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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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Level 6 Contributor
40 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Excellent lodge!!!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We came from Hazyview and it took us 2,5 hours to get to Motswari. On the way to Motswari we already spotted giraffes and zebras. We checked in and stayed at the house called Duiker. Good location and very comfortable. After our excellent first lunch we went on our first game drive. We had Shadrack as our Ranger and Petro as our Tracker. Excellent team!!!
We stayed for 4 nights. We saw the Big 5 several times and also lots of other stuff. Shadrack and Petro are very knowledgeable.
The food is excellent! Wines and other drinks also good. Staff very friendly. Would recommend it to everybody and would definitely return.
Wake up at 5.15 was a bit early the first morning, but you get used to it :-).

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will certainly make sure that Shadrack and Petro see your kind words!!

I hope to welcome you back to Motswari in the near future!!

Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family.

David
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

"Arrive as a visitor -leave as a friend " !
That soo true ! I was staying at the lodge the second time (first time in May 2013 with my husband), this time bringing a friend of mine and she also was enthusiastic ! Again it was absolutly stunning...The lodge and the bungalows are beautyful, comfortable; the food is superb (especially lunch!), but what is most: the absolutely lovable staff !!
My wish regarding the bungalow and the guide/tracker-team was fulfilled (thanks so much, Liz, Mpumi and Thea !!) and we were so happy with our A-Team Herold and Difference !! They did a really great job and we`ve had so fantastic sightings (of course the BIG FIVE and I finally had my leopard in a tree) !! Thank you so much guys, we had lot of fun with you, it was so instructive and we enjoyed every second of our drives (despite the cold front ;), brrr) !!
Thank you Liz for the very entertaining and merry last evening in the boma; you`re a real comedian !!
Thank you John, for escorting us safely to and from our bungalow in the dark and showing us so many animals staying in the lodge; we even had elefants and buffalos directly in front of our terrace !!
Thank you Chad for signing your book for me; amazing pictures and it really brings back great memories of our time at Motswari !!
Many thanks to the rest of the staff; hope to see you all again in the not to far future !!
So, what is left to say: WE WILL BE BACK !!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you so much for writing this detailed and amazing review of Motswari!

It is fantastic to see people returning to Motswari and I really enjoy it when guests and the Motswari team connect so well and we can deliver on the famous Motswari motto! I will ensure that everyone mentioned in this review sees your kind words and I will certainly feed this back to the entire Motswari family!

We look forward to welcoming you back one day soon

Very Best Wishes from us all
Dave
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Motswari was absolutely fabulous the food, accommodation, staff and ambience are very special and it would be very hard to say that their could be any improvements you really feel as if you have entered another world. Our Guide Herald and tracker Difference were experts in their field they knew every question and a lot more about the animals and flora. We saw all the big five with their great skills of finding them I would 100% recommend this reserve to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review of Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will of course ensure that Herold and Difference see your kind words.

Very Best Wishes from us all
David
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our guide Josh and tracker Jacky were passionate about the animals and about our experience. Our accommodations (Geiger Camp) were beyond anything we could hope for - very personal (only four rooms), well appointed rooms, beautiful common areas, unbelievable food (thank you, Grace), outstanding service.

Room Tip: We chose Geiger Camp as a smaller venue and more personal service. It was perfect.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Thank you so much for reviewing Geiger's Camp - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and that you enjoyed the personalised service of the camp. I will make sure that Josh, Jacky and Grace see your kind words and I hope we can welcome you back one day soon!

Very Best Regards from us all

David
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We saved the best for last. Our 3 week vacation in South Africa ended with 3 nights at this amazing Safari Lodge. Rooms are extremely well appointed, food is outstanding and the staff is terrific. Thanks to everyone for making our stay so memorable. Special thanks to our guide Chadrak and tracker Tiani for their exceptional work in showing us the wondeful wildlife of Timbavati. We'll be back for sure!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
I am delighted that you enjoyed your time at Motswari and will of course ensure that Shadrack and Tiyani get to see your kind words. I hope we will see you back here one day soon!

Best Wishes from us all
David
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Stafford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Our 3 days in Motswari came at the end of a 3 week holiday in South Africa. Before Motswari, we had already fallen in love with the country and the people, from cosmopolitan Cape Town to backwater Zulu villages and plenty in between.

However, the Motswari experience made everything which had gone before seem ordinary. The location, the staff and in particular the guide and tracker (Harold and Difference) made for a wonderful experience. Everything was so well organised, the food and accommodation were exceptional and the games drives were spectacular and informative.

Before the event, I was berating myself for not buying or hiring a long range telephoto lens. In the event, we were so close to the animals that my 50 - 200 zoom was more than enough and our guide got us in the perfect position time and time again.

We read the slogan arrive as a guest, leave as a friend and thought a nice "corporate" touch. By the time we left we truly believed it. We have experience the winter and would love to go on safari again in the South African summer. We would not consider anywhere else other than Motswari.

Once again a big thank you to the whole team for a memorableexperience

Room Tip: Any room is awesome, you are in the African bush
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
What a fantastic heading to read on a Saturday morning! I am so glad that you enjoyed your time at Motswari and will certainly make sure that Herold and Difference see your kind words!!

We look forward to welcoming you back one day soon!

Very Best Regards from your friends at Motswari.

David
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Our three days at Motswari exceeded all our expectations, from the welcome on arrival making sure we got lunch and straight onto the game drive to an almost teary goodbye with our ranger and tracker and everything in between. The rooms were spacious and clean the food amazing, all the staff so hospitable and most importantly we got to see the BIG 5 and so much more. We will be back without any shadow of doubt.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
I am so pleased you enjoyed your time with us at Motswari! We look forward to welcoming you back one day soon!!

Very Best Regard from us all

David
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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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