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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 splendour and tranquility that this remote African wilderness destination offers.

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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 Rands • Subject to availability
Details 1 Oct 2018 to
31 Mar 2019
1 Apr 2019 to
30 Sep 2019
1 Oct 2019 to
31 Mar 2020
Standard Tentes Suite Single R5 455 R5 125 R6 160
Standard Tented Suite 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
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!

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.


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
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
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • TV
Special Domestric Rates
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

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.


Subject to availability of suitable accommodation and maximum 2 children sharing a bedroom with 2 adults:

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.  

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 Rand 
  • Subject to availability

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

Cancellation Policy

  •  45 – 30 Days prior to arrival 25%
  •  29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
  •  14 – 01 days prior to arrival 100%
  •  Cancellations will only be accepted in writing.
Standard Rooms: Maximum 2 adults
Family Rooms: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch

Thakadu River Camp: 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 2 – 12 years old, Free under 2 years old
Bed levy @ R 10 per person per day from age 1 year old
Flight Landing Fee @ R 240 per person per stay from age 10 years old, R 150 per child from age 3-9 years old, Free under 3 years old.
Subject to change as and when advised by North West National Parks
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 splendour 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.

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?

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Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park Fees
  - R210
per Adults per STAY
  - R105 per Child (2 - 11 years)  per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (2 - 11 years) per DAY
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
Landing fees
  - R280 per Adult
  - R140 per Child (2 - 11 years) 
SUBJECT to change without notice