Lodges

Morukuru River House

Blissful peace, a bubbling river and, nearby, the Big Five

Morukuru River House

Morukuru River House, one of three exclusive-use lodges in the Morukuru collection, lies apart from its counterparts in a private area within the large Madikwe Game Reserve. It has its own distinctive style (read glamorous, chic and super-comfortable), own safari vehicles, staff and attractions. River House lies on the banks of the Marico River, and the sounds of the water bubbling past are soporific – you'll sleep like a baby. This is Big Five country, and your private ranger knows the bushveld and its occupants like the back of his hand.

At the lodge

The hotel

Modern European styling meets hand-picked African chic and strong natural colours in the main area. The sitting room is cosy, with a fireplace and squashy-cushioned couches that beckon you to sit and chat or read. Creative meals are served in the intimate dining area, the garden or the candlelit boma. Outside is a heated rim-flow pool for post-safari dips. Want to invite some guests around? Nearby Owner's House can host a function for a larger group. Wi-fi throughout.

The rooms

Three double en-suite bedrooms sleep six adults and four children, who are accommodated in a family room/study area with comfortable bunk beds, satellite TV, Playstation, computer with internet and DVDs. Each suite has rich wooden floors and, for mum and dad, a huge king-sized bed. There's a fireplace for cooler evenings, aircon and a tree-shaded private deck. The bathrooms are spacious, with twin basins, a shower, a freestanding bath, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private outdoor shower.

On safari

Experiences

Madiwe's Shangaan trackers are legendary for their knowledge of the landscape and their animal-tracking skills. They'll make sure you see your wishlist creatures, including the Big Five, brown and spotted hyaena, African wild dog, aardwolf, reptiles (including two-metre python) and Madikwe's 350-plus species of birds. Watch elephants play at a waterhole, wild dogs cavorting and leopard moving silently through the bush. Take a bush walk, visit the bird hide, go fishing, have a massage or try your hand at drumming.

When to go

Madikwe by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Dry

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Madikwe Game Reserve lies on a transition zone with a mix of Kalahari thornveld, denser bushveld and open savannah areas providing the perfect habitat for an abundance of species including the famed Big Five, with both black and white rhino present. The not-to-be-missed wildlife specials for this region include brown hyena, sable antelope and gemsbok. However, the real highlight for Madikwe is its resident pack of wild dogs, providing exciting moments on the hunt.

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