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Thakadu River Camp | Madikwe

Thakadu River Camp is an exclusive tented safari lodge located in the south-eastern corner of the world-acclaimed Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve. This upmarket River Camp is tucked away amid the dense riverine canopy that lines the banks of the Groot Marico River. And can sleep a maximum of 24 visitors in 12 luxurious canvas suites.

The suites at Thakadu River Camp are all built to blend in with the pristine natural landscape and give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the unprecedented beauty and peace that this secluded African bushveld destination provides.

Each superbly-appointed tented suite is equipped with a choice of two single beds or a super king-sized bed fitted with a mosquito net, an en-suite bathroom with shower, and a large sliding door that opens onto an elevated wooden deck overlooking the spectacular river frontage. Extra amenities include air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, digital safe, and access to AC power (220 volts).

Being a family-friendly accommodation, four of the twelve suites at Thakadu River Camp are family units. The family units offer the same features as the standard two- sleeper suites plus an additional queen-size sleeper couch suitable for junior visitors under 12 years. A cot is available for infants aged two years or younger on request.

The wood-and- thatch main camp at Thakadu lies between the Groot Marico River and one of its tributaries and is decorated in the same polished Afro-centric style prominent throughout the tented suites. Its generous use of organic materials – like stone, wood, and metal – and earthy textures serves to highlight the authentic African hospitality and exceptional service you can expect to enjoy during your visit to Thakadu.

Here you will find an open-plan lounge, dining, and reception rooms as well as mini- conference zone, and a safe. The River Camp’s chilled bar and pool area is the perfect spot to while away another idyllic afternoon in this fabulous bushveld oasis.

There is also a firelit Boma where locally-inspired cuisine is served al fresco on fair weather nights as well as a Lapa set within a riverine glade from where you can soak up the mesmerising views of the lazily meandering river and the terrain beyond. Thakadu River Camp also has the capacity to host intimate wedding celebrations.

Naturally, Thakadu’s outdoor adventures are the focal point of a stay at this magnificent Madikwe-based River Camp with an itinerary that gives you plenty of opportunities to encounter this Big Five Reserve’s thrilling diversity of bird- and wildlife.

Activities include morning and afternoon/evening game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, top-notch birdwatching excursions, informative walking trails, and stargazing, in the company of accompanied by highly knowledgeable guides. For a more elite, in-depth experience, a private safari vehicle is available by prior arrangement.

Due to safety concerns, junior visitors aged six years and younger are not permitted on regular game drives. However, Thakadu does provide a special “kiddies game drive” as well offering a babysitting service. And if you feel up for some pampering, why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage in the privacy of your tent or on your viewing deck.

However, you chose to spend your time, a trip to Thakadu River Camp is sure to fulfill your wish to commune with Mother Nature without compromising on your creature comforts.

Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism partnership between the Molathedi Community, African Hotels and Adventures, and North-West Parks which means the Molathedi Community directly and substantially benefits from this partnership.

Game Drive Times”:
  • Winter 06:00 and 15.30
  • Summer 05:30 and 16:00
Gate Times:
  • Winter 08:00 and 16.30
  • Summer 08:00 and 17:00


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Apr 2020 to
30 Sep 2020
1 Oct 2020 to
31 Mar 2021
Standard Tented Suite Single R5 635 R6 780
Standard Tented Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 755 R4 525
Family Tent Single R5 635 R6 780
Family Tent Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 755 R4 525
Children under 12 yrs sharing R1 880 R2 270
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!
Special SADC Rates
Valid from 16st March – 31th August 2020

Tented Suite Family Suite (Unit Rate)
Can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old
SA Resident Rate R2 640 SA Resident Rate R6 000
Gate Fee @ R180 per adult per stay, R80 per child from age 3 – 9 years old, Free under 3 years old
Conservation Levy @ R150 per adult per day, R75 per child per day from ages 2 – 12 years old, Free under 2 years old
Bed levy @ R 10 per person per day from age 1 year old
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adultsharing rate.
Children over 12 are charged as adults.
The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.

“Schools Out” SADC PROMO
Valid from 21st March – 30th April 2020
AND 13th June – 06th July 2020

Tented Suite Includes
R3 000
per person sharing
per night
All Meals and 2 Game Drives
Per Day
Family Tented Suite Gate Fee @ R180 per adult per stay, R80 per child from age 3 – 9 years
old, Free under 3 years old
Conservation Levy @ R150 per adult per day, R75 per child per day from
ages 2 – 12 years old, Free under 2 years old
Bed levy @ R 10 per person per day from age 1 year old
All other extras
R 6 000 family unit per night
2 Adults and 2 Children under
12 years

aha Rate Sheet Notes:

  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate, unless otherwise stated.
  • Children over 12 are charged as adults.
  • Children under 12 charged @ 50% of the adult sharing rate, unless otherwise stated.
  • South African properties Inclusive of VAT @ 15% subject to change
  • Subject to change without prior notification
  • Excludes any and all Community / Conservation levies

Special Domestric Rates
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
01 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2020 Per Person Sharing
Minimum 3 Night Stay R3 000
Book within 7 Days R3 000
Special Domestric Rates
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
01 Sep 2020 to 30 Sep 2020 Per Person Sharing
SA Resident Rate R3 480

Rate includes:
  •  All meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Above Rates are per person sharing
Rate exclude:
  • Gate entrance fee  
  • Conservation levies 
  • Bed levy  of  R10 per person per night
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adultsharing rate.
Children over 12 are charged as adults.
The above Conservation Levies are subject to change



Aha Thakadu River Camp certainly stands out from the crowd of standard game lodges, as it is ideally positioned in a transitional area which means it draws wildlife from two different, yet complementary, ecosystems.

The beauty of aha Thakadu River Camp is complimented by a team of dedicated and highly trained game rangers* who understand the fauna and flora within the Madikwe Reserve. These professionals are skilled in locating as many animals as possible in this malaria-free area.

Because comfort is paramount, this 24-bed camp, with its exceptionally private location, assures guests of a tranquil, relaxing experience.

*Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘self-drive’ game drives.

Home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, Madikwe Game Reserve is the ideal getaway destination! The Reserve allows guests to book exciting game drives and learn more about the area as they spot numerous species

You may expect to find the following animals in the area:
  • Black and White Rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Cheetah
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Wild Dog

Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation and camp is a superb open-vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers. On your visit to the Reserve, aha Thakadu River Camp offers a range of other activities for you to enjoy:
  • Birding
  • Boma dining
  • Game drives
  • Stargazing
Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation is available in luxury tented suites, as well as an inviting main camp area that offers guests an open-plan lounge, dining, pool and bar area to relax in after a day of game viewing.

Besides indulging in the elegant luxury and warm, personal service of aha Thakadu River Camp, guests can experience the essence of nature by joining us for a range of activities*, designed to ensure the ultimate African adventure!

*Children under 6 years can join us for a 1.5-hour game drive especially for them after breakfast, as they cannot be permitted on standard game drives. Parents are welcome to join.

Wake up in the true splendor of Madikwe River Camp, situated along the Botswana border, and start your day amidst nature. Our game drives are led by highly trained rangers with a vast knowledge of the fauna and flora in the area.

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy early morning as well as evening game drives where the chances of spotting the Big Five, are high. Both morning and evening game drives offer completely different opportunities and sightings.

Please Note: Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘Self-Drive’ game drives

Get an early start to the day and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that accompany the dawning of a new day. Depending on the time of year, morning game drives depart at different times.

As the sun sets, an entirely new game viewing experience presents itself. Once again, depending on the time of year, departure time will differ. Evening game drives offer a host of wildlife: hyena, lion, jackals, leopard, birds of prey and much more.


aha Thakadu River Camp offers game drives where professional and informative rangers will gladly assist with educating you about various bird species you may encounter.
Take the R21 to Pretoria, then north to Polokwane.
After the Zambezi road turno­, take the N4 toward Rustenburg.
Once on the N4 take the R556 Sun City/Pilanesberg turno­. Follow the signs to Sun City/Pilanesberg.
Pass Sun City for approx 5km, you will come to a 4way stop.
Turn right at the 4way stop onto the R565 towards Derdepoort. Follow the road for approx 9km and turn left to Bapong/Mabeskraal.
Continue straight (through Mabeskraal village). For approx 35km and you will get to a 4way stop at the end of Mabeskraal village.
Turn right to Derdepoort. After 26km the tar ends and a gravel road begins.
Continue straight for about 26km, you will pass through Molatedi village. Once through the village, you will see a sign to proceed over the bridge, crossing the Marico river.
Proceed for about 7km to enter Madikwe Game Reserve via the Molatedi gate. The gate will be staffed by a member from the North West Parks.
Please turn right once through the gate and follow direction boards to Thakadu River Camp. Please keep to the reserve speed limit of 30 kph. Be aware of animals passing over the road.


D53, Thakadu Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve, Molatedi,
Morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, bush sundowners and drink stops on the Reserve, visits to hides. Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives (shorter kiddies game drives can be arranged after breakfast).

Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino), elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard) cheetah, wild dog, hyaenas, hippos, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers.

Thakadu River Camp is a wholly-owned Community-based Tented Safari Camp within Madikwe Game Reserve, which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. Thakadu is easily accessible by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Eastern Airstrip just 45 minutes from Thakadu through the reserve. Thakadu River Camp is 3 and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg on the N4 via Sun City.

Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Madikwe Airstrip, departing at 11H15 and returning at 12H30. Private air charters fly directly to Madikwe airstrip, 25 minutes from the lodge. Morukuru Lodge is easily accessible by two-wheel drive vehicle on good roads. The driving time from Johannesburg is 3.5 hours on good roads.


Maximum 2 adults

The 5-star accommodation in Madikwe comprises 12 x Tented Suites that boast a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience and viewing decks overlooking the Marico River. These spacious tents offer every comfort and luxury with features including air-conditioning, hairdryer and power 220vAc.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch

Children are welcome in any of the 4 x Family Rooms, as these tented suites each have an extra queen-size sleeper couch
Baby-sitting facilities available at R 225 per hour (maximum 2 children)
Sole use vehicle is available to facilitate families at an additional cost of R4500 per vehicle per game drive

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • TV
All rates quoted include 15%  VAT
All rates for South African properties include a 1% South African tourism development levy
Check in time is from 14h00 and check out time is by 10h00 at all aha properties.

Rates are:
  • Per Person,
  • All meals and 2 Game Drives daily
  • Excl. Bed levy & Gate fee
Third Person Sharing: Not applicable

Children: 0 - 5 years of age
Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption
Children: 6 - 11 years of age
Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults
Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room
Children: 12 years & older
Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate

Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
Where a child shares with 1 adult the double rate applies. Children staying on their own in a room will pay the prevailing single or double rate.

Babysitting facilities are offered ta R132/ sitter/hr.

Tariff’s Quoted
  • Inclusive of 15% VAT
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Two game drives per day
  • All meals daily
  • Welcome drinks and teas & coffees at meals
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • In South African Rand
  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored

Any new bookings made between the 16th of March and the 30th of April 2020 will be allowed to be held on a provisional basis until 48 hours before arrival. Thus guests can hold these bookings with certainty that they will not be charged any cancellation until 2 days before their stay.

  • Any client with a booking in place between the 28th of February and the 30th of June 2020 may defer/postpone their booking up to June the 30th 2021 with no penalties.
  • Should the dates of the amended booking fall in a season where higher rates should be applicable we will not enforce the higher rates and will accept the booking on the original rate booked. Thus the guest will not be charged any surcharge at all.
  • Standard terms and conditions will apply to any bookings that are cancelled outright and not postponed
Please see below the standard booking terms and conditions:
  • 45 – 30 days prior to arrival 25%
  • 29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
  • 14- 1 days prior to arrival  100% 
Cancellations will only be accepted in writing Standard Rooms: Maximum 2 adults
Family Rooms: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch

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What sets us Apart !

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
Most special deals by far
Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
No booking fees

Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Gate Entry Fees
  - R180
per Adults per STAY
  - R 80  per Child  
Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC)
  - ZAR R165 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR 82.50 per Child     
SUBJECT to change without notice,
Guests GCC are payable at the lodges and
will be added to guests' bills
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight Entry
  - R240 per Adult  
  - R150 per Child from   
SUBJECT to change without notice
Molatedi Gate: R1250.00 per vehicle /
 escort (2020 Rate - subject to change without prior notice)
Derdepoort / Abjaterskop Gate: R1250.00 per vehicle /
 escort (2020 Rate - subject to change without prior notice)