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Thakadu River Camp

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
Richard B Lafayette, United States
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lafayette, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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 4 weeks ago

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 

Delhi india
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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Thakadu is a lovely lodge with friendly helpful staff and very nice "Tents" indeed. Air conditioning a bonus however a small bar fridge would have been very useful. The views over the river are stunning and you enjoy the company of elephants frolicking in the water from the well kept swimming pool .sadly there are only 4 sun loungers to... More 

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Dear Glennis D, We appreciate your comments and are glad that you did enjoy your stay with us. Please except my apologies for the few sun loungers, we are in the process of reverbing the whole pool area. I do take note of the glasses around the pool and did not realise that guest actually take it in to the... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

While this is a mid-range camp price wise we were a bit disappointed with some aspects of the camp service but delighted with our guide and the wildlife we had the opportunity to view in our short four day stay. Madikwe lived up to its description of not being the most beautiful park in Africa, however we did see the... More 

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

Dear Andy, Thank you for your review and comments. Please except my apologies for the inconvenience caused with your Credit Card payment. We did have other card transaction that went through but somehow we had the problem with this one. We glad that you did enjoy your Game Drive and hope that we will see you back at Thakadu River... More 

Looe, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

we stayed here for 6 days - Dec 21st to 26th 2014. Every minute was made magical by Hanlie and her staff. Myself, huband and son could not believe how amazing this place is. The safari game drives were out of this world, all the animals were within touching distance and we saw the big five and more - too... More 

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

Dear Debbie L, Thank you for taking the time to review Thakadu on Trip Advisor. We enjoyed your company in camp and are rewarded by the memories of all the “ chats” on the Pool Deck. We are glad to see that you also enjoyed your stay and hope that we will have the privilege to host you again at... More 

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6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Everything was perfect : welcoming, food, game driving, room, staff... We had a wonderful stay : the place is amazing, the room is clean and safe, the food is excellent (I'm French and I can be picky : here I have nothing to complain about :)), the staff was skilled and helpful. They make you feel home and unique. The... More 

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Dear Tribu-aniet, We are glad that you enjoyed your Safari experience with us. We hope that your first African Christmas was a memorable experience for you. Instead of a snowman you did Traditional African dancing. Thank you for being a "sport" and participating in this. The staff enjoyed dancing with you. We hope to host you as family again at... More 

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