- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Great value for Madikwe
- Special drives for under-sixes
- Dedicated family suites
- Strong community links
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.
- Malaria free Madikwe Safari
- Renowned Family Friendly Lodge
- Bush Luxury
- Exclusive Family Suites
- Malaria free Madikwe safari
- 8 lovely private suites
- Authentic atmosphere
- Recommended option for Madikwe
- Secluded location in Madikwe Game Reserve
- 3 large lodges
- Superb vehicle and walking safaris
- Great for families and large groups
- Traditional lodge in riverside setting
- Secluded wildlife reserve
- Malaria free area
- Spacious accommodation and pool
- Set in one of the quieter game reserves
- Luxurious yet authentic in character
- Private viewing decks and plunge pools
- Good provision for children
- Glass walled bedrooms with river views
- Morning and evening game drives
- Game walks, sleep-outs under the stars
- Heated infinity pool, spa, gym
- Star gazing under clear night skies
- Chalets with private plunge pools
- Game drives and walking excursions
- Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve
- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Five-star luxury
- Lots of activities for children
- Pool overlooking waterhole
- Excellent viewing decks for spotting wildlife
- Located in Madikwe Private Game Reserve
- Fantastic Big 5 vehicle and walking safaris
- Star gazing under clear night skies
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019