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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.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to availability
Details 1 Apr 2018 to
30 Sep 2018
1 Oct 2018 to
31 Mar 2019
Standard Tentes Suite Single R4 530 R5 455
Standard Tented Suite Per Night Sharing R3 025 R3 635
Family Tent Single R4 530 R5 455
Family Tent Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 025 R3 635
Children under 12 yrs sharing R1 515 R1 815
Details 1 Apr 2019 to
30 Sep 2019
1 Oct 2019 to
31 Mar 2020
Standard Tentes Suite Single R5 125 R6 160
Standard Tented Suite Per Night Sharing R3 420 R4 110
Family Tent Single R5 125 R6 160
Family Tent Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 420 R4 110
Children under 12 yrs sharing R1 715 R2 065
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!
Special Domestric Rates
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
01 Oct  2018 to 31 Mar 2019 Per Person Sharing
SA Resident Rate R3 300
Minimum 3 Night Stay R2 700
Book within 7 Days R2 700

Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
Above Rates are per person sharing
Rate excludes gate entrance fee of R180 per person per stay and conservation levies of R 150 per person per night and bed levy of R10 per person per night   rates will apply on block out dates
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. Children over 12 are charged as adults.
The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.


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
Children are welcome in any of the 4 x Family Rooms, as these tented suites each have an extra queen-size sleeper couch

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • TV

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 arrange 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.


Subject to availability of suitable accommodation and maximum 2 children sharing a bedroom with 2 adults:

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.  

Tarrifs 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 
  • Subject to availability

All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured

Cancellation Policy

  •  45 – 30 Days prior to arrival 25%
  •  29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
  •  14 – 01 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

Thakadu River Camp: 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
Flight Landing Fee @ R 240 per person per stay from age 10 years old, R 150 per child from age 3-9 years old, Free under 3 years old.
Subject to change as and when advised by North West National Parks
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 splendour 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.

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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

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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
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice