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Thakadu River Camp

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great place to stay ... the safari experience was amazing! The ranger really took a lot of trouble to ensure that we got to see wild dog, which is not very common! Special call out to Precious, for an extremely warm welcome and friendly service!

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Deepak R Thank you for using Thakadu River Camp for your African safari experience. It was a pleasure hosting you and we are glad to see that you did enjoyed your stay with us. We are looking forward to host you again as returning guest to Thakadu river Camp. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to be and the waiters are welcoming. We had great experience with the ranger Lazarus,his a man to be with and very experienced in terms of driving us round the reserve and also pays attention to his passengers needs. Above all we had great experience and on our last night we saw the leopard on our way back... More 

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Jesse O Thank you for your rating. We are glad that we could meet your Safari expectations and that Lazarus could share his love of Madikwe with you. Madikwe has a way to surprise its visitors and we are excited that you were surprised with the leopard. We hope that you are enjoying the rest of your stay in... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband treated me to a birthday weekend at Thakadu River Camp. What an utter spoil! It was truly amazing. An intimate lodge, beautiful comfortable luxurious accomodation, welcoming hosts and outstanding food. The boma dinner was such a highlight. The hot water bottles on the game drives, sundowners in the bush, and electric blanket on and waiting when you get... More 

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Joey1979 Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are trilled to hear that you are planning a return visit to Thakadu River Camp, we are looking forward to host and spoil you again. More 

Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Our whole experience was absolutely incredible, all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful! our Game Ranger Elliot was the absolute standout, he was so charismatic and knowledgeable! He made our Trip! Kenneth who joined us on our last game drive was also fantastic!!

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful ratings and comments. It was fun hosting you with Your vibrant energy and to feel your excitement, that you shared with us. We hope To host you again at Thakadu River Camp, on your next visit to SA. More 

Creston,NC
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98 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

we really loved all aspects of our stay at Thakadu: beautiful setting, comfortable tent camps, friendly staff, great safari with Kenneth, our guide. Loved Francine's hospitality. The Boma dinners were so special in the outdoor setting with beautiful fires and great food. My husband and I loved that this camp is owned by the neighboring villages after being transformed from... More 

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear But Beautiful. Thank you for your great review. It is exciting to see that you enjoyed your Safari experience in Madikwe Game Reserve and your stay with us. We are looking forward to spoiling you again at Thakadu river Camp. More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The rooms are very well equipped and look great. They call them luxury tents, don’t let this put you off, you hardly notice that the ‘walls’ are canvas. The room is an open plan bedroom and bathroom. There is a huge comfortable king sized bed…which is like heaven. A little coffee station and a couch. The bathroom has luxurious wash... More 

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Shelleybunt It is always rewarding to see that our guests enjoyed their stay with us. We are privilege to share the Madikwe Game Reserve’s beauty with our guests. We hope that we will have the opportunity to host you as returning guest at Thakadu River Camp More 

BANGALORE
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105 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

we,11 members from Bangalore on tour of South Africa, stayed in this place for 2 nights/3 days.We had wonderful food, vegetarian,especially cooked for us, the Chef himself came to us and asked our preference, Had four visits by jeep on Safari drive. We were shivering at early morning chill,but had great time watching many animals.It was an unforgettable experience altogether.

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. It was a privilege to host your group and to learn more of your culture. We are glad to see that you did enjoy your stay with us. Hope that we will have an opportunity to one day receive you back as returning guest to Thakadu River Camp. Regards Hanlie Lombard General Manager Thakadu... More 

Rustenburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Stayed at Thakadu River Camp 30 April - 2 May 2015 and not disappointed. The tented camp is comfy and neat and it feels more like staying in a solid unit than in a "tent". The tent and the private deck has a very relaxing and calming influence, with the bushbuck, monkeys and birds paying visits. We watched the elephants... More 

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Dustin V. We are thrilled to see that you did enjoy your Safari experience with us. Patience is indeed a master of her trade and takes pride in showing her guest all the wonders of Madikwe Game Reserve. We look forward to hosting you as returning guest at Thakadu River Camp. Regards Hanlie Lombard General Manager Thakadu River Camp More 

Pretoria
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

What is happening to this, initially, beautiful initiative and lodge? Being one of the first guests in September 2006, when the lodge was proudly managed by Albert Segoe and John D. Unfortunately Albert passed away and John D moved elsewhere, obviously with them the initial Vision & Mission is gone! The staff does not seem to be happy anymore, the... More 

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Food Lovers Thank you for your report and comments. We agree that Thakadu River camp need a good refurb And are glad to state that we are starting with upgrading all the Tents and Main building on the 01 June 2015. Please except my apologies that your food expectation was not met and that your dietary request was not... More 

Pretoria
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The service was excellent, the staff very friendly, Manager visible and interacting with staff and guests. Game drives excellent. The add-on's to the visit very good! Looking forward to our next visit!

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Hanlie L, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Karien It was a pleasure hosting you. Thank you for comments and we hope to see you back as Returning guest at Thakadu River Camp. Regards Hanlie Lombard General Manager Thakadu River Camp More 

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