After a 4 week overland safari with Drifters we decided to indulge at a private lodge for a few days before the long flight home. Using the mtbeds.co.za site we booked Motswiri for 3 nights, arriving the next day. The 4.5 hour drive from Joburg was really easy on great roads.
You always wonder after booking something online if the photos, description etc are accurate, and whether it will really be a '5 star' lodge. After bouncing down the dirt road for the final 20 minutes my fears were dispelled with the owner and staff standing out the front to welcome us with hot towels a cool drink and a herd of elephants in the waterhole next to the main lodge.
Being August the weather was perfect, and the crowd small, only 4 guests during our stay. Nice and quiet and private, just what we wanted.
Beautifully appointed private lodges, intimate dining with top quality cuisine, and staff that have been excellently trained and are attentive without being intrusive.
Game drives at dawn and dusk were fantastic. To sit a few metres away and watch 9 silly young lions take on 3 huge white rhino was unbelievable. Every drive we saw something new and amazing.
Not one single complaint. A true classic safari lodge experience.
- 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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