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Thakadu River Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Great value for Madikwe
- Special drives for under-sixes
- Dedicated family suites
- Strong community links

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Overview

Set within a riverbed canopy, Thakadu is the place to experience a reasonably priced family African adventure while staying in comfortable surroundings.

Madikwe Game Reserve is renowned for its vast diversity of vegetation and animals including rhino, buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and cheetahs. Situated in the Eastern sector of the reserve, the camp offers 12 tented suites including four specially designed for families. Each one is spacious and beautifully decorated to reflect Afro-Asian influences, using natural stone, fabrics and carpets. A sliding door opens onto a private deck overlooking the Marico River.

The main area of the camp has a comfortable, open plan lounge and dining area, while guests can enjoy views over the gully and river while they relax in the bar or swimming pool. A boma dinner eaten outside under the African sky, meanwhile, is a highlight.

As well as offering morning and afternoon safari drives in open 4x4 vehicles, guests also have the opportunity to track game on foot, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers, although the emphasis here is on spotting insects and birds rather than larger animals.

Thakadu is a fantastic destination for children of all ages. Even though children under six aren’t allowed to join the regular game drives for safety reasons, they can enjoy their own specially designed, shorter trips into the bush. Babysitting services are also available.

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Suggested Itineraries for Thakadu River Camp

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Relaxing holiday combining malaria free safari in Madikwe, South Africa with the pristine white sands of Mauritius

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Adults from $3,155 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,891 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,151 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,891 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 613 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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