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Morukuru Family Madikwe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Travelled as a group of two families of 4, staying in the FarmHouse. Our friends were visiting for the third time, and raved about Morukuru, so our expectations were high. But these expectations were beaten by a big margin.
Landed at the little Madikwe airstrip in the Bush, with great excitement. A lovely welcome from our Ranger, Calvin, and on the drive to the Farm House we saw giraffes and elephants within 10 minutes of departing. After about half an hour of the drive, the FarmHouse suddenly appears from nowhere and we are treated to the staff singing a welcome to us that bought my wife to tears.
The Farm House is beautifully furnished, all the rooms cannot be faulted, huge and comfortable beds and large shower/bath area and lots of little touches that make your room a lovely environment.
A very nice pool and lawn area with space for kids to let off steam, table tennis table and rugby and footballs provided.
We went on morning and late afternoon Game drives every day, but the extent of your Safari experience is really up to you, if you want more chill-out time it's a lovely place to just sit by the pool and read a book.
I honestly cannot speak more highly of the Morukuru staff who looked after us. They are fully intent on giving you as good a time as possible, the efforts they go to are incredible. Calvin was a knowledgable and interesting ranger, what a lovely bloke, and he was assisted very well by his tracker Ferguson. There is something very decadent about stopping in the middle of the Bush for coffee and muffins in the morning, or a gin and tonic in the evening as the sun sets. The Game viewing was breathtaking - we saw all the Big 5, including a 45 minute sighting of a Pride of 12 lions that wandered all around us as we sat in our Game Viewer vehicle.
We fished (successfully) by a Dam and had a barbecue lunch under a gazebo that had been set up for us. We were treated to two campfire dinners in the Bush, one with a sensational sun-set view. In fact every mealtime was an event, our table was in a different place in the FarmHouse for every meal, the food was absolutely fantastic (thank you Cheré), we ate Ostrich and Kudu and Spit roast Warthog, and the breakfasts after our early morning Game Drives were the best I have had anywhere. Heidi helped make everyone relaxed and comfortable and Isaac managed to pop up with a cocktail or to fill up your wine glass always at the right time. The kids are still talking about his CreamSoda Floats ....
(Btw the house South African red wine is great and despite me drinking lots of it I didn't wake up with a single hangover, must be something about the African Bush air).
We are already planning our next trip there, and we will definitely incorporate a stay at the new Morukuru Ocean House on the Western Cape for some Whale watching.
An outstanding week. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: All 5 rooms at the Farm House are the same size, all superb.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2013

Nothing makes us happier than knowing we have touched the lives of those that have stayed with us in some magical way!
Thank you so much for this truly wonderful review and for sharing it with the TripAdvisor community.
Warmest wishes from the entire Morukuru Family,
Eluisa

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

My second stay was even more spectacular than the first.

The home, the service, the experience are exceptional. I will be back.

We saw the big five in under 2 hours. Our hosts tended to our every need and the food was great.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank csims314
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Thank you for your "perfect" review! :-)
The Family looks forward to welcoming you back and sharing with you the magical experience of Morukuru once again.
Best wishes from all of us.
Eluisa

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed there to celebrate a wedding. The building itself it absolutely beautiful: understated luxury. The staff is helpful, incredibly accomodating and the whole experience was soooo relaxing.
But considering the price tag, I wouldn't expect anything less to be honest!
Swimming pool was great, room with outdoor shower divine, we really had an unforgetable time.
My only criticism would be about the food. Some of us were a little bit puzzled when we were served burgers and chicken strips on our first lunch. They were nice, but burgers are burgers...and the desert on the second night was indeed a very dry version of a melba pudding. Hot breakfast was served much later than the cold options on the first morning. By the time we were told about the cooked to order choices, we had filled ourselves up with croissants.
But the rest was so perfect that I'll forgive them and would come back tomorrow if I could!
Oh, and the game drive was also great, but I'm afraid I've been in quite a few of them by now and I only went on one and enjoyed the pool for the rest of my time there.
Thanks for making this time so special

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Morukuru experience with us.
It is good to read that you were happy with your stay at Morukuru and enjoyed the Wedding celebration.
We have noticed your remark regarding the food and we are really sorry that your 1st lunch & dessert did not meet your expectations.
We strive to maintain our high standard so we have certainly taken notice of your comments in order to improve our offering.
We appreciate the feedback immensely.

Best wishes from all of us at the Morukuru Family,
Eluisa.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Before a trip to Cape Town, where I would participate on my first Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, I spent a few days with my family in Morukuru Family-Madikwe Game Reserve. I don’t have words to describe the place and specially the people that live – and work – there. Everything was perfect, the rooms, the cleanliness, the food, the drinks, the games and so on. Every meal was a surprise and served in different places – from a delicious breakfast on the pool or on the bush till a candle-lighted dinner in a mountain with a splendor view. All games were plenty of fun: a lot of animals, including 4 of the big fives – we didn’t see leopards, unfortunately, but we have a close encounter with a lion pride, with a lot of cubs…fantastic! And also wild dogs, meerkats, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, deer, etc. I definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2013

How time flies! Nearly a year has passed since you were all at Morukuru enjoying an African adventure with us.....thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful memories with the Tripadvisor community.
We hope that you will visit us again soon, perhaps at our new villa, Morukuru Ocean House in the Western Cape. (opening the end of 2013)

Best wishes from all of us at Morukuru,
Eluisa and the Morukuru Family

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

After travelling to Africa for many years and it being my most favorite place in the world, with a Big birthday arriving l had to choose where l wanted to celebrate.I had been very fortunate to have stayed at most of the best lodges in Africa.
There was no doubt in my mind that it would be Morukuru Lodge l would return to.The Morukuru family take care of the lodge,wildlife and people very seriously and they certainly took care of us and our friends when we stayed at the Farmhouse.We saw some of the greatest beasts,turned off the lights and looked up at a trillion stars and then went back to the Farmhouse for the most amazing food not forgetting sundowners before at the hide.Our friends told us it was the best birthday party they had ever shared.
I cannot fault as others have said, this wonderful lodge and the wonderful staff.
I just wish they didn't sing to me as l left, because it wasn't the thought that l was really that old now that made me cry, it was the thought that l was leaving.

Room Tip: All are wonderful it will depend on the size of your family or group
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2013

Morukuru will always be waiting for you with opens arms!
Hope you cherish your memories of this very special time at Morukuru forever.
From all of us!
Your Morukuru Family

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Having read all the reviews, we had high expectations - but nothing can prepare you for how fantastic Morukuru is. Myself, my husband and our children (aged 13 and 11) stayed at the Farmhouse, a beautiful building in a beautiful setting, and were lucky enough to have some great game drives, seeing the Big 5 and more. The food was fabulous - my son's favourite meat is now eland! - and he loved helping make pizzas for lunch with Kevin the chef. What makes Morukuru truly special is not just the luxury, it is about so much more - the people who work there, all the little touches that make every day a real adventure. So thank you to Neil, Claudine, Kevin, Philip, Fergie and all the staff for making us feel so special and for ensuring you we had a family holiday that none of us will ever forget. We cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2013

To dearest Elizabeth and Family,
Thank you so much for the lovely write up on Morukuru. We really appreciate it and would truly love to welcome you back again soon!
Morukuru is waiting for you.
Warmly,
Eluisa and the rest of the "Family"

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Words cannot do justice to this special, special place. The staff, without exception were fantastic - they truly enhance the experience and each should be incredibly proud of their contribution. My sincere thanks to the whole team and I look forward to visiting again in the future

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2013

We all love what we do and are so pleased that our passion for all things Morukuru is something that you felt worthy to mention. Thank you.
We hope to welcome you back again soon!

P.S. Look out for our new villa opening end of 2013 in the Western Cape

With Morukuru magic,
Eluisa

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Address: Madikwe, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,625 - $4,025 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Morukuru Family Madikwe 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Morukuru Family is a collection of three exclusive-use private safari villas on private property 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. ... more   less 
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