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Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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Toronto, Canada
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“It doesn't get any better than this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2007

This place is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to stay if you're looking for a luxury African safari adventure.

The lodge is located in the great Madikwe Game Reserve, about 3-4 hours drive northwest of Johannesburg along the Botswanan border. This is a private reserve so the only way you can get in is if you're staying at one of the lodges. We found this really made our safari experience truly personal because you don't see a whole lot of other people on your drives.

The moment we pulled up to the property, we were greeted with cold drinks and warm towels to refresh ourselves. The place only has 5 rooms and each one is a private hut or villa so it feels very exclusive and the staff pamper you silly. The rooms themselves are beautifully decorated with a four-poster bed, gas fireplace, deep soaking tub, outdoor rock shower and a private deck facing a watering hole so you can view animals from your room. The rate is pretty expensive but included in your rate are all your game drives and all your food (drinks are extra).

You go out on 2 game drives per day, at dawn and dusk, and each drive lasts about 3 hours. Our ranger/host Kevin was amazing at tracking down animals during our safaris and, if you ask nicely, he might even make you one of his special Amarula hot chocolates! The food served at the lodge was 5-stars all the way. We were travelling with our 1 -1/2 year old daughter and the staff went out of their way to make us all comfortable...providing us with a crib, specially prepared food and a great babysitter (Hilda) to watch our child while we went out on the safaris.

The only downside about Motswiri was having to leave!

  • Liked — Extremely luxurious
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve 1560, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Motswiri Private Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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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