Fodor's Expert Review Thakadu River Camp

Thakadu, Madikwe Game Reserve, North-West, South Africa

This gorgeous community-based tented safari camp is built of stone, wood, and canvas. It lies on the banks of the Marico River in the eastern part of Madikwe. It is unique in South Africa in that the Molatedi community owns the development and runs it in tandem with North-West Parks and a private company, African Hotels & Adventure. You'll stay in a tented suite decorated in an Asian-African style with your own private viewing deck and ensuite bathroom with his and hers basins, a Victorian bath, a shower and separate toilet. Tents are huge and comfortably furnished with a big four-poster bed, polished wood floors, an inviting couch, oriental rugs, wooden chests, and brass lamps making it hard to believe that the Big Five are roaming just outside. Four of the tents are family suites with an extra sleeper couch. Children of all ages are welcome and there's a great children's program. There's a big open-plan dining, lounge and bar area overlooking the surrounding river and bush. An unusual bonus is that as you lap up your luxurious surroundings your conscience will be stilled by knowing that your comfort and support is really helping the local community.

PROS

  • drop-dead luxury
  • gorgeous views
  • full-on community involvement
  • drop-dead luxury, gorgeous views, full-on community involvement
  • gorgeous views
  • full-on community involvement

CONS

  • you'll be sharing the reserve with lots of other vehicles (although only three allowed around a predator sighting)
  • you'll be sharing the reserve with lots of other vehicles (although only three allowed around a predator sighting)
  • pricey
  • can be cold in winter

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Green
Intimate
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 018-365–9912-and 9913 | 018-365–9912-general inquiries | 087-740–9292-reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

12 suites
Rate Includes: All meals

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