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Motswari Private Game Reserve

4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Motwari Lodge for 5 days in May 2014. We had booked Motswari through trail finders for the last 5 days of our 2 week honeymoon to South Africa. We had always wanted to incorporate a safari into our honeymoon but knew very little about Motswari and the area when we decided to book. Our first 9... More

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

I am going to hope you get those paper tickets for your anniversary!! Thank you so much for the review of Motswari and am very, very happy that we could add to your honeymoon experience!! Very Best Wishes from us all Dave More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about this hotel is excellent. All staff members work really hard to give you the best quality on service, food, activities, etc. You get to know everyone around the hotel, even guests. You need to keep in mind that you are coming to a game reserve and not to disneyland, so this is the perfect place to relax, read... 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 - we really appreciate all feedback and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!! Just an additional note regarding the arrival time - it is always best to arrive in daylight so you can join the afternoon game drive, but if you do arrive late its... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as nice as some of the surrounding game reserves but still excellent. Stayed here in 2010. I love the grounds, especially the animals i.e. warthogs that you can interact with. Game drives were excellent. Limited activities during the day though.

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

Thanks very much for taking the time to write this review of Motswari. If there is anything you would like to add in terms of details please do let me know as I would be very interested to hear further thoughts on the neighbouring reserves and any suggestions you may have for the day. We generally find that most people... More

Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lodge's slogan "arrive as a visitor, leave as a friend" couldn't be more true. This place is simply amazing: The staff, the guides, the trackers, the rooms, the location, the food and drinks - all outstanding. Thank you everyone @ Motswari for making the stay an unforgettable experience. The extraordinary services make you want to come back immediately. :-)

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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 am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you left Motswari as a friend who wants to return - I hope it is sooner rather than later!! I will of course make sure the team see your kind words and I look forward to welcoming you back to... More

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just spent 5 days at Motswari as the part of a 16 day holiday of a lifetime. We are a family of 5 and all first timers to South Africa and apart from my husband, first time safari goers. We had an easy 50 minute journey from Hoedspruit to Motswari and were entertained all the way there by... 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 write this detailed review of Motswari. I am sorry we were not able to show you the lions, but am very glad that you enjoyed the experience and am delighted that you hope to return one day... am sure we will be able to complete the big five for you then...... More

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did plenty of research before choosing to stay four nights at River Lodge, Motswari & we were rewarded with a wonderful place that lived up to our expectations. From the moment we arrived Dave & his team made us feel very welcome & at home, all the staff were so friendly. Our bungalow (Duiker) was well placed among the... More

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

Thank you very much for this positive reveiw of Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that Richard, Petros and the whole team see your kind words! I hope to welcome you back to Motswari one day very soon! Best Regards from us all Dave More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 3 day stay at this lodge can be described as one of the best holidays we have ever had.The lodge is 2 hrs from Hoedspruit airport.This being our first safari ever we were so excited and seeing giraffes and zebra just as we started from the airport was definitely a bonus.But the real feel of a wildlife safari came... 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 write such a lengthy and detailed review of Motswari - it is greatly appreciated by us all and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us! I hope to welcome you back to Motswari in the not too distant future! Best Regards from us all David More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Motswari for 3 nights after having spend a week in 2 different camps in Botswana We were a bit concerned that South Africa would not be able to compete with Botswana. It is different yes but what a fantastic place service and game drives. We stayed in rooms waterbuck and lion and both were decorated with style and... More

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

It is probably I who should apologise for not saying good bye at your departure... I try to get to all checkouts, but its not always possible! Thank you so much for your review of Motswari - its always good to read the guest feedback, but always more pleasant when everything is positive!! I will make sure your words are... More

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

About 2 hours from Hoedspruit airport is Motswari Private Game Reserve. It is the height of luxury! Each room is its own large thatched cottage, with big comfy 4 poster bed, and bathroom with bathtub overlooking the bush, and indoor and outdoor showers should you want to shower under the stars! The staff were brilliant and super friendly; hosting dinner... More

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

Thank you very much for your kind and detailed review of Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed the lodge, food, people and wildlife of the reserve! I will make sure that Eugenia, Marka, Petro and the whole team see your feedback and am sure it will be great motivation to continue to deliver the best possible experience we... More

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36 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came from Hazyview and it took us 2,5 hours to get to Motswari. On the way to Motswari we already spotted giraffes and zebras. We checked in and stayed at the house called Duiker. Good location and very comfortable. After our excellent first lunch we went on our first game drive. We had Shadrack as our Ranger and Petro... 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 will certainly make sure that Shadrack and Petro see your kind words!! I hope to welcome you back to Motswari in the near future!! Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family. David 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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