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Morukuru Family Madikwe
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Chicago
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Three nights at River House - fantastic. Just to emphasize the things that make it special and that may not have been covered in other reviews:
1) the people - what a great team, working seamlessly on every detail. Outside - Mark & Gummy - so talented at finding animals and also educating along the way. Inside - Lindy and Asion take care of everything, and at the same time are open to changing anything and cheerfully accommodate even the most unexpected request.
2) its not a 'lodge' like the others - its your own wonderful house with three large bedrooms, baths, outdoor terraces, pool, fireplaces, etc and a team of 10+ people
3) The food and wine are exceptional, and you can work with the team on every meal and customize for each person, or just have them surprise you. Asion's fine dining experiences in the US and Europe were clear at every meal, while he and Lindy also delivered great dishes for our three kids (including one vegan, and one certainly not.) Ask for his breakfast 'special.' You also have access to the owner's private cellar (for a small surcharge) including some rare ZA wines acquired at auction.
4) Animals - a lot of them, and at your own pace. We saw Cheetah, Black Rhino, White Rhino including a baby, lions and more lions, all the other usual suspects, elephants, giraffe, and some obscure and rare, and lingered as we wanted (e.g. an hour following a pride, and watching very cute cubs.) Go out early, late, whenever you'd like. And you'll have a ranger and tracker (we saw other places that only had one person.) Hopefully you'll have Mark and Gummy - the best.
5) Safety - No worries about malaria (we were concerned about the medications with young kids) and the lodge is surrounded with a nice fence, unlike some others, so you can walk about with confidence. And we were glad to support the overall Madikwe effort.
Long review - could simply say 'you'll have a great time.'

Room Tip: FYI - all three bedrooms are basically the same size - very large, especially the bathrooms.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
It is truly wonderful to read your review of our River House and her magical team.
Thank you so much for sharing your Morukuru adventure with the Tripadvisor community and we hope that you will be back one day to create new memories with your "family" in Africa.
Our best wishes to you all!
Eluisa
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Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Catering for a family of 10 with four grandchildren and keeping everyone engaged and happy can't be easy.....but the Morukuru family exceeded expectations. The Farm House and surroundings make it easy to relax and find your own space. Lindy manages everything in a quiet, unobtrusive way that means everybody's needs are well anticipated. Esmeralda's excellent meals are prepared and cooked to your requirements and to your schedule. Because meals are served in different locations, often with great lighting there's a great element of anticipation and surprise waiting with Philip orchestrating the events to a consistently high standard.
On safari, the highlight has to be seeing the animals in their natural environment and Mark and Ferguson really delivered on this one. The 6am and 4.30pm safari meant we saw mating lions, stampeding elephants, charging rhino, stalking cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, wild dogs, hyena, jackal .....and many impala and zebra. And the sundowner breaks, particularly at sunset were special touches. The three hour walk in the bush was a marvellous way to get a real sense of the bush and the overnights in the Hide were, I'm told, romantic events!
Thank you Morukuru family.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Reading your lovely response has moved me and it makes everything we do so much more meaningful when we know we have managed to create such treasured family memories for our guests. Thank YOU all for allowing us the opportunity to host you at our special Morukuru Family Farm House. We hope to welcome you again to our beautiful country.
With love from all of us!
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

I booked this lodge specifically for its malaria free, AND children friendly attitude from their website. I can say my choice was 100% on the mark. We felt very welcomed, despite having three young and demanding children, all our requests were catered for, times of the drives, food, timing of meals, special requests etc etc. We were extremely happy with the sightings, despite the dense bush, Anthony was able to fetch some pretty decent games, lions in action, including litttle critters and birds. Even when things were dull for times, Anthony managed to rekindle their interest with information. Having Fergusson sighting for us was also a huge bonus, the kids liked his front chair on the hood and were fighting to get into it at the end of the drives!! We appreciated the family atmosphere by Amy and little Adam, and the rest of the crew. The lodge was well kept and has a definate 5 star experience, save for the moths..
A word regarding the reserve, I was not desappointed in regards to the variety of the vegitation and animals, I was afraid at first that it was less "foresty" than what I would have liked, but that was not the case. I was never a wildlife type, but this trip defintely made me want to come for more.
Pack a pair of bonuculers, and don't forget a high zooming camera. Mosquetos were not a problem..

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Thank you for your very helpful review that you have shared with the Tripadvisor Family.
Giving back the gift of time to families is what we do best and we are truly pleased that you have taken away such special memories of your time with us.
We wish you well and hope that you will continue to explore the many wonders of our beautiful country.
Best wishes from all of us at Morukuru!
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Morukuru Family is probably unique in that it provides a safari with the luxury of a private house with butler, cook, maid service with your own dedicated ranger and tracker for game rides. The team were cheerful and helpful and despite somewhat indifferent weather for the time we were there we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and hope to return.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review of our very special Morukuru Family.
We are pleased to know that your time with us was a unique experience and hope that we will have the pleasure of your company again soon!
Your African Family awaits you.

With Morukuru magic,
Eluisa
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Chicago
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Words cannot describe the experience that Morokuru Family allowed us to have! The personal driver / game tracker, the chef, all staff are just absolute top! I have been to many 5 star places, non of them come even close to this!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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RinseW, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you Thomas, for this wonderfull review of your stay at Morukuru Family Owner's House recently. We are happy to read that you rank your experience so highly and our team is very pleased with the feedback. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again when ever you decide to come back to South Africa. Warm regards, Rinse
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Thank you to all of the Morukuru family! I want to take the time to let you know that our time with all of you at Morukuru was everybody’s favorite. We loved all of our different South African tours and experiences for different reasons. But, you, Andrew, Calvin, Cheré, Evens, Isaac, Bronwyn, Hop and all of the Morukuru staff were so accommodating, wonderful, personal and fun! We thoroughly enjoyed our time and will do nothing but recommend you to future visitors to South Africa! I think that is what we loved the most about the Morukuru safari experience was how personal it becomes when getting to know all of you. Besides, of course, all the wonderful animals, sights, food and amazing accommodations. I could go on and on!

I have “liked” your page on Facebook and I would love to keep in touch with all of you in hopes that we could return one day and see all of you again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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RinseW, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you so much for the wonderfull comments about your stay at Morukuru Family in Madikwe, we are really happy to read that it was your favourite place in South Africa! Please keep cherising the fond memories and we do hope that you are coming to us again when you next return to South Africa! Warm regards from the entire Morukuru Family! - Rinse
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Weßve stayed for 3 nights at the Owners House with our little daugther and it has been an unforgettable experience. First of all, we have to thank all the people working at Morukuru as they have been so nice, friendly and helpful! Special thanks goes to Calvin and Cheré, Asion, George and Ephraim who made our stay so special. When we arrived we were greeted by the whole staff (who were singing for us) with drinks and wet towls and a warm welcome. The Owners House has been huge and beautiful furnished and we spend lovely hours at the large pool. The food has been delicous (you never eat at the same place) and the Bushbreakfast and the dinner under the stars on our last night we will never forget! Nothing seems to much trouble and everything is organized to meet your needs. We've seen and learned so much during the game drives - it's unbelivable! We were really sad to leave and hopefully we will have to chance to come back in the near future!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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MorukuruEluisa, Public Relations Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay with us! We hope that you will come back soon to visit us and the wonderful Madikwe wildlife. We will be waiting for you.
Best wishes from the whole Morukuru Family over the festive season.
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Property: Morukuru Family Madikwe
Address: Madikwe, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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