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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Exceeded Expectations”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

We drove up from Johannesburg to Motswari and stayed 4 nights at the lodge early June. Everything exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. All staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was amazing and the guides (Herald and Difference) were fabulous - they make every effort to show us all of the Big 5. The accommodation was also very nice, comfortable and extremely clean. Most of the staff have been with Motswari for a very long time, one individual even 25 years. Due to this, the staff are amazing, take ownership and pride in what they do, and always do everything with a smile. Cannot express our gratitude to all at Motswari for this experience. We will definitely be going back to South Africa in the future.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that Herold and Difference see this fantastic review.

I hope to welcome you back on day soon!

Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family.

Dave
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

The only thing we regret is that we only booked Motswari for 2 nights. From the moment we arrived, we said that we need to come back again.
That was even before we had experienced the rest of the lodge and went on a game drive.
We got the "Rhino" room and it was so beautiful as the rest of the lodge. We can recommend Motswari to anyone looking for an awesome Safari experience, you won't regret!
Then the food.. WOW, we were in the middle of the bush (seriously, super cool!) and the staff kitchen could serve us such wonderful meals and some of the best food we've ever eaten.

We got Josh and Tiyani as our guide and tracker. They were super nice, had great knowledge about the surroundings and they did everything they could to help us see the "big 5" (along with a lot of other animals) and they made it! Maybe with a bit of luck, but without there knowledge we wouldn't found those Lions that they tracked on our last game drive or the Leopard that we were searching after for 2 hours. We thought that we would miss to see the Leopard, but when we were on the way back to the lodge they turned around and we got to see it after all.

Since we arrived back home to Sweden, Motswari is the thing we talked about and we can't say enough good things about it, we could keep writing for hours.
We just like to give a BIG thanks to everyone in the wonderful staff, you all made our first Safari better than we ever could imagine.
Without any doubt we will be back and bring our family and friends as well!

So if you like to go on safari just go to Motswari, you don't need to search for anything more, they have it all!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Nothing better than reading reviews like that on a Monday morning!

Thank you so much for your kind words - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and that you would reccomend Motswari to others!! I will make sure that Josh, Tiyani and the rest of the team see your review.

I hope to welcome you back to the Timbavati one day soon.

Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family.

Dave
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Amazing service, fabulous accommodations and food, and wow we loved the game drives!

Highly recommend for anyone looking for a luxurious stay paired with the (optional) exciting tours through the savanna looking for animals (their trackers are incredibly talented and make you feel very safe).

Thank you Motswari team we will be back next year :)

  • Stayed May 2014
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - we really do appreciate the feedback!!

I will make sure that the whole team see your kind words and I hope we can welcome you back to Motswari one day soon!!

Very Best Regards from the whole team

Dave
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Last month I visited Motswari for the 5th time, and as always, enjoyed every second. The accommodation was luxurious, the staff were friendly and accommodating, and the food was simply delicious. I loved spending time at the lodge as much as I appreciated the game drives. No question that I'll return... in fact, I can't wait for my next visit to this outstanding game reserve.

Room Tip: All the bungalows are wonderful.
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thank you so much for the review Mia - it was great to finally meet you!

I am very glad to hear that you will return yet again and hope you will spend another night in Giraffe's Nest!

Very Best Regards from us all
Dave
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Adelaide, Australia
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Had the chance to spend three nights with the staff and rangers at this wonderful game reserve.
The rooms were very clean and set close to the river bank. the meals were very good and the breakfasts were to die for.
Marka and Patrick our guide and tracker were very experience and left no stone unturned finding the wonderful game they had on offer.
Might not suit some but to see a Mozambique Spitting Cobra take down a Plated Lizard will be remembered for a long time.
All rooms were in close proximity to the main area.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and will certainly make sure that Marka and Patrick see your kind words.

I hope to see you back at Motswari one day soon!

Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family.

Dave
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This was our first safari experience and we really didnt know what do expect. Motswari surpassed anything we could have imagined. It was the perfect fit for us. The main lodge and our room (Buffalo) was decorated in a rustic luxury style. Gorgeous. The grounds were beautiful with a pool that looked out over the river.

The meals were served buffet style and they were simply delicious and very healthy choices. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were fantastic. Dinner was set in the bomba with a wonderful fire roaring in the middle. at one point - i was handed a warmed sand bag to keep my lap warm during dinner. every detail thought of.

Our drives were done by Richard and Petros; 2 highly skilled men who shared alot of information on the bush and the animals. We so appreciated there expertise and insights which made the experience that much richer.

You will have an absolutely wonderful time at Motswari. After Motswari- we did go to another lodge for 2 nights and still say that Motswari was our favorite. Thank you to all the staff that work there!

Room Tip: Buffalo room was great.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a positive review - we are delighted that your first safari experience was so enjoyable and that we were able to surpass your expectations.

I will make sure that Richard and Petros and the rest of the team see your kind words.

We hope that you will visit us again and perhaps stay a little longer next time.

Best wishes from the Motswari Team

Dave
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

We only booked 2 nights and it was just not long enough! The whole experience was memorable with amazingly authentic and well designed suites. Marka and Eric our guide and tracker made our game viewing of all big 5 jaw droppingly wonderful.
Our 2nd night was spent at giraffes nest and it's as romantic as it is a unique night under the stars with the clear skies above and the sounds of the African bush as the music score. Will stay in our memories for a very long time.
Only advantage of our mistake is that we will have to return for a longer stay.!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
You scared me a little there with that heading, but am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and great to hear that you enjoyed Giraffe's Nest!

I hope your mistake does bring you back to Motswari and that we can welcome you back soon.

Very Best Regards from us all
Dave
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Property: Motswari Private Game Reserve
Address: Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Motswari Private Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open to the Kruger National Park and playing host to Africa's Big Five is Motswari Private Game Reserve. One of South Africa's jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated four-star luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation.The name Motswari means "to conserve and protect" in Tswana and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the splendour of an African sunset at this vintage bush lodge.The 150 square kilometres that make up the reserve are part of the greater Kruger Park and guests will be treated to wildlife in their natural habitats as part of their unforgettable experience of Southern Africa. Ideally situated and exclusive, Motswari Private Game Reserve holds the best of everything for the traveller to the untamed majesty that is Africa.If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere, peaceful communion with nature and a private experience on a traditional African game farm, this holiday location is for you!Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers with professional field guides and trackersMid morning bush walks * Safari walks in lieu of morning game drives guided by armed field guidesOvernight bush hiking and camping sleep-out experience for groups of 4 with experienced guides*Hide sleep-outs in the Motswari Game Reserve*Swimming pool*Boma & bush dinners*Pre-lunch safari interest talks*Curio shop at Motswari Game Lodge*Brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner*Library and Art Gallery with 24-hour internet facility at Motswari Game Lodge*Fully equipped air-conditioned conference room for 20 delegates at Motswari Game Lodge*An additional vehicle plus guide can be arranged for an extra cost per day and covers 2 game drives per day ... more   less 
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