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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my wife have been to many private lodges over the past number of years including Sabi sabi, Timbavati, Klasirie, Waterberg and Kruger private lodges. This was our first time coming to Madikwe and once we had left we were extremely disappointed with our experience. Unruly children made so much noise whether it was on either side of our... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tents are fantastic. Setting is really nice, feel like you are right in the bush. However, overall management of guests is poor. Service at meal time was very poor, slow, and requests were sometimes forgotten. Our arrival was met with luke warm enthusiasm with very little overview of what we should expect in terms of game drives, other activities available... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to do the review. We appreciate all your comments and assure you that action have been taken. Please except my apologies that your expectations were not totally met. I realise that you are still disappointed at the moment but I welcome you to please come back To Thakadu River Camp and experience that this was... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful, friendly and awesome place. We enjoyed every moment we were there and were thoroughly spoilt by all the staff. We slept to the sound of elephants breaking down trees below our tent, baboons barking in the mountains and lions roaring. It was an unforgettable experience and we saw many animals on our game drives including four of... More 

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

Thank you for your exciting comments. Madikwe Game Reserve is a very special Place and we are privilege to host guest in this environment. It will be a honour to host you again at Thakadu River Camp and share more of Madikwe pleasures with you. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The camp is not as slick as some of the other camps in Madikwe, but it has a special charm. The staff are very helpful, and the food compares well to other camps (we have been to Jaci's Tree and Impodimo). One thing we found was that the drivers communicated well so you didn't miss out when there was a... More 

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

Thank you for your comments. It is always rewarding to hear that our guest want to come Back. We hope to host you soon in a refurbished Thakadu River Camp. More 

Lafayette, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are fortunate to be assigned to a posting in Africa. Our posting allows us to travel frequently for R&R. We have taken advantage of this opportunity to experience Africa. We have been to many great game lodges, but for the game viewing experience these guys have outclassed them all. This lodge is located in an extremely large park and... More 

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

Sir thank you for this great review. It is very rewarding to see that our guests Safari expectations were met and that you left Thakadu River Camp with memorable memories. We hope that your traveling will give us an opportunity to host you someday as returning guest at Thakadu River Camp. More 

Letsitele, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only stayed 1 night and it is quite a drive on dirt roads. We were in room 9 which was a fair distance from the main lodge. The tents are well appointed with huge beds and aircons! They are really spacious. The food was sublime and cannot be faulted. All the staff are so friendly and we liked the... More 

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

We are glad that you did enjoy your stay with us. Thank you for your comments. We are looking forward to host you a couple of nights on your next visit to Thakadu River Camp. More 

Nuremberg, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We stayed at Thakadu River Camp for three nights and it was a great bush experience. We arrived after lunch time but we still got a special lunch before we joined directly the first game drive. All meals were excellent and the service was always very friendly. The game drives were exceptional - it was really a great Safari experience.... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to post your ratings and your wonderful comments. We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed your Safari experience at Thakadu River Camp. It would be our pleasure to host you as returning guest at Thakadu River Camp. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Madikwe is the best Malaria free Bush experience SA has to offer. This camp is at the southern border of Madikwe and offers you all the benefits of being in this great game reserve. The experience is good but there are more luxurious camps in Madikwe (they are also more expensive). The Lodge was very accommodating to meet the requirements... More 

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

Dear Kaptein We are glad to see that you enjoyed your stay and that your expectations were met. Thank you for recommending Thakadu river Camp to your friends and Family. We would feel privileged to host you again at Thakadu River Camp. More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Hi, I had a great one night stay here. Great value accommodation. Elliott the game ranger was excellent and all the staff were lovely. Excellent sightings, including cheetah an leopard. A good value option on this side of Madikwe.

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

Dear Ben U We are so glad that you enjoyed your Safari experience with us. Thank you for your comments and we hope to host you somewhere in the future as returning guest at Thakadu River Camp. More 

Veldhoven, The Netherlands
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Our ranger Kenny deserves a halo!!! He was fantastic and delivered the magnificent seven!!!!! All the staff at Thakadu were absolutely amazing and all contributed to making our stay the most amazing experience!!! Thanks guys! We hope to return one day!!!

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

Dear Jeanine Thank you for your ratings. We are very excited to see that you had a great safari experience With Thakadu River Camp. Madikwe is a special Game Reserve and we are glad Kenny could guide you to experience this great park. We hope that you will be able to come and enjoy Thakadu River Camp hospitality with your... More 

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