With its lush and tranquil setting, Thakadu River Camp stands out from other game lodges. Guests immediately disconnect from everyday stress as soon as they step under the riverine canopy, along the lush banks of the Marico River. Beautifully appointed tented suites are engulfed by an impressive diversity of flora and fauna that thrive here, in the eastern sector of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.
As an ecotourism partnership between North West Parks, the Molatedi Community and African Hotels and Adventures, Thakadu River Camp has been carefully constructed to blend into the bushveld. The concept is unique in that the local community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing to its people.
Experience warm hospitality and bespoke service during your exhilarating South African safari!
Madikwe Lodge Accommodation
The main camp at Thakadu River Camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The lodge features an open-plan lounge, warm and welcoming reception and dining areas and an oasis within the African bushveld. The attractive bar and pool area is the perfect place to chill out and relax. From the moment you arrive you will be delighted by the lodge staff’s warm hospitality and personal care as you enjoy the lush views of the gully and river to the north. The lodge has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings, with the use of wood and thatched roofs. Enjoy the panoramic views from the traditional lapa that is set in the forest glade.
Tented Madikwe Accommodation
Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River and comprises twelve tented suites. Each tented Madikwe accommodation comes with its own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. The tented Madikwe accommodation offers a large and spacious lap of luxury, wonderfully decorated and appointed.
Within the canvas frame of the tented Madikwe accommodation, the interior is uniquely designed to incorporate a full bathroom. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river. Every aspect of this Madikwe accommodation and the surrounding camp has been carefully crafted to appeal to guests of all sorts. Whether you are with friends, family or enjoying a romantic getaway, this Madikwe accommodation is the ideal place to admire nature up close.
Madikwe Game Reserve Safaris
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser-known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden-gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land). The Big 5 is represented in the park and you are likely to spot a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo during your stay. During your visit you will also have the rare privilege of possibly seeing the highly endangered African Wild Dog.
Why Stay at Thakadu River Camp
Situated in Madikwe Game Reserve, currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. Madikwe is a hidden-gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa.
The reserve is home to the famous “Big Five”, as well as numerous other animals, bird species and rich flora.
One of the few areas where you are granted with a rare privilege of possibly seeing the highly endangered African Wild Dog.
The Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province is malaria free and is, therefore, ideal for families with smaller children as well as pregnant guests.
Fully equipped 5-star tented suites with all modern comforts and daily housekeeping
The camp is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.
Children of all ages are welcome in Thakadu.
Children under 6 years are not permitted on standard game drives. However, there is a special one-and-a-half hour game drive available especially for children after breakfast, where parents are welcome to join.
As a family-friendly safari lodge, children of all ages are welcome.
Game Lodges Policy:
Children: 0 - 5 years of age
Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption
Children: 6 - 11 years of age
Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults
Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room
Children: 12 years & older
Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate
Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
At Game Lodges, children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on special children's game drives. This is subject to availability and at the discretion of the lodge manager
Standard Rooms: Maximum 2 adults
Family Rooms: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch
Third Person Sharing: Not applicable
Babysitting facilities are offered R132/ sitter/hr.
ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE:
Guests may arrive any time from 2pm, and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00am.
Luxury accommodation All meals Two game drives daily
TARIFFS QUOTED:• Inclusive of 15% V.A.T. • In South African Rands • Subject to availability
All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
• Luxury accommodation
• Two game drives per day
• All meals daily
• Welcome drinks and teas & coffees at meals
• Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
• Curio shop purchases
• Beverage unless otherwise indicated
• Telephone calls
• Lodge transfers
• Airport Tax
• Tourism Levy
• Landing Fee at airstrip
• Laundry services unless otherwise indicated
• Specialised coffees
• Bed levy & Gate fee
• Children of all ages are welcome at most of our lodges (please enquire)
• Babysitters available
• Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives
• Children’s programs available at Tuningi and Thakadu
A deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required on confirmation. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival
The tented accommodation in Madikwe comprises 12 tented suites, reflecting a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience, each boasting a viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.
These spacious tents offer every comfort and luxury and are wonderfully decorated. Children of all ages are welcome in Thakadu River Camp.
Facilities include air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with in-door shower, hairdryer, digital safe, tea or coffee making facilities and power 220vAc. Each of the tents at Thakadu provides a sliding door which opens onto the deck.
As a family friendly establishment, Thadaku River Lodge offers 4 family suites, each with an extra queen-size sleeper couch catering for children.
Air Conditioning En-suite Bath Hairdryers Lounge Area In-door shower Safe Mosquito Nets Tea & Coffee making facilities Viewing deck Housekeeping, Laundry available
PARK & CONSERVATION FEES
Park fees - R180 per adult per STAY | R105 per child per STAY
Landing fees - R240 per adult | R150 per child (provisional, subject to change)
Guest Conservation Contribution: R180 per adult per DAY | R75 per child per DAY
Domestic Rate valid for 01 Apr 2018– 30 Sep 2018
Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
Thakadu River Camp: Gate Fee @ R180 per adult per stay, R80 per child from age 3 – 9 years old, Free under 3 years old
Conservation Levy @ R150 per adult per day, R75 per child per day from ages 2 – 12 years old, Free under 2 years old
Bed levy @ R 10 per person per day from age 1 year old
Flight Landing Fee @ R 240 per person per stay from age 10 years old, R 150 per child from age 3-9 years old, Free under 3 years old.
Subject to change as and when advised by North West National Parks
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. Children over 12 are charged as adults.
The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.
Main Lodge Facilities
The main lodge is a true oasis. Unwind and relax on the traditional lapa, surrounded by natural forest, and enjoy the panoramic views.
Bar area Pool
Wine & Dine
Expect international favourites and local dishes to be expertly prepared by the chefs. Dine in the boma for a traditional African spin on “eating out”.
Indulge in a rejuvenating massage treatment that will restore body, mind and spirit. All spa services are offered either in-room, or on your private deck.
WHAT TO TAKE:
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Sun hat
• Sun block
• Cameras and binoculars
• Light, neutral coloured clothing
• Swimming costume
• Warm jackets are essential in winter (May -October)
GATE ENTRANCE FEES:
Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00. Entrance fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Road, please settle in camp.
Road Transfer (from R4 560 one-way for 4 guests)
The most affordable mode of travel to Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport is via a road transfer. We can offer a fleet of vehicles for various group sizes. The drive from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve takes about 4 hours. We can also offer transfers from other destinations.
Shuttle Flights / Air Transfer
The most convenient mode of travel to Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport is by making use of a shuttle flight. These shuttle flights are being provided by Federal Airlines and can seat up to 10 or 12 people. Their premier shuttle service flies daily from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) which takes about 1 hour. All of the Shuttle Services from Johannesburg and other destinations can be booked through us.
What is included in your flight?
Internationally recognized Safety and Quality Management Systems
Welcome booth and waiting facilities at OR Tambo International Airport
Complimentary guest parking at the Federal Airlines Lounge
Complimentary luggage storage facilities at the Federal Airlines Lounge
Access to the exclusive Federal Airlines lounge
Low season schedule (May, June, September, November)
Madikwe to Johannesburg 11:15 - 12:15
Johannesburg to Madikwe 13:00 - 14:00
High Season schedule (January, February, March, April, July, August, October, December)
Johannesburg to Madikwe 10:00 - 11:00
Madikwe to Johannesburg 11:15 - 12:15
Johannesburg to Madikwe 13:00 - 14:00
Madikwe to Johannesburg 14:30 - 15:30
Charter Flights (rates on request)
The ultimate option for getting to Madikwe game reserve has to be chartered flights. Flights are moulded to each individual’s needs and requirements, which include private flights to luxury game lodges in the bush or at the coast, incentivized trips for large groups of guests, and flights for corporate executives for whom time is of the essence, and where confidentiality can be guaranteed. Large corporate groups can even be accommodated with flights in a Boeing if needed.
Each flight is tailored exclusively, taking into account all passenger comforts including – to name but a few – the type of aircraft being used, catering requirements with consideration given to dietary needs, specific liquid refreshments, cuddly blankets for those cold winter days and pillows for the long distance traveler. Not to forget that Federal Airlines has the highest guest liability insurance in South Africa, providing their guests the ultimate peace of mind.
Speak to one of our travel consultants and they will assist you in selecting the best aircraft and will take care of your logistical issues such as transport to and from Federal Airlines private facilities. Our customized itineraries ensure that you will always fly on your own terms.
Situated at Johannesburg International Airport, Federal Airlines’ friendly staff are there to provide:
Welcoming meet and greet service off both domestic and international flights
Transfers from the airport building to their exclusive lounge facility
Lounge Facility which boasts delicious food and drinks, shower facilities and Wi-Fi
Start and end your day immersed in nature. Highly trained rangers, who have vast knowledge of native fauna and flora, lead all game drives. Chances of spotting the “Big Five” are high!
Early Morning Game Drives – Get an early start to the day and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that accompany the dawn. Expect to see everything from elephant and rhino to lion and giraffe. Leopards are a bit more difficult to spot; so evening game drives are your best bet.
Evening Games Drives – As the sun sets, an entirely new game viewing experience presents itself. Departure time will differ depending on the time of year, but guests are offered a host of wildlife: hyena, lion, jackals, leopard, birds of prey and various other animals.
Bird watching – The great variety of habitats provided by the Reserve – from forests and rocky hills to open grassland and dams – offer perfect settings for a wonderful diversity of bird species.
Stargazing – The African sky offers spectacular starry nights.
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