Morukuru Family - Madikwe Game Reserve

Morukuru Owner's House

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Big 5 game viewing

  • Malaria free

  • Perfect for families

  • Beautifully designed lodge

  • Private guide, vehicle and tracker

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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. Autumn (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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Insider's View

Ask 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 favourite book.

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

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.

Owner's House is approximately 400 metres from River House, the two houses can be taken exclusively, or, for larger groups, as a whole. The Owner's House is the smaller of the two and has just two double en-suite bedrooms.

The central living area is adorned with plush soft furnishings, Madikwe stone, crafted by the local community, and 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 the opportunity to sit around a log fire in the lodge’s atmospheric boma. The lodge also organise enchanting bush meals: riverside picnics, dining amidst the savannah or 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’.

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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.


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.


  • Game Drives & Bush Walks

    The Madikwe Game Reserve is an incredible 'Big 5' wilderness area. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, and the critically endangered Africa wild dog are just some of the amazing sightings you can enjoy in this 75 000 hectare reserve.

  • South African Birding

    The Waterberg is home to an incredible diversity of bird species. Besides residents, migratory species move through during the rains and the escarpment cliffs are home to the world's largest breeding colony of the critically endangered Cape Vulture.

Location & directions

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, 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.

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