Morukuru Beach Lodge

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Price guide: $$$$$ $200-$350 per person per night

Morukuru Beach Lodge sits in the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve on the southern tip of South Africa. The lodge lies a short walk down the coast from its sister hotel, Morukuru Ocean House, and offers the same combination of luxurious accommodation, unspoilt wilderness and fantastic wildlife-watching opportunities – and eco-friendly travellers will be pleased to learn that the hotel is off-grid, running from solar power.
Perfect forA peaceful nature escape on the South African coast.
In the knowWildlife buffs are in luck here: the De Hoop Nature Reserve is the best place in South Africa to spot the mighty southern right whale, and between July and October, whale watching from the beach and sand dunes is an unforgettable experience.

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Morukuru Beach Lodge sits on an untouched stretch of rugged coastline in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a beautiful region of sand dunes, sea and vegetation-covered cliffs. Remote from civilisation, this is a peaceful part of the world, where clear, unpolluted night skies make for fantastic stargazing.

Rooms at Morukuru Beach Lodge

There are just five rooms and suites at the lodge, ensuring you’ll enjoy a peaceful stay. The four Ocean View Suites look out over the Indian Ocean, and the Honeymoon Suite, which comes with a large deck with an outdoor bath and sunloungers, overlooks the dramatic fynbos dune landscapes and the sea.

The rooms are colourful and spacious, and feature underfloor heating for those chilly nights - this is heated by solar power, as is the water in the bathrooms, which have walk-in rainshowers. Relax on the daybed by your large bay window and enjoy the panoramic views. 

Food & Drink

The food is world-class across the Morukuru hotels, and the Beach Lodge is no exception. The menu is international and changes constantly, and consultation with the chef is always possible to ensure a personalised dining experience. This being South Africa, a fine selection of wine is also on offer, both in the restaurant and the well-stocked bar. Packed lunches and picnics can be prepared to take out with you on your adventures: have lunch on a secluded beach or in the dunes.


With an outdoor pool and patio, as well as a rooftop terrace for sundowners, there are plenty of areas to relax in after a day's adventures. Inside, there's a cosy library, where you can curl up with a good book on chilly evenings.

Activities at Morukuru Beach Lodge

As well as whale watching, guided nature walks and drives are also on offer through the fynbos shrubland - a great way to get to know the area’s landscapes and the wildlife that inhabit them, such as the Cape Mountain zebra. A nearby vulture colony is the endpoint for a rewarding hike. If you’re feeling adventurous, go sandboarding on the dunes, which are also the perfect spot for a sundowner overlooking the sea.

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