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Takadu River Camp Lodge
Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
“Great stay at Takadu River Camp Lodge”
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Takadu River Camp Lodge is a wonderful place to stay if you like to be surrounded by great nature: when we arrived, elephants were bathing just in front of the lodge - but you dont need to be afraid of the animals as the lodge is kept safe through an electric fence.
The tents were really nice and cosy and it was not too warm and not too cold (we stayed there during summer time) and it had a good working air conditioner. The rooms were clean and so were all the other rooms like the dining place, the pool and the outside area. When we arrived and after safari, the beds were made and nicely decorated, so that you easily felt like home.
The food and the service was fantastic and we got to talk to nearly everyone working at the wonderful service team. As the Takadu River Camp is partly publicly owned, you can contribute to the local village through staying there. Most of the staff were actually from the local village and it was very nice to talk to them and get to know a little bit of their lives there.
In addition, the food was amazing, especially the dinners and afternoon teas! The meat was perfectly made and the cook surprised us with great deserts, every evening something different.
Additionally, our ranger was very nice and smart, too. We got to see many many animals and also learned many interesting things about the animals, the nature and also South Africa in general.
Furthermore we got an amazingly cheap price through bushbreaks as the aunt of my boyfriend is living in South Africa.
If you want to get to know South Africa and not just want to see everything from a touristic point of view (although it also fulfills all the needs of a tourist as well) as you are able to get to know the people working there, go to Takadu River Camp Lodge!

I can totally recommend to stay there!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We had a very pleasant stay with out son of 6 months old.
A baby sitter was organized so we could enjoy the safaris.
The tents are perfect and the food is lovely.
We enjoyed our stay and we can recommend everybody to go.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

We spent 3 nights in Takadu during our August trip in South Africa. The lodge is very well located on the banks of Takadu river, where animals go drinking and you can see them from the balcony of your room (enjoyed also by monkeys which came to visit us every afternoon), The room is a tend on stilts to avoid animals visits, furnished in a sophisticated colonial style, perfectly matched with the gorgeous natural enviroment outside of it. The game reserve and our ranger Lucky were both fantastic and we had the chance to see very closely all the big five, but leopards. The food was very good and tasty, full of different influences (like all south african food), but here it was really special, even if you had no menu and only one selection for each course. We had our dinners always by the fire and I never experienced, in my long traveller's life, such a magic atmosphere!
The only thing that should be enhanced is room heating, which was insufficient to warm the tend up during the chilly winter nights and early mornings.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

If you do not mind to live with insects (btw you are in africa), but you'd like to wake up (very early, you must go to safari) by lions' raoring on the other side of the camp, if you are a very romantic person who likes wonderful tent where to sleep (almost on the trees), if you like to go to safari with great ranger and very good food, please go to takadu river camp,
and you will be very very happy.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Takadu River Camp Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
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Ranked #23 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 12

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