As the title says this was quite an unexpected pleasure. It was highly personalised and the staff were attentive and quite friendly. The river camp's tented style room was a unique experience for us but was very luxurious complete with heated blankets, separate full size bed for kids, and canopy bed for adults, all the amenities like hair dryer, lotions, handtowels (the softest EVER). The decor was fantastic and the terrace overlooked the jungle. Its quite safe as the room is high on stilts keeping the animals away (also it is fenced). In winters there is ample fireplace warmth while dining and there are boma dinners (outdoors around a central fireplace). They catered properly to our food needs (halal) as well as for our 3 year old son. The food was amazing.
We booked a private vehicle for an all day safari with a ranger named Patience who cut her leave short because we had specifically requested for her based on previous TripAdvisor reviews. So a big thanks to her. And it was quite worthwhile as we had an extended safari, and learnt quite a bit from her and the lunchtime picnic was quite fulfilling (in the middle of the jungle!).
Just a note, this is a community run project and thus not as commercialised as other lodges. Its also 5-star standard in my view. All the profits go to the uplift of the community participants and villages.
Reaching there is a rough drive as the roads can get quite gravely. Its easy to miss the Thakadu River Camp sign (but just remember to turn before the bridge). We went there in a rented car and a 4x4 is recommended. As the hotel if they can arrange transport if you dont drive.
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- Also Known As:
- Thakadu River Camp Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve