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Morukuru Family | River House

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A multi-level luxury house perched on the banks of the Marico River, where the background track of cascading waters will coax you into a permanent state of restful bliss.

River House comprises of three double en-suite bedrooms, each featuring every comfort, including super-king size beds, crackling log fires (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 DVDs.

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 seven to eight at your beck and call – including your own chef, butler, hostess, nanny (if needed), housekeeper 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 along with maximum privacy.


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Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
Morukuru River House
 4  guests per / night

• Infants (0 to 2 years ) are  accomodate free of charge
 Additional adults pay extra  adult rate  per night
(16 years & older)
 Additional children  pay extra  child rate  per night
(2 to 16 years)
Validity Period Seasonal Rates Seasonal Rates Seasonal Rates
01 Jul 2017 to 03 Sep 2017  40 320.00 7 680.00 3 840.00
04 Sep 2017 to 29 Sep 2017  26 880.00 5 280.00 2 640.00
30 Sep 2017 to 5 Nov 2017   40 320.00 7 680.00 3 840.00
06 Nov 2017 to 15 Dec 2017   26 880.00 5 280.00 2 640.00
16 Dec 2017 to 07 Jan 2018
- min. of 4 nigths 6 adult  & 4 children
80 640.00
Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
Morukuru River House
 4  guests per / night

 Infants (0 to 2 years ) are  accomodate free of charge
 Additional adults pay extra  adult rate  per night
(16 years & older)
 Additional children  pay extra  child rate  per night
(2 to 16 years)
Validity Period Seasonal Rates Seasonal Rates Seasonal Rates
16 Dec 2017 to 07 Jan 2018
- min. of 4 nigths 6 adult  & 4 children
80 640.00
08 Jan 2018 to 09 Feb 2018 29 500.00 5 900.00 2 950.00
10 Feb 2018 to 15 Apr 2018 43 790.00 8 380.00 4 190.00
16 Apr 2018 to 29 Jun 2018 29 500.00 5 900.00 2 950.00
30 Jun 2018 to 02 Sep 2018 43 790.00 8 380.00 4 190.00
03 Sep 2018 to 28 Sep 2018 29 500.00 5 900.00 2 950.00
29 Sep 2018 to 04 Nov 2018 43 790.00 8 380.00 4 190.00
05 Nov 2018 to 14 Dec 2018 29 500.00 5 900.00 2 950.00
15 Dec 2018 to 06 Jan 2019
- min. of 4 nigths 6 adult  & 4 children
88 545.00
MorukuruFamily–Madikwe Game Reserve:

Stay/Pay 3=2 offer

Book 3 nights and pay for 2 nights only
This offer is valid for stays in September 2017. Not combinable with other offers
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. Roadtransfers 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
Morukuru Owner's House - Madikwe & AtholPlace Hotel – Johannesburg
Book a minimum of 3 nights at Morukuru Owner’s House  
and 1 night at AtholPlace Hotel
we will offer
you a complimentary couples massage at Owner’s House in your choice of location (in the bush, in the privacy of your villa or next to the river), a romantic ‘cushion dinner’ at our Owner’s House sala overlooking the Marico River PLUS a private set menu dinner on the candlelit balcony of your Superior Suite at AtholPlace Hotel.
This offer is valid for new bookings only and can not be combined with the Morukuru Family Journey. This offer is valid for all stays until 31 December 2017. Weather permitting.

Morukuru Family & Camp Jabulani:
Kids in the Bush

An African Adventure for the whole family awaits! Book 3 nights at Morukuru Owner’s House, Morukuru River House or Morukuru Farm House, 1 night at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa and 3 nights at Camp Jabulani Zindoga and receive a complimentary 3 course fine dining experience at AtholPlace Restaurant PLUS a complimentary Swedish massage at the Bush Spa.
Valid for stays between 10 January 2017 and 15 December 2017. The usual Terms & Conditions apply. Can not be combined with other Camp Jabulani or Morukuru Family promotions. Please quote promotion at time of booking.  

Morukuru Family and Mhondoro Game Lodge combo
Combine Johannesburg, Welgevonden and Madikwe
Are you looking for a malaria-free safari option in the north of South Africa? Look no further! Benefit from 10% reduced rates when you combine the luxurious Mhondoro Villa in Welgevonden Game Reserve with any of the three exclusive-use houses of Morukuru Family in Madikwe Game Reserve – for four people. Why not add a few nights in the bustling city of Johannesburg at the intimate AtholPlace Hotel & Villa too?
Valid for stays until 31 December 2017, Peak Season excluded. Can not be combined with other promotions. 10% discount applies to Mhondoro Villa and Morukuru Family Madikwe only, for four guests. Additional guests pay applicable surcharge per person per night. Exclusively valid for direct bookings. Transfers not included. The usual Terms and Conditions apply.  

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
  • OR
  • 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
The above sample itinerary is a suggestion only. Transfers between properties are suggestions only. Please enquire with the individual properties for reservations details.
All special offers are applicable to new bookings only


Stay-Pay Offers
Book 4 nights and pay only 3 nights.
For all stays between 26 February and 16 March 2018
For all stays in May 2018
For all stays in September 2018.
For all stays between 5 November and 14 December 2018


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

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.
Maximum 6 adults and 4 children
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 Kids
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
  • Fireplaces
  • Electronic safe in each bedroom
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Large outdoor deck
  • Boma
  • 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
  • Fireplace
  • 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
  • Study
  • 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.

By Air
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.

By Road
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. 

All our rates are quoted in South African Rand and include VAT. 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)
  • Rates are quoted per person per night and include accommodation, three meals, two game activities, TOMSA levy and VAT at 14%
  • VIP Meet and assist on arrival at ORTambo (*for Madikwe Houses only)
  • Private and exclusive use of the Houses
  • Free Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
  • Local drinks, water, non-alcoholic drinks
  • Local house wines & local spirits
  • Private butler
  • Private chef
  • Your own private guide & tracker
  • Private game drives & nature drives
  • Private bush walks (*in Madikwe Game Reserve 16yrs+)
  • Private nature walks (*in De Hoop Nature Reserve for all ages)
  • Mountain biking (*in de Hoop Nature Reserve)
  • Sundowner drinks
  • Picnics
  • Road transfers within Madikwe Game Reserve and De Hoop Nature 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
  • Local dancers (*Madikwe Houses)
  • African drummers (*Madikwe Houses)
  • Conservation activities (*Madikwe)
  • Day trips outside the reserves
  • 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

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.

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.
GATE FEES: We would like to inform you that the park management of Madikwe Game Reserve has adjusted the entry fees as of 1 Jan 2017:
  • Adults: R180
  • Children: R80
  • Day Visitors Fees: R70 per person or child
  • Fly In Fees: Adults R240, Children R150
  • 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

The following new levy will apply for reservations made at Madikwe Game Reserve from 1 June 2017 and with a check-in date from 1 August 2017:
  • All visitors: ZAR 150 per night
  • Children under 12 years: ZAR 75 per night
  • Babies under 2 years: ZAR 0
Levies are inclusive of VAT and subject to change without prior notice. They will be charged by the respective lodge to the guest's overall bill and paid at check-out.
Bookings with check-in before 1 August 2017 as well as bookings made before 1 June 2017 will not be affected by this new levy.

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Business Hours

Mon – Fri: (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat: (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours

E-mail: safaris@madikwe.net


What sets us Apart!

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us?

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Entry Fees

By Car

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Self-drive - R180 Adults
• Self-drive - R 80 Child under 12
• SUBJECT to change without notice

By Air

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Flight landing fee R240 per Adult
• Flight landing fee R150 per Child
• SUBJECT to change without notice