Thakadu River Camp

set in a riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River

Lodge Setting

Thakadu River Camp is a luxury game lodge overlooking the Marico River, in Madikwe Game Reserve. Amongst many other wildlife species, this malaria free reserve is home to the Wild Dog, Cheetah and the Big 5.

It is situated in North West Province and approximately three and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, or about an hour's flight.

  • About Thakadu River Camp

    Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River

    Thakadu River Camp comprises the main camp as well as 12 luxury tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. 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 is located between the Marico and a small tributary of the Marico. The main area offers 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 décor of the camp has a strong Afro-Asian 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.

  • Lodge Facilities

    • open plan lounge dining reception area
    • lodge pool and bar area overlooking the river
    • meeting room facilities
    • private 4 x 4 safari vehicle (when available)
    • traditional lapa situated in a glade of a riverine forest
    • lodge safe
    • wedding facilities.
  • Accommodation

    Thakadu River Camp can accommodate 24 guests in 12 luxury tented suites

    Accommodation Facilities

    • 12 tented suites with 2 single beds or a super king size bed
    • indoor bath
    • indoor shower
    • air-conditioning
    • telephone
    • coffee station
    • hairdryer
    • digital safe
    • power 220 volts AC
    • each tented suite has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river
  • Rates


    Rates vary depending on your lodge selection, the time of year and specials available.

    Contact us for your own quote, individually calculated by our experienced travel specialists. Each quote is based on the season, specials available, lodging quality and various other factors.


    A lodge may offer special or discounted rates from time to time. Special rates are not offered during peak periods, public holidays and long-weekends, and are subject to availability.

  • Enquiries

  • Children Policy

    Children Rates

    • children are welcome
    • no more than two children under the age of 12 years may share a room with 2 adults.
    • family rooms consist of sleeper couch suitable for 2 children under 12 years.
    • 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.
    • children under 2 years stay free.
    • for infants (under 2) a cot is available on request by prior arrangement at no extra charge.
    • children over 12 are charged as adults.

    Children on Game Drives

    • children under the age of 6 are not permitted on game drives
    • Thakadu offers babysitters at an additional cost
    • kiddies drives are available for children under 6 years of age.
  • Activities

    There are morning and afternoon/ evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, accompanied by with informed and professional game rangers.

    Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives. Kiddies drives available for children under 6 years of age.

  • Wildlife, Birdlife & Nature

    Madikwe 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 vehicle safari drives. Guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.

  • Directions

    Situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, access to the lodge is either by road or by air. It is about 4 hours' drive from Johannesburg via the N4.

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    Entrance Dining deck A Fish Eagle

    tented suites wonderfully decorated private decks overlooking the river