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LOCATIONMadikwe Game ReservePOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPANo
OFF ROADYesAIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDYesCELLPHONE SIGNALYes
CHILD POLICYAll Ages WelcomeMALARIA AREANo


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  •   Madikwe Game Reserve is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including the big 5, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
  •   This luxury tented bush camp is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.
  •   Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves in southern Africa, close to Johannesburg, which is malaria free.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 April - 30 September 2018 Luxury Tented Suite R 2,570 pppn sharing minimum 3 night stay special rate
Luxury Tented Suite R 2,570 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel
Luxury Tented Suite R 2,855 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

RATE INCLUDES
• Luxury tented accommodation
• Two Game Drives daily
• All meals
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
CHILD POLICY
• Children under 5 years will be free of charge when sharing with two adults, meals are charged on consumption.
• Children 6 - 11 years will pay 50% of the rate when sharing with 2 adults.
• Baby sitting is available on request at R80.00 per hour for maximum two kids and R160.00 if more than two, subject to change.
GAME DRIVE POLICY FOR CHILDREN
• Please note children under the age of 6 years will not be permitted on game drive.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• A bed levy of R 10.00 per person per night is payable directly to the lodge. (Subject to change)
• Rates above are valid for SA Residents only. Discounted rates for Non-SA Residents are available on request.
• Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge: (subject to change)
• R 180.00 per adult per stay & R 80.00 per child (under 12yrs) per stay.
• For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 240.00 per adult per stay and R 150.00 per child per stay.
• A Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 150.00 per adult per night & R 75.00 per child per night will be charged. The fees are subject to change and are to be settled at the lodge direct.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
4 hour drive from Johannesburg. Daily chartered flights with Federal Air can be arranged from Johannesburg.
 
ACCOMMODATION
8 Luxury Tented Suites each with their own viewing deck
4 Luxury Family Tented Suites each with their own viewing deck
12 Luxury Tented Suites in total


ABOUT THAKADU RIVER CAMP

Thakadu River Camp is a 24-bed tented camp in the Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve which offers 165 000 acres of prime Game Viewing. The reserve lies within a transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. As a result the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems. Geographically the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River in the east of the reserve.

The Camp is set within this riverine canopy and comprises 12 tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.
 
Four of the tents are set slightly apart from rest with their own lounge area and splash pool - this is know as Little Thakadu & can be booked exclusively.

The tents are large and spacious and are wonderfully decorated and appointed. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river.
 
The main camp 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 decor of the camp has a strong AfroAsian Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stone, 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.
 
Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both the black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The camp is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.
 
ABOUT MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Herman Charles Bosman has woven many a tale about Abjaterskop and the Marico River. It is perhaps he that best describes the vast area where enselsberg rise from the savannahs and an area that is given life from the Marico River. This is the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, 75 000 hectares of unique topography and breathtaking beauty, it is also the home to the big 5, wild dog, cheetah and a large variety of mammal and bird life.
 
This 75 000 hectare reserve is situated in the North-West province of South Africa, on the border with Botswana. The large diversity of vegetation and ecozones allows for a rich diversity of game and bird species to inhabit the reserve.
 
HISTORY OF THE RESERVE

The reserve was proclaimed in August 1991, but officially became the estate of the North-West Parks Board on the 31 October 1991.
 
The reserve is one of very few in the world that was proclaimed purely on the grounds of it being the most appropriate sustainable land use for the area in which the reserve lies. Studies done through independent consultants clearly showed that wildlife-based tourism would be the most beneficial option for an area that was in an economic depression. The vision for Madikwe was to have a joint venture run by the North-West Parks Board, private investors and the local communities living in the surrounding area. The reserve has now become a role model for many similar ventures country wide due to the successes achieved within the reserve.
 
Prior to the park being proclaimed, work had already begun on clearing derelict farm buildings, fencing, and a number of alien plant species. The park has a number of old buildings that were spared from demolition and now serve as The Parks Board headquarters. There were other game scout outposts built to house game scouts and other reserve staff.
 
The perimeter was fenced with approximately 150km of electric game fencing, which is electrified to prevent the escape of the larger game species. In the park local business and labour was used to demolish buildings, erect fences and to construct roads, dams and lodges.

 
LODGE FEATURES

  • Large, spacious tented accommodation
  • Luxury tents are fully air-conditioned
  • Private viewing decks
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Lapa
  • Pool and Bar Area






GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS
By Road from O.R Tambo Airport

  • Take the R21 to Pretoria, then take the N1 North to Pietersburg (Polokwane).
  • After the Zambezi Road turnoff, take the N4 toward Rustenburg.
  • Once on the N4, look for the R556 Sun City/Pilanesberg turnoff. Follow the signs to Sun City/Pilanesberg. Pass Sun City for approximately 9 kilometres. You will come to a 4 way stop.
  • Turn right at the 4 way stop onto the R565 towards Derdepoort. Follow the road for approximately 9 kilometers and turn left to Bapong/Mabeskraal. Continue straight (through Mabeskraal Village) for approx. 35 kilometres and you will get to a 4 way stop at the end of Mabeskraal Village.
  • Turn right to Derdepoort. After 26 kilometres the tar ends and a gravel road begins. Continue straight for about 26 kilometres, you will pass through Molatedi Village. Although the condition of this road is not bad we would recommend you use an SUV.
  • Once through the Village and you will see a sign and a turn off to your right for Thakadu River Camp. It will be BEFORE the bridge where you cross the Merico River. DO NOT CONTINUE STRAIGHT TO MOLATEDI GATE.
  • The road to the gate is approximately 4 kilometres. The condition of the sand road from here is NOT good. You will pass through a cattle gate (Please open and close). The gate at the entrance to the Reserve will be staffed by a member from Molatedi Village.
 
From Johannesburg via Lanseria

  • From the N1 take the Hans Strydom Turnoff R512 to Lanseria Airport. Continue on this road passed Lanseria until you get to a T-Junction.
  • Turn left at the T-Junction toward Brits. You follow the road and pass Pecanwood. Approximately 3 kilometres after Pecanwood you will get a turn off to the right toward Brits.
  • You cross the bridge at the back of Hartebeespoort Dam and will come to a T-Junction. Turn right onto the R560 toward Brits.
  • You will then come to a 4-Way Stop (Engen Garage on right). Turn left at the 4-Way Stop. Travel for approximately 10 kilometres and follow signage to the N4 Rustenburg.
  • Once on the N4, look for the R556 Sun City/Pilanesberg turnoff. Follow the signs to Sun City/Pilanesberg. Pass Sun City for approximately 9 kilometres. You will come to a 4 way stop.
  • Turn right at the 4 way stop onto the R565 towards Derdepoort. Follow the road for approximately 9 kilometers and turn left to Bapong/Mabeskraal. Continue straight (through Mabeskraal Village) for approx. 35 kilometres and you will get to a 4 way stop at the end of Mabeskraal Village.
  • Turn right to Derdepoort. After 26 kilometres the tar ends and a gravel road begins. Continue straight for about 26 kilometres, you will pass through Molatedi Village. Although the condition of this road is not bad we would recommend you use an SUV.
  • Once through the Village and you will see a sign and a turn off to your right for Thakadu River Camp. It will be BEFORE the bridge where you cross the Merico River. DO NOT CONTINUE STRAIGHT TO MOLATEDI GATE.
  • The road to the gate is approximately 4 kilometres. The condition of the sand road from here is NOT good. You will pass through a cattle gate (Please open and close). The gate at the entrance to the Reserve will be staffed by a member from Molatedi Village.




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