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Motswari Private Game Reserve

4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Oxford
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A truly magical place. If you are in the process of doing what we did (scouring reviews and pictures to figure out which lodge to stay at) then you're done - just book Motswari. Everything about our stay was perfect. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the food delicious (guide Herold's wife is the head chef and her cuisine is... More

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

Its not just because I am mentioned, but I love this review and I thank you for taking the time to write such detailed and kind thoughts on your stay at Motswari. I am delighted that you enjoyed your night at Giraffe's Nest and am very pleased that more and more people are writing about that part of the Motswari... More

Schweiz
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 3 nights in the Motwari Lodge and it was just a perfect experience! There are so many lodges in that area, so we found it very difficult to make our choice. Especially because it was our first African trip. After the Motswari lodge we know exactely what we would recommend: take a lodge in a game reserve where... More

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

What a fantastic review to start my Sunday morning!! Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari... I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and am very glad that you would return to us in the future! I will make sure that Eugenia and Richard see your kind words and we too send warm... More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place...every aspect of our stay here was absolutely brilliant! David (the general manager) and the whole team at Motswari wrote the book on hospitality and then came out with an updated version just for good measure. The guides/trackers are extremely knowledgeable and showed us everything the Timbavati had to offer, even rushing us out to a lion... More

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

Thanks for the great review Matt - it was fantastic having you both at the lodge and we look forward to the next time. Very Best Wishes from us all at Motswari Dave More

Essex
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Motswari. We had previously visited in September 2012, when it had rained the whole time, so we were looking froward to seeing it in the sunshine. We were not disappointed. Not only did the sun shine, but everything about Motswari shone. From the friendly welcome and cool drink to the tearful goodbyes, everything was... More

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

Thank you so much for this long and detailed review of Motswari! I am thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that all departments get to see your kind words - we learn from all feedback, but its very rewarding and motivational to see such a positive review!! We hope to see you back at... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The establishment has a saying, "Arrive as a visitor - Leave as a friend". This couldn't be more true. The warm welcome and delicious meals are enough to keep you coming back again and again, not to mention the abundant wildlife. We were fortunate to be guided by Chad Cocking who apart from being an amazing guide is also a... More

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

It is alwasy nice to hear our motto is working and obviously glad that you left as friend... one that I hope we will see back at Motswari soon! Thank you for taking the time to write this review - I will make sure that everyone sees your kind words. Very Best Wishes from us all David More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Motswari for 3 nights during March 2014. It was our first experience of Safari so we were unsure what to expect. We can honestly say, however, that Motswari exceeded our expectations in every respect. We were greeted by the Manager and given a simple briefing before being shown to our accommodation. From that first point of arrival... More

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

I am delighted that you enjoyed your time at Motswari and thank you for taking the time to write this review! I hope to welcome you back to Motswari one day soon. Very Best Wishes from us all Dave More

Haarlem, The Netherlands
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place to stay. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped. The food was delicious and the variety was good also. Only the service at the pool could have been beter. Other than that it was a great experience with knowledgeable staff during the gamedrives. I would recommend Motswari to all travellers who want a great experience. And... 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 write this review of Motswari. I will certainly discuss service at the pool with Alphios to see if this can be improved, but if you do have further suggestions or specifics in mind please do email me at lodge@motswari.co.za - all suggestions and feedback are very helpful. I will make sure the kitchen... More

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Food and accommodation is very good as expected from a four star lodge.. Patrick the spotter and Keith the driver were excellent on the game drives and we w the big five plus the wild dogs twice in four days. This is excellent considering that this time of year is challenging for animal spotting due to the growth and volume... More

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

Thank you for the review of Motswari - we really do appreciate all feedback! I will make sure that Keith and Patrick see your positive thoughts on the game drive experience and am glad the animals played along during your stay. I hope to welcome you back to Motswari one day soon! Very Best Wishes from us all Dave More

Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Motswari was all i could imagine and more, the staff and service were outstanding, the facilities way above average and very comfortable, the food was amazing and plenty of it. Finally the game drives were awesome, the guides and trackers really new there stuff and we were able to experience amazing wildlife on a a regular basis. Cant wait 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 write this review of Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and that you hope to visit us again one day soon. Very Best Wishes from us all Dave More

Barnet, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

NEW After 23 hours of travelling the day after we got married we arrived at our honeymoon destination tired & bedraggled & were met with a cool homemade lemonade & a warm welcome. An hour later hadn't even unpacked & we were on our first game drive, we were lucky enough to see Hippo, Elephants, Leopard & Rhino, just amazing.... 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 fantastic review! I will make sure that Keith, Patrick and the whole team see your kind words. I hope to see you back at Motswari one day soon! Very Best Regards from us all Dave More

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Additional Information about Motswari Private Game Reserve

Also Known As:
Motswari Private Game Reserve Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Motswari Private Game Reserve Hotel
Motswari Private Game Reserve South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Address: Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Motswari Private Game Reserve 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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