Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, Northern South Africa
We stayed at the luxurious (malaria free) exclusive residence for 4 exceptional days having flown from Cape Town and then been driven 4+ hours from Johannesburg to the camp, which was easily accommodated.
Our first ever sojourn into such environment; "safari virgins"! I cannot describe the completely exotic, yet very homely feeling of the whole stay. From arrival throughout we were treated to a most welcoming environment and individual attention that can only be dreamed of!
Each early morning (6.30 am start) the spectacular game drive was punctuated by a halt for drinks and snacks in an isolated spot in the wild then on back to the lodge to the welcoming (varied & delicious) breakfast (with refreshing towels) upon return to the lodges. Time off then until 3 pm (pool available) with high tea served prior to the (daily) afternoon/evening game drive; nothing was missed out or was too much trouble. Even my wife’s (earlier) birthday was recognised with be-decking of our sumptuous accommodation with a multitude of tea lights and rose petals spread everywhere in our luxurious abode and then a surprise cake and entertainment (singing and dancing) by the numerous staff at dinner. A tear was brought to her eyes at the overwhelming attention to detail and feeling of being treated so 'specially'.
The extensive wild life (animals & birds) was in abundance and readily visible at every turn with so many opportunities to record the events, especially as the driver was attentive to give the best photo opportunities for all the guests no matter what seat they were in on the 'truck'. The fynbos environment allowed us to observe animals in their own environment, which could playfuly 'hide' in low bushes and scrub in addition to open land, adding to the excitement of capturing them 'for real' on camera.
The request by the staff for your choice of ‘sundowner’ drinks was a daily ritual and again, the truck was loaded with goodies for enjoyment in a ‘wild’ place each evening; chosen to encourage chatting with fellow participants whilst we observed the tremendous and heightening colours of the setting sun. Even the drive back to camp in the dark was enhanced by use of a piercing light shone by the driver whilst returning to base to add to the experience (Nightjars a plenty).
Evening meals were of truly exceptional quality and enjoyed both in a group setting, and individually, on different nights. Day 1, we observed the game and then found we were eating the same species; which was absolutely delicious!!!
The accommodation consists of only a few lodges (6 in total) and the intimate nature added to the feel of exclusivity with even a water hole on site to attract game only a few tens of metres away from several of the lodges.
Overall we saw so much wildlife and 4 of the 5 big game - (so leopards are always difficult to spot!) and so many ‘extra’ beasts and birds that we were satiated by the spectacular views and general proximity of such animals.
An experience that can not really be imagined but it was indeed real. If you are worried at all by the thoughts of being ‘in the raw’ and unprotected, shelve them and enjoy the truly amazing ambience.
I can only say that the trip exceeded any expectation and I'm sure this is the usual theme, no disappointment was heard from any guest and the stay of 3 nights was by general consensus perfect. Thanks to all the staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, situated in the western side of the 75 000 hectare, Big Five, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province, forms an integral part of The Madikwe Collection's exclusive portfolio of lodges. As its name suggests, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is an exclusive lodge offering guests a personal bush experience, which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. The lodge offer some of the best views in Madikwe as well as the tranquil feel given by the mature trees (mostly Leadwoods) under which the lodge's main building and five luxury bush villas nestle. Motswiri has luxurious accommodation, with each bush villa offering stunning views from private decks and multiple-slider bedrooms and bathrooms. Add double-sided fire places, air-conditioning/ ceiling fans, stunning bathrooms and an outdoor shower and you have a bush experience second to none. Then our Family Villa offer three rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The Family villa boasts a private lounge area leading out onto a private deck and pool. At the main area of the lodge enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the waterhole, have a cocktail under the shade of the Motswiri trees (Leadwood in Tswana) on the main deck or just while away the day in the outside lounge and bar area. Fine cuisine is served in the dining room, under the Leadwood or around a roaring fire in the boma. Staff offer personal service in a relaxed but professional manner and the twice daily game drives are conducted by our rangers whose superb bush knowledge is imparted in the manner best suited to the bush knowledge of the guests on the specially designed landcruiser game viewing vehicle. Motswiri offers the option of individual bookings or exclusive use of the lodge for groups. The lodge is ideal for corporate, family / friend groups of up to ten people who do not wish to share the facilities with other guests. Motswiri is a mere 3- 1/2 hours drive from Johannesburg or for utter indulgence, guests can opt for a fly-in safari to the reserves all weather airstrip. Scheduled daily charters are available via the Federal Air Madikwe Charter Joint Venture Partnership. Lodge tariffs include luxury accommodation, two fabulous game drives per day and all meals. ... more less
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