I can’t say enough wonderful things about Thakadu River Camp. It was my first safari (my husband is from SA and has been on safaris before) and we had a great time. The safari, the room, the people, the food – all top notch. No complaints – not even one!
I don’t even know where to start with the review....
The staff was very friendly and courteous. ALL of them had bright smiles on their faces, called us by name every time we saw them and were always there to help us or offer is a cold drink. It was a level of service we seldom see in the US, even at the upscale hotels. The GM was there made sure we had what we needed and usually had a great story to tell (thank you Wayne).
The food was fantastic. I am not typically an adventurous eater when it comes to meat, but I ate everything they prepared and loved every bite of it (even though I was taking pictures of some of it earlier in the day). Dinner in the boma was a beautiful experience.
Even though this was my first safari, I cant imagine NOT staying in a tented room. At night you get to hear all the sounds of Africa. Our room was beautiful, with a big bed with mosquito netting (though we didn’t see one mosquito), a beautiful view of the river, a tub and shower and double vanity. They provided us with umbrellas and flash lights/torches to walk back and forth from the lodge. The monkeys outside the windows would put on quite a trapeze show in the afternoons. There is aircon in the rooms, but it does get a little hot but no where near unbearable. But hey, this is Africa. If you don’t want to be hot you may want to reconsider what time of year you go. I enjoyed the heat coming from the cold US.
The safari...wow! We saw the big 5, even the illusive leopard. We saw 2 different lion kills and even lions mating. It was like a Nat Geo special. We were up-close and personal with rhinos, mom and baby elephants, too many giraffes to count, bucks, bucks, bucks, zebras galore, the cheetah brothers, wild dogs, warthogs, and so much more. The guide spotted things I couldn’t even begin to find. One of my favorite things was one afternoon a heard of elephants crossed the bridge right by the lodge and started playing in the water right in front of us. It was beautiful. Who knew a full grown elephant could completely submerge itself! The next day, about the same time, after playing in the water, and elephant came walking up the river bank and starting eating leaves off the trees about 6-7 feet in from of us while we were standing in the lodge. It was hard to remember these were wild animals, not trained to come up to people. What an experience!
All in all, we will be back to Thakadu. I honestly can't think of one thing I would have changed about our visit there.
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- Thakadu River Camp Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve