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Motswari Private Game Reserve

4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
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hdelab Johannesburg, Michigan
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Johannesburg, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed in Motswari for three nights and we have one regret: our stay was too short. The rooms are as comfortable as it gets, the staff professional, and more importantly very warm and welcoming. The food was simply divine, and the surroundings magnificent. The traditional rondavels and the thatched commons areas blend superbly into the landscape. The magic of... 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 so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and I hope to welcome you back one day soon!! Very Best Regards from us all Dave More

Sydney
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the moment you arrive at Motswari you are welcomed into the "family" by Liz and Mpumi and you will be looked after as a friend for your stay. Thank you Liz, thank you Mpumi and thank you Lee! Lee is the talented chef who organises the meals which are fabulous, far beyond what anyone has a right to expect... More

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

Thank you so much for the review... I have already read it to Mpumi, but will make sure that Liz, Leigh and the whole team see your kind words! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time at Motswari and I hope to welcome you back one day soon!! Very Best Wishes from us all Dave More

Bangalore, India
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The motto "Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend" is so appropriate for Motswari. Dave is fantastic as a host!! The rooms are fabulous and room service was a highlight to us. Since this was my honeymoon, we had a lovely surprise waiting for us when we came back from our first game drive, our room was romantically decorated... More

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

Thank you so much for the review Vishwanatha - it was a pleasure having you both here and to be part of your honeymoon! We look forward to welcoming you back as a friend! Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family. Dave More

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a journey of almost 24hours we were welcomed by Thea (not sure about the spelling) Patrick and Petros and given the option of resting or getting out on the next drive half an hour later - glad we decided to go on the drive, Chad and Petros treated us to some great sightings right from the start. Coming back... More

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

Your spelling of Thea is spot on... I will make sure that she and the rest of the team see your kind words! Thank you very much for the review and if your waistline can take it, we would love to see you back at Motswari one day soon! Very Best Regards from us all Dave More

Oxfordshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been on safari before but this was the best, the accommodation was great, the food was delicious thanks to Lee, and Chad is the best guide we have ever had. Very personal service and all all round fabulous experience, despite the very cold morning drives! Highlights include seeing Leopard 3 times including at night up a tree, walking... More

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.... we love being called the best!! I will make sure the whole team see your kind words and I hope to welcome you back to Motswari one day soon. Very Best Regards from us all Dave More

Alexandria, Egypt
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best vacation ever...fantastic lodge ..great people..cozy and homey .. great food excellent guidance..we felt like family from the manager David and his beautiful wife and newly born baby and assistant manager Godfrey to Harold and Difference the rangers to even the cleaner that cleans our room and makes sure we have everything...what more do you want from life?? Good... More

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

It was great to meet you Dahlia and good to see Paul again... I think you are the first guests to visit us twice in a three day period! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the experience and hope to see you for an extended stay next time to catch up properly! Very Best Wishes from us all at Motswari Dave,... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While the motto is “come as a guest, leave as a friend,” it was so much more than that. I was really sad the day we left – sad to leave the people, the reserve and the amazing experience that was soul altering. Like many, I literally spent weeks trying to find the perfect place. Relying much on the reviews... More

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

Wow - where do I start with the reply to such an amazing review of Motswari and the team!? Thank you for taking the time to write all of this, I will of course ensure that everyone sees the review and the details with which you have addressed individuals. It always pleases me greatly when our guests feel part of... More

Newcastle, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks to the excellent guidance we sighted the big five within the first 24 hours, can't want for more than that. Over the 4 days we stayed, the family thoroughly enjoyed the friendly staff, excellent food, comfortable accommodation and the knowledgeable guidance. Introduced via website from Australia by Sun Safaris, we feel we were very lucky to have chosen Motswari... More

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

Thank you very much for the review of Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and that you would reccomend us to others!! I hope to welcome you back to Motswari one day soon! Best Wishes from us all David More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am writing this to attest to the longstanding quality and reputation of Motswari. I had the opportunity to visit with my family six years ago. We did extensive research at the time from the states but were unsure of the decision until we arrived. I have since had the opportunity to work extensively in East and Southern Africa and... More

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

I think this is a first for us on Tripadvisor, but a review six years after the visit is no less welcome or important so thank you very much for taking the time to write these kind words. We do indeed continue to strive for a natural wildlife experience and that is what keeps us all in the Timbavati year... More

Gold Coast
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will not do any better than Motswari. Met by Liz on arrival, a truly beautiful and compassionate lady(we were lucky enough to have her accompany us on a game drive-what a great lady). Our room (giraffe) was delightful,huge clean and well equipped. The food( breakfast, lunch and dinner) was plentiful and of the highest quality. All of the staff... More

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

Wow.. you have put a smile on many faces at Motswari with this fantastic review! Thank you so much for taking the time provide this feedback and for all your kind words. I hope we can welcome you back to Motswari one day soon! Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family! Dave 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*
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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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