We spent 3 days and nights in this South African provincial game reserve after touring four resorts in neighboring Botswana. Although the overall experience was good, one received the distinct impression that the resort was aging rapidly and somewhat in need of repair.
Our door didn't lock and the door handle was rickety and falling off. Some of the lights in the room didn't seem to work.
Although we didn't use the swimming pool, it needed cleaning and we were surprised that visitors from the USA swam in the greenish water without hesitation. Likewise, the artificial waterholes were filthy and could harbor disease due to the concentration of toxins exacerbated by their small size and the large number of animals that walked and bathed in them daily.
The guides seemed intent on showing visitors the 'Big Five' and ignored interesting smaller animals, birds and all flora.
The drinks at the bar were expensive and the bar bill was wrong at the end of our visit, containing several overcharges and duplicates. At all the resorts in Botswana the drinks were free and everything was included in the upfront accommodation charge. Not so at this resort where the staff are all-to-keen to chalk up add-ons to your bill.
Although we were assured that it was safe to walk around the camp, even at night, we saw numerous breaks in the fences. The decks of the cabins are easily accessible by lions, leopards, monkeys and baboons.
Food is generally average to good and service is fairly good.
Motswiri needs to make a better effort if it wants to compete with the (cheaper and better) Botswana game lodges!
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- Motswiri Private Safari Lodge lies hidden in the bush, an exclusive lodge offering a maximum of 10 people a bush experience which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. Our lodge offers some of the best views in Madikwe from our 5 luxury bush villas nestle. Itineraries & daily events can be tailored to meet your or your group's specific needs. ... more less
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