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Morukuru Family - Location

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 game reserves 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.

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 Morukuru but we do advise the use of insect repellant.

Shanti Maurice
Continent: Africa
Rooms & Suites: Madikwe Game Reserve:
  • Owner’s House (private safari house with 2 bedrooms),
  • River House (private safari house with 3 bedrooms + study where max 4 children can sleep),
  • Farm House (private safari house with 5 bedrooms)
De Hoop Nature Reserve:
  • Morukuru Ocean House (private house with 4 bedrooms + study where max 4 children can sleep)
  • AtholPlace Boutique Hotel (4 deluxe suites and 5 superior suites)
Leisure activities: (all included in the rates for Madikwe and De Hoop):
  • Madikwe: Gamedrives, Walking safaris, Swimming (in the heated pools at all houses)
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve: Nature drives, Mountain biking, Hiking, Beach walks, Sand boarding, Snorkelling, Swimming (in the rock pools)
(activities are optional, not included!):
  • Johannesburg: Visit to Soweto, Visit to museums, Shopping, Golf (nearby), Tennis (nearby)
Meetings & Conferences: No
  • Madikwe Game Reserve has an airstrip, 1 scheduled flight per day from Johannesburg, or otherwise private charter – 20 minutes from the 3 private houses
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve has an airstrip, only private charters from Cape Town (or other cities) – 40 minutes from Morukuru Ocean House
  • Johannesburg OR Tambo airport is approximately 30-40 minutes from AtholPlace Boutique Hotel
Helipad: Yes
Prices: starting 18000 ZAR (Owners House)
Seasonal closure: No
Contact details:

Getting there

By air
We offer our guest the possibility of getting to and from Morukuru using our close partners Federal Air/Madikwe Charters. The Federal Air Hangar and lounge is based at ORTambo airport. The duration of the flight from ORTambo to Madikwe is +/- 50 minutes. All our guests are met on arrival at Johannesburg airport by a Morukuru/Bidair 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 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 team will be waiting to take you through to your private villa.

Helicopter transfers can also be arranged should this be a requirement as we have a helicopter platform on our private property at Morukuru.

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 ORTambo International Airport or hotel and the services of an English speaking driver or language guide if required.

The houses

The houses
Owner’s House, River House and Farm House are all part of the unique Morukuru Family experience. The Houses 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 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

In the shade of the Big Morukuru Tree – Owner’s House
There accept a min of 2 guests at Owners House and maximum of 4 guests.

The Owner’s House is our premier bush house and embraces all that is luxury. Our arrival bridge that takes you straight to the entrance of Owners House, is what we conisder the start of our “red carpet treatment” and you are immediately enveloped in the lavishness as you walk into you very own bush home. The house is adorned in silk and handmade fabrics of the highest quality. Even though this is a two bedroom house it is our largest and most spacious riverside bush home with a library, top of the range digital equipment, a prestigious wine cellar and many comfortable spaces to unwind and relax in. The outdoor space is equally impressive with a 14meter pool, a romantic tree top tsala, a boma for starlit dining and an outside bath for a romantic and tranquil bathing experience.

  • The House can accommodate 4 guests in two spacious, beautifully appointed en-suite king sized bedrooms
  • The suites consist of sumptuous bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, fireplace for chilly nights and private wooden balconies in the green canopy of the trees
  • The House is fully air-conditioned and also offers the option of ceiling fans, there are guest safes, home office facilities and an impressive digital entertainment system
  • The very stylish centre of the Owners home includes an elegant dining room, a plush lounge and a fully equipped private kitchen from where all our catering is done and to which the guests are welcome to a constant supply of snacks, teas and coffees
  • State of the art Wine Cellar featuring some of South Africa’s greatest estate wines
  • An outdoor bath under the starlit sky for those favouring a more intrepid style of bathing
  • A heated pool and private outdoor tsala where guests can enjoy time relaxing or having lantern lit dinners

Morukuru river house

On the banks of the peaceful Groot Marico River – River House
There accept groups from 4 guests up to 10 guests (maximum 6 adults and 4 small children)

  • The House can accommodate 6 adults and 4 junior guests
  • The 3 suites are adorned with king sized 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 such as 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 lounges, 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 farm house

A restored Farm House becomes the new Morukuru Farm House sensation!
There accept groups from 4 guests up to 10 guests

  • The Farm House can accommodate 10 guests
  • The 5 double suites are airy bright and all have their own en suite bathrooms with beautiful glass doors and windows that open out onto the bush
  • Tastefully decorated with amusing pieces of carefully selected furniture and items, makes this house one of a kind
  • Morukuru Farmhouse includes all the same features as those you will find at Owners House and River House but with a modern “new bush” design and amazing green eco settings
  • Once again Farmhouse will be booked under the famous Morukuru concept – exclusive use & fully inclusive basis
  • Pool, wine cellar, open kitchen, lounge, dining room, courtyards, dining gardens and fireplace, this lodge has been built with “Green” in mind and is perfect for families and small groups of friends


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, birdwatching, 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 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.

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 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.