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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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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a fantastic experience from truring up at motswari jet lagged, tired and without luggage ( no thanks to air mauritius!! ) The staff at Motswari were sooo lovely and professional we were so luck to have stayed at such a fantastic resort from the eco friendly resort to the fantastic life changing game tours! My wife and I could... More 

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed 3 nights and 4 days in January 2015 on honeymoon. We stayed in Elephant which is the most gorgeous and well appointed room. The verandah overlooks the river and a mud wallow, spent time chilling watching the resident Hippo and a family of Warthogs taking a mud bath. The game drives were fabulous and Chad was a fabulous guide... More 

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just got back from South Africa part of the trip was at Motswari Would we go back there? for sure we had a fantastic time .The staff are excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.The game dives fab , thanks to our guide Chad and his traker for an absolutely unforgettable experience, and for great food that is cooked superbly - and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This past December I spent three nights at Motswari with my traveling companion on our first vacation together. It was a wonderful experience and I honestly cannot think of anything the lodge could or should have done differently to make our trip more enjoyable. We requested the 'Elephant Room' based on some other reviews; despite our last minute booking -... More 

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

Thank you so much for reviewing Motswari in such great detail and for all the great things you have written about the lodge and the people that work here. We loved having the two of you here and I enjoyed the meal with you in the evening.... and there is certainly nothing wrong with a glass of wine after breakfast... More 

Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just had two days at Motswari just myself and the missus. Would we go back there? Absolutely!! I cannot think of anything to say other than what a fantastic time we had. The staff are excellent, helpful, knowledgeable, and just brilliant. The weather wasn't that good but with the rain filling the rivers it just made the game drives all... 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 and for being so positive despite the rain - something we cannot control unfortunately!! The rivers still have water and the bush is so green and lush at present.. the transformation from early December is astounding. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and I hope... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed at Motswari during the European summer last year and still believe that it was one of the best - if not the best - experiences I had so far. After traveling quite a lot the past years and always ending up reviewing all the pictures taken at the lodge, I decided that this place was worth the time... More 

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

Thank you Judith! I enjoyed this so much I read it twice!! I will make sure your beautifully written review is read and seen by the whole Motswari team and I hope we will get to see you back at Motswari one day soon. Very Best Wishes from us all - Happy New Year!! Dave More 

Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I stayed at Motswari Private Game Reserve a few years ago (only now writing the review) and it was amazing to say the least. It was as adventurous as you wanted (hours of game drives and trekking through the African wilderness) or as laid back as you wanted (sipping cocktails by the pool while watching the animals across the river).... More 

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

I like the luxury adventure heading!! Thank you so much for reviewing your stay.. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back here one day soon. Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at Motwari! Best Wishes Dave More 

Dubai
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62 reviews 62 reviews
59 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Just back from 2 nights stay at Motswari lodge, very good service and food, location is very accessible from HDS airport just 1 hour drive, had a wonderful stay, very good game viewing despite the windy weather and rain, managed to see one old leopard cubs with their mother before the access to the dent is closed.

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

I am so glad the wind and the rain did not dampen your Motswari experience!! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at Motwari! Best Wishes Dave More 

Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Our lovely experience in Motswari was warmed by the excellent personnel aproach that wanted you integrated in the lodge atmosphaere. There were decent lodge facilities, excellent food and drinks, including my favorite Maroela Manpoer, an wonderful setting for the restaurant/bar/ breakfast area, just looking twards the river bad, and the charming boma dinner evenings around the fire. Not the last,... More 

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

It is not often that Marula Mampoer gets a positive write up on Tripadvisor, but I am glad you enjoyed that and your experience at Motswari!! Thank you very much for taking the time to review your time with us and I hope we can all welcome you back one day soon. Very Best Wishes from the whole Motswari family!!... 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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