lodges and
will be added to guests' bills
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight Entry
  - R240 per Adult  
  - R150 per Child from   
SUBJECT to change without notice