This lodge was absolutely fantastic and I had one of the most memorable trips here. The lodge is so luxurious and you feel thoroughly spoilt staying here. Whilst it was a bit on the expensive side, we got all our meals and games drives included which was great value for money.
The grounds are spectacular with so much attention to detail in every way and you get wonderful views of elephants drinking water in the watering hole nearby. Our room had a 4 poster bed, a fireplace and a bath overlooking the watering hole so that you could relax in the tub and look out for game after a day of wildlife spotting. The lodge is covered in thatch which is very much in keeping with the surrounding bushland and we loved the fact that the thatch rooves in the main lodge were built around some trees.
The food was exquisite and beautifully presented and we had so much variety. At dinner it was wonderful to be able to dine under the stars alfresco style which added to the romanticism of this place.
The game drives were the best I have ever been on and our guide consistently tracked down lions, wild dogs and a plethora of wildlife and it was so exciting driving off and searching for game. The guides were so informative and respectful of the animals and their environment and we loved the evening game drives where we could have a beer or two at sunset.
We were made to feel incredibly welcome here and I really hope to be abe to return here again in the future. This will always be a very special place for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, situated in the western side of the 75 000 hectare, Big Five, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province, forms an integral part of The Madikwe Collection's exclusive portfolio of lodges. As its name suggests, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is an exclusive lodge offering guests a personal bush experience, which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. The lodge offer some of the best views in Madikwe as well as the tranquil feel given by the mature trees (mostly Leadwoods) under which the lodge's main building and five luxury bush villas nestle. Motswiri has luxurious accommodation, with each bush villa offering stunning views from private decks and multiple-slider bedrooms and bathrooms. Add double-sided fire places, air-conditioning/ ceiling fans, stunning bathrooms and an outdoor shower and you have a bush experience second to none. Then our Family Villa offer three rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The Family villa boasts a private lounge area leading out onto a private deck and pool. At the main area of the lodge enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the waterhole, have a cocktail under the shade of the Motswiri trees (Leadwood in Tswana) on the main deck or just while away the day in the outside lounge and bar area. Fine cuisine is served in the dining room, under the Leadwood or around a roaring fire in the boma. Staff offer personal service in a relaxed but professional manner and the twice daily game drives are conducted by our rangers whose superb bush knowledge is imparted in the manner best suited to the bush knowledge of the guests on the specially designed landcruiser game viewing vehicle. Motswiri offers the option of individual bookings or exclusive use of the lodge for groups. The lodge is ideal for corporate, family / friend groups of up to ten people who do not wish to share the facilities with other guests. Motswiri is a mere 3- 1/2 hours drive from Johannesburg or for utter indulgence, guests can opt for a fly-in safari to the reserves all weather airstrip. Scheduled daily charters are available via the Federal Air Madikwe Charter Joint Venture Partnership. Lodge tariffs include luxury accommodation, two fabulous game drives per day and all meals. ... more less
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