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 Absolutely majestic

Jun 18, 2024 G2627FEmarkh

We stayed for 3 days before moving on to Dubai for some relaxing time and without a doubt the only mistake we made in our booking with motawari was only spending 3 days there instead of shortening the Dubai section to accommodate more. The whole team from top to bottom go above and beyond to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. The… Read more
We stayed for 3 days before moving on to Dubai for some relaxing time and without a doubt the only mistake we made in our booking with motawari was only spending 3 days there instead of shortening the Dubai section to accommodate more. The whole team from top to bottom go above and beyond to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. The entire experience felt very authentic and a remarkable balance struck between comfort and keeping in touch with having life's essentials. Unfortunately I'm terrible with remembering individual names but we had Owen as our guide and George as our tracker who combined as our crack team to locate the wildlife and a fantastic job they did too. Some of Owens driving and manoeuvring was next level to ensure we saw maximum game at the best views and George the human GPS also never let us down. He also treated us to some evening dance moves after dinner!!! Priiti and the other cooking staff made sure we never wanted for anything. As a fussy eater I was a little apprehensive before traveling as to what would be served but I need not have worried. Whatever your food preference you will never go hungry at Motswari. Dinner is fantastic, breakfast is awesome and lunch is served with dance and song putting a smile on everyone's face daily 😃 I know I have missed numerous names out but everyone there bar nobody went above and beyond to ensure everybody's experience is as good as it can be. Thankyou to each and every one of you guys for making our stay so special and we plan to return in the future sometime Mark & Teresa, UK Read less
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Jun 12, 2024 Marco J

I’ve ben in Motswari Lodge for three days from 10 to 12 june 2024 and it was an incredible experience. The place is wonderful, peaceful and perfect. We were two friends and really enojed our holiday in Motswari. We went twice a day for the safari with the best team: Josh the guide and Difference the trucker (a real human gps). They were very… Read more
I’ve ben in Motswari Lodge for three days from 10 to 12 june 2024 and it was an incredible experience. The place is wonderful, peaceful and perfect. We were two friends and really enojed our holiday in Motswari. We went twice a day for the safari with the best team: Josh the guide and Difference the trucker (a real human gps). They were very kind, gentle, nice and competent: they explained us everything about the animals and the plant we have seen. We saw the big 5 and even more and more animals. Really the best team we cuold have found. Thanks a lot again guys. Even all the members of the staff were so kind, i mean, it’s all perfect. All of them look like they are a big family. I’ve stressed some of them cause during the walking safari i’ve been stung by an insect and i asked lots and lots of times if it was a mosquito cause i was very scared and they were every time so nice reassuring me. A special thanks to my “doctor” Clifford for his patience. Anyhow, great place and great staff. Thanks a lot again all of you guys for this memorable holiday. Hope to see you soon. Marco from Milan, Italy Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just magical!

Jun 11, 2024 LondonBabsp London

We had the most amazing experience staying at Motswari. From the lodge, to the daily safaris at dawn and dusk, the food, the staff, the care…it was absolutely fantastic. Special thanks to our guide and spotter Hayden and Patrick for making our safaris so awesome, and Jon and his team for all the delicious food served up! Cannot recommend… Read more
We had the most amazing experience staying at Motswari. From the lodge, to the daily safaris at dawn and dusk, the food, the staff, the care…it was absolutely fantastic. Special thanks to our guide and spotter Hayden and Patrick for making our safaris so awesome, and Jon and his team for all the delicious food served up! Cannot recommend enough! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An unforgettable stay at a magical place

Jun 6, 2024 ShannonC94_13 Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We could not fault our stay at Motswari, the whole place is beautifully thought out in every way. We felt so at home and genuinely felt we left with friends in the staff, I even shed a tear in our taxi to the airport. We spent 5 amazing days with 10 game drives and saw more animals than we could of imagined including all of the big 5 in one day.… Read more
We could not fault our stay at Motswari, the whole place is beautifully thought out in every way. We felt so at home and genuinely felt we left with friends in the staff, I even shed a tear in our taxi to the airport. We spent 5 amazing days with 10 game drives and saw more animals than we could of imagined including all of the big 5 in one day. Hayden, our guide, was exceptional, his knowledge and passion for what he does is infectious and he made every game drive so interesting not to mention sharing a lot of laughs and fun together too. Also shout out to our tracker Patrick for his amazing eye for finding the animals! The lodges are spotlessly clean and made up twice a day which we thought was so impressive given the environment. The food was fantastic, surpassed our expectations for a safari lodge and we never ever went hungry with so much to choose from. Truly a holiday we will never forget, we hope we can return again some day. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The most magical honeymoon!

Jun 3, 2024 Emily K

I don’t even know where to start with this review, Motswari was everything we had dreamed of and more for our honeymoon, and we miss this beautiful place so much. From the minute we arrived we were treated like family by every member of staff, it truly is the most friendly and welcoming place. The lodges are absolutely beautiful and so… Read more
I don’t even know where to start with this review, Motswari was everything we had dreamed of and more for our honeymoon, and we miss this beautiful place so much. From the minute we arrived we were treated like family by every member of staff, it truly is the most friendly and welcoming place. The lodges are absolutely beautiful and so wonderfully decorated, and although we didn’t spend a lot of time in our lodge, it had everything you needed and the bed was huge! The room was also kept so clean and tidy, and the cleaners were very discreet, only attending when we were out on drives. The food was also out of this world, every single meal was incredible and so tasty, we highly recommend the omelettes for breakfast. The location is incredible and we enjoyed spending time in the pool watching elephants and warthogs walking past. I also had two wonderful massages during our downtime which were so relaxing. We couldn’t leave a review without mentioning Josh and David who were our guide and tracker, they absolutely made our trip. Josh was so friendly, passionate and knowledgeable and we felt we learnt so much about not only the animals but our surroundings, he really is a credit to Motswari, even managing to get me to do not one but two bush walks (which I was adamant I would not do and totally loved) David is also a total credit to Motswari, and his tracking skills were out of this world, we ended up seeing so many animals due to David's great eyesight and hearing!! There are so many magical touches that Motswari do during your stay (I won’t spoil the surprises) that absolutely made our honeymoon a trip of a lifetime. This was our first safari and we have definitely caught the safari bug, we will definitely be back to Motswari!! Thank you for the most unforgettable stay! Read less