Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Tucked under the leafy canopy of an ancient morukuru tree on the banks of the Marico River lies this decadent, ultra-luxurious bush home for the ultimate in private safari accommodations. Ideal for honeymooners, couples or a small family, Owners House was built by Morukuru's owners as their own private retreat, with two huge en suite bedrooms and a choice of shared spaces. Surrounded by expansive decks and balconies, Owners House offers plenty of peaceful nooks to hide away or gather together for lounging and memorable al fresco meals. Whether reclining together by your infinity pool, or alone in your private elevated sala, or just lying in bed with the doors wide open listening to the sounds of the African bush, you'll find wondrously restorative moments at Morukuru Owners House.
Owners House combines contemporary European styling with handpicked African arts and crafts, featuring wood, stone and glass design elements in harmony with the natural setting. No luxury is spared: You'll find a team of eight dedicated staff at your service, home office facilities, a superb wine cellar for your perusal, Wi-Fi connection, stereo system, DVDs, CDs, a small library stocked with safari-themed books, and the opportunity to bathe outside under the stars. Large en suite bedrooms have super-king-size beds and cozy fireplaces. Among the shared spaces are a spacious living room centered on a soaring stone fireplace, outdoor dining spaces lit by romantic lanterns, and a rectangular pool surrounded by expansive decks for lounging.
Of special note: While the location is completely private, Owners House is within strolling distance from River House using a wooden walkway—an ideal arrangement should you wish to book both houses for a larger party that requires a combination of shared gatherings with maximum privacy.