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: [email protected] Web­site:

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.

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