INTO THE WILD
Aha Thakadu River Camp on the SA and Botswana border
This luxury four-star game lodge set on the Marico River, in the North West Province, can be reached from either Johannesburg or Pretoria via a threehour car trip.the 750 km2 Madikwe Game Reserve (on which the camp is found) is malaria-free and family friendly, although children under six are not permitted on game drives and babysitting is offered at an additional cost.
You are sure to see wild dog, cheetah, and various members of the Big Five – perhaps even aardwolf and brown hyena – before retiring to one of 12 tented suites, each with air-con and private deck. The décor is notably Afro-asian, and buildings
Price: From R3,500 per person per night (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and two game drives) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.aha.co.za/thadaku
have been constructed with natural stone and other materials that blend seamlessly into the landscape.
This is one of the pricier luxury tented options in the region, which might not suit every budget, but guests are guaranteed a big spoil if they do decide to take the plunge by spending a few nights here.