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Morukuru Family Madikwe
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Palo Alto, California
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5 reviews
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“Once in a Lifetime Experience!”
Reviewed 2 April 2011

I recently stayed at the Morukuru Family Farm House with some good friends and I can truly say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We stayed for 4 days, which was enough time to get acclimated and enjoy a genuine safari experience.

The three things that particularly stood out were 1) the immersive safari experience, 2) the wonderful service, and 3) the amazing food.

First, the safari adventure, which is the primary reason for coming. We got up close and personal with 3 of the Big Five (lions, elephants, and rhinos), though we weren't able to catch glimpses of the elusive leopards and buffalo. Our safari guide Kevin was extremely knowledgeable about wildlife, birds, plants, and the general ecology of the reserve. As a photo enthusiast, he also had an amazing knack for situating us in the best positions for memorable shots. Kevin was on call throughout our stay to take us on safari on our schedule, and he was very professional and fun throughout.

Second, the service was impeccable. From the moment we drove up, with the staff of 6 greeting us in song, to the moment we departed (again with the staff in song), the entire team was dedicated to making our stay as memorable as possible. Led by Jemma, the property manager it seems, we were treated very special throughout. For instance, each time we returned from safari, Jemma and team were waiting out front with wash cloths and drinks. Philip was a terrific man about the house, constantly checking on our needs as well as introducing us to a bevy of new drinks.

Finally, I have to say the food was amazing! Joyce prepared a wide variety of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, each one distinct from the others. The meals tended not to be specific to African meals (at least what I would an African meal to be), and catered to Western palates. They also tailored to our specific dietary needs. One of our friends ate only Kosher foods, and another did not eat egg-based products, and Joyce was terrific in making sure they had great meals.

It's worth noting that I rated the Morukuru 4/5 stars on value because this is not the type of place you go to for value. If that's what you want, go to the Kruger National Park for free so you can get droves of tourists blocking every wildlife glimpse you catch.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

A couple of years ago we visited Morukuru Lodge for the first time. We had high hopes after we have made safaris in Tanzania, but Morukuru surpassed anything!
Not only because of the idyllic environment, the most fantastic game drives, seeing the big five, the absolutely delicious food, the spectacularly decorated lodge, but also the very hospitable service, luxury and the joy that the Morukuru family gave us, exceeded our expectations! So it was not diffucult for us to choose for Morukuru again in 2010! And again it was absolutely worth it!
Morukuru continues to innovate, surprises guests with unexpected activities everyday, and it remains for us as paradise on earth!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

I spent 3 nights in the Farm House with a group of friends, and the experience was fantastic. Everything from morning to night went smoothly with zero stress for schedule, and the entire staff was extremely accommodating to any request. I'm sure I will return another stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Andijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

Thank you everybody at Morukuru- we have had a wonderful time in this beautiful place! Fabulous food, friendly service: all with the African smile. We have enjoyed wonderfull game drives and we will try to remember all that you shared with us in terms of knowledge and experience!
We were absolutely overwhelmed by the exceptional service and the caring that was shown towards us. We have never encountered anthing like this before. We will never forget this amazing experience and Morukuru will be on our lips whenever we recommend a great bush destination! Unfortunately we had to leave ... with tears in our eyes.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2010

Back from Paradise

In a cold and rainy area we dream of our stay in the Morukuru resort. With its mild climate, its sunshine and very friendly people serving you. It is not imaginable that it is just a few weeks ago.
What do you feel if an elephant with its ears spread wide stands within 3 meters of your car. And that car is open, it has only protection against the sun. But the ranger and his tracker sit at ease, the tracker on a seat on the left front mudguard. He can nearly touch the elephant.
After the meeting with that elephant a black rhinoceros, a group of lions, and then a female giraffe with its young. Incredible it is only some weeks ago, the silence, the wild animals, the fine weather, the service.
Returning from the Safari the people of the Morukuru Farm House receive you with excellent drinks and hot towels. As we left at 6 in the morning, breakfast is served after return, the drinks and the hot towels. And we continued the morning at the swimming pole. Or we took a rest in the magnificent rooms at the Farm House. A great opportunity to refill the batteries for the next Safari in the evening.
Traces of lions were detected by the tracker. The tracks were fresh, and therefore the ranger and the tracker concluded the lions must be in the near vicinity. The tracker stepped down from his seat and started following the trail by foot. No personal protection. To our surprise, the ranger drove the car further, leaving the tracker. Just by a soft whistle they kept contact. And the tracker found the group of lions. He approached till a distance of 300 meters, hidden in bushes and waited for the return of the car. Afterwards, we drove to the lions, a group of some eight animals. Their bellies were round, they obviously had eaten the night before and were just lazy.
At the Farm House we experienced the same procedure as in the morning, but now alcoholic drinks were presented too. And then the dinner, prepared by the excellent cook Peter Mamabolo, and served by Flappie, who always spontaneously smiled. We all gained some weight: dinners and drinks were too tasty to leave anything. It was Paradise over there.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

In 2008 we visited Morukuru Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve with our young son and we had an excellent time. Private and exclusive: 7-star rating. But this time (Oct. 2010) we returned to stay at the new and improved Morukuru Farm House, where we also met with friends travelling through Africa. THIS WAS WONDERFUL! When you're travelling with a group or larger family, this is the place to be! So very hospitable and complete. Luxury with a layed back feeling, privacy or fun in joining the group: everything is possible. Great couple that manages and organizes game drives and a very good tracker. Great food, even greater wines. We saw lots of animals, also when we bush walked. We can absolutely recommend Morukuru Farm House and Morukuru Lodges! Real value for money and a great experience!!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

One of our most exciting visits was to the Morukuru estate in South Africa.
Once we arrived in Johannesburg , a guide escorted us to the Morukuru private airplane. A first class trip to a dream holiday, as we experienced later.
After landing in the bush the rangers were waiting for us. In a open jeep a nice trip followed to our destination. All stress disappeared at once.
Arriving at the owners house, the staff was awaiting us with a big smile and cocktails. It felt like coming home after a long trip.
Because of my work and relations I’ve seen a lot, but I was flabbergasted after looking at the house. Beautiful ,luxurious ,elegant and with all modern details you can imagine, but still African .
Very well done!
It was a bless to stay here. Every morning a big smile from one of the butlers. Daily with ranger Kevin and Tommy on game drive.
And guess what, this time we’ve seen all the big five ! The two just didn’t give up till we’d seen also the Leopard. And we saw even more. Wild dogs, the brown Hyena…
Luce surprised us with a warm nice smelling bath, surrounded with candles and rose leaves. How romantic.
It’s too much to write all down. You just have to experience yourself. It’s pure overindulgence from beginning to the end, with a staff it’s hard to say goodbye to .
So we just have to return.


Monique Collignon

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Morukuru Family Madikwe
Address: Madikwe, Madikwe Game Reserve 2838, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 Speciality 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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