Morukuru is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. It spans over 75000 hectares offering guests a premier safari and wildlife destination. It is a malaria-free reserve and one of the biggest national parks in South Africa. It can be found between the Botswana border and the area made famous by the South African writer Herman Charles Bosman called the Groot Marico.
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.
Owner’s House, Lodge and Farm House are all part of the unique Morukuru Family experience. The Villas as we call them, all operate on an exclusive use basis, so there are never any other guests besides you and those you choose to accompany you. You’ll not only have the entire property to yourself, but personal staff to attend to your every whim. Even more wonderful are the utterly private safaris – your personal game ranger, works with a gifted Shangaan tracker bringing you the very best that there is to offer at Madikwe Game reserve. There are no set schedules at Morukuru, you are the masters of your stay with us and have complete freedom to do as you wish, when you wish!
MORUKURU OWNERS HOUSE
We accept a min of 2 guests at Owners House and maximum of 4 guests.
Tucked under the leafy canopy of an ancient Morukuru tree (Tamboti Tree), on the banks of the Marico River, lies this perfectly decadent, ultra luxurious home away from home.
Ideal for honeymooners, couples or a small family, the Owner’s House was built by the Owners as their own private retreat, with two huge en-suite bedrooms and a choice of shared spaces. Nestled in the Morukuru Trees, surrounded by decks and balconies, Owner’s House offers plenty of peaceful nooks to hide off alone, or to gather for wonderful al fresco meals. Whether reclining together by your infinity pool, or alone in your private elevated sala, or just lying in bed with the doors wide open, the combination of dappled shade, and the sound of nature is deeply restorative.
The Owner’s House also combines contemporary European styling with handpicked African pieces, and every luxury – including a team of 8 staff at your service, home office facilities, a superb wine cellar for your perusal, wifi connection, stereo system, dvds, cds, a small library stocked with topical books and the opportunity to bathe outside under the stars. Wood, stone and glass provide seamless design flow between in- and outdoors.
Note: While the location is completely private, the Owner’s House is within strolling distance via a river walkway from River House – ideal should you wish to book both houses for a larger party that requires a combination of shared gatherings with maximum privacy.
MORUKURU RIVER LODGE
We accept groups from 4 guests up to 10 guests (maximum 6 adults and 4 small children)
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.
MORUKURU FARM HOUSE
We accept groups from 4 guests up to 10 guests
A safari-chic take on the traditional African farm homestead, offering the perfect private setting for families and larger groups.
Located on the other side of the mountain within the Morukuru property, the five-suite Farm House is an oasis, surrounded by luscious green lawns, and set within a 100-hectare fenced-in safe area which is home to general game, so kids can play and roam at will, and guests may have the freedom to walk and explore.
Furnished by well-known South African interior designer, Sumari Krige, the Farm House is unpretentious yet stylish, with bespoke items produced by local artists and craftsmen in a neutral palette. Following the owners’ brief to create spaces where families with children of all ages can completely relax, the overall sense is kick-off-shoes and curl-up-on-the-couch comfort. The five huge en-suite bedrooms – linked to the main area by a covered walkway – are all equally luxurious, because Morukuru believes that a family holiday should be special for every family member.
Farmhouse is also the prefect home for celebrations with large groups of friends getting together with the featured bar area.
Morukuru 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 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 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 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.
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 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.