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Ah, Morukuru Beach Lodge. It’s rare we are so totally smitten by somewhere we just can’t find any flaws, but this is a serious gem with a stunning location beside the Indian Ocean in the rugged De Hoop wilderness reserve.
What’s Morukuru Beach Lodge really like?
Ok, if we reaaaaaally, reaaaally had to find a downside to Morukuru Beach Lodge, we’d say the gravel entrance road in is a bit long and bumpy. But frankly, we forgot about that the minute we arrived to a cheery welcome and the sort of views that make your jaw hit the floor. Either side of the main area are the four huge Ocean View Suites, with views of the tumbling waves (and perhaps the odd whale or two). Bathrooms are all ensuite with rain showers and a separate bath tub- there’s even a small window by the tub so you don’t miss out on the view. There’s also a honeymoon suite with a big private deck and a madly romantic outdoor tub.
Food here is to die for- unfussy and delicious (and your reviewer is an ex chef so she should know!) and hospitality feels effortless and informal. If you want to take a picnic out onto the reserve or help yourself to the coffee outside your room, feel free. Quite a few of our guests come here during the winter to spot the whales, so there are plenty of open fires, but if you visit during summer you might often eat outside.
What can I do at Morukuru Beach Lodge?
One of the things that’s always made the Morukuru lodges such a huge hit with our guests is the really high standard of hospitality and the cheery, positive staff who make your stay such fun. They’ll chat to you and suggest a couple of scheduled activities each day based on who’s staying at the lodge and what it seems like everyone will most enjoy.
Aside from the whale watching (June to October), they can help you plan sand-boarding, mountain-biking, hikes through the marine reserve and fynbos, and snorkelling- definitely a summer- time activity in our book! It’s really the thoughtful touches that make things here work so well- there are wellies for people who want to potter along the shoreline, telescopes for the (admittedly pretty glorious) stargazing, and blankets to snuggle into on chilly winter nature drives. Ok, we’ve raved enough, but seriously, you should go.
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