aha Thakadu River Camp

aha Thakadu River Camp

aha Thakadu River Camp

From ZAR 2900 per person sharing per night

Set along the banks of the Marico River, Thakadu River Camp provides luxurious tented accommodation with the splendid game viewing unique to Madikwe.

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With its strong Afro-Asian safari ambiance, Thakadu River Camp offers 12 Luxury Tented Suites, perfectly blended within their natural surroundings, and each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. 3 of the Suites are Family Units, with an extra double-size sleeper couch. All suites include an indoor bath and shower.

Standard Room:

The accommodation in Madikwe comprises 12 x Tented Suites that boast a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience and viewing decks overlooking the Marico River. These spacious tents offer every comfort and luxury with features including air-conditioning, hairdryer and power 220vAc.


Room Features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower

Family Room:

Children are welcome in any of the 4 x Family Rooms, as these tented suites each have an extra queen-size sleeper couch.


Room Features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Hair Dryer
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy early morning as well as evening game drives where the chances of spotting the Big Five, are high. Both morning and evening game drives offer completely different opportunities and sightings.

Please Note: Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘Self-Drive’ game drives

Game Drive Times:

Winter 06:00 and 15.30

Summer 05:30 and 16:00

The great variety of habitats, from forests and rocky hills to open grassland and dams, provide the perfect setting for a magnificent diversity of bird species throughout the game reserve.

Bird Watching:

Birdlife at Madikwe Game Reserve comprises migrants and permanent inhabitants.

Early morning and late afternoon drives are the best times to view wildlife and birdlife through Madikwe Game Reserve.

Hear the sounds of a wide range of birdlife and have your camera and binoculars on hand.

The Lodge:

The main camp at aha Thakadu River Camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The Lodge has a welcoming open-plan lounge, dining area and reception as an African bushveld oasis.The attractive bar and pool area are also ideal for relaxation, and the entire Lodge welcomes families.

The Lodge has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings, with the use of wood and thatched roofs. A traditional lapa falls within a glade of natural riverine forest to offer panoramic views. Besides lush views of the gully and river to the north, guests are delighted by our staff’s warm hospitality and personal care.


The main lodge area is built on stilts within the riverfront vegetation and guarantees a serene setting for breakfast and dinners. A fire-lit Boma serves locally inspired cuisine on fair weather nights as well as a Lapa set within a riverine glade from where you can soak up the mesmerizing views of the lazily meandering river and the terrain beyond.

Madikwe Gate Fees: 

  • R180 – Adult (incl. children 10 years and older)
  • R80 – Child (3-9 years)
  • Free – Child under 3 years

Madikwe Landing Fees: 

  • R240 – Adult (incl. children 10 years and older)
  • R150 – Child 3-9 years
  • Free – Child under 3 years
  • R100 – Transfer fee from Western airstrip

Bumble Drive: 

  • R280 per family (90 minutes’ drive)

Madikwe Conservation Levy: 

  • R165 per day – Adult per day
  • R82,50 per day – Child (2-12 years)
  • Free – Child under 2 years

Bed Levy: 

  • R10 per day – Adults and children 1 year and older


  • R90 per hour – 1-2 Children
  • R150 per hour – 3 Children

Rate Inclusions:

  • 2 Game Drives per Day
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • VAT

Rate Exclusions:

  • All Beverages
  • All Items of a Personal Nature
  • Bed Levy
  • Conservation Levy
  • Gate Entry Fees


aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Air Conditioning
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Bar
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Bath
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Birdwatching
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Boma
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Daily Housekeeping
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Pool
aha Thakadu River Camp Facilities Shower