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Motswari Private Game Reserve
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Timbavati, Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa   |  
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Newport, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Absolutely brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights at Motswari. It was a long trip from the gate but was well worth it, it was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Everyone, without exception, was friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Special thanks to Robin and Diffference, our guide and tracker respectively, who treated us to such memorable sites. The sunsets were exceptional, Robin's knowledge of most things, including the stars when we stopped for sundowners, the lion and the leopard sightings at such close quarters, are only a few, but will be etched in my memory for ever.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that Robin, Difference and the whole team see your kind words!

I hope to see you back at Motswari one day soon.

Very Best Regards from the whole Motswari family.

Dave
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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Motswari is excellent in any aspects.
- Great safari area - not only for the big 5, but for animals you don't usually see in other places
- Excellent food - Fine dining, surprise bush breakfasts... prepare to gain some kilos
- Fantastic service - from the moment you arrive until the last minute, the whole team is there to take care of you and assure a great stay.

Thanks a lot to Rich and Petrus, respectively our guide and tracker for the amazing experience.
And also to Prudence, for taking care of our room...

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time in the Timbavati!

I will make sure that Richard, Petros, Prudence and the whole team see your kind words.

Very Best Regards from us all

Dave
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stayed for 5 nights here and everything was brilliant!From the food to the game drives and from the staff to the accommodation,all was faultless.We have been travelling on African safaris for many years in different countries and would not hesitate to recommend this lodge without any reservation.A special thanks to Liz,Alfie,Lea and Shadrack-Barry and Sue Cozens,Manchester,UK.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that the whole team see your kind words.

I hope to see you back here one day soon!

Very Best Wishes from us all
Dave
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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

What a perfect Safari Lodge. Everything was just perfect. We stayed for 5 nights and had the most amazing safari experience ever. Harold the guide and Difference the tracker were outstanding. We had superb wildlife sightings, everything (and more) we hoped for. We're very keen on photography and Harold completely understood how to position the car, for the perfect picture.

The rooms were very nice. The meals are fantastic and all the people involved in Motswari do their best to please you. What a difference compared to some other lodges we have visited.

We definitely come back again. What an experience!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
What a fantastic review heading to open up early on a Sunday morning! Thank you so much for reviewing Motswari and I will make sure that Herold, Difference and the whole Motswari team see your kind words.

Very Best Wishes from the whole Motswari family.

Dave
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Johannesburg, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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 the ambiance is almost palpable.
Motswari is simply one of those places you experience fully rather than just visit. We will undoubtedly be back.

Nicole & Hervé

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
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
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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 in the African bush. I have a special diet but nothing was too much trouble for Lee who tackled the challenge with verve and flair - a treasure. I've named a few staff but everyone is welcoming and goes out if their way to make sure you are cared for. We had a family crisis while at Motswari and Liz went way beyond the call of duty to ensure we were cared for, another treasure. NOW, what you go for - game viewing. The guides and trackers are outstanding, and go to great lengths to endure that you see the animals that you have come to see. We saw the big five and much more. The skill of the guides and trackers was awe inspiring. We hope to be able to return one day.

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Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
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
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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 and had a lovely romantic message as well. The staff went out of their way to have vegetarian foods available to us, the food was always delicious and lovely.

Coming to the game drives themselves, we were lucky enough to see a huge variety of animals like Lions, Leopard, Giraffe, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffalo, Hippo up close. Our guide Richard and tracker Petros were fantastic as a team. Richard always coupled the animal sightings with useful information about them and Petros was amazing with his tracking skills. All the game drives were uniquely planned out and were very interesting.

I will be back again, this time as a friend :)

- Vishwanatha
India

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
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
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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 Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Motswari Private Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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