This elegant multi-level villa is built to blend seamlessly with its unspoilt riverine setting. And can accommodate up to six adult guests in three double bedrooms, each boasting a king-sized bed, gas fireplace, air-conditioning, an electronic safe, and a spacious tree- shaded deck. The splendid bathrooms all have tubs with spectacular wilderness views as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
The separate family room/study can comfortably sleep four junior guests in four bunk beds, from where they can access recreational amenities like satellite TV, a PlayStation, a computer with complimentary WiFi, and a range of DVDs.
And to ensure your stay is nothing short of absolutely fabulous, the River House offers guests a staff of seven to eight to tend to your every need including a personal guide, tracker, chef, butler, hostess, nanny, and housekeepers.
The superbly appointed living area has a welcoming lounge with fireplace, a gracious dining room that can seat a party of ten, and a cosy Boma where you can gather around a crackling bonfire for an unforgettable al fresco dining experience.
A wooden terrace surrounds the villa perimeter, providing optimal privacy if you’re seeking some me-time, and connecting to a suspended riverside walkway for the more energetically inclined and the heated pool where you can lose yourself in the restful background harmonies of the river’s cascading waters.
- Among other things
Luxury private bushhousewith river view
A luxury house perched on the banks of the most important river in the Madikwe Game Reserve, the Marico River, where the sound of cascading water will coax you into a permanent state of restful bliss.
Private bush house
Morukuru River House comprises of three double en-suite bedrooms, each featuring every comfort, including super-king size beds, romantic fireplaces (Gas fires), cooling and heating A/C, and large tree-shaded private decks. The spacious bathrooms have tubs with bush views and indoor as well as outdoor private showers. Four children can be comfortably accommodated in the separate family room/study with bunk beds, where they have access to recreational facilities such as satellite TV, Playstation, computer with internet and DVD’s.
Want to know more about the layout of the Morukuru River House? Have a look at the FloorPlan.
Like the Owner’s House, River House combines European styling with handpicked African pieces, wonderful indoor and outdoor flow, plenty of al fresco dining and unwinding opportunities, and the ultimate of holiday luxuries: a staff of 7 or 8 to look after you – including your own chef, butler, hostess, nanny (if required) housekeepers and a private safari guide and tracker for you to personalize your itinerary completely.
Note: River House enjoys a completely private location, yet surprisingly enough is within strolling distance of Owner’s House – an ideal combination should you wish to book both for a larger party that requires shared gatherings coupled with maximum privacy.
|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability|
6 Jan - 7 Feb 2020
2 Mar - 27 Mar 2020
27 Apr - 16 Jul 2020
31 Aug - 9 Oct 2020
2 Nov - 18 Dec 2020
8 Feb - 1 Mar 2020
28 Mar - 26 Apr 2020
17 Jul - 30 Aug 2020
10 Oct - 1 Nov 2020
19 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021
Min 4 nights
6 adults & 4 children
|3 bedrooms en-suite + children's bedroom||Exclusive-use, occupancy: Up to 6 adults & 4 children - Children of all ages welcome- Infants (under 2 years) are accommodated free of charge|
|MINIMUM HOUSE RATE (4 guests / night)||R 34,560||R48,960||R 105,600|
|Additional adults pay the extra adult rate per night
(16 years and over)
|R 6,720||R 9,410|
|Additional children pay the extra child rate per night
(2 to 15 years)
|R 3,360||R 4,705|
On the banks of the peaceful Groot Marico River – River House
- The House can accommodate 6 adults and 4 junior guests
- The 3 suites are adorned with king size beds, sumptuous bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, fireplace for chilly nights and private wooden balconies
- Junior guests are accommodated in our kids’ room (also used as a study) which is equipped with facilities like television, a DVD player and board games.
- The House is fully air-conditioned and also offers the option of ceiling fans, guest safes, internet , satellite television, small library of topical books and a selection of DVD’s and CD’s
- A heated infinity pool with inviting loungers, a boma for bonfire feasts, wooden veranda with romantic nooks and cosy views of the Marico river and an al fresco dining garden make this bush home a true haven
- The living space consists of a dining room, lounge, double view fire place and fully equipped kitchen which is available to guests at all times for snacks and drinks at their leisure and of their choice.
Morukuru Family is entirely centered on guest experience and delighting them. We can offer game drives, bush walks (children under 16 will have bush walks on non big five private Morukuru Family property), fishing, bird-watching, fun outdoor mini-adventures like supervised exploring for junior guests, romantic starlit sleepovers at the double-storey bird hide for adults, creative meal settings and options like bush breakfasts, pizza picnics, candle-lit dinners and memorable barbeques at the riverside. Local dancers from the nearby Molatedi village are also a firm favourite. We also offer guests the possibility of having massages during their stay with our onsite therapists.
Morukuru Family is extremely child friendly as we welcome children of all ages. We have based our whole ethos around hosting families or groups of close friends. Our junior guests are allowed on game drives throughout the Madikwe Game Reserve and are able to enjoy every magical aspect of being on safari with their parents. Our children receive a Morukuru Kidz Backpack filled with Safari treasures. We offer the service of a Nanny for those parents that wish to have a little time to themselves allowing them to relax knowing their children are being cared for. Children are kept busy with baking, kiddie-adventures,
swimming, fishing and much more.
Food and Wines
Our chefs are meticulously trained and can provide a wide array of catering options from traditional, formal and nouvelle cuisine to utterly relaxed and casual snacks on demand and everything in between.
We encourage our guests to eat al fresco as much as our beautiful African weather allows and believe that every meal is an occasion. Guests are also able to personally select wines from our wine cellar to accompany and compliment their meals.
Morukuru Goodwill Foundation
The Morukuru Family believes in giving back to Africa and to her wildlife, in the form of preservation and conservation and to her local communities through education, empowerment and encouragement.
We are involved in various Wildlife and Community projects: removing alien vegetation from the Madikwe Game reserve, assisting the Molatedi school library with book donations as well as soccer kits for the up and coming soccer stars, recycling initiatives, and assistance with Parks Board projects like darting, collaring and relocation activities.
Madikwe is a Big 5 reserve (top 10). Its extensive grass plains are home to game such as Gemsbok and Springbok and over 340 species of birds. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and wildlife as well as a terrain and topography that offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities.
The climate is typified by hot summers (September to April) and cool dry Winters (May to August).
Summer: 25˚C(77˚F) – 40˚C(104˚F) and Winters: 3˚C(38˚F) – 23˚C(73˚F)
Classed as a semi arid region, rainfall amounts to about 500mm (19.5inches) per year, with most of the
rain falling in the summer months.
Madikwe Game reserve is malaria free. No Malaria medication is necessary for your stay at any of the Morukuru Family private houses, but we do advise the use of insect repellant
MORUKURU RIVER HOUSE ***** (10 guests)
- Exclusive use of the house
- Maximum 6 adults + 4 children
- Children of all ages welcome
- 3 spacious bedrooms en-suite
- Study / kids bedroom
- Airconditioning and ceiling fans
- Electronic safe in each bedroom
- Complimentary wifi
- Dining room
- Living room
- Large outdoor deck
- Sala at river level (Yoga space)
- Private pool (12 meter)
- River front location
- Fenced for security
- 8 staff including private guide, tracker, chef, host, butler and housekeeping
- Nanny service
- Private gamedrive vehicle
- All meals included
- All drinks included, with the exception of wines on the ‘Reserve list’.
- Safari activities included
- All ages are welcome
- All inclusive
- Child friendly
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Dining Room
- Electronic safe
- Exclusive use of the house
- Fully air-conditioned
- Heated infinity pool
- Indoor & outdoor showers
- King size bedrooms
- Morukuru Freedom Concept
- Nanny service
- Outdoor dining
- Private Butler
- Private chef
- Private Game Drive Vehicle
- Private Guide
- Wooden decks
Madikwe Reserve in which Morukuru is situated is approximately 360 km from Johannesburg and Pretoria a 3.5 4 hours drive. Guests taking the self-drive option should also inform Morukuru staff of their impending arrival at Madikwe Reserve gate, at which point a ranger will drive through, meet and personally escort them to Morukuru Lodge.
NB It is also imperative to note that there are no petrol stations within Madikwe, so the Sun City Village is the last petrol stop available before entering the reserve. Morukuru Lodge is located in the heart of the richly diverse and Malaria Free 75 000 - hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, located in the North West Province of South Africa. Close to the South Africa-Botswana border.
Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Madikwe Airstrip, departing at 11H15 and returning at 12H30. Private air charters fly directly to Madikwe airstrip, 25 minutes from the lodge. Morukuru Lodge is easily accessible by two-wheel drive vehicle on good roads. The driving time from Johannesburg is 3.5 hours on good roads. Chauffeured transfers are also available.GETTING THERE
We offer our guest the possibility of getting to and from the Morukuru Family private houses using our close partners Federal Air/Madikwe Charters.
The Federal Air Hangar and lounge is based at O.R. Tambo International Airport.
The duration of the flight from O.R. Tambo to Madikwe is +/- 50 minutes. All our guests are met on arrival at Johannesburg airport by a Morukuru representative and assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. They are then escorted to the Federal Air Kiosk (situated outside the
Intercontinental Hotel) and from there shuttled by road to the Federal Air lounge. The Federal Air shuttle bus passes every 20minutes and this is a complimentary service. Guests are able to make use of the Federal Air lounge where light refreshments and snacks are offered whilst guests can stretch their legs and wait for the departure of their flight to Madikwe. On arrival at the Madikwe airstrip, your Morukuru Family team will be waiting to take you through to your private villa.
Helicopter transfers can also be arranged should this be a requirement, we have a helicopter platform on our private property.
Madikwe Game Reserve is located 360kms from Johannesburg and is about a 4 hour drive. Sun City is located approximately 1½ hours from the Lodge. Transfer services can be arranged and include a personalised meet and greet service at O.R. Tambo International Airport or hotel and the services of an
English speaking driver or language guide if required.
For all three houses in Madikwe Game Reserve: Check in from 14h00 and check out at 11h00 strict.
We are unable to accommodate guests that arrive early or depart late, unless an additional night is booked.
All our rates are quoted in South African Rand and include VAT.
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
A minimum stay of 4 nights is required at the exclusive use houses and Morukuru Beach Lodge, for reservations during Christmas/New Year “PEAK SEASON”.
Infants under 2 years old are accommodated free of charge
- Morukuru Farm House: up to 10 guests (5 presidential bedrooms, all en-suite)
- Morukuru River House: up to 6 adults & 4 children (3 presidential bedrooms en-suite & 1 kids/study room)
- Morukuru Owner’s House: up to 4 guests (2 presidential bedrooms, both en-suite)
- VIP Meet & Assist at OR Tambo International Airport
- Private and exclusive use of the houses
- Complimentary Wi-Fi (limited bandwidth)
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Local softdrinks, water, juices, coffee, tea
- Local house wines & local spirits
- Private chef, butler, host and housekeeping staff
- Private guide & tracker
- Private game drive vehicle
- Private bush walks (16 years and older)
- Sundowner drinks
- Road transfers within Madikwe Game Reserve
- Entrance fee / reserve gate fee
- Laundry service
- VAT / taxes
- Road transfers to/from the reserves
- Flights to/from the reserves
- Massage treatments
- Cellar wines (Premium list)
- Local dancers
- African drummers
- Conservation activities
- Day trips outside Madikwe Game Reserve
- Curio shop purchases
Morukuru Owner's House is closed for refurbishments 1 March - 15 May 2020
Morukuru River House is closed for refurbishments 1-31 March 2020 and 20 April - 31 May 2020
- All combinations are permitted.
- A minimum stay of 4 nights is required at the exclusive use houses, for reservations during Christmas/New Year “PEAK SEASON”
- Infants from the ages of 0 till 2 years are accommodated free of charge
AIR & ROAD TRANSFERS:
The Morukuru Family reservations team will gladly assist with any road transfer or air transfer requirements you might have. Quotations on request. Please also check our special offers and packages
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Regular check in time is from 14:00 PM, regular check out time is strictly 11:00 AM. Due to the specific nature of our exclusive-use houses in Madikwe Game Reserve and De Hoop Nature Reserve we have to be strict about these times.
Early arrival or late check out is only possible when an additional night is booked.
Morukuru Family gladly welcomes children of all ages in all properties. We have fold away beds, baby cots, highchairs and car seats available. Our junior guests are allowed to participate in game drives, no matter their age.
Please ensure that you are in possession of a valid ID, a Visa (if applicable) and a travel and cancellation insurance policy covering - at least - injury, death, medical costs, repatriation, loss of or damage to personal belongings and cancellation costs. Families travelling with children under 18 years old should check the immigration regulations for South Africa, as additional documents may be required.
All clients shall settle their extra account prior to departure from the premises unless otherwise arranged.
SPECIAL DIETARY / MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
If guests have any medical problems, disabilities and/or allergies that may affect their holiday, please inform us before confirming the booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the arrangements we provide. In any event guests must give us written details before booking. If we reasonably feel unable to accommodate the particular needs of a guest we reserve the right to decline the reservation or, if full details are not provided at the time of booking, we may need to cancel the reservation when we become aware of the situation. Normal cancellation policy will apply. We cannot be held responsible if we are not advised at the time of booking.
- A non-refundable deposit of 10% - payable within 1 week after receiving the confirmation from Morukuru Family - will secure your reservation for all our properties, with the exception of Peak Season as per below.
- “PEAK SEASON” reservations at Morukuru Family Madikwe and Morukuru Family De Hoop: a non-refundable deposit of 25% - payable within 1 week after receiving the confirmation from Morukuru Family - will secure your reservation.
- The full balance of accommodation has to be paid 30 days before arrival. Bookings made less than 30 days before arrival have to be paid in full immediately. Should the total balance for the booking not have been received before guests’ arrival date, we will ask guests to pay any outstanding amounts locally on arrival.
- Morukuru Family reserves the right to automatically release reservations being held for which a deposit payment has not been received. After your booking has been confirmed, any amendments will be done subject to availability. A fee will be charged for amendments at our discretion.
All cancellations must be made in writing. No telephonic or verbal cancellations will be accepted.
If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, the applicable deposit will be forfeited.
- For Morukuru Family Madikwe, Morukuru Family De Hoop and AtholPlace Villa the following fees will be levied:
- Cancellation within 60 days before arrival – 50% of full amount
- Cancellation within 30 days before arrival – 100% of full amount
- For “PEAK SEASON” bookings at Morukuru Family Madikwe & Morukuru Family De Hoop the following fees will be levied:
- Cancellation within 90 days before arrival – 50% of full amount
- Cancellation within 60 days before arrival – 75% of full amount
- Cancellation within 30 days before arrival – 100% of full amount
The booking and all services carried out with regards to the reservation will be subject to South African law and the jurisdiction of South African courts. Morukuru Family reserves the right to change rates without prior notice subject to the implementation or variation of taxes or levies by any relevant authority or by the government.
Heated pools at Morukuru Ocean House and Morukuru Beach Lodge
As from early February 2018 the pool at Morukuru Ocean House will be properly heated, thanks to the new pellet burner system. The same system is also being installed in Morukuru Beach Lodge, meaning that the swimmingpool there will also be heated. Guests will be able to enjoy the pools year round at both properties, which is a nice added selling point for Morukuru Family De Hoop.
All meals, drinks and activities are included when booking one of our exclusive-use houses.
Please note that due to the specific nature of our exclusive-use houses, we have to be strict about the check-in time (from 14:00 hrs) and check-out time (latest 11:00 hrs). We don’t have a communal space (restaurant) like ‘normal’ lodges, therefor we can’t accommodate guests that arrive early or depart late, unless an additional night is booked.
Each of the exclusive-use houses comes with its very own chef, personal butler, babysitting services (if required), private guide, tracker (in Madikwe) and your own game drive vehicle and last but not least the kind and attentive service of friendly Morukuru staff. There are also no schedules at Morukuru Family, which means that you are able to enjoy your house and the bush at your own rhythm and pace… It is the perfect place for families, friends, and couples to reconnect with one another whilst at the same time being in the setting of the incredible Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve or the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a marine protected reserve.
A family bush safari or a coastal safari experience
At Morukuru Family a bush safari or a coastal safari is a wonderful family therapy. Regardless of age, the shared thrill of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat is bonding. This is exactly why Morukuru Family welcomes children of all ages, a privilege many of the other accommodations don’t offer. in Madikwe Game Reserve children of all ages can also join on gamedrives, thanks to the exclusive-use house concept.
We are very aware of the fact that different families have different needs – some parents want to be with their kids 24/7, others crave time out. When staying at Morukuru Family, you set the boundaries, and our team will maintain them. We know that parents only truly relax when they know their kids are having a great time, so we offer not only a babysitting service if required, but plenty of exciting things for kids to do as well.
We do not offer a set ‘kiddies programme’, but we rather believe that children should be given the same individual care and attention that we provide for our adult guests, with each child’s particular food requirements, bedding preferences, interests, age and life experiences taken into account.
From the moment you arrive, your children will be handed their very own ‘Morukuru Kidz’ backpack filled with some fun and useful goodies. At the three exclusive-use houses in Madikwe Game Reserve and at Morukuru Ocean House in the De Hoop Nature Reserve we offer a host of child-specific activities, from tracking lessons to baking biscuits, from bush- and/or marine walks to board games. And for those kids who simply can’t live without technology, those properties also offer access to free Wi-Fi, computer stations, DVDs and Playstation.
Morukuru Family was created by a family, for families. We like to welcome our guests into our large extended family, with a real focus on the importance of bringing generations together – grandparents, parents, siblings and children, creating an album of memories to last a lifetime.
Indoors – A home from home for children
Sometimes our junior guests tire of the great outdoors and just want to chill inside. They will find a host of goodies in their Morukuru Kidz backpacks to entertain and educate them simultaneously. These include educational wildlife cards, activity books, epitomizing a fun, interactive learning experience about wildlife, game, birdlife and Africa in general. At the exclusive-use houses in Madikwe Game Reserve and at Morukuru Ocean House in De Hoop Nature Reserve we also have an extensive selection of children’s movies on DVD and other (board)games to keep them playing happily for hours!
Babysitting services – Your African Mary Poppins!
At Morukuru Family we know that our adult guests love to rest, relax and unwind. Sometimes, that can best be achieved knowing that one’s children are in the responsible care of an experienced babysitter. At our exclusive-use houses in Madikwe and at Morukuru Ocean House our staff will gladly tailor their duties to your daily requirements, and are available at any time to ensure that your children are well taken care of and caringly entertained. While you go on a bush walk, enjoy a romantic sunset dinner on top of a mountain or overlooking the ocean (depending in which house you are staying), ….. or just relax with a good book as the peace of Morukuru wraps itself around you, you can unwind knowing that your little ones are happy with their very own “Mary Poppins”.
Going on Morukuru Fishing Safaris at the Marico River, that runs through the Madikwe Game Reserve, which is the largest natural source of water in the province, pumping one million litres per day: the river is clean and the fishing is good, though as any fishermen knows, patience will be required!
Species you may encounter at the end of your line include Yellow Fish, Catfish, Bream, Eel, Paper Mouth, Three Spot Tilapia and Carp. If you (or your younger guests) have never tried their hand at fishing before, your ranger is on hand to provide guidance.
Peace, lulled to a deep, alpha state by the gurgling waters of the Marico River and the somnambulant calls of riverside birdlife. Guests can give in to total indulgence and relaxation with one of the Morukuru Massages in the Sala Area, built as a treatment spot, overlooking the water.
All worries and everyday concerns simply melt away as the tension leaves one, with soothing aromatherapy and carrier oils, in this bush idyll. Here, what sort of massage to treat oneself with, really, can be the biggest concern of the day.
The best moments in life are the ones when we feel most connected to self in harmony with nature and the world around us. Morukuru carefully selected Africology as the product line used throughout our relaxing Spa Treatments. Africology uses only organic ingredients with their products free from toxic chemicals, including dangerous preservatives. At a location of your choice within your personal villa, be it the sala overlooking the Marico River, the deck of your room or by the pool enjoying the sounds of nature whilst relaxing with a treatment of your choosing.
A true Safari Drumming master will teach you and your family how to play the drums, starting with the basics, but taking it a step further as well. Sitting around the fire you will not only play the drums together, but you will also listen to some wonderful stories about the various tribes of South Africa.
This will certainly be an evening to remember and one thing is for sure, after the session your hands will be warm!
It is a full day excursion including the delights of a scrumptious lunch prepared by your private chef, relaxing at the waters edge whilst drinking an ice cold drink, digging your toes into the sand, reading your favourite book, or for the super eager jumping straight in and relishing in the water activities of the day.
As the sun sets across the dam, painting the sky with indescribable beauty, enjoy quiet sundowners as you cruise across the dam before heading back into Madikwe to your very own safari home.
Note: this excursion is seasonal and weather dependant.
Bushwalks in Madikwe are not for the fainthearted however – you are on foot in a wilderness area where predators roam free. You are of course protected by the presence of your fully armed ranger and the bush knowledge of your tracker, but to be on the safe side children under the age of 16 may not participate in bush walks and for those over the ages of 60 require a doctor’s certificate of good health. Alternatively a stroll through the near by 100 hectare fenced in area home to general game can be enjoyed by the entire family subject to availabily. Bush walks are also limited to a maximum of eight people.
Note: Bushwalks at Ocean House do not require armed guides and are open to all ages with no limit on numbers.
The Morukuru Family, strives to support and encourage this local community at every given opportunity. The school children who perform the richly colorful and entertaining dances, provide such an occasion for our visitors to also support and encourage these talented youngesters through a small contribution.
Refurbishments at Morukuru Owner's House and River House
As we welcome a new year and look ahead to a new decade, we can share some exciting news with you all. Morukuru Family Madikwe is getting a whole new look! Our beloved bush property received the honour of being selected number 3 on the Top Resorts in South Africa (27th in the world) in the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Such an accolade means exceptional standards must be maintained and improved upon and hence we are embarking on an exciting 3-month refurbishment journey.
Anyone who has undertaken building and interior work understands how challenging such projects are, but ultimately all the blood, sweat and tears will reveal a fresh new look and feel for Morukuru Family Madikwe - without losing any of the intrinsic values we are already so proud of. We like to think of it in terms of nature - which is at the heart of what we do. River House and Owners’ House are undergoing a metamorphosis - a process resulting in growth and differentiation.
We have chosen to collaborate with FoxBrowne Creative, who have an outstanding reputation for inspired spaces in the hospitality industry and we know they will deliver our vision which includes some new construction, improvement work and fresh interiors. We are committed to retaining the spirit of Morukuru Family which is renowned for existing elements like the natural stone cladding, the layout of the properties and the opulent (yet under-stated ) furniture; but are anticipating a more contemporary interpretation of luxury with the introduction of a new colour palette and more modern furnishing with some quirky aspects.
Our vision includes bold shapes and patterns as well as elements of traditional Tswana Culture and the incorporation of the beauty of our beloved African Wild Dog, drawing on the patterns and shades of their natural pelts.
Guests at Owners House can look forward to a completely new elevated deck on the Marico River side, which will accommodate a lounge and dining area (both shaded by established trees ) as well as a firepit. At River House, we are embarking on an extra dining deck and a new pool, as well as a completely newly designed boma.
After 15 years of our current environment, we are bracing for an activity-filled three-months and then the final reveal...when the beautiful butterfly escapes the cocoon. We are so excited about our butterfly moment and can’t wait to introduce our fully realised vision for Morukuru Family Madikwe.
The work on both properties will begin soon and Owner's House will re-open on 15 May 2020, River House will re-open on 30 May 2020.
Their sister property Morukuru Farm House will remain open as usual and will not be affected by any of the work going on.