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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dave and Thea are the most delightful and friendly people. Motswari truly was peaceful from the beginning to the end of our stay. Their hospitality, staff and food are ALL outstanding. Henry was an excellent Guide and Patrick an outstanding Tracker, both were friendly, professional and full of knowledge...they made everyday memorial. We saw the BIG FIVE in addition to... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Motswari Susan and thank you for your kind words! I am delighted that you both enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that Henry, Patrick and the whole team see your positive feedback! I hope to welcome you both back to Motswari one day soon! Very Best Regards from us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent two nights in your wonderful lodge. The living houses were very comfortable and dining rooms were extremely nice with a wonderful sight over the nature and a small river with a lot of animals. The food was delicious and service exilent and very friendly. We made four trips out in the bush with a LAND ROVER and two... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and hope we see you back here one day soon!! Very Best Regards from us all Dave More 

Ramsbury, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the Motswari motto and how true it is - we spent three nights early February and had an amazing time. We saw lots of animals, made new friends and had fabulous food - everything was as we expected or better. The ranger Chad was incredibly knowledgeable and really brought the bush to life, he went out of his... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this review Tom - I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us and that Chad and the team were able to show you some great sightings!! Thank you for spreading the word and we all hope to welcome you back one day soon! Very Best Regards from us all Dave More 

Tranas, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some unforgettabel days in the environment that we never met before. We have sen and come Very close to Wilde animal in its environment, wich was an amazons experience.Service and guiden efforts were fantastic. We will recommend this stay to our friends.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back here one day soon!! Very Best Regards from us all Dave More 

Sandefjord, Norway
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exceptionally good ! Amazing! Stunning ! Exciting ! A piece of paradise hidden in the South African bush really worth visiting !! An awesome place to stay ! Amazing sightings on gamedrives ! And when you been there once, you`re definitely want to return back ! In my vocabulary I don`t find words to express how excellent Motswari really is... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for this detailed and passionate review Kristin!! It was a pleasure to have you and Hans back at Motswari and I look forward to the next time the Norwegian winter drives you south to us. Very best wishes from your Motswari family. Dave, Thea, James and the whole Motswari team. More 

Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights and loved everything. The rooms, the game rides - and walk - with amazing guides and trackers, informative talks, all the staff, the food, the setting, the pool overlooking the river where animals came to drink. Would love to visit again.

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that you will return one day soon. Very Best Regards from us all Dave More 

orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Motswari for two nights in early January and we were blown away by our experience. We saw quite a few elephants on the ride there which was just a little foretaste of things to come. We loved the rustic atmosphere of the rooms....we stayed in the Lion room. Even though it had a rustic atmosphere on the... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

It's always nice to be greeted by swimming elephants outside your room - we do try to orchestrate a grand entrance! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us at Motswari. I will make sure the entire team see your positive feedback - it is... More 

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved staying here - sadly only had a few nights but it was well worth the money spent in getting there. The staff go above and beyond to make you comfortable and the game drives and general experience was fantastic. Only small number of guests and you really get to know the staff and other guests over shared meals,... More 

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Thank you so much for reviewing Motswari and for the positive feedback - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. The look and feel that you mention is very intentional and very close to the hearts of the Geiger family that own Motswari - we love the lack of television and enjoy living without fences. There are... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights at this amazing reserve and we loved it. The rooms and facilities are great and the location with the wildlife just a few steps outside the door makes it just near perfect. From the minute we arrived it was clear that this is all about experience the wildlife and nature, with 2 gamedrives a day and... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Carsten - it was great having you both here and am delighted that we were one of the highlights of your trip!! I do note your point regarding wifi in the rooms, but this is an intentional decision to help create the social atmosphere that makes Motswari so special. There is obviously wifi in the... More 

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did not stay at the main lodge,but took over Java Camp, which is self catering, with a central living area and 6 chalets. Being January, we were lucky that it had a small pool, adequate for cooling off in. You have your own open vehicle and driver for game drives, a lady to do the cleaning, and a general... More 

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for reviewing your stay at Java Camp - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time there! To avoid confusion, I just want to clarify that Java is a self catering part of Motswari located about 30 minutes from the main lodge. Although a different experience to that of Motswari it is a wonderful, rustic camp...... More 

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Address: Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Motswari Private Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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