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Thakadu River Camp

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Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism partnership between North-West Parks, the Molatedi Community and the operator, The Madikwe Colletion. The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the Madikwe Game Reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.

Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River and consists of 12 tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the river. The tents are spacious and are superbly decorated and appointed. 4 of the tents are set to one side and make up Little Thakadu which is perfect for families or small groups of up to 8 people. This lodge has a phenomenal atmosphere due to the foundations upon which it is built and the gratitude of the community which it is helping to build.


Molatedi Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve, North West. Thakudu is a 3½ hours drive from Johannesburg on the N4 via Sun City.

Room Description

The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp. 12 tented suites, each with its own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. Four of the suites are family units.

In Room Amenities

Private Plunge Pool
Indoor Shower
Indoor Bath
Mosquito Nets
Viewing Deck
Extra sleeper couch (family units)

Hotel Facilities

Swimming Pool
Lodge Safe
Open plan lounge
Dining area
Bar area
Stunning views
Game Drives
Bush sundowners
Visits to Hides
Babysitting (at a charge)