• Romantic Sunsets
    Romantic Sunsets
  • Full Main Lions
    Full Main Lions
  • Sundowners
    Sundowners
  • Leopards
    Leopards
  • Large Priviate Safari Area
    Large Priviate Safari Area
  • African Wild Dog
    African Wild Dog
  • Romantic Evenings
    Romantic Evenings
  • Beautiful Lodge
    Beautiful Lodge
  • Cheetahs
    Cheetahs
  • Zebras
    Zebras

 

Thakadu River Camp

African Safaris

Thakadu River Camp of Madikwe Game Reserve.

 

 

Thakadu River Camp consists of twelve suites, each with it’s own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. The main camp comprises of an open plan lounge, dining and reception area, with the swimming pool, bar area and lapa offering views of the gully and river to the North. The decor of the camp shows a strong Afro-Asian Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stone, fibers, cloth, and carpets as well as metal and wood featuring prominently throughout the camp. The tents are large, spacious, and  wonderfully decorated and appointed. Within the canvas frame, the interior is uniquely designed to incorporate a full bathroom. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river.

Accommodation in Madikwe Game Reserve
Thakadu River Camp is set within a riverine canopy, amongst a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, you’ll encounter a unique and wondrous place – the Thakadu River Camp. Be amazed with the accommodation as you step into your tented suite, which is the last word in style and comfort. Here, the untamed bush surrounds you as you are indulged with all the comforts of modern living. 

Echoes of Africa are everywhere, and the interiors have a strong Afro-Asian influence, with the use of natural stones, fibres, fabrics and carpets. Traditional artefacts and rustic decor, together with the river setting have all been designed to bring about a sense of adventure in this beautiful setting. 

Whether you are with friends, family or enjoying a romantic getaway, Thakadu River Camp offers an opportunity to connect with nature and to discover the magic of an African sunset and the animals that inhabit this special area

Thakadu River Camp

 

aha Thakadu River Camp

aha Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River in the eastern sector of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The camp comprises 12 tented suites, each with its own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.

aha Thakadu River Camp is a wholly owned, community-based tented safari camp in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The tented camp, located on the banks of the Marico River, is an ecotourism partnership between North West Parks, the Molatedi Community and the operator, aha Hotels & Lodges.

The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the Madikwe Reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing to the community itself.

The Lodge

The main camp at aha Thakadu River Camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The lodge comprises an open-plan lounge, dining and reception areas which are warm and welcoming and an oasis within the African bushveld. The attractive bar and pool area is the perfect spot to unwind and relax.

From the moment you arrive you will be delighted by the lodge staff’s warm hospitality and personal care as you enjoy the lush views of the gully and river to the north. The lodge has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings, with the use of wood and thatched roofs.

A traditional lapa falls within a glade of natural riverine forest and is the perfect space to enjoy the panoramic views.

Thakadu River Camp

 Thakadu River Camp
Suites

The accommodation in Madikwe offers twelve tented suites, reflecting a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience, each boasting a viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. These spacious tents offer every comfort and luxury and are, wonderfully decorated and appointed. Children are welcome and of the 12 tented suites, 4 are family units, each with an extra Queen-size sleeper couch catering for children. Facilities include air conditioning, hairdryer, Power 220vAc.

Within the canvas frame of the tented Madikwe accommodation, the interior is uniquely designed to incorporate a full bathroom. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river. Every aspect of our guests’ stay and the surrounding camp has been carefully crafted to appeal to all our guests. Whether you are with friends, family or enjoying a romantic getaway, Thakadu River Camp offers an opportunity to connect with nature and discover the magic of an African sunset and the animals that inhabit this special area.

    Madikwe Game Reserve

Experience the heart of Africa

 Thakadu Suites

The accommodation in Madikwe offers twelve suites, reflecting a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience, each boasting a viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. These spacious suites offer every comfort and luxury and are, wonderfully decorated and appointed. Children are welcome and of the 12 tented suites, 4 are family units, each with an extra Queen-size sleeper couch catering for children. Facilities include air conditioning, hairdryer, Power 220vAc.

Within the canvas frame of the tented Madikwe accommodation, the interior is uniquely designed to incorporate a full bathroom. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river. Every aspect of our guests’ stay and the surrounding camp has been carefully crafted to appeal to all our guests. Whether you are with friends, family or enjoying a romantic getaway, Thakadu River Camp offers an opportunity to connect with nature and discover the magic of an African sunset and the animals that inhabit this special area.

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The Lodge of Thakadu River Camp

The main camp at aha Thakadu River Camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The lodge comprises an open-plan lounge, dining and reception areas which are warm and welcoming and an oasis within the African bushveld. The attractive bar and pool area is the perfect spot to unwind and relax.

From the moment you arrive you will be delighted by the lodge staff’s warm hospitality and personal care as you enjoy the lush views of the gully and river to the north. The lodge has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings, with the use of wood and thatched roofs.

A traditional lapa falls within a glade of natural riverine forest and is the perfect space to enjoy the panoramic views.

 

Game Drives

Wake up in the true splendour of Madikwe River Camp, situated along the Botswana border, and start your day amidst nature. All our game drives are led by experienced and highly trained rangers who have a vast knowledge of both 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.

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Evening Game Drives

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 various other animals.

Whether you are visiting Madikwe River Camp with friends or family, game drives provide the excitement and thrills that this beautiful part of Africa has to offer.

Bird watching in Madikwe Game Reserve

Thakadu River Camp offers game drives where professional and informative rangers will gladly assist with educating you about various bird species you may encounter.

The great variety of habitats, from forests and rocky hills to open grassland and dams, provide the perfect setting for a magnificent diversity of bird species throughout the game reserve.

Bird life at Madikwe Game Reserve comprises migrants and permanent inhabitants.

Early morning and late afternoon drives are the best times to view wildlife and birdlife through Madikwe Game Reserve.

Hear the sounds of a wide range of birdlife and have your camera and binoculars on hand.

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A Malaria-Free Wilderness

The beauty of aha Thakadu River Camp is that it has a team of dedicated and highly trained rangers who possess an immense understanding of both the fauna and flora within the reserve and are skilled in locating as many animals as possible (however there can be no guarantee).

aha Thakadu River Camp stands out from the crowd of standard game lodges, as it is ideally positioned in a transitional area enabling it to draw wildlife from two different, yet complementary, ecosystems. Thakadu is also located in a malaria-free area, an added comfort afforded to you by aha Thakadu River Camp.

Privacy and comfort are paramount and this 24-bed camp, with its exceptionally private location, assures guests of a tranquil, relaxing experience. Pamper yourself with a spa massage treatment which can be enjoyed on your personal deck, or on the camp’s main deck, both overlooking the stunning reserve.

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The Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation and camp is a superb open-vehicle safari destination. Guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters that guests will come across. Whilst visiting Madikwe Game Reserve, aha Thakadu River Camp offers various other activities:

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Facilities
Lodge Facilities At Thakadu Lodge In The North West Province
Thakadu River Camp comprises the main camp as well as 12 tented suites which are located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico.Facilities & Services include:

  • Open Plan Lounge area
  • Reception
  • Dining area
  • Lodge Pool & Bar Area overlooking the river
  • 12 tented suites – 4 are family units, with extra queen sized sleeper couch. All with Indoor bath and shower. Each with own viewing deck.
  • Traditional “lapa’ falls within a glade of natural riverine forest
  • Private Viewing Deck
  • Game Drives
  • Highly-trained game rangers
  • Traditional Outdoor Boma
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Power 220vAC

Photography Workshops

Spa Treatments

Indulge yourself in a body treatment and allow the therapist to restore body, mind and spirit. You will probably need a well-deserved nap afterwards so be prepared! Couple massages are available on request and are only subject to availability.Please enquire at reception for reservation. All massages are done in the privacy of your room or on the deck. Treatments are available from 08h00 – 16h00.

Escape to the comfort of your cool retreat after a day of bush adventures and enjoy the ultimate in safari living.

Madikwe Game Reserve
Home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, Madikwe Game Reserve is the perfect getaway destination. During game drives, guests can expect to see numerous species including:

  • Black and White Rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Elephant
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Cheetah
  • Wild Dog

The Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation and camp is a superb open vehicle safari destination. Whilst out on game drives, guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters that guests will come across.
Whilst visiting Madikwe Game Reserve, Thakadu River Camp offers various other activities:

  • Stargazing
  • Boma Dining
  • Birding
  • Game Drives

Our Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation is available in luxury tented suites and there is a main camp offering an open-plan lounge, dining, and pool & bar area. Guests are able to truly enjoy the essence of nature whilst participating in a range of activities designed to provide the ultimate African adventure and soak up the elegant luxury and warm personal service that we offer.
Please note that unfortunately children under 6 years are not permitted on standard game drives. However, there is a special one and a half hour game drive available especially for children after breakfast, where parents’ are welcome to join

The beauty of Thakadu River Camp is that it has a team of dedicated and highly trained rangers who possess an immense understanding of both the fauna and flora within the reserve and are skilled in locating as many animals as possible, but obviously there can be no guarantee.
Thakadu River Camp stands out from the crowd of standard game lodges, as it is ideally positioned in a transitional area enabling it to draw wildlife from two different, yet complementary, ecosystems. Thakadu is also located in a malaria-free area, just an added comfort afforded to you by Thakadu River Camp.
Privacy and comfort are paramount and this  camp, with its exceptionally private location, assures guests of a tranquil, relaxing experience. Pamper yourself with a spa massage treatment which can be enjoyed on your personal deck, or on the camps main deck, both overlooking the stunning reserve.
 Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves in Southern Africa, which is malaria free. Located in South Africa along the Botswana border and 20 kilometres from Gaborone, the Reserve lies within a transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. As a result the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems. Geographically the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River in the east of the reserve.
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