Thakadu River Camp

Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Southern Africa


Welcome to Thakadu River Camp, a sanctuary of unique splendour tucked away amidst a lush riverine canopy teeming with diverse flora and fauna. From your first step onto this enchanted land, you’ll be greeted with heartfelt hospitality, and your eyes will feast upon the lush landscapes of the gully and the northward-flowing Marico River.

As you make your way to your accommodations, prepare to be spellbound. Our twelve sumptuous tented suites are masterfully designed, each featuring its own private deck that offers commanding views of the Marico River. Here, you’re enveloped by untamed wilderness, yet pampered with all the modern comforts you could desire.

Your adventure continues beyond the camp, right into the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve. Renowned as an extraordinary open-vehicle safari destination, this malaria-free reserve is a sanctuary to a host of majestic creatures— from the black and white rhino to the buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, and even the elusive wild dog.

Thoughtfully integrated into its natural environment, the lodge itself employs wood and thatched roofing to blend seamlessly with the wild terrain. Amidst a clearing in a natural riverine forest, you’ll discover our traditional lapa—a perfect haven to relax and take in the sweeping views that make Thakadu River Camp a truly unforgettable destination.

Inside each tent, luxury takes center stage. Decked out in Afro-Asian aesthetics, the interiors feature a fusion of natural stones, fibers, and fabrics that harmonise beautifully with traditional artifacts and rustic décor. This perfect blend of opulence and adventurous spirit is all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the river setting, ensuring your stay is nothing short of magical.


  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Laundry Service
  • Outdoor Boma
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Deck
  • Safe

What to Expect

Embraced by the tranquility of nature, a stay at Thakadu River Camp offers an unparalleled sense of peace that rejuvenates your body, mind, and soul. Situated in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, our camp provides an authentic yet lavish safari experience that captures the untamed beauty of the African landscape.

Nestled between the Marico River and its small tributary, our main camp serves as a harmonious gateway to your wilderness adventure. It features a seamless blend of communal spaces, including an open-plan lounge, dining area, and reception, all adjacent to our inviting pool and bar area. Crafted to blend effortlessly with the natural surroundings, the architecture employs wood and thatch elements, echoing the gentle whispers of the nearby wilderness.

Adding to the charm is our traditional lapa, situated in a secluded glade of native riverine forest. This space provides the ideal vantage point for panoramic vistas of the untouched scenery around you. Whether you’re gazing out from the main lodge or your private tented accommodation overlooking the Marico River, you’ll find that Thakadu River Camp offers the perfect blend of natural beauty and luxurious comfort.


Tented Suites

Step into a world of unrivaled luxury and distinctive design with Thakadu River Camp’s tented suites. Set against the captivating Afro-Asian safari theme, each of our twelve suites invites you onto its private viewing deck that gazes over the serene Marico River. Elegantly decorated and supremely appointed, these commodious tents are an oasis of comfort and grandeur.

Families will find a warm welcome here, as four of these luxurious units are designed with family in mind, featuring an additional Queen-size sleeper couch to accommodate younger guests. The canvas sanctuaries are ingeniously configured to include a full en-suite bathroom, marrying the spirit of the wild outdoors with the comforts of modern living.

Step through your sliding door onto a secluded deck that offers a front-row seat to nature’s grand theater. Our camp and each suite have been meticulously designed to cater to a variety of guests. Whether it’s a friends’ getaway, a family adventure, or a romantic escapade, Thakadu River Camp provides the perfect setting for you to engage with the natural world, be entranced by a resplendent African sunset, and marvel at the local wildlife.

After a day packed with bush expeditions, retreat to your cool, opulent haven to relish in what can only be described as the epitome of safari elegance.

Big 5 Game Drives

Begin your day enveloped by the raw beauty of Thakadu River Camp, located along the edge of Botswana, and immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness. Our expertly guided game drives are led by seasoned rangers endowed with deep knowledge of the region’s diverse flora and fauna. Guests can embark on thrilling game drives both at dawn and dusk, where the likelihood of encountering the Big Five is notably high. Each drive—whether in the invigorating morning air or the cool of the evening—offers its own unique sightings and experiences.

Bird Watching in Madikwe

At Thakadu River Camp, you find yourself amidst a cornucopia of wildlife and avian wonders. The diverse landscapes of Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province serve as a sanctuary to an eclectic range of bird species, from majestic raptors to diminutive bush-dwellers. Comprising both migratory and resident birds, the avian diversity here is simply awe-inspiring.

Elevate your experience with our specialised bird-watching game drives, where our knowledgeable rangers will enrich your understanding of the various avian species you encounter. Don’t forget to bring along your camera and binoculars for an up-close look at the vibrant plumage dotting the treetops and underbrush. Opt for our early morning or late afternoon expeditions to witness Madikwe’s lush wildlife and melodious birdsong at its most active. Engage your senses fully as you listen to the symphonic sounds of our feathered inhabitants, all while gaining valuable insights from your well-informed ranger.

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