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Morukuru River House

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Morukuru is a collection of exclusive-use properties in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The River House is one of the villas situated along the bank of the Marico River.

At a Glance

  • Big 5 game viewing

  • Malarial free

  • Perfect for families

  • Beautifully designed lodge

  • Private guide, vehicle and tracker

Villa, Adventure, Family, Parties & events

Insider's View

Asked to be dropped off at the hide, and not bothered again until night fall. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon, listening to the eles play in the water while reading your favorite book.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Morukuru River House or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest


Morukuru Lodge is made up of the River House and the Owner’s House. The houses are fully staffed and guests have the use of a private 4 wheel drive vehicle and guide, making for a truly exclusive safari experience.

River House is approximately 400 meters from the Owner's House, the two houses can be taken exclusively, or, for larger groups, as a whole. The larger of the two, River House comprises 3 en-suite bedrooms and a children's room.

The central living area is adorned with plush soft furnishings, Madikwe stone, crafted by the local community, wood and glass elements work together to create a pleasing synergy of contemporary African décor, style and ambiance. The living area boasts state-of-the-art digital entertainment and home office facilities, as well as an elegant dining area and formal lounge.

A wooden deck surrounds the villa and guests can recline on comfy sofas or on loungers by the pool, overlooking the river. Retreat for a siesta under the impressive Tamboti trees which provide welcome shade from the hot African sun.

In the evening, there is a range of dining options, including around a log fire in the lodge’s atmospheric boma. The lodge also organize enchanting bush meals: riverside picnics, dining amidst the savannah or having breakfast on a nearby mountain top. No two meals are taken in the same location.

Established in 1991, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is today one of South Africa’s top wildlife destinations offering the chance to see a variety of game including Africa’s ‘big five’.


The double en-suite bedrooms feature super king size beds, air conditioning, fans, a fireplace for chilly nights and large, insect-screened sliding doors, opening on to tree-shaded private balconies. Spacious bathrooms have deep soaking tubs with a view of the bush, and both inside and outside showers for an unforgettable bathing experience.

There are 2 en-suite bedrooms at Owner's House, and 3 en-suite bedrooms at River House. These rooms can be split into twins. There is also a childs room at River House with bunk beds.


Children are welcome but there are no facilities except babysitting which is available on request. The lodge offers outdoor activities for kids supervised by skilled and experienced rangers at all times, whether its taking youngsters out on a first time fishing expedition or enjoying a BBQ by the river.


Facilities at the house include a swimming pool, 4 wheel-drive vehicles, a central living area featuring state-of-the-art digital entertainment and home office facilities. There are elegant dining areas and formal lounges, as well as various other dining options including the atmospheric boma, picnics in the savannah, along the river or on a nearby mountain top.


Game drives are included in room rates. The park is home to lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, brown and spotted hyena, giraffe, wild dog and cheetah among others. You can also enjoy bush walks, fishing safaris and birdwatching.

Location & Directions

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Morukuru Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve on the banks of the Marico River. Situated between the Botswana border and the Groot Marico - just 110 km from Sun City and four hours drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

When to go

The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Morukuru River House or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest

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