Motswari Private Game Reserve

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

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The hotel

Private and serene, Motswari Private Game Reserve is small and intimate with no more than 30 guests present at any one time, allowing for peace and quiet aplenty. Family-run and All Inclusive, you’ll enjoy Southern African hospitality at its best here. Individual bungalows, each slightly different, offer a superior level of comfort with luxurious bathrooms and stunning views of the surrounding wilderness from your terrace. The owner has personally added her own unique touch with individual art pieces across the property. Extended game-drives at sunrise and sunset allow plenty of opportunity to spot the 'Big Five' as does a guided walk through the Savannah with one of the resort’s highly experienced and very friendly trail guides. If the sun feels too warm, it’s not a problem, enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool any time of day. There’s also a lovely lounge area overlooking a waterhole where you can admire the visiting wildlife as you relax. Meals are served in the lounge or in the boma, a traditional fire side meeting place. Season dependent, you can also head into the bush for a picnic style breakfast or an early evening dinner under the stars.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Near National Park

Where is it

Set in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Kruger National Park Conservancy. Transfer time from Hoedspruit Airport: 50 minutes.

Hotel information

15 bungalows, 2 per unit. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a terrace offering unrivalled bush views, safe, hairdryer and some with outdoor shower offering a serene and peaceful environment. Standard Rooms are naturally furnished to reflect the African surrounds with 1 king-size bed or twin beds, generous sitting area and en-suite bathroom, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adult and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: all meals and soft drinks, local wines, beers and refreshments on game-drives. Daily game-drives and a guided safari walk.

Conservation fee is payable locally on departure.

Standard Interconnecting Rooms also available which are perfect for families, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Geiger's Camp is a nestled a few kilometres from the main lodge and offers an escape to African beauty, tranquility and comfort. The lodge comprises of 2 stone houses with 4 beautiful en-suite bedrooms, a large communal lounge area/library and it's own swimming pool with breathtaking views of the Nhlaralumi River. Geiger's Camp is also available for exclusive hire - perfect for groups and families.

Why not spend a romantic night under the stars in your very own private treehouse? Add a night in the Giraffe’s Nest Treehouse to a stay in either camp.

Meals are served either in the lounge, inside the Boma or on the breakfast terrace. Bush breakfasts and dinners can be arranged locally. Bar. Infinity swimming pool. Library. Gift shop. Extended sunrise and sunset game-drives. Daily bush walks, bird watching and local community village tour. Giraffe's Nest Treehouse*. Complimentary WiFi access in the Indaba Room (public area). Library and art gallery. Curio shop. Laundry/dry-cleaning facility*.

2 nights between 1 May-30 Sep and 3 nights between 29 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: children should be 6 years and older for game-drives, 12 years and older for bush walks and 18 years for the Giraffe's Nest Overnight Experience.

Please note: guests having dinner at Geiger’s Camp are requested to dress in smart/casual attire. Gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers and closed shoes.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating It’s the best wild life!

Feb 22, 2024 Dream797137 Tetbury, United Kingdom

The Big 5 are there waiting to show you their world and the trackers and drivers will guide you to jaw-dropping up-close sights and experiences. You will be fed and watered with quality food served with charm. The GM and his team make you feel very much at home. You will not want to leave - we didn’t!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truly amazing safari.

Feb 14, 2024 bartonzip England

My husband and I went to Motswari Lodge in February 2024 for four nights. What a truly amazing experience. We went on all the morning and afternoon drives. We captured the big five and many more animals, that goes out to the expertise of Paul and Release. We'll done guys. The whole team at Motswari Lodge make your stay one that you will… Read more
My husband and I went to Motswari Lodge in February 2024 for four nights. What a truly amazing experience. We went on all the morning and afternoon drives. We captured the big five and many more animals, that goes out to the expertise of Paul and Release. We'll done guys. The whole team at Motswari Lodge make your stay one that you will never forget. A big thank you to all and we will be back. Robert and Anne Barton Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A life enhancing trip.

Feb 14, 2024 tre4d Lincoln, United Kingdom

I find it difficult to truly express how fantastic an experience was our four night stay in the Motswari lodge. We arrived shortly before 3pm, had lunch and by four were off on our first game drive. In the first couple of hours we had already seen a leopard up a tree with its kill, a mother and calf rhino and a male lion. By the end of the… Read more
I find it difficult to truly express how fantastic an experience was our four night stay in the Motswari lodge. We arrived shortly before 3pm, had lunch and by four were off on our first game drive. In the first couple of hours we had already seen a leopard up a tree with its kill, a mother and calf rhino and a male lion. By the end of the fourth day we had added multiple sightings of all the big five including three different prides of lions, a very rare pack of African wild dogs (only 450 left in the Kruger National Park, a place the size of Wales, Hippos, crocs, zebras, hyenas, various types of antelopes, a family of warthogs trotting along in front of the verandah of the lodge, a troupe of elephants in a column just to the right of the lodge, African wild cat, a honey badger. Most of these sightings were at a range of between five and ten metres. Just mind blowing. We came across a pride of ten lions eating a recently killed buffalo - we were less than 10m away from them. At one stage we found ourselves slap bang in the middle of a herd of elephants chomping away at the foliage. We just sat there watching. I'm missed out lots of sightings. So many it really was fantastic. On our last evening we even stopped by the grassless football pitch to watch the Motswari staff football team the "Zebras" playing a game against a visiting team. Two of the visitors shared a pair of trainers - one wearing the left show and the other the right. Even the evening where we had to abandon the drive because of a thunderstorm and rain of biblical proportions turned out ot be great as we got to the bar early, the staff lit a fire and we sat watching England v Wales rugby match before dinner. Oh and that was the night the elephant strolled by across the lawn in front of us! The whole stay was made better by the knowledge and friendliness of our guide Jeremy and tracker Hendry and indeed by all the other staff in the lodge. They were all great. The lodge facilities themselves were perfect for the purpose. They even have an infinity pool where you can just sit watching the animals stroll by. I didn't think I'd use it much thinking there would be a lot of insects around it, this being "the jungle" and all. If there was one area they could improve on I can't think of it. It was one of the best holidays of my life and I'm already looking at when we might be able to return. Thank you Motswari Read less
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Feb 8, 2024 calajoncols Roses, Spain

I was in that paradise 5 days in the last February and it was very nice!!!!!! You feel at your home from the first minute, staff very attentive and good people. Special attention with the food you find the love which they put to cook......at the end all the staff " chapeau ", one night a Elefant break the boiler from the shower and in the same… Read more
I was in that paradise 5 days in the last February and it was very nice!!!!!! You feel at your home from the first minute, staff very attentive and good people. Special attention with the food you find the love which they put to cook......at the end all the staff " chapeau ", one night a Elefant break the boiler from the shower and in the same early morning they repare. I was going to the safari game with Henry and Jeremy and they have an incredible knowledge and passion for the Nature!!!incredible trips and you saw many animals of course the big five....... No words for the experience in Motswari!!! I hardly recomen if you like the peace and love!!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic place!

Jan 30, 2024 Pathfinder388193

We spent two nights at Motswari, and I must say, it would have been even better to stay for at least one more. My wife and I traveled to Motswari after a research meeting in Cape Town. We flew to JNB airport and rented a car; it was quite easy to reach the lodge. Although I was a bit worried about arriving in time for the evening game drive, we… Read more
We spent two nights at Motswari, and I must say, it would have been even better to stay for at least one more. My wife and I traveled to Motswari after a research meeting in Cape Town. We flew to JNB airport and rented a car; it was quite easy to reach the lodge. Although I was a bit worried about arriving in time for the evening game drive, we made it 45 minutes before the 4 PM deadline. The staff assured us that they would wait for us to start the game drive and suggested we have lunch before heading out. The food and accommodation were fantastic. We stayed in the Roan bungalow, considered one of the top accommodations, very close to the pool and bar. For 24 hours, we had the entire lodge at our disposal since we were the only guests in the entire lodge during the low season. We had three fantastic game drives with a very skilled tracker, Hendrik, and guide, Paul. My wife wanted to see lions, and they tracked a lion pride within 5 minutes of starting the game drive. I had a list of animals to see, and Paul and Hendrik managed to find almost all of them, including lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, wild dogs, etc., despite the rainy weather. We missed the leopard, and the entire fourth game drive was dedicated to finding it. Paul and Hendrik located it and saw it on foot, but it was tricky to reach with the car. I asked to see it on foot too, but they explained it was very dangerous. Regardless, I understand that it's not a zoo. I'm sure that with an extra day (and better weather), we would have seen the leopard. It was really hard to leave such a nice place with fantastic people! On the way back from the lodge to the airport, we had an additional game drive as we saw buffalos, kudus, and other animals. Finally, 5-10 km before exiting the Timbavati reserve, a huge herd of elephants crossed the road, and one even came close to our car (2-3m). In summary, this was the best trip I have ever taken! Hopefully, we will manage to come back. Thanks to all Motswari staff, and special thanks to Paul and Hendrik. Read less