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Thakadu River Camp

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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Pleasant Hill, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family had a spectacular time. Our ranger, Jerry, was very knowledgeable and willing to please. We saw the big five and lots of other bonus animals. The staff was very friendly, and the food really good. We were sad to leave, and would like to go again soon.

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I spent 3 days at this River Camp and I wish I had extended my stay. The entire stay was absolutely amazing from the time we arrived to the moment we departed. The huts were superb, the dinning facilities were great (with amazing food), and the outside lounge is breathtaking. Early morning is followed with coffee and tea and a... More 

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

Dear San F Thank you for your review. We strive to give our guests a unforgettable Safari Experience and it is very rewarding to here we succeeded. We will gladly host and take good care of each person you recommend Thakadu River Camp too. More 

Buntingford
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are frequent travellers to South Africa and this time we treated ourselves with a trip to Madikwe, a private reserve, and selected to stay at the Thakadu River Camp for a tented camp safari experience and were not disappointed. Booking was easy via Veronika at Biggestleaf Travel, the directions to the camp were spot on and the route is... More 

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

Dear Caff_H Thank you for your detailed review and comments. It is very rewarding for the Thakadu Team to hear that you are planning to visit us again. It will be our privilege to host you as returning guests to Thakadu River Camp. More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was very friendly, but without any doubt the total experience lacked a professional edge. We were not given any information on the park (size, camps, what to expect to see) or on additional activities(such as in room massages) or possible walking safari's EST. Additionally our game ranger missed various sightings where we had to stop and show him.... More 

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

Dear danielvO65241J Thank you for your review. Please except my apologies for us not totally meeting your safari expectations. We strive to give our guests an unforgettable Safari experience, more than their expectations. We appreciate your comments and will work on mentioned suggestions. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I started communicating with Thakadu weeks and weeks ago. Given this is my first trip to South Africa, I wanted to make sure that I could get transfers to/from JNB before I booked my trip. While the woman I was corresponding with said she would "enquire" about transfers, she never did get back to me. I finally found a transfer... More 

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

Dear GriswoldSalute Please except my apologies for the manner in which your booking inquiry was handled. I would appreciate it, if you will forward your booking details to gm@thakadu.co.za. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my 3rd time I coated The camp. And as every time: everything was amazing. The rooms, The massage, The food (really good) and The staff made it an amazing Experience. Special thanks to Lazarus. I met a lot of rangers in The last couple of years and Lazarus amazed me every day. We had amazing sightings and a... More 

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

Dear 207elisabethh It was great to receive you back and a honour to host you again. We feel privileged to share Madikwe splendour with our guests. We are looking forward to your next visit to Thakadu River Camp. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thakadu Camp is a small lodge with only a few tents. The tents are camouflaged in the bush and therefor you have a lot of privacy. The tents are luxurious. The food is outstanding, but the wine was sometimes a little bit warm. Ranger Lazarus is one of the best rangers I ever met. He grew up nearby, knows everything... More 

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

Dear wvstraten Great news to hear that you would like to visit Thakadu River Camp again, we are looking forward to welcome you as returning guests. Please except my apologies for the wine that was not cold enough, we will address this problem. More 

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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing time here for 3 days with our 2 young kids. The luxury tent was just that, with a huge bed, air conditioning and a deck looking out towards the waterhole. The safaris were fantastic we saw heaps of animals and Lazurus did an amazing job of keeping both the kids interested on our outings. The staff... More 

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

Dear Renee P We are trilled to see that you enjoyed your stay at Thakadu River Camp. It would be a pleasure receiving you back as returning Guests to Thakadu River Camp. More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Thakadu River Camp is one of the two lodges in Madikwe which operate in partnership with the local community. It is set in a rather different location to the other two lodges that we stayed at (more of that later). The camp is very attractively designed, with thatched roofs over the main areas which are opened up to the surroundings... More 

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

Dear ndstock Thank you for this great review. It is a pleasure for the Thakadu Team to give our guests a memorable Safari experience and to receive a review like yours lift our Spirits for the next six month. We are looking forward to receive your family back as returning guests to Thakadu River Camp. More 

Windsor, Canada
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73 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We decided to stay one night after reading all the positive reviews on Trip Advisor. We have collectively seen 4 of the Big 5 but never the leopard. Our stay started really on the right foot with the gate keepers. They were so friendly and helpful in ensuring we got to the right lodge (we entered the park at the... More 

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

Dear hongkongdave44 We are excited to see that you enjoyed your short stay and Safari experience at Thakadu River Camp. Thank you for your wonderful comment on the Thakadu Team, it is always a pleasure hosting our guests. We are looking forward to host you when you come back for that Leopard you mist. More 

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