ABOUT aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP
Please Note: In response to the recent announcements around COVID-19, Thakadu River Camp will be temporarily closed for leisure travel from Thursday 26 March until further notice.
Set within a riverine canopy surrounded by an impressive diversity of fauna and flora, aha Thakadu River Camp offers guests beautifully appointed, 4-star tented suites.
Besides enjoying all the comforts of modern living in the heart of the untamed bushveld, our highly skilled rangers share their extended knowledge with guests, so they may gain an in-depth understanding of the area to add to their already exciting getaway experience.
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 that offers exciting game drives as a compliment. 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.
Please note Madikwe Game Reserve Gate Times:
Opening Time: 06:00 am
Closing Time: 21:00 pm
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aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP SPECIALS
per person sharing per night
T’s & C’s Apply
Family Suite: R5 700 per unit per night (2 adults & 2 Children under 12)
- All Meals Daily
- 2 Game Drives per day
- Gate Fee at R180 per adult per stay, R80 per child from age 3 – 9 years old
- Conservation Levy at R150 per adult per day, R75 per child per day 2 – 12 years old
- Bed Levy at R10 per person per day from age 1 year old
- Items of a personal nature
Terms & Conditions
- Offer valid for booking until 31 August 2020 and travel until 31 July 2021
- Excluding peak period 15 Dec 2020 – 05 Jan 2021
- Discounted rates & value adds stipulated
- Full pre-payment upfront required which is non-refundable
- This promotion only applies to new bookings
- Dates are subject to availability and cannot be amended
- Non-refundable, full pre-payment required at the time of booking
- Inclusions / meal plans specified per property
- Rates are VAT inclusive but excludes tourism levy and all additional services not specified
- Not applicable to groups and non-commissionable.
- Valid SA / SADC residents
aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP ROOMS
Choose this private location as your introduction to the African wilderness
The 5-star 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.
- Air Conditioning
- Coffee & Tea Station
- Hair Dryer
Children are welcome in any of the 4 x Family Rooms, as these tented suites each have an extra queen-size sleeper couch
- Air Conditioning
- Coffee & Tea Station
- Hair Dryer
aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP ACTIVITIES & INFO
Wake up in the true splendour of Madikwe River Camp, situated along the Botswana border, and start your day amidst nature. Our game drives are led by highly trained rangers with a vast knowledge of the fauna and flora in the area.
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
- Winter 08:00 and 16.30
- Summer 08:00 and 17:00
EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVES
Get an early start to the day and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that accompany the dawning of a new day. Depending on the time of year, morning game drives depart at different times.
Expect to see everything from elephant and rhino to lion and giraffe during morning game drives. Leopards are a bit more difficult to spot but should you wish to find this well-hidden creature, evening game drives are your best bet.
aha Thakadu River Camp offers game drives where professional and informative rangers will gladly assist with educating you about various bird species you may encounter.
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.
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.
- Meyers Parrot
- Kori Bustard
- Yellow Throated Sandgrouse
- Temminck’s Courser
- Burchell’s Courser
- Bronze Winged Courser
- White Stork
- Pied and Arrow Marked Babbler
- Desert Barred Warbler
- Harlequin Quail
- Kurrichane Buttonquail Thrush
- Rufousnaped Lark
- Natal Spur Fowl
- Pale Chanting Goshawk
- Walhberg Eagle
- Martial Eagle
- Black Breasted Snake Eagle
- African Fish Eagle
Aha Thakadu River Camp certainly stands out from the crowd of standard game lodges, as it is ideally positioned in a transitional area which means it draws wildlife from two different, yet complementary, ecosystems.
The beauty of aha Thakadu River Camp is complimented by a team of dedicated and highly trained game rangers* who understand the fauna and flora within the Madikwe Reserve. These professionals are skilled in locating as many animals as possible in this malaria-free area.
Because comfort is paramount, this 24-bed camp, with its exceptionally private location, assures guests of a tranquil, relaxing experience.
*Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘self-drive’ game drives.
MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, Madikwe Game Reserve is the ideal getaway destination! The Reserve allows guests to book exciting game drives and learn more about the area as they spot numerous species
You may expect to find the following animals in the area:
- Black and White Rhino
- Wild Dog
Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation and camp is a superb open-vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers. On your visit to the Reserve, aha Thakadu River Camp offers a range of other activities for you to enjoy:
- Boma dining
- Game drives
BAR & POOL AREA
Madikwe Game Reserve accommodation is available in luxury tented suites, as well as an inviting main camp area that offers guests an open-plan lounge, dining, pool and bar area to relax in after a day of game viewing.
Besides indulging in the elegant luxury and warm, personal service of aha Thakadu River Camp, guests can experience the essence of nature by joining us for a range of activities*, designed to ensure the ultimate African adventure!
*Children under 6 years can join us for a 1.5-hour game drive especially for them after breakfast, as they cannot be permitted on standard game drives. Parents are welcome to join.
CONSERVATION GATE & LEVY FEES
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
R280 per family (90 minutes’ drive)
MADIKWE CONSERVATION LEVY:
R150 per day – Adult per day
R75 per day – Child (2-12 years)
Free – Child under 2 years
R10 per day – Adults and children 1 year and older
R90 per hour – 1-2 Children
R150 per hour – 3 Children
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