South Africa Accommodation,
North West SA

Thakadu River Camp


Built in 2006 this luxurious lodge sits between the Marico River and its smaller tributary in the wildlife rich Madikwe Private Game Reserve close to the Botswana border. The lodge can accommodate 24 guests in 12 luxury tents. The main lodge building has an attractive open plan lounge and dining room made with beautiful natural wood. There is also an outdoor terrace with small swimming pool and sun loungers.

The tents are modelled on the classic African safari tent and have comfortable twin or king size beds, private attached bathroom with both indoor shower and bathtub. There is air-conditioning, telephone, digital safety deposit box and 220-volt electricity supply for charging of equipment, hair dryer and a private terrace with seats overlooking the river.

The Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the largest private game reserves in Africa and is an excellent location for the observation of large mammals. Many species have been reintroduced including a thriving population of African wild dog and cheetah: this is also one of the best reserves to see the big five. The area also benefits from being malaria free so suitable for families with young children (there are nine family-friendly camps within Madikwe to choose from, including Thakadu).

The Madikwe Game Reserve is about a three and a half hour drive from Johannesburg, or alternatively it can be accessed on a one-hour flight.


Private bathrooms, restaurant, lounge, bar, swimming pool, laundry service, air conditioning, ceiling fans, safety deposit box,

Local Wildlife

The Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the big five, (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo) but also white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudu, klipspringer, bushbuck and has the largest population of nyala in southern Africa. The reserve is one of the best places in Africa to see African wild dog, of which there are 3 packs in the park, and cheetah, spotted hyena, jackals and aardvarks are also occasionally seen.

Optional Activities

Game drives, bush walks and specialist bird walks are all available.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our South Africa tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Leopard View was fantastic. The guide did his upmost for us and the rest of the game viewing was great. We saw everything that we wanted to see.

Mr RA - Basingstoke