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AngiSouthAfrica
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

An absolutely magical 3 nights

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 Mar 2024
My wife and I were treated to 3 nights at Thakadu River Camp this month--November 2023. We are lucky to be able to visit the game and nature reserves in South Africa several times a year but this community-managed camp was magical! The team (from the guards through room services and the hotel/customer service team was great--for us they have provided a new benchmark for the standard of care that is possible in even the most remote of places. They were clearly very proud of their camp/hotel and wanted to ensure that every interaction was great. Our Ranger made every interaction special by ensuring that we saw the best--wild dogs on several occasions were a highlight--with close encounters (they were very safe encounters) with rhinos and elephants as well as the usual wide range of antelopes and small animals--what a delightful and special experience. Even a huge thunderstorm while driving around was a positive experience.
Date of stay: November 2023
Room Tip: Relax and enjoy the people as much as you enjoy the location.
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Patience Matlapeng, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this review
Responded 24 Mar 2024
Hi Angi

We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to know that you enjoyed our service at the lodge . We take pride in our service and your satisfaction is our top priority. Once again thank you, for choosing us and the incredible 5 star rating. Your feedback motivates us to keep raising the bar and set the standard for excellence i everything we do. looking forward to welcome you back to Thakadu river Camp for another Aha moment.

Regards

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    Reviewed 5 March 2024

    From start to finish our stay here was amazing
    Game drives started at 5:30am and again at 4pm . During the day we chilled by the pool and watched the animals in the watering hole , which in itself was amazing
    Taino was our driver and he did everything he could to make our game drives special
    We managed to see the 4 out of the big 5.
    Elephants , Rhino , Zebra Giraffes and lions to name but a few
    The drinks nibbles and blankets provided were also a special touch during the drive
    Food was very tasty and service impeccable
    Would I recommend this place ?
    Most certainly yes .
    We will treasure our memories forever
    Thank you so much

    Date of stay: March 2024
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    Patience Matlapeng, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2024

    Hi Karen

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are so glad to hear that you were satisfied with our safari experience. Our team here at the lodge are committed to delivering high quality service, and your feedback is a great encouragement to us. the review has been shared with the entire team and we looking forward to welcome you back in the near future.

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    Reviewed 22 February 2024

    There’s not enough room to put all my reasons for really enjoying my stay here! Staff superb they go above & beyond to make sure you enjoy your stay, food absolutely superb , guides brilliant and cleaners make your rooms cosy for coming back in evenings, anyone looking to go on safari should definitely book here! We enjoyed it so much we’re going back this year!!

    Date of stay: September 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Patience Matlapeng, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

    Hi Kimm

    Thanks for taking time time to leave us a 5 star rating its much appreciated. These are stories that keep us motivated to continue doing what we are doing and we are super excited to hear that you had the best time of your life with us.

    We are looking forward to welcome you back at Thakadu River Camp.

    Regards
    Patience Matlapeng

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    Reviewed 19 February 2024

    What a memorable, wonderful experience at Thakadu River Camp. Every aspect was superb, from the staff, game-ranger, game viewing, food and environment. I loved the resident elephant who hangs around the watering hole at the lodge, which was such a joy to watch. The stars were so bright that it felt like you could pluck them straight out of the sky! I can't wait to return.

    Date of stay: January 2024
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    Patience Matlapeng, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

    Hi Kerry

    hearing about how much you loved your safari experience with us at Thakadu River Camp has brightened our day. Thanks for the awesome review that you left us and choosing to stay with us at Thakadu River Camp. We are all looking forward to welcome you back again in the near future.

    Regards
    Patience Matlapeng

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    Reviewed 12 February 2024

    All was amazing, the people, the place, the food, the safari, the view.
    I have been sick with fever during most time of my stay but all the workers took care of me. I had an amazing experience and I would definitely come back.

    Date of stay: February 2024
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    Patience Matlapeng, General Manager at Thakadu River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

    Hi Gaelato

    We have passed your wonderful review on to the entire team at the lodge Thakadu River camp and all delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us, your review is a great way for us to let us know were on track for making our customers smile! We cannot wait to welcome you back at the lodge.

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    Patience Matlapeng

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    Reviewed 29 January 2024

    Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was great. Our ranger, Percy, was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience outstanding. The entire staff had a birthday show for a guest that was very enjoyable!

    Date of stay: January 2024
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