North West Province » Madikwe Game Reserve Specials » Thakadu River Camp


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  •   Madikwe Game Reserve is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including the big 5, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
  •   This luxury tented bush camp is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.
  •   Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves in southern Africa, close to Johannesburg, which is malaria free.

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01 May - 31 May 2019 Luxury Tented Suite R 2,699 per person per night sharing May Special Offer for advance bookings!
01 June - 30 September 2019 Luxury Tented Suite R 2,740 per person per night sharing last minute special offer for bookings within 7 days of travel OR minimum 3 nights stay special offer
Luxury Tented Suite R 3,140 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
*surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply of peak holiday periods and long weekends.

• Luxury tented accommodation
• Two Game Drives daily
• All meals
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• Children under 5 years will be free of charge when sharing with two adults, meals are charged on consumption.
• Children 6 - 11 years will pay 50% of the rate when sharing with 2 adults.
• Baby sitting is available on request at R 90 per hour 1-2 Children, subject to change.
• Please note children under the age of 6 years will not be permitted on game drive.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• A bed levy of R 10 per person per night is payable directly to the lodge. (Subject to change)
• Rates above are valid for SA Residents only. Discounted rates for Non-SA Residents are available on request.
• Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge: (subject to change)
• R 180 per adult per stay & R 80 per child (3 - 9 years) per stay.
• For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 240 per adult per stay and R 150 per child (3 - 9 years) per stay.
• A Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 150 per adult per night & R 75 per child (2 - 12 years) per night will be charged. The fees are subject to change and are to be settled at the lodge direct.

4 hour drive from Johannesburg. Daily chartered flights with Federal Air can be arranged from Johannesburg.
8 Luxury Tented Suites each with their own viewing deck
4 Luxury Family Tented Suites each with their own viewing deck
12 Luxury Tented Suites in total


Thakadu River Camp is a 24-bed tented camp in the Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve which offers 165 000 acres of prime Game Viewing. 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.

The Camp is set within this riverine canopy and comprises 12 tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.
Four of the tents are set slightly apart from rest with their own lounge area and splash pool - this is know as Little Thakadu & can be booked exclusively.

The tents are large and spacious and are wonderfully decorated and appointed. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river.
The main camp comprises an open plan lounge, dining and reception area, with the pool and bar area offering views of the gully and river to the north. A traditional 'lapa' falls within a glade of natural riverine forest. The decor of the camp has a strong AfroAsian Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stone, fibres, cloth and carpets as well as metal and wood featuring prominently throughout the camp. The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.
Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both the black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The camp is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.

Herman Charles Bosman has woven many a tale about Abjaterskop and the Marico River. It is perhaps he that best describes the vast area where enselsberg rise from the savannahs and an area that is given life from the Marico River. This is the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, 75 000 hectares of unique topography and breathtaking beauty, it is also the home to the big 5, wild dog, cheetah and a large variety of mammal and bird life.
This 75 000 hectare reserve is situated in the North-West province of South Africa, on the border with Botswana. The large diversity of vegetation and ecozones allows for a rich diversity of game and bird species to inhabit the reserve.

The reserve was proclaimed in August 1991, but officially became the estate of the North-West Parks Board on the 31 October 1991.
The reserve is one of very few in the world that was proclaimed purely on the grounds of it being the most appropriate sustainable land use for the area in which the reserve lies. Studies done through independent consultants clearly showed that wildlife-based tourism would be the most beneficial option for an area that was in an economic depression. The vision for Madikwe was to have a joint venture run by the North-West Parks Board, private investors and the local communities living in the surrounding area. The reserve has now become a role model for many similar ventures country wide due to the successes achieved within the reserve.
Prior to the park being proclaimed, work had already begun on clearing derelict farm buildings, fencing, and a number of alien plant species. The park has a number of old buildings that were spared from demolition and now serve as The Parks Board headquarters. There were other game scout outposts built to house game scouts and other reserve staff.
The perimeter was fenced with approximately 150km of electric game fencing, which is electrified to prevent the escape of the larger game species. In the park local business and labour was used to demolish buildings, erect fences and to construct roads, dams and lodges.


  • Large, spacious tented accommodation
  • Luxury tents are fully air-conditioned
  • Private viewing decks
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Lapa
  • Pool and Bar Area


Directions to Thakadu River Camp by Road from O.R Tambo Airport, Johannesburg

Approx a 3-½ hr drive to the Lodge, refuel at Sun Village, there is no fuel available inside the Reserve.
  • Directly after leaving the airport, watch out for the sign saying R21 PRETORIA / KEMPTON PARK.
  • It is on the left, and the turning is very soon after leaving the Airport, so keep a sharp lookout.  Follow the signs to Pretoria and N1 PIETERSBERG/Polokwane/North
  • After approx. 36 kms you will see big signs over the highway you need to follow the direction N1 PIETERSBERG/Polokwane/North turn onto this highway (you are now travelling in a northerly direction) and go for quite a while and pass quite a number of off-ramps.  You will see signs for a toll road called Bakwenya Platinum Highway N4 Rustenburg.  Take this toll road.  Once on the N4 continue in the Rustenburg direction – take exit #225 which is the R556 Sun City/Majakaneng.  Turn right at the top of the off ramp to Sun City and continue straight to Sun City (approx 73 kms to Sun City from this off ramp).
  • (It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right.)
  • After passing Sun City and the Sun Village on the right, continue straight until you reach a four-way junction. Turn right to *DERDEPOORT.
  • Follow the road for approx. 8 kms, turn left at the sign saying *BAPONG.  Continue straight along this road (Please ignore all signs saying Madikwe Hospital, or Village etc.), after passing through MABESKRAAL, +- 45kms you will come to a 4 way stop – turn right to *DERDEPOORT. This tar/sealed road continues for about 25kms and then becomes gravel/dirt, the Dwarsberg Liquor Store is on your left, continue straight along the gravel road towards MOLATEDI  Village (do not take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight), pass through the 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.
Please contact the Lodge on the following numbers to advise us when you have passed Sun City:
018 3659912 or 0183659913

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