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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 $3,085 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,848 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,537 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 $1,848 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 499 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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