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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Jan 15, 2020 Tim J Portsmouth, United Kingdom

From the moment we arrived until the moment we left this was just the best experience! We were travelling with friends and met up with another couple and all went out on game drives together we had such fun ! We had Tim and Tiyani as our ranger and tracker and they were truly the best, not only did they deliver on the big 5 early on but they… Read more
From the moment we arrived until the moment we left this was just the best experience! We were travelling with friends and met up with another couple and all went out on game drives together we had such fun ! We had Tim and Tiyani as our ranger and tracker and they were truly the best, not only did they deliver on the big 5 early on but they introduced us to the beautiful birds , butterflies and even the insects which make this such a special place. We enjoyed tea breaks and sundowners in the most magical places but nothing could compare to our final evening - watching hippos from the river bank with a gin and tonic in hand and the sun setting.... suddenly out of the bushes came a large bull elephant who proceeded to go in the water and have a swim - it was truly a special moment. The camp had experienced torrential rain just prior to our arrival and the rangers were simply ecstatic with the amount of water in the rivers and cascading over the dams it was incredible to see. The meals and all staff were brilliant , the lodges all individual and very spacious. The pool was a wonderful place to spend time relaxing during the day. We feel privileged to have been able to visit Motswari and the memories will remain forever...... it was everything we could of wished for and we will be recommending to any friends or family that are thinking of going on safari. Thank you for such a wonderful stay. Read less
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Jan 3, 2020 sergio1benedetto Sao Paulo, SP

Dear guest. I was in motswari private game in January 02 2020 Everyone said that the resort is wonderful but i want appointed one important thing. The first night wake up with an yellow African scorpion in the room, Extremely dangerous,the bit us mortal. I was scared, i tried to contact the reception (11pm) nobody's answered i was there … Read more
Dear guest. I was in motswari private game in January 02 2020 Everyone said that the resort is wonderful but i want appointed one important thing. The first night wake up with an yellow African scorpion in the room, Extremely dangerous,the bit us mortal. I was scared, i tried to contact the reception (11pm) nobody's answered i was there nobody help me no guards, no people . Back to the room and i try to catch this intruder. Finally i killed it with high risk from my side. I want to advise in this private resort no emergency structure in case of this situation. Crazy, in case of yellow African bit you have act in the maximum 2 hours,after that ,see you in the next life Read less
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Dec 21, 2019 luizs678 Sao Paulo, SP

Just come, the best choice we could ever made. Amazing team, food, service and is all included. Safari and everything else.The guide and the ranger were Wonderfull. Very dedicated to give you the full experience of a perfect Safari.
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Dec 21, 2019 geertb423 Zeist, The Netherlands

This was our second time in Motswari. Based on our previous experience we had asked for a specific chalet and had received a positive answer from the agency to which Motswari has outsourced its booking proces. We arrived with high expectations just to find out that our preferred chalet was occupied and that we were assigned to another chalet that… Read more
This was our second time in Motswari. Based on our previous experience we had asked for a specific chalet and had received a positive answer from the agency to which Motswari has outsourced its booking proces. We arrived with high expectations just to find out that our preferred chalet was occupied and that we were assigned to another chalet that was not suited for the eye problems of my wife. It took some discussion but finally we were moved to another chalet that really was much better. We were very much impressed by the way the management handled this problem, the honesty with which they communicated with us and the solutions they presented excellent hospitality! As far as our stay is concerned, the experience was again very good: Wienand and Bricks were excellent guides, the food and service were excellent and the atmosphere was warm. Recommended! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best safari experience! Will be returning

Dec 10, 2019 molly877 Boston, Massachusetts

Amazing - staff went above and beyond to make sure our stay was great. Extremely friendly staff - cannot say enough good things about the staff, as well as the clean, comfortable, spacious and beautiful accommodations. Food was excellent and they were able to accommodate a vegan diet easily. Thank you Motswari! Best safari experience.