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See herds of elephant without moving an inch from the pool at aha Thakadu River Camp

The camp is located right on the river, so you don’t have to budge to get close to the wildlife…

By Patience Matlapeng
General Manager at aha Thakadu River Camp

aha Thakadu is the only real tented camp in Madikwe but the most special thing about it is the river view that you can see from the pool or from one of our two lookout points. On most days you can spot elephant bathing and rhino drinking as well as zebra and giraffe all taking a stroll down to what I like to call, ‘the bar’. Some of our guests’ highlights have included seeing wild dog chasing an impala across the water and huge herds of buffalo walking by. One guest even saw two hippos there which is so exciting because this part of the river is usually too shallow for them. But here anything is possible.

I’ve been a ranger for 12 years and I promise you, on safari, it’s a real African experience with our young, energetic and experienced rangers – all from the local community. It’s not just about the Big Five, although there’s lots of that. We make sure that guests get to see everything down to the smallest insects and we make it a very personal experience. On game drives you might stop under a marula tree to pick its sweet tasting fruit (similar to lychee) which we’ll use later in our sundowners. Say for example it’s wild dog you want to track, we will try our best to get you a sighting even if you may be a little late for dinner.

In the dry season we have a traditional boma meal which will usually be pap (a corn dish), a vegetable roll with moroho (spinach) and a feast of braai meat. For special occasions we love surprising our guests with sundowners in one of the best spots ever overlooking the mountains and open plains where you can see giraffe, elephant and buffalo walking in the distance.


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Alfred & Patience Matlapeng

Patience Matlapeng is South Africa’s first black female bush guide. Having grown up in Molatedi village, farming became a great deal of her life but it was in the Madikwe Game Reserve where her dreams began and she was hired by a local safari lodge. She swiftly climbed the ranks to head field guide at aha Thakadu River Camp where she was a ranger for 12 years before becoming General Manager. Her passion for wildlife is as enthralling as her safari stories.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Laura, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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