Thakadu River Camp

South Africa

Madikwe Game Reserve

Game Reserve

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Thakadu River Camp is a Community based tented safari lodge within the Madikwe Game Reserve. The Molatedi community has 45-year lease to operate this 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 back to the community itself.

The main camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico River. 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 décor of the camp has a strong AfroAsian Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stones, fibres, cloth and carpets as well as metal and wood featuring prominently throughout the camp. The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.