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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Morukuru Family Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve