Thakadu River Camp, Madikwe Game Reserve

Thakadu River Camp is a community based luxury tented camp set along the Marico River. It is situated in the eastern part of Madikwe Reserve.

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About Thakadu River Camp

Thakadu River Camp is a wholly-owned Community-based Tented Safari Camp within malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. The camp is situated on the banks of the Marico River and is an ecotourism partnership between North-West Parks and the Molatedi Community. The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the Reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing to the community itself.

The main camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The main area comprises an open plan lounge, dining and reception area, with the pool and bar area offering views of the gully and river to the north. A traditional ?lapa? falls within a glade of natural riverine forest. The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.

Thakadu River Camp comprises twelve tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. The tents are large and spacious and are wonderfully decorated and appointed. Within the canvas frame, 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.

Four of the tents are family units, each with an extra sleeper couch catering for children.

Directions from Johannesburg Airport
Take R21 to Pretoria, then take the N1 North to Pietersburg (Polokwane).
After the Zambezi Road turnoff you take the N4 toward Rustenburg.
After Brits look for the R556 Sun City / Pilanesberg turnoff. Follow the signs to Sun City / Pilanesberg - approximately 76 kilometres. Pass Sun City for approximately 8 kilometres. You will come to a T-Junction.
Turn right onto the R565 toward Derdepoort. Follow the road for approximately 9 kilometres and turn left to Bapong. Continue straight (through Mabeskraal Village) for approx 35 kilometres and you will get to a 4 way stop at the end of Mabeskraal Village.
Turn right to Derdepoort. After 25 kilometres the tar ends. Continue straight to Molatedi Village, approximately 18 kilometres on good dirt/grit road. This road is easily traveled by an ordinary saloon rental car.
Go through the Village and you will see signs to Thakadu River Camp.
The road to the gate is approximately 4 kilometres. You will pass through a cattle gate (Please open and close). The gate at the entrance to the Reserve will be staffed by a member from Molatedi Village. Welcome to Thaduku River Camp!

There are also scheduled charter flights into the eastern Madikwe airstrip.