We, a couple with 8-year old twins, spent four nights at Thakadu in early November, 2011. Surely, it was a great experience for all. We got to see lions, elephants, rhinos, hypos, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, impalas, and the list goes on and on. Unlike the Kruger Park, the Madikwe Game Reserve (where Thakadu is) seems to be malaria-free, what is a big plus.
Accommodation is in spacious tents along a river, with private bath and shower, all kept very clean. The bed is huge, comfortable, with good quality bed linen. A mosquito net is provided. The camp has electric fences around it, meaning wild animals are kept outside, avoiding unwanted encounters.
Game drives are the big activity and are included in the price. The Toyota Land Cruiser used is very well kept, clean, and faces all terrains. You get two drives a day, one in the early morning (by 5:30 am) and the other in the afternoon (by 3:30 pm). Each trip takes from 3 to 4 hours. The guide spares no effort to show the best of Madikwe's wildlife. Our guide, a lady called Patience, is very experienced and knowledgeable. While driving the car on a bumpy road inside the reserve in the dark, she could spot scorpions on the bush trees along the road - not only once, but two or three times. Amazing!
Apart from the game drives, there is not much else to do other than going to the small swimming pool. But Thakadu is a great place to read a book and relax. If you come with children, you may wish to bring some board games or toys to entertain them between the drives. My 8-year twins endured the game drives very well (occasionally sleeping in the car) but I would not recommend the drives for younger children.
Food is very good, but not excellent. It starts with a light meal before the first game drive, you then get a snack during the drive, and full breakfast on return to the camp. A light lunch is served at around noon time. At 3 pm, there is tea, sandwiches, sweets, and cakes before the afternoon drive. You then get a snack at sunset, in the bush. Upon return to the camp, there is a three-course dinner, often served in a boma (an external area, lit by fire).
In summary, adults and children alike are bound to have a great time. Thakadu is not luxurious but is very comfortable and the service is attentive. I would definitely recommend it to my relatives and friends.
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- Also Known As:
- Thakadu River Camp Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve