Motswari Private Game Reserve

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

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

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

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.

  • Honeymooners: couples staying 3 nights or more will receive a bottle of sparkling wine in their room on arrival. The bride will also save 50% off accommodation costs. 

    Offer not combinable with any other offer. 

  • Favourite Benefit: Stay four nights between 01 Aug '19–30 Apr '21 and receive one complimentary night stay in the Giraffe's Nest treehouse, subject to availability. Not combinable with other offers. 

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Excellent value private game lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve

Small, intimate lodge with not more than 30 guests at any one time, giving a real home from home experience. As soon as you check in you will feel like part of the family

Fantastic 'Big Five' game viewing

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Treehouse offer: stay four nights between 1 May '19–30 Apr '20 and receive one complimentary night stay in the Giraffe's Nest treehouse. Not combinable with other offers
  • Honeymooners: couples staying three nights or more will receive a bottle of sparkling wine in their room on arrival. The bride will also save 50% off accommodation costs. Valid for stays between 1 May '18-30 Apr '20

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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May 27, 2020 N14AHjulieo

I tried to contact Motswari about my early June 2020 booking back in March and they never replied to me. Because it seemed it would be unsafe to visit South Africa due to Covid-19, I wanted to change the dates. I am now a week away from my check in date and still no reply. The provider I booked the room with is also trying to reach them… Read more
I tried to contact Motswari about my early June 2020 booking back in March and they never replied to me. Because it seemed it would be unsafe to visit South Africa due to Covid-19, I wanted to change the dates. I am now a week away from my check in date and still no reply. The provider I booked the room with is also trying to reach them without success. According to the latest government guidelines, South Africa will be at a level 3 lock down starting June 1st. Hotels and B&Bs are still not allowed to operate, there will only be some exceptions for business travelers. Because their establishment will be closed at the time I was supposed to stay there according to government guidelines, they should really refund me. I made a non-refundable booking but because they are closed, it seems very unethical to me that they are keeping my money. It is a money grab. Read less
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Mar 15, 2020 Satkaj Mumbai, India

Was there last May 2019... it was highlight of our trip.. Wonderful people, superb property lovely rangers who tried their best to take is around.... Extremely saddened to know that Petro .. our game ranger passed away recently... Our deepest condolences to all... he was such a wonderful person... Keep up the good work guys...
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Mar 10, 2020 296deniseq Los Angeles, California

From beginning to end Motswari is outstanding. During our four days and nights last week we experienced incredible game drives, including the Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Lion and Cape Buffalo) within two hours of our first drive. In addition to the breathtaking wildlife was the fantastic staff. Patience (who checked us in) set the tone… Read more
From beginning to end Motswari is outstanding. During our four days and nights last week we experienced incredible game drives, including the Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Lion and Cape Buffalo) within two hours of our first drive. In addition to the breathtaking wildlife was the fantastic staff. Patience (who checked us in) set the tone with a welcoming smile and thorough walkthrough of the camp and times for drives and meals. The food was delicious. Our room was big and beautiful with a deck that overlooked a large watering hole (big enough to have a hippo in it which we saw each day). And again, the staff topped it all off. This place should be high of your list of safari destinations. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Attention to detail is superb!

Mar 9, 2020 Heena B Johannesburg, South Africa

This was our first time at Motswiri and we were so happy and amazed at the hospitality! We were a family of 5 with 3 children (9,11,13) and stayed at their family luxury villa which had 3 bedrooms en-suite with a private pool and living room. What was most impressive was the attention to detail-from the welcome warm towels with citronella oil… Read more
This was our first time at Motswiri and we were so happy and amazed at the hospitality! We were a family of 5 with 3 children (9,11,13) and stayed at their family luxury villa which had 3 bedrooms en-suite with a private pool and living room. What was most impressive was the attention to detail-from the welcome warm towels with citronella oil after every safari to incredible cuisine for lunch and dinner catered to our vegetarian and dietary requirements. Our guide Stewart was one of the most knowledgeable and intelligent trackers we have come across (and we go to several safaris a year). The first couple of safaris, they could have fit us and other guests in 1 vehicle but instead took us out on 2 vehicles so our family enjoyed the experience on our own without being cramped (something most other lodges have not done in our experience). All in all, fantastic 2 night stay and we will definitely come back to Motswiri! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The very best ever

Mar 6, 2020 rcoughlan200 County Cork, Ireland

If you want the best, go to Motswari. Everything here is top-class - food, accommodation and staff. Special mention goes to tracker, Petros and driver/guide, Tim - they went over and above to make each drive an extraordinary experience and gentle education. If you plan to visit Kruger Park, Motswari Lodge is THE place to stay. If you have not… Read more
If you want the best, go to Motswari. Everything here is top-class - food, accommodation and staff. Special mention goes to tracker, Petros and driver/guide, Tim - they went over and above to make each drive an extraordinary experience and gentle education. If you plan to visit Kruger Park, Motswari Lodge is THE place to stay. If you have not planned to visit Kruger, you might change your itinerary and go to Motswari, you will be well rewarded. Words cannot do justice to the Moiswari experience. Mairead and Ray Read less