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Sadsburyville, United States
Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Thakadu River Camp for the second time in 3 years. Everybody on the staff was incredibly accommodating. We have visited over 120 countries and in terms of sheer enjoyment this was near the top. The food was as good or better than any 5 star stand alone restaurant anywhere , without all of the pretense. Our game...

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

It is fantastic to see that you are so excited about your entire Safari experience at Thakadu River Camp. The Thakadu Team's aim is to give our guests an extraordinary African Bush experience. We are looking forward to give you another exciting experience on your next visit to Madikwe.

Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

The camp is the easiest to reach in Madikwe with only a short bit of gravel if coming from JHB The welcoming staff are awesome and informative, as are all the rest from the chefs to the waiters and management who were always full of smiles. The rooms/tents need a bit of maintenance, our toilet practically came off the floor...

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

Dear Pierre P Thank you for your review. We are currently in the process of planning a hide. In normal conditions the river makes a natural waterhole with great viewing from our Pool deck. Unfortunately because of the drought and construction work done to our drift, game viewing is very poor at the moment. We take note of your comments...

Reviewed March 6, 2016

We spent 4 days at Thakadu and went on 6 separate game drives. The food, service and accommodation was without fault - a really high standard. We were not sure what to expect however everything was wonderful in this very safe, clean and modern environment. What took it to another level through was the Game Drives. Accompanied by Patience, our...

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

Dear David B We are trilled that we were able to take your Safari experience to another level. Thank you for your positive review, it motivates the Thakadu Team to go to the next level of not only meeting our guests expectations but to exceed their expectations. It will be a pleasure to host you as returning guests at Thakadu...

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Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

We visited different lodges in madikwe but this was one of the favorites. Accommodation is very nice with view on the river and lots of birds. Food is interesting and very nice presented. Game drives are with a very knowledgeable guide Lazarus.

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

Dear Thakadu Friend Thank you for your visits. We are glad that we could make your stay a memorable one. We hope to receive you back as returning guests to Thakadu River Camp.

The Hague, The Netherlands
Reviewed February 27, 2016

Wow, what a fantastic experience we had in Thakadu River Camp staying for 4 nights with our family (2 adults and 2 children aged 10 and 13). Very well equipped "tents" to sleep in with very large and good bed. Tents have air conditioning which is a big plus in this warm season. We had tent number 1 which is...

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

Dear vanderwallus Thank you for a very rewarding review. The Thakadu Team are glad that we could make the time you spent at Thakadu a special experience. It was a privilege hosting your family. We are looking forward to host you again, this time as returning guests to Thakadu River Camp.

Mississauga
Reviewed February 23, 2016

The staff were always cheerful, helpful and pleasant. It was a pleasure interacting with all of them. The ranger was highly knowledgeable and was always able to offer additional insight into any sighting or observation during the drives. He put in extra effort to try to ensure we saw the animals we wanted.

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Dear Raymond B Mr H Thank you for your review. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your game drives and that the Thakadu Team treated you well. We would love to welcome you back as returning guests to Thakadu River Camp.

Cape Town
Reviewed February 19, 2016

OK, so this might not be a lodge with a 5 star rating, but it gets 5 stars from me for the amazing time we had there! As South Africans we find the prices at most places prohibitively expensive so I was thrilled to book a 3 night stay here at an affordable rate. We flew into Lanseria and hired...

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

Dear rebeccaj362. I still remember all the excitement welcoming the group back after the elephant experience, I think that is why most of us love the bush so much. One never know what to expect around the next corner. It was a pleasure hosting you and the Thakdu Team would love to host you as returning guests .

Montgomery, Alabama
Reviewed February 17, 2016

We visited Thakadu in January and stayed for three nights. This was our first safari experience and it was just wonderful. From the moment we arrived we were treated with such warmth and kindness. It was lovely to have a freshly made cold drink waiting for us after a long drive and to have lunch served straight away! The food...

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

Dear Tamzyn Thank you for a great review and recommending Thakdu River Camp to friends and family. It is exciting to see that that you enjoyed your first safari experience and we hope that this one was the first of many at Thakadu River Camp and Madikwe Game Reserve.

Gloucester
Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a fantastic base for a safari, a wonderful welcome awaited us when we arrived, friendly staff always with a smile! The game reserve driver (Lazarus)was exceptionally knowledgable and very very helpful! The tented suits are well equipped and very comfortable, Food was good, a fair choice of starter and mains! All in all, highly recommend Thakadu is a...

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Dear ade1971Gloucester Thank you for choosing Thakadu River Camp for your Safari experience. The team are trilled to see that you enjoyed your stay and can not wait to host you as returning guests on your next visit to Madikwe Game Reserve.

Pleasant Hill, California
Reviewed February 10, 2016

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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Dear peterdebbiee We would gladly host you again and hope that you will soon get a chance to visit Madikwe and have another great Safari experience at Thakadu River Camp.

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Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $322 - $469 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thakadu River Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“There are twelve tents and we were in tent four; just a short 3-5 minute walk to the main lodge.”
  • This elephant was right outside of our balcony. Amazing.
 of 5 bubbles frankcK7249SW, Feb 19, 2017 | Read review
“The rooms were wonderful. Although it was a tent and therefore felt very romantic; they were very clean and absolutely beautiful. There was a gorgeous bath with brass taps, very comfortable beds and a lovely balcony. There was brilliant air conditioning and mosquito nets to keep out the insects. The rooms couldn't have been more perfect!”
 of 5 bubbles joannabenedictf, Jan 14, 2017 | Read review
“The are all great, but if you want a good view of the river ask for the higher numbered rooms”
 of 5 bubbles dieselblade, Jan 13, 2017 | Read review
“The bed was amazing! My compliments!”
 of 5 bubbles tessav486, Jan 10, 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in room 7 and other rooms for the same price definitely had better views from their balconies”
 of 5 bubbles imjustthemessenger, Jan 7, 2017 | Read review
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