Thakadu River Camp

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Thakadu River Camp overlooks the Marico River, in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has 12 beautiful air-conditioned tented suites, each with a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river.

At a Glance

  • Special childrens game drives available for children under 6 years old

  • 12 stunning tented suites

  • The swimming pool overlooks the Marico River

  • Traditional lapa situated in a glade of riverine forest

  • Four family suites and children's game drives making it a great option for family safaris

  • In the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve

Family, Wildlife

Insider's View

Take a chance to look at the striking night sky views.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

If you are lucky you might see the elusive African wild dog.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River in the eastern part of the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has 12 tented suites, each with their own balcony which overlooks the Marico River. The tents are large and spacious and are wonderfully decorated. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto the private deck overlooking the river.

The main camp is located between the Marico and a small tributary of the Marico. The main area has 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 Madikwe Reserve is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including the black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Thakadu River Camp offers superb walking and open 4x4 vehicle safari drives. Guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari. Guests are also offered the opportunity to track game on foot which gives the chance to spot the smaller things, from spoor to insects and birds.


Thakadu River Camp has 12 tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the river, made up from four family units and eight standard tented suites.


Children of all ages are accepted at Thakadu and there are four family suites to accommodate children. Children under 6 years are not able to go on regular game drives for safety reasons, however the lodge does offer baby sitting. Younger guests are able to join shorter special children's games drives which are geared for the under six's.


There is a lovely swimming pool with views over the Marico River. The lodge offers massages on your private deck. There is a traditional lapa “boma” falls within a glade of natural riverine forest. It is possible to pre-book a private 4x4 safari vehicle.


The lodge offers game drives in open top 4x4 game vehicles as well as tracking game on foot with an experienced guide. Bush dinners can also be arranged - perfect if you are celebrating a special occasion.

Location & Directions

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Set within 75,000 hectares of safari park, Thakadu is found in the eastern part of the reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa, overlooking the Marico River.

When to go

The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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