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