There are few things more precious than a sense of belonging. Experiencing a deep connection to another and to a place. This is what struck Ed and Anka Zeeman when they first explored the vast 75000-ha Madikwe Game Reserve and decided to procure their own 2000-ha tract of virgin bush adjoining Madikwe.
Alone in the untrammelled African wilderness, they naturally slowed their pace, appreciating the primal nature of life and sharing the humbling expanse of wild Africa with friends and family.
The Zeemans built their first luxurious retreat on the banks of the Marico River, stocking the two-suite Owner’s House with every luxury – a superb wine cellar, excellent entertainment system, fabulous kitchen and a team of 8 staff. Within strolling distance but completely private, they then built River House, a four-bedroom home with the same level of luxury. With no fixed schedules for game drives, no rules or expectations, and no other guests, and the fabulous game experience of Madikwe Game Reserve, Morukuru Family soon became known as one of the most relaxing safari destinations on the continent. Both Morukuru Owner's House and River House have been completely refurbished in 2020.
Unable to meet the inevitable demand, the Zeemans added more siblings to the Morukuru family: Farm House, a five-suite barefoot-chic homestead located on the other edge of Morukuru Family private concession within Madikwe Game Reserve, and set within a 100-hectare fenced-in area.
Next came Morukuru Ocean House, a 4-suite oceanfront exclusive-use house located within one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves: the 36 000-ha De Hoop Nature Reserve, just over 3 hours from Cape Town along the Garden Route..
In July 2018 the 5-bedroom Morukuru Beach Lodge opened it's doors. This luxury eco-friendly lodge is the ideal option for couples and smaller families and it is our second property in De Hoop Nature Reserve, a mere kilometre west from Morukuru Ocean House. Just 2 years after opening Morukuru Beach Lodge was voted #1 resort in South Africa and #8 resort in the World according to the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. That same year World Travel Awards voted Morukuru Beach Lodge 'South Africa's Leading Beach Hotel'.
AtholPlace House & Villa, a luxurious and intimate urban bolthole in Johannesburg, Africa’s big apple, was added to the collection in 2014 as a hotel and private villa. In 2020 the concept was changed to that of exclusive-use only and guests can book the 9-bedroom AtholPlace House or the 4-bedroom AtholPlace Villa. As with its siblings, AtholPlace House & Villa combines elegance and luxury with a thoroughly unpretentious atmosphere, a home-from-home where everyone, regardless of age or predilection, is made to feel welcome.
In short, Morukuru offers the most exclusive experiences in some of Africa’s most exciting places. Providing a precious space to reconnect with who you are and those you love.
Morukuru Family welcomes children of all ages and children can also join on gamedrives, thanks to the exclusive-use concept.
Where we operate
- South Africa
- Beach Holidays
- Bird Watching
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
- Self-Drive Holidays
- Eco tourism
Morukuru Goodwill Foundation was created by the owners, as they strongly believe in the concept of giving back to Africa. Giving back to wildlife, in the form of preservation and conservation; and to local communities, through working with them to educate, empower, mentor and encourage them as far as possible. Together, we can work for the benefit not only of the greater Madikwe Reserve area and community, but towards Africa as a whole. Morukuru Goodwill Foundation has been supporting nature conservation and local comunities in and near Madikwe Game Reserve for well over a decade now. At the same time Morukuru Goodwill Foundation is also supporting De Hoop Nature Reserve.
30 July 2020
In 2014, Morukuru Family acquired AtholPlace Boutique Hotel in the upmarket suburb of Sandton in Johannesburg. The stylish boutique hotel was renovated and a new 4-bedroom villa was added, before re-opening in 2015 as AtholPlace Hotel & Villa. Over the years we welcomed many happy guests, including some Royals even.Read More
16 January 2020
As we welcome a new year and look ahead to a new decade, we can share some exciting news with you all. Morukuru Family Madikwe is getting a whole new look! Anyone who has undertaken building and interior work understands how challenging such projects are, but ultimately all the blood, sweat and tears will reveal a fresh new look and feel for Morukuru Family Madikwe - without losing any of the intrinsic values we are already so proud of.Read More
21 September 2018
Morukuru family join wildlife lovers around the world to mark World Rhino Day (22nd September) by launching their very first ‘Safari with a Purpose’ programme in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. Morukuru Family welcomes you to ‘Safari with Purpose’, a uniquely crafted safari experience like no other.Read More
23 November 2017
Morukuru Family is expecting a new arrival! Due early July 2018 Morukuru Beach Lodge will become the 6th uniquely fabulous property to join the Morukuru fold and like her diverse siblings will be located in one of the most beautiful & varied regions of South Africa and built with the greatest sensitivity to the local environment.Read More
29 September 2017
Morukuru Family is happy to announce the addition of the new 5-bedroom Morukuru Beach Lodge in De Hoop Nature Reserve. This luxury, eco-friendly lodge will open on 7 July 2018 and is located approximately 1 km from sister property Morukuru Ocean House, along the same pristine coastline.Read More
07 June 2017
Morukuru Family is pleased to announce that Allan Jones has joined the group this June as General Manager of AtholPlace Hotel & Villa. Allan, who studied Hospitality Management in Cape Town, has travelled all over the world working for international hospitality companies in Scotland, England and Florida. When returning to South Africa, Allan continued his dream and passion for the industry by working for prestigious and boutique hotels such as La Residence in …Read More