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
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|
|LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON PEAK SEASON
7 Jan - 8 Feb 2019
4 Mar - 5 Apr 2019
6 May - 28 Jun 2019
2 Sep - 12 Oct 2019
4 Nov - 13 Dec 2019
9 Feb - 3 Mar 2019
6 Apr - 5 May 2019
29 Jun - 1 Sep 2019
13 Oct - 3 Nov 2019
14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Min 4 nights
|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 32,640||R 48,960||R 97,920|
adults pay the extra adult rate per night
(16 years and over)
|R 6,530||R 9,410|
children pay the extra child rate per night
(2 to 15 years)
|R 3,265||R 4,705|
Morukuru Family Journey
Book 4 nights Madikwe Game Reserve at Morukuru Owner’s House, River House or Farm House
and Book 3 nights De Hoop Nature Reserve at Morukuru Ocean House
and receive 2 nights free at AtholPlace Hotel in Johannesburg
- This is a combination offer of Owner’s House, River House or Farm House in Madikwe Game Reserve and Morukuru Ocean House in De Hoop Nature Reserve.
- This offer is also valid for 3 nights Madikwe plus 4 nights De Hoop Nature Reserve.
- Transfers to/from Madikwe Game Reserve are not included. Transfers to/from AtholPlace Hotel are not included. Road transfers from Cape Town to De Hoop Nature Reserve and v.v. not included.
- Standard rates and conditions apply for Madikwe Game Reserve and De Hoop Nature Reserve.
- AtholPlace Hotel in Johannesburg on bed & breakfast basis.
- Not combinable with stay longer offer or honeymoon offer
Relais & Chateaux South Africa sample itinerary
Ultimate Route of Happiness
Looking for a great itinerary for a couple, a family, friends or honeymooners? What about the following suggestion, based on Relais & Chateaux properties in South Africa:
- 2 nights at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Johannesburg
- Federal Air flights
- 3 nights at Morukuru Family in Madikwe Game Reserve
- 3 nights at Londolozi in Sabi Sands Game Reserve
- Private air charter or road transfer
- 3 nights at Camp Jabulani near Hoedspruit
- SA Express flight Hoedspruit-Cape Town
- 3 nights at Ellerman House in Cape Town
All special offers are applicable to new bookings only
MORUKURU FAMILY MADIKWE
For groups of 3 guests or more, book 4 nights and pay 3 nights only.
For Morukuru Owner’s House, Morukuru River House and Morukuru Farm House
For all stays in May 2019
For all stays in September 2019.
For all stays between 4 November and 13 December 2019
Morukuru Family Journey
Book minimum 4 nights in Madikwe Game Reserve plus 3 nights in Morukuru Ocean House and we will offer 2 free nights in AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, including breakfast.
For all stays between 1 January and 31 December 2018 & 1 January and 31 December 2019
City and Bush
Book minimum 3 nights at Morukuru Family in Madikwe Game Reserve and 2 nights at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Johannesburg and we will include two free one-way airport transfers in Johannesburg and a complimentary dinner at AtholPlace Restaurant one evening.
For all stays between 1 January and 31 December 2018 & 1 January and 31 December 2019
Conditions: The above special offers and packages are valid for new bookings only and they can not be combined, unless otherwise specified. Subject to availability. Normal Terms & Conditions apply, unless otherwise specified
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
- 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.
Ratesare subject to change without prior notice.
- 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 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
- 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
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 private houses
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 deposit of 10% will secure your reservation for all our properties.
- We kindly request you to pay this deposit within 1 week after receiving the confirmation from Morukuru Family.
- We request to pay the full balance of accommodation 30 days prior to date of guests’ arrival. For bookings made less than 30 days prior to stay, full payment must be received immediately.
- 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.
- For Christmas/New Year “PEAK SEASON” reservations a deposit of 10% will secure your reservation. We kindly request you to pay this deposit within 1 week after the booking is confirmed by Morukuru Family.
- Please pay 50% of the total amount on the 1 st of July of the booking year and the full balance of accommodation 30 days prior to the date of guests’ arrival. Standard cancellation fees will apply. Morukuru Family reserves the right to
- automatically release reservations being held, for which 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 10% deposit will be forfeited.
- In addition, for AtholPlace Hotel (superior and deluxe suites) the following fees will be levied:
- Cancellation within 2 days before arrival – 100% of full amount
- For our private houses and AtholPlace Villa the following fees wil be levied:
- Cancellation within 60 days before arrival – 50% of full amount
- Cancellation within 30 days before arrival – 100% of full amount
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.
Check in from 14h00 and check out at 11h00 strict.
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”.
Experience the thrill of catching your own fish and then setting it free again.
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.
What would an African safari be, without the typical sound of African drums beating at night? Now is your chance to master the rhythm and send a powerful message out the bush, to rival the roar of the African lion.
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!
Just outside the Madikwe Game Reserve Park, at the local Molatedi Dam, our Morukuru boat awaits you, ready for you to enjoy an afternoon of water fun. Be it fishing, water skiing or soaking up the sun there is something for the whole family.
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.
Traversing the reserve in a comfortable safari vehicle allows one to cover thousands of kilometers in search of exhilarating game sightings, but for a true taste of Africa nothing beats being on foot in the midst of the wilderness. On a bushwalk you smell, see and hear so much more, and getting up close and personal with insects and plants, with a ranger explaining their survival techniques, can be fascinating (such as the Acacia robusta’s ability to let off a stinky pheromone when it senses an animal grazing on its leaves!).
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 patter of feet, clapping of hands and the joyous dance movements executed with grace and joy by our local dancers is a captivating sight. The dancers are selected from the nearby primary school of Molatedi Village, one of our nearest community partners.
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.