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Kimm Bishop

Amazing experience!!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 Sept 2023
My friend and I stayed 5 days at Thakadu river camp and if I could I’d give 10/10 stars , Keep doing what you’re all doing because it’s amazing! Our guide Vincent delivered the big 5 to us and on our last trip he managed to find the wild dogs as well!! Patience is absolutely wonderful , Homoso, Pricilla Jomo, Motosa, Leratu, Tabisu to name but a few, (hope I’ve spelt you all right) and Jeanette, are along with all those we didn’t get to find out your name thank you everyone for making our stay such an experience we will not forget!!There’s nothing I can say other than if anyone is thinking of doing safari then come to this place it’s the best, they give a wake up call for your safari in morning they make amazing meals and they turn your bed down at night, everyone who works there goes out their way to make sure you’re enjoying it,
Date of stay: September 2023
Room Tip: Anyone thinking about safari then definitely go to Thakadu river camp!! The service , the food &...
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

Awesome stay at thakadu river camp....
.had a birthday break at the lodge and the staff attention to detail was great....
Rooms were fantastic...took glamping to new heights...rooms were comfortable with all necessary amenities...beds were comfy...
Service from staff was great from the time u enter to the refreshments available at the main camp and the in room refreshments which we njoyed....
Great turndown service was great to walk in in the evenings after a long game drive to find ur rooms warm and cozy with the fudge on ur pillows which were a great touch by the way..
All meals were nice and tasty and they cater for ur dietary requirements be it halaal and vegan...
Gamesdrives were stunning and the rangers were very knowledgeable ....shout out to Percy and Vincent...managed to see almost all of the big five ....and those we missed gives us an excuse to return for another holiday...
All in all an excellent holiday and we can definitely say we will be back

Date of stay: August 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2023

My 3 daughters and I spent 3 nights at Thakadu River camp at the end of June this year. We had the best time! The game viewing was excellent, our ranger Tsolo was fantastic and the camp was incredible. The game life around the camp was something very special, having lunch on the deck with elephants walking past was a highlight! All the staff at the camp could not have been more hospitable, and made us feel truly welcome. We will most definitely be back. Thank you to everyone who made our girls break such a treat!

Date of stay: June 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

This was my second visit.
From check in to check out everything was really good.
The room was very comfortable as was the bathroom.
It was rather chilly when i visited so the electric blanket was most welcome.
Nice log fire in the restaurant.
Nice atmosphere in the Restaurant and choice of food good.

Date of stay: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023 via mobile

The experience at Thakadu was incredible! Words can not truly convey what my family and I felt. The staff were professional, extremely attentive, loving, and warm. To celebrate mum's birthday, which was a few days before we arrived at Madikwe, the staff purchased a cake and sang traditional songs and did traditional dances. It was unexpected, beautiful, heartfelt, touching, thoughtful, and ever so special.

The accommodation was luxury. We received turn down services in the evening, with sweet extras (usually fudge). We had tea, coffee, and hot chocolate making facilities in the room. The room also had heaters (greatly needed in July, South Africa's coldest month), a separate bathtub, and shower.

The food, including the afternoon tea, was 5 star quality and delicious.

The game drives were incredible! We saw 4 of the big 5 almost immediately! From the moment we entered Madikwe and when we arrived at Thakadu, we saw elephants and giraffes. On the game drives at 6.30 am and at 3.30 pm we had opportunities to see other animals. I especially enjoyed seeing the cheetahs.

I would highly recommend Thakadu for the safari, luxury accommodation, and amazing staff team. We immediately felt welcome and at home.

Room tip: Take a torch with you! Sometimes, there may be power cuts. We experienced several. Some were only for a few minutes, while others lasted a couple of hours.
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Thakadu. All the staff are incredibly friendly and efficient and the camp is run to a high standard. Tsholo our guide ensured that we "found" the game and had excellent viewings. I highly recommend this community run camp in such a lovely reserve.

Date of stay: June 2023
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