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Thakadu River Camp
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Sandton, South Africa
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103 reviews
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“Paradise away from the city”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

A great 'run away ' for the weekend place with all the facilities at hand. Comfortable accommodation, friendly staff and very knowledgeable guides to take you on game drives .

You can be assured to be well looked after.

The lodge is community based run you know that your money is well spent. Will definitely return and can recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Sugarcreek, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

The personal service at Thakadu River Camp was second to none.
From the first moment when we were greeted with washcloths and cold drinks upon arrival.
(and after every game drive) The staff is fantastic! The Lodge is beautiful the food amazing and the room/tent was very comfortable and well appointed ...a true luxury tent experience .
I was placed in tent #12 which is the last one and a bit of a walk but I would ask to stay there again. The experience of having a Rhino right outside the tent and the feeling of being in the wild, listening to the lions roar at night was awesome! Sitting on the deck I would watch as monkeys playing in the trees fell into the river. We did both a morning and an afternoon game drive everyday and Patience and Fortune (our game drivers) were amazing! I was in Fortune's vehicle every day and we decided he is "TheBomb.com" !
With a group of 18 (Professional photographers) they did a fantastic job of getting us the shots we wanted! The entire staff is very attentive and personable. Joseph at the bar was always attentive and Modi and Tumi greeting me each day by name. The food was delicious ! We went on the game drives in an open air Land Rover ..self drives are not allowed which makes for a more authentic and exclusive experience. Within 2 minutes of the first game drive and saw 20-30 elephants at the river by the lodge! We saw four of the Big Five (missed the Leopard).
The morning coffee breaks and Sundowners were always a treat and I will be back some day!
The most amazing experience...

Room Tip: If you don't want to walk...get a room close to the lodge (1, 2, or 3) but I loved staying in 12...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We flew in with FedAir from Joburg and Peter and Kim who manage the Lodge met us at the airstrip. On the drive to the Lodge we saw Zebra and elephants!! The River Camp is a great place for an authentic safari experience. Our room/tent was luxurious, the staff were very helpful and Patience our Safari ranger was fantastic. Her knowledge of Madikwe, the animals, birds and environment was extraordinary, she even gave us an astrology lesson on the evening drive.
The Lodge has a nice swimming pool for daytime relaxation, limited but good food, a bar, good wifi and the rooms have nice decks to relax on. The safari experience was exceptional we saw: lions and their cubs, cheetahs, elephants, zebra, giraffe, black and white rhinos, wild dogs, wilderbeast, a honey badger! Impala, Gudu, many different and fascinating birds. This is a great place for a genuine safari experience and sounds like it is much better than Kruger and malaria free!

Room Tip: There are about 12 lodges the higher the number, the farther you have to walk from the main lodge. I...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Thakadu is a great place for a bushbreak!

Selfdrives are not allowed in the park, so gameviewing feels exclusive. At most sightings it was only our car present (lions, rhinos, wild dogs, elephants etc etc). The morning and afternoon drive was supposed to be 3 hours respectively but both of them were 4 hours, great value for money!

Unfortunately we did not have much time in the very nice tent/room as the morning drive starts already at five am...

What I really appreciate with Thakadu is that it is community owned and that the game rangers are from the community!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2013

My wife, myself and my three kids (aged 16-23) spent three nights and two full days at Thakadu over the Christmas holidays and had a wonderful experience! Our tent accomodations were well-appointed and comfortable (huge beds with air conditioning units, separate bath and rain shower, outdoor porch with view of the river), meals were well-portioned and prepared (and well-explained by helpful and kind chefs) and the game drives (we took two morning and two evening drives) were well-guided ("Tulu") and chock full of adventure (Lion, Lioness and four cubs feeding on a recent Zebra kill then run off by hyenas, Lioness and Lion stalking (unsuccessfully!) a group of Zebras and even an (unintentional and abortive) elephant charge! We felt well-cared for throughout our stay, surrounded and catered to by endlessly helpful and friendly staff, most of whom lived in the nearby village with whom the lodge has partnered. Only warning - - keep an eye on your muffins at breakfast - - there are hungry and mischievous monkeys nearby! We would recommend Thakadu without hesitation!

Room Tip: Request the tent accomodations closer to the lodge (1-4)- -it is a bit of a walk to the further ones...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

We were happy to return to Thakadu and once again we were not disappointed. Though the animals were hiding this time around, the game drives were still enjoyable and Tshepiso shared a lot of information on trees and other interesting bits to keep the kids entertained. My husband stayed at the lodge on one drive, and got to see 5 wild dogs taking a buck down right in front of our room. That is the beauty of a visit to Madikwe - you never know what surprises the bush will reveal. The staff go out of their way to keep all their guests happy. They have also fixed the road to the lodge and it is a fairly comfortable drive all the way.
Thanks Thakadu for another amazing stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

I highly recommend Thakadu Lodge. A community initiative with 5 star service. Warm hospitality, very experienced & knowledgable game ranger (Patience), stunning setting, and incredible sightings. I will definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Thakadu River Camp
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
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Ranked #15 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Hotel Class:5 star — Thakadu River Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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