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5.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The venue, the service, the game drives, it was all perfect. A very romantic venue for that special getaway. Only one little disappointment, when in the bush the menu could have included some game items.

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful ratings, receiving positive feedback is most rewarding to the Thakadu Team. We are glad that your stay with us made for an unforgettable experience and we appreciate your suggestion for including venison on the menu. We look forward to welcoming you back to Thakadu River Camp. Regards Hanlie Lombard General Manager Thakadu River Camp More

Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stunning location, great staff and the whole experience just works very well. It's not the easiest to get to but once you have arrived that is soon forgotten we would thoroughly recommend, particularly as the game is plentiful and madikwe sparsely populated.

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Wayne H, Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank You for taking the time to review Thakadu River Camp on TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the views of the various wildlife surrounding the Madikwe and we look forward to welcoming you back to Thakadu river Camp in the near future. Regards Hanlie Lombard General Manager Thakadu River Camp More

Dubai
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57 reviews 57 reviews
54 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent 2 nights at Thakadu river camp 1-3 July 14, nice safari tents and very good food and service, had great game viewing, Tents are far apart from the lodge so tents form 8 to 12 are the farthest and quit a walk to main lodge. saw 4 of the big 5 and it was pretty cold in early morning... More

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank You for taking the time to review Thakadu, we appreciate the positive ratings. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were able to match your expectations. We take great pride in making your trip magical and memorable and look forward to your return. Regards Hanlie Lombard General Manager Thakadu River Camp More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We were privileged to marry recently under the Fig Tree in Madikwe Reserve, then celebrate around the boma with our wedding party hosted by the wonderful folks of Thakadu. Thank you Wayne, My friend Tsholofela,Frans, Joyce, Lucky, Thabang, Atung, Jane, Safira, Moses, Kenny, Boitumelo, Tebogo, Madiegi, Nondumelo,Grace and all the rest. Thakadu is a hidden gem, we can't recommend it... More

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Wayne H, Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review and ratings on TripAdvisor. We are absolutely thrilled to receive your complimentary and rewarding feedback as indeed, your marriage at Thakadu River Camp was a very special occasion for you and your family and my team of staff. It was wonderful to host the family and create an experience that will be with you... More

Verona, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great time at Thakadu! Even if my little boy felt sick (nothing to do with the lodge.), we had so much fun! People there are so kind and the area is full of animals. feeling at home with a big family, "pets" included!(spiteful monkeys, they stole sugar from our room !!!!!!) We love u! Food is tasty, rooms are fantastic... More

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Good evening Elena and little Edoardo, So very nice to receive your posting on TripAdvisor, it is wonderful to hear from you and to receive your complimentary words of thanks. Come and visit us again when next you visit South Africa, we are really so close from OR Tambo and the staff would love to host you and Edoardo once... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

What a beautiful place to experience nature. From arrival you are treated as royalty and nothing is too much trouble for the professional staff. The game drives is excellent and we got to see some great wildlife.I will definitely be back as the accommodation and experience is really outstanding. Congratulations and thanks to all at this resort.

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thakadu greetings, Thank you kindly for your wonderful feedback of your experience with us. We are happy to note that you enjoyed the quality of your game drives in this special Game Reserve and that our staff made your visit special to such a degree. We look most forward to hosting you as one of our return guests and the... More

Durbanville, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Reception , food and game drives are very good. Pathways to tents needs a little attention as it is uneven and may be a problem at night. Although there are lighting on the pathways, it is not enough to see clearly. It is easy to trip on the uneven path. My tent's sliding door to the terrace was difficult to... More

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your posting on TripAdvisor and for your valuable suggestions. We have rectified the sliding door on your tent and replaced the missing handle. All tents have gone through a thorough cleaning including the outside decking so the dust from the Easter Season has now been removed. I am happy to note that you enjoyed our culinary flair... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stayed at Thakadu as an extended family of 6 in May and had a wonderful time. The tents were very spacious and with comfortable beds (however, the fold out sofa beds were a bit flimsy) and nice balconies. We had frequent visitors in the form of vervet monkeys. They even managed to sneak inside and steal some fudge the... More

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Warm greetings from the family of staff of Thakadu River Camp, Thank you for submitting your posting on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to notice that you enjoyed your overall safari experience with us and that you relaxed with our warm hospitality and food. The Game Reserve does receive a lot of visitors however there is a very organized code of... More

South Oxfordshire, UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Thakadu River Camp is a lovely camp for a relaxed safari. The tents are spacious and very well appointed. The food was excellent, and the staff friendly and very welcoming. Madikwe has relatively low visitor numbers compared to other parks in SA, but we saw plenty of game without having to scramble for a clear view, and our guide was... More

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Greetings from the Madikwe Game Reserve, Thank you so much for your posting and complimentary words surrounding your visit with us. I am happy that you felt that you received value for your money through your experience with us and we would be most grateful for your recommendations to friends and family going forward. The Madikwe Game Reserve does indeed... More

Brisbane
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We, a party of 15, stayed at Thakadu for 3 nights where we not only saw the big 5 but got married at the 'Fig Tree Church'. We were apparently the first wedding to be held at Thakadu and the hospitality, helpfulness and service went well beyond anything we could have asked for. After a slightly disastrous start to the... More

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Wayne H, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review

Thakadu greeting to you two love birds, Thank you for posting your review and ratings on TripAdvisor. We are absolutely thrilled to receive your complimentary and rewarding feedback as indeed, your marriage at Thakadu River Camp was a very special occasion for you and your family and my team of staff. It was wonderful to host the family and create... More

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Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Thakadu River Camp 5*
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