ABOUT aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Set within a riverine canopy surrounded by an impressive diversity of fauna and flora, aha Thakadu River Camp offers guests beautifully appointed, 5-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.

QUICK FACTS

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

  • Game drives, birdwatching and other outdoor activities

  • Traditional boma, lapa and open-plan dining area

  • Pool, bar and other leisure features

  • Personal escort

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aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP ROOMS

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Choose this private location as your introduction to the African wilderness

STANDARD ROOM

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.

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
  • TV

aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP ATTRACTIONS

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MALARIA-FREE AREA

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.

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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
  • Buffalo
  • Cheetah
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • 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:

  • Birding
  • Boma dining
  • Game drives
  • Stargazing

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.

Game Drives

GAME DRIVES

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

Early Morning

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.

Please book and check with the reception with regards to departure 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.

Evening

EVENING GAME DRIVES

As the sun sets, an entirely new game viewing experience presents itself. Once again, depending on the time of year, departure time will differ. Evening game drives offer a host of wildlife: hyena, lion, jackals, leopard, birds of prey and much more.

Game Drive Times:

  • Winter 06:00 and 15.30
  • Summer 05:30 and 16:00

Gate Times:

  • Winter 08:00 and 16.30
  • Summer 08:00 and 17:00
Birding

BIRD WATCHING

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
  • ChestnutbackedFinchlark
  • Rufousnaped Lark
  • Natal Spur Fowl
  • Pale Chanting Goshawk
  • Walhberg Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Black Breasted Snake Eagle
  • African Fish Eagle

CONSERVATION GATE & LEVY FEES

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

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:

R150 per day – Adult per day

R75 per day – Child (2-12 years)

Free – Child under 2 years

BED LEVY:

R10 per day – Adults and children 1 year and older

BABYSITTING:

R90 per hour – 1-2 Children

R150 per hour – 3 Children

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aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP CONTACT

aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP DETAILS

Location:

D53, Thakadu Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve, Molatedi,

South Africa, 2838

 

Tel: 

+27 (0) 18 365 9912/3

 

Email: 

gm@thakadu.co.za

aha CENTRAL RESERVATIONS

Location:

11 Autumn Street, Rivonia, Johannesburg,
South Africa, 2128

 

Tel:

+27 (0) 10 442 5888

 

Fax:

+27 (0) 86 865 3992

 

Email:

cro@aha.co.za