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Madikwe, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#1 of 23 Specialty lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Morukuru Family Madikwe is a collection of three exclusive-use private safari villas on a private concession in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Owner's House has 2 bedrooms, River House has 3 bedrooms and Farm House has 5 bedrooms. We welcome children of all ages and are very family friendly. Our 'Morukuru Freedom Concept' means that our guests have total freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want. During their stay in one of the private houses all activities are included, as well as all meals and drinks. We provide a private gamedrive vehicle for each house, including a private guide and a tracker. The rest of the staff at the house comprises of a private chef, a butler and general housekeeping staff.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
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Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
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Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Private check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
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Air conditioning
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Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
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Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric blanket
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Madikwe, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838 South Africa
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Tara B wrote a review Oct 3
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Our third time at Farm House for our family of 4 (children aged 11 and 14) for my husband's 50th birthday - and our already-high expectations were again exceeded. Apart from the superb game viewing (excellent guide/tracker), which is the main reason we come, the beautiful property and wonderful hospitality make the experience truly unique and magical. It's all of our favourite place in the world (yes, even over others we love such as Rome and Paris)! A few days stay at AtholPlace was also fantastic; such a gorgeous house with staff to match. There are so many thoughtful touches at both residences that make the Morukuru experience really stand out. A particularly memorable highlight was the fabulous 8 course private chef degustation. Ostrich, tuna, salmon, beef, not sure actually which was my favourite?! Pure heaven, all of it! Will return as soon as we can.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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James F wrote a review Sep 2022
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We were lucky enough to stay at Owner's House, on the back of having stayed at the Beach Lodge as well. No contest as to which was better- whether this speaks to the extra level of attention possible with exclusive use, pass, but the service was second to none. The entire team, led by Anne-Marie and Armand, were brilliant. Brian and, especially, Asion were amazing with the kids- they would come back from a drive, down their welcome back drinks, strip off any dusty clothes, wash hands, and line up to help Chef Asi with whatever he had in store for them, or take napkin folding lessons with Brian. The food was, as at the other Morukuru properties, exceptional, with Gloria (and our kids, of course) helping Asi out in the kitchen. The property was kept spotless by Nanki, Ellen and Tumi, with little gifts and notes left on our bed. The house itself is stunning, as are the surrounds, with multiple different places to eat, including a hillside out in the reserve for our final evening. The safari itself was good, if not amazing, but not for want of trying- that's how it is sometimes! That said- 3 male lions on a kill on the first night, wild dog on the move, brown hyena, black backed jackals, countless rhino, elephant, giraffe, antelope, and (at last count) 17 lilac breasted rollers. Whilst cheetah, leopard and further lion sightings proved elusive, we went on a really enjoyable bushwalk (in a safe, private area of the reserve), which the kids loved, and spent a great, if fruitless, morning fishing. The exclusivity meant we could go on drive when/if we wanted, which was perfect so as not to overwhelm the children. As with many other reviews, none of us wanted to leave- some very grumpy faces on departure! Truly unforgettable, and, whilst any party would enjoy it, definitely an excellent way to go on safari as a family with young children. If we get the chance, would return in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you very, very much for this wonderfully detailed and elaborate review and feedback. The entire team at Morukuru Owner's House is very happy to read your kind words. They had an amazing time hosting your family and we hope to be able to welcome you all back for another stay one day. With a bit of luck you will be succesful in finding that elusive spotted cat next time.... Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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tsadok03 wrote a review Sep 2022
Cresskill, New Jersey3 contributions
we are a family of 9 and stayed at the farmhouse for 4 nights. the place is amazing, and the service was beyond imaginable. we want to thank Esmeralda, Shane, Boiky, Fortunate (the Michelin level private chef), and the rest of this fantastic team for an experience of a lifetime. we will definitely come back.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your review and feedback! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your 4-night stay at Morukuru Farm House, not least thanks to some amazing wildlife sightings that include Aardwolf, Caracal, Wild Dogs, Brown Hyena, Black and White Rhino, Lions, Cheetah and Mongoose. The entire team (Shane, Boiky, Esmaralda, Fortunate, Shaddy, Gregory, Rose, Osadi, Ingrid, Suty & Suzan) really enjoyed hosting you and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next visit. We will make sure that the treat boxes are full again... Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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Anne M wrote a review Aug 2022
Norway7 contributions2 helpful votes
Our Family of 6 stayed at the farmhouse for a week and had the time of our life. Saying it was awesome doesn’t even begin to cover it! It’s our second time with the Morukuru family, and we just have to keep coming back. We have all fallen completely in love with all the amazing staff! It felt like we were with family. Ilse is a very thoughtful and caring guest manager, she looked after us so well. Evan and Gummy make a great team together, they are both very experienced guides. All the Morukuru family staff are just amazing! Evan is a very experienced, entertaining and enthusiastic guide with endless patience and energy. We are so impressed with how Evan got our teenage boys totally engaged with the safaris and animals. He managed to show us so many magical moments with fantastic animals! Even African painted wolf cups and hyena cups! We all have become so fond of this impressive place, we just have to come back again. Our teenage boys were in tears when we had to leave, it was very difficult to say goodbye. Thank you to the Morukuru family staff for an experience of a life time. The Ramirez family is looking forwards to coming back again next year!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Aug 21, 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and review! We are very happy to hear that you had such an amazing time at Morukuru Farm House, not least to the amazing wildlife sightings that you had. The entire team (Evan, Gummy, Ilse, Sipho, Asion, Amy, Suti, Greg, Ingrid, Rose & Mpho) had a great time hosting you and we look forward to welcoming you back again next year! Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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Sarah B wrote a review Jul 2022
Bellevue, Washington12 contributions1 helpful vote
For the most exceptional service, safari experience, home, and amenities go to Morukuru. We were blown away at the personal touches, surprises, staff, food, drinks and game viewing experiences that we had. We stayed at the Owners house and trust me when I say that the photos did not do it justice. It was huge, impeccably decorated and had every amenity that you could wish for. The staff were each above OUTSTANDING. they missed no detail and created a very personalized experience for us. I left with tears in my eyes and Morukuru forever in my heart.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Jul 26, 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and review, we are very grateful for your kind words. Thank you for selecting Morukuru Owner's House to celebrate your wedding anniversary. It seems you have been very lucky with wildlife sightings as well, as you managed to see - among others - the wild dogs and their pups, as well as cheetahs, lions, rhino, buffalo and even hippo (which are not very common in Madikwe Game Reserve). Our entire team (Shane, Boiky, Esmaralda, Hope, Shaddy, Ellen, Molefe & Gloria) enjoyed looking after you and we hope you are able to return one day. Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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bradremington wrote a review Jul 2022
Denver, Colorado2 contributions
What an amazing place! Our family of 11 will never forget our four days at the Morokuru Farmhouse. Everything was perfect. The twice-a-day safari runs were informative and fun, thanks to our incredible guides Evan, Gummy, Aubrey and Sonnyboy. It was a magical time for our five grandchildren, ages 6 to 14, and they loved our guides so much they even wrote and performed a song about them. The highlight was a late-afternoon stop at a watering hole where two lions snoozed, elephants slurped water, and a large herd of rhinos showed up, while zebras looked on, all at one time. The accommodations were terrific, and the incredible staff led by Isle made the stay quite memorable. The crew surprised us with a large breakfast in the bush one morning, and on our last night, threw an African bbq on the top of a mountain overlooking the Madikwe Game Reserve. We cannot thank the staff of the Morokuru enough for a life-changing experience that my family will share forever.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jul 17, 2022
Thank you so much for your review and kind words! We are happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time at Morukuru Farm House as a family and we do hope that you will indeed cherish the memories for a long, long time. It sounds like you had some amazing sightings as well. Perhaps one day we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another African safari. Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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Daniel C wrote a review Jun 2022
Dallas, Texas2 contributions
Staying at Morukuru Family Madikwe (Owner's House) was an 11* experience. It's impossible to put into words how catered and crafted every element of this trip was for us. Everything was meticulously organized, to a T. From my first email exchange setting up trip details like flights, to landing in the bush and being greeted by a state-of-the-art Land Cruiser turned safari chariot, ice cold water bottles with our name on it, you could not have imagined a more professional execution. On a daily basis, we couldn't help smiling, in partial disbelief at the sheer attention to detail and "over the top" level of service. Every day it seemed they tried to outdo themselves, and nothing was overlooked. The entire team (nearly 10 people!) dedicated to just us was just surreal. I think the housekeeping turned down the room 4 separate times during the day. 50+ lanterns were lit at night just for a short walk from the vehicle to the house. Meals fit for a king and queen. The list goes on. The Owner's House was absolutely gorgeous. It was a lot larger than we expected, maybe 2500-3000 sq ft, and a beautiful blend of luxury in the bush. Radiant floor heaters, ultra comfortable bedding, a private pool, and monkeys running around on the trees outside. In addition to all of the amenities and facilities, the staff was exceptional. Morokuru Family really values family, which becomes obvious when you realize that the staff are nearly all couples themselves and work together. Everything feels so personal and welcoming. Given that this was our first safari, and that we chose Madikwe due to it being malaria-free, it really felt like an idyllic choice. For the uninitiated, game drives can mean 8-10+ hours per day spent with your guide and tracker. Having Evan and Gummi as our guide and tracker was epic. I think these two had 50+ years of combined experience and we had so many amazing animal sightings. It is so surprising that you can drive by a herd of elephants and not even notice due to their natural camouflage. These two were so aware of their surroundings and animal tracks, it was really top-level. And, so respectful of the animals and their environment. How can you come here and not just be in awe at nature. In addition to being an expert driver and guide/tracker duo, we felt incredibly safe despite the obvious dangers of being around wild animals. That is, despite having my own internal freak out moments realizing how close we were able to get. Evan and Gummi were so attuned to the animal's emotions, and are so knowledgable, it really allowed us to relax and trust their instincts. Evan's seemingly photographic memory, filled with all kinds of obscure and interesting facts, and his true passion for being in nature was infectious. We spent countless hours chitchatting on the drives, and enjoyed his sense of humor and personality in between exciting moments of getting up close with lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and more. The Morukuru team really does think of absolutely everything, and it was worth every penny. They made our babymoon a truly unforgettable experience. I give Morukuru my highest recommendation.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded Jun 28, 2022
Dear Daniel, Thank you so much for your extraordinary review and feedback! In it you managed to capture the essence of Morukuru Family so perfectly. It is all about family indeed and enjoying a care-free safari, with our team looking after you. Thank you for the highest recommendation. The entire team (Evan, Ilse, Gummy, Monalisa, Sipho, Molefe, Nanki, Ellen, Yvonne & Susan) enjoyed spending time with you and making your stay unforgettable. We look forward to welcoming you back one day for some more exciting game viewing. Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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Malcolm D wrote a review May 2022
Manchester, England, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
Well where do I start, me and 6 friend had a fantastic time staying at the Farmhouse, the team looking after us couldn’t have done more. Any requests we had wasn’t a problem. Going out on a game drive and finding out that your meal was going to be served at different locations and the views, stunning, the hard work that goes into making your stay that much special doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you to everyone for there hard work, always see them with a big smile on their faces. Shane and Boiky made our game drives very enjoyable and the knowledge they have is fantastic, you certainly come home knowing a lot more than you did when you arrived. Esmaralda was a fantastic host, friendly and helpful. Asion’s food is amazing, there is nothing that he can’t cook and his cakes are out of this world.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Rinse Wassenaar, Marketing at Morukuru Family Madikwe
Responded May 29, 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to share this review and feedback with us. We are very happy to hear that you had such an amazing time at Morukuru Farm House. Our team always tries to create magical experiences and surprises for our guests and we do indeed try to serve meals in many different locations as much as possible. Our team loved spending time with you all and we look forward to welcoming you back! Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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Faizan K wrote a review May 2022
20 contributions3 helpful votes
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Smiles as wide as the Grand Canyon! That’s what greeted us and that’s all we saw from start to finish from entire team - Esmaralda, Shane, Boiky, Shadrack, Asion, Suty, Rosemary, Osadi, Ingrid, Amy & Molefe. I can truly say that I have never ever been looked after so well. Every single aspect of the trip was triple extra special, the daily game drives with Shane and Boiky were simply exhilarating, and what can I say about Asion’s food, OMG, I can still taste the pie he made on the 4th day, and spoiler alert, be prepared to put on 5kg in weight! Big thanks too for accommodating my personal dietary ‘halal’ requirements! It was quite emotional saying goodbye to the Morukuru Family because by the end we felt very much part of the family, and the memories that were made with my bestie friends will last forever...
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded May 22, 2022
Thank you so much for your 5-star review and very kind feedback. Our team loved hosting you all, just as much as you enjoyed your stay. And yes, Asion's food is delicious and hard to resist. We hope you will cherish the memories made for a long, long time to come and we look forward to welcoming you back one day. Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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Alex Done-Jackson wrote a review May 2022
6 contributions10 helpful votes
Myself and 6 friends have just returned from an amazing trip. We stayed for 5 nights at Morukuru Farm House and were very well looked after by every single member of staff. All of them worked so hard to ensure we had everything we needed to make the trip special. Prior to the flying to South Africa myself and Esmaralda had communicated about any special food requests we had which including one of our guests requiring halal food. It meant on arrival everyone of us could enjoy the same delicious food that our chef Asion prepared for us either at the house or in a special location in the bush. The safari drives were fantastic and Shane and Boiky ensured we spotted some great game. Thankyou to all of you for looking after us so well and we hope to see you soon.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded May 19, 2022
Dear Alex, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with the TripAdvisor community. We are so happy to hear that you and your friends had such an amazing time at Morukuru Farm House and it was wonderful to welcome you back again. The whole team (Shane, Boiky, Esmaralda, Shadrack, Asion, Suty, Rosemary, Osadi, Ingrid, Amy & Molefe) very much enjoyed hosting you all, as it was fun and laughter all the way. Shane and Boiky were happy they found the lions for you. Seeing the wild dogs for sure was a highlight too. We will make sure to stock up on Amarula for your next stay and look forward to welcoming you back! Warmest regards from all of us at Morukuru Family
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$1,787 - $4,561 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Morukuru Family Madikwe?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Morukuru Family Madikwe?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Morukuru Family Madikwe have airport transportation?
Yes, Morukuru Family Madikwe offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.