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Morukuru River House

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Morukuru River House is an exclusive-use safari house situated on the banks of the Marico River in a private concession inside South Africa's malaria-free Madikwe Game reserve. The reserve spans over 75000 hectares, offering guests a premier safari and wildlife destination including the Big Five.

This luxury three-bedroom safari house can accommodate 6 adults and 4 children. It is perched on the banks of the river and is a true family haven allowing friends and families an unforgettable escape from reality. Each room features a super-king size bed, romantic gas fireplace, full bathroom with bush views, outdoor shower, cooling and heating air-conditioning, and tree-shaded private deck. The children can bunk in the fun, comfortable family room (which doubles as a study) and enjoy state-of-the-art satellite TV, Playstation, computer with internet and DVDs.
Children are allowed on game drives throughout the Madikwe Game Reserve and are able to enjoy every magical aspect of being out on the savannah. Upon arrival, every child will receive a Morukuru Kidz Backpack filled with treasures. Other kiddie adventures include supervised exploring, baking, swimming, fishing and much more.
Cool off in the infinity pool and enjoy "al fresco" dining on the wraparound deck. The living space consists of a dining room, lounge and a warm inviting kitchen which is always open to guests for snacks and drinks at your leisure. You will be hosted by a hospitality team, comprising of an experienced personal Chef, butler, housekeepers, safari guide and tracker and of course a private safari vehicle. There are never any other guests besides yourself and those who you invite along. Your personal game ranger works with a gifted tracker to bring you the very best that Madikwe Game reserve has to offer. With no set schedules there is complete freedom to do as you wish when you wish.
Your personal chef will have been meticulously trained to provide a wide array of catering options from traditional, formal and nouvelle cuisine, to relaxed and casual snacks on demand. To compliment your dining, you will be able to personally select wines from the cellar. The staff will offer creative meal settings like bush breakfasts, pizza picnics, candle-lit dinners, and riverside barbeques.
For an even larger gathering of family and friends, a wooden walkway links River House to Owner's House, another private, spacious exclusive-use safari escape.
Morukuru is committed to uplifting the local community through various projects and, as a guest, you are part of the sustainability model.

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