Thakadu is much closer to the main centres (Johannesburg and Pretoria) than the other well-known lodges in Madikwe as it is on the South East corner of the reserve. We spent two full days at the lodge and went on 3 game drives and saw a great variety of animals- elephant, lion, wild dog, rhino, brown hyena, zebra, giraffe.......... and many birds.
Our ranger, Patience, was very knowledgable and could not do enough to help make this a memorable stay.
The food was great and the portions not over-the-top. The service throughout the lodge was courteous, efficient and smiling.The tented accommodation gave a feeling of being very close to nature (soothing bird and animal sounds at night) and cool at night in the middle of summer so we did not have to resort to using the airconditioning.
An important plus was, because the camp was well protected by an inconspicuous electric fence we were free to walk between the main lodge and the tents at night and were not required to be escorted by a ranger- although this was provided for guests if needed.
The game vehicles were relatively new, well maintained and comfortable. unfortunately we had two flat wheels (with only one spare) on a game drive but managed to borrow a spare from a passing Toyota.
A few minor negatives- there is a charge for WiFi connection where the norm these days is for it to be free specially for people who merely want to pick up their e-mails. The access road was not great- luckily we had an SUV.
We look forward to a return holiday at Thakadu
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- Also Known As:
- Thakadu River Camp Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve