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River House


The exclusive River House in the 76,000 hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve commands an elevated position on the banks of the Marico River. Here you are surrounded by the African bush, serrenaded by the sound of the exotic birdlife whilst soothed by the constant flow of the rivers waters. 

Accommodation is spread across two floors with three en-suite luxury king sized bedrooms, sleeping up to six adults and four children. This private luxury villa excudes European style together with handpicked African peices making for the perfect African home from home.

At River House, we invite you to make the most of your own private chef, butler, hostess nanny (if required), housekeeper and private safari guide and tracker for the complete service. 

Minimum four adults per night. Minimum four night stay during peak season. 

River House

River house can accommodate up to six adults and four children. The villa comprises three double en-suite bedrooms featuring every imaginable comfort from super-king sized beds, open log fires for those chillier winter evenings, full air-conditioning systems and large private decks leading to outdoor showers. In the spacious bathrooms you will find another shower as well as tubs enjoying extensive views over the bush. 

Children can be accommodated comfortably in a seperate family room which by day is the villas study. Here they can enjoy their own bunk beds and have access to up-to-date facilities such as satellite TV, Playstation consoles, a computer with the intenet and DVD's.

At RIver House you're invited to make the most of the exclusive staff who are on hand to cater for your every whim. 

Outside aside from the beautiful infinity pool surrounded by loungers and comfy chairs there are plenty of al fresco dining options to be discovered dotted around the secluded and private villa grounds and decking. 


Morukuru is entirely centered on guest experience and delighting them. We can offer game drives, bush walks (children under 16 will have bush walks on non big five private Morukuru property), fishing, birdwatching, fun outdoor mini-adventures like supervised exploring for junior guests, romantic starlit sleepovers at the double-storey bird hide for adults, creative meal settings and options like bush breakfasts, pizza picnics, candle-lit dinners and memorable barbeques at the riverside. Local dancers from the nearby Molatedi village are also a firm favourite. We also offer guests the possibility of having massages during their stay with our onsite therapists.


Morukuru is extremely child friendly as we welcome children of all ages. We have based our whole ethos around hosting families or groups of close friends. Our junior guests are allowed on game drives throughout the Madikwe Reserve and are able to enjoy every magical aspect of being on safari with their parents. Our children receive a Morukuru Kidz Backpack filled with Safari treasures. We offer the service of a Nanny for those parents that wish to have a little time to themselves allowing them to relax knowing their children are being cared for. Children are kept busy with baking, kiddie-adventures, swimming, fishing and much more.

Food And Wines

Our chefs are meticulously trained and can provide a wide array of catering options from traditional, formal and nouvelle cuisine to utterly relaxed and casual snacks on demand and everything in between.

We encourage our guests to eat al fresco as much as our beautiful African weather allows and believe that every meal is an occasion. Guests are also able to personally select wines from our wine cellar to accompany and compliment their meals.

Wish List

We encourage guests to complete a Wish List. We can arrange special deliveries for all guests according to their personal wishes noted on their Wish List.  Your wish is our command.


Farm House is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. The reserve covers over 75,000 hectares, offering guests a premier safari and wildlife experience. It is a malaria-free reserve and one of the biggest game reserves in South Africa. It can be found between the Botswana border and the area made famous by the South African writer Herman Charles Bosman called the Groot Marico


Madikwe is a Big 5 reserve (top 10). Its extensive grass plains are home to game such as Gemsbok and Springbok and over 340 species of birds. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and wildlife as well as a  terrain and topography that offer ideal game viewing and photographic opport unities.


The climate is ty pified by hot summers (September to April) and cool dry Winters (May to August).  Summer: 25 ˚C (77˚F) – 40˚C (104˚F)  and Winters: 3˚C (38˚F) – 23˚C (73˚F) 

Rainfall: Classed as a semi arid region, rainfall amounts to about 500mm (19.5inches) per year, with most of the rain falling in  the summer months.  

Malaria Free Zone

Madikwe Private Game Reserve is perfect for children as it is situated in a non-malarial area. Here guests can relax in this pristine wilderness environment, marvelling at the Big 5 in the safety of a Malaria Free Zone. 

Morukuru Goodwill Foundation

The Morukuru Family believes in giving back to Africa and to her wildlife, in the form of preservation and conservation and to her local communities through education, empowerment and encouragement. The foundation is involved in various Wildlife and Community projects: removing alien vegetation from the Madikwe Game reserve, assisting the Molatedi school library with book donations as well as soccer kits for the up and coming soccer stars, recycling initiatives, and assistance with Parks Board projects like darting, collaring and relocation activities.

By Air

We offer our guest the possibility of getting to and from Morukuru using our close partners Federal Air/Madikwe Charters.  The Federal Air Hangar and lounge is based at ORTambo airport.

The duration of the flight from ORTambo to Madikwe is +/- 50 minutes. All our guests are met on arrival at Johannesburg airport by a Morukuru/Bidair representative and assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. They are then escorted to the Federal Air Kiosk (situated outside the Intercontinental Hotel) and from there shuttled by road to the Federal Air lounge.  The Federal Air shuttle bus passes every 20 minutes and is a complimentary service.  Guests are able to make use of the Federal Air lounge where light refreshments and snacks are offered whilst guests can stretch their legs and wait for the departure of their flight to Madikwe. On arrival at the Madikwe airstrip, your Morukuru team will be waiting to take you through to your private villa.

Helicopter transfers can also be arranged should this be a requirement, we have a helicopter platform on our private property at River House.