The Morukuru "Family" consists of three luxury safari villas available for exclusive use - each with your own dedicated team of staff taking care of your every need. Children are especially welcome. Morukuru specialises in making your safari an individual, luxurious and personal experience. The Morukuru Family of upmarket lodges offers an exceptionally high standard with a fantastic position in Madikwe Game Reserve, with one of the best traversing areas – besides Madikwe itself, you'll have access to Morukuru's exclusive, private traversing area.
- Emphasis on personalised, friendly service
- Winner of several prestigious hospitality awards
- Your own personal game ranger, tracker and safari vehicle
- Excellent game viewing and large private traversing area
- Your own butler, nanny and chef
- Supervised bush and indoor activities for children
- Exciting and varied dining venues
- Exclusive use of villas with presidential suites
The ridge behind Morukuru, which is sometimes used as one of their bush dinner venues, offers one of the best viewpoints over the Madikwe Game Reserve. There are three luxurious safari lodges in the Morukuru Family, each with its own style, charm and distinctive bush décor:
a) Owner’s House
Shaded by an ancient Morukuru tree, Owner's House is an exclusive, intimate 2-bedroomed villa, suitable for two to four guests in mirror-image presidential suites. Probably the most spacious and lavish of the villas, every comfort has been catered for: fireplace, sliding-door insect-proof screens, the latest in the digital home and office technology, two private viewing balconies, custom wine cellar and the famed bushveld bath with a backdrop of cascading water from the rim pool.
b) River House
With three spacious, en-suite bedrooms, River House is ideal for groups of 4 – 10 (it can sleep a maximum of six adults and four young children). Set on the banks of the tranquil Groot Marico River, it has a study/kids’ room, a heated infinity pool with private viewing decks, indoor and outdoor showers, fireplaces, home entertainment systems, office connectivity, books, CD and DVD libraries, on-site spa therapies and all you could ask for to make your stay wall-to-wall special.
c) Farm House
The newest addition to the Morukuru Family, the restored former Farm House has five sumptuous, en-suite bedrooms and is available for a group of four to 10 guests exclusively. It's thoroughly modern, light and spacious, with its glass-fronted rooms offering endless views over the surrounding African bushveld.
Morukuru is a Special Safari Lodge
In 2015, Morukuru Family was welcomed to the Tripadvisor "Hall of Fame". This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.
This confirms what guests have to say about the Morukuru Family. It constantly receives rave reviews for outstanding excellence, incredible service and warm, friendly staff. Clearly, they go the extra mile (or two) to ensure that you have the safari experience of a lifetime.
The Morukuru Family is actively involved in giving back to the local community and its wildlife. They support the local communities through education, empowerment and encouragement, assisting with recycling initiatives, donating books to school libraries and sponsoring soccer gear for tomorrow’s stars. Projects involving removal of alien vegetation provide employment and protect the indigenous flora. Assisting with Parks Board projects like darting, collaring and relocation of animals helps conserve the delicate ecosystem of Madikwe Game Reserve.
Getting to Morukuru
By car: Morukuru is a 3 – 4-hour drive from Johannesburg. Staff will meet you at the gate and escort you to the lodge. Road transfers can be arranged.
By air: Flights depart from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International daily. Private charters can also be arranged.
Our take on Morukuru Family Lodge
An upper end, luxury option, Morukuru offers an outstanding safari experience with all the personal care and attention you and your children could hope for. Morukuru Family Lodge invites all its guests to complete a Wish List prior to their arrival and makes special deliveries based on this. Their promise is “Your Wish is Our Command”. Clearly, they are delivering over and over, which shows in their rave reviews.
We were very impressed with Morukuru and have no hesitation in recommending these superb malaria-free safari lodges, particularly if you're looking for a small, exclusive safari to celebrate family occasions or simply to spend quality time with your favourite people.
- VIP Meet and assist on arrival at OR Tambo
- Private and exclusive use of the Houses
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
- All drinks, water, non-alcoholic drinks
- Local house wines & local spirits
- Private Butler
- Private chef
- Your own private ranger & tracker
- Private game drive vehicle
- Private game drives & nature drives
- Private bush walks (*in Madikwe Game Reserve 16yrs+)
- Sundowner drinks
- Road transfers within Madikwe Game Reserve
- Entrance fee/reserve gate fee
- Laundry service
- Medical emergency response & evacuation
- Road transfers to/from Madikwe
- Flights to/from Madikwe
- Massage treatments
- Cellar wines, champagne, premier-branded spirits
- Local tribal dancers
- Day trips outside the reserves
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