Celebrating the Women of Morukuru – Meet Melanie Murdoch from Reservations

Meet Melanie Murdoch from our Reservations team. Find out how her passion for South Africa shines through when assisting our guests, how she is creating her own family traditions and which author has her full devotion. Cheers to Melanie and all the women who contribute to the success of Morukuru Family.

When you were growing up - what did you want to be?  I changed my mind a lot, but the two options that stick out the most are a nurse and a teacher.

All the Morukuru Family properties are exceptional - have you had the opportunity to visit them? If so, tell us about your favourite experience at each. Yes, I have had the privilege of visiting our wonderful properties. Of course, staying at any of our properties is an experience, but if I had to choose, sandboarding on the dunes at Morukuru Beach Lodge was definitely the highlight.  Another fabulous memory was seeing some incredible animal sightings, including a pride of lions on a kill with cubs and being invited to participate in a wild dog collaring. That is an experience I will never forget from Morukuru River House.

Are you a bookworm? Share some of your favourite authors and tell us what you are reading at the moment. Bryce Courtney is one of my all-time favourite Authors, especially his earlier books.  I am currently reading a book recommended by my colleague, April, called “Kill Shot” by Vince Flynn.

Assisting guests with their dream holiday can be a pressured responsibility - What do you enjoy most about helping them plan their holiday?  I enjoy explaining the uniqueness of our properties and getting them excited about their stay, whether they are coming in a month's time or in a year's time.  For most of our guests, it is also their first time in South Africa. I enjoy explaining the fantastic things our country offers and helping them plan their once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Morukuru is all about “family” - what is your favourite family tradition?  My little one is only 18 months old, so we are still “creating” our family traditions, but we have started having “Flap Jack Sunday” weekly and just spending quality family time together over breakfast.

Tell us about a woman you admire and why?  My Mom: she shows strength and resilience every day. She supports and encourages me in everything I do. I am who I am because of her.

What does Women’s Day/Women’s Month mean to you?  The month of August always reminds me of the strength, resilience, and determination we women have. It makes me proud to be a woman and to be raising one.