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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

I spent 5 nights at Motswari earlier this month, had a great time. Everything at the lodge was outstanding, the room, food, service, and location. The atmosphere was very friendly, warm and welcoming. I had asked for a room far away from the main area, was in "Lion", which is as quiet and private as it gets, frequently visited by elephants, vervet monkeys, and wart hogs. The room was quite large, plenty of space for my gear, featured a king-size bed, a work desk, sitting area, a ceiling fan plus A/C, a large bathroom with a shower and tub. Even though Motswari is located in the north-east corner of the reserve with somewhat complicated traversing rights, the game drives were excellent, even better than from the more centrally located lodge I chose for a previous visit to Timbavati. Andries and Tiyani were a great team, found plenty of "Big 5" sightings for us (including several brilliant close-up encounters with leopards) and I enjoyed our conversations during the breaks and at dinner a lot.

Room Tip: I liked "Lion", at the far end of the camp, large room, very quiet.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari. We are delighted that you enjoyed the privacy of the room.

We highly value your appreciation of the skillsets of individuals that you interacted with and we are thrilled that you had such memorable sightings and conversations.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Adriaan

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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

I can't imagine a better game lodge experience than Motswari. From the friendly staff that take care of every need, to the beautifully appointed modern cabins, to the fresh delicious food prepared, and of course the incredible animals that the trekkers were able to locate for us - we were never disappointed. Motswari has been on this land for 40 years and their multi generational staff have passed the wisdom from father to son. We saw all of the major animals and more on our three night stay - 6 game drives total. The pace of the day is relaxing and the man made waterhole across the hill made for amazing animal watching from the comfort of a deck lounge chair. Motswari manages the largest part of the Timbavati Reserve so their drivers get first right to the animal sightings. All the lodges work together but it's nice to get to the front of the line when the action is spotted. One more mention about the food- outstanding!! Fresh vegetables at every meal with variety and options. We absolutely loved it!! Highly recommend!!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review Motswari and for your recomendations.

Your kind words means so much to us and we are delighted that you had such a great and memorable safari experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Adriaan

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Room - extremely large, clean, comfortable and secure. You don't have a TV or a plunge pool outside your room - but that's also a benefit in many ways. This location is all about "outdoors thrill" and sharing the experience with other residents. Don't venture out of it at night - the site is not fenced off and open access by ALL wildlife 24/7 - how amazing is that!!

Safari excursions - twice a day including sunrise and sunset. The drivers and trackers have the flexibility to roam and search all areas of the reserves, and you'll have adventure and satisfaction of sitting inches from lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas, zebras, water buffalo and the rest.

Food - really high standard and cooked to all tastes. Local meats and vegetables, you will not be disappointed or hungry!

Customer service and atmosphere - the feeling is one of "home-from-home", the service and focus on the customer is outstanding, all the staff are genuinely friendly and interested in you, great fun to chat with!

In the bush - our driver was Dave, and our tracker was Jacki. They managed to find us everything, at the right time (not quite 'on demand'!!), and we had total faith in the skill and judgment in getting us (quite literally!) inches from all the Big Five and others, day or night. Jacki even found me a chameleon, and what they didn't spot wasn't worth seeing.

If you are going to try one safari in your lifetime, you must go here.

Cheers..........Nic

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally as good.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari. we highly value your comments and feedback and appreciate your recognition of the individual skillsets.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Motswari soon!

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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We spent 5 days in Motswari and had a fantastic time. Being locals and essentially spoilt for choice, we were looking for a game viewing experience in comfortable surroundings that didn't break the bank. And I think that Notswari certainly met the criteria.
The lodge is a very short drive if you fly into Hoedspruit and about a 3-3.5 hour drive from KMIA.
Beautiful setting, comfortable room, with great views, generous sized beds and nice linen. . Fantastic staff, really friendly and happy to go the extra mile. The food is hearty and generous, not gourmet, but hearty. The game sightings were amazing and you spend a lot of time with your ranger and tracker in the veld looking for game. We were incredibly lucky to spot the Big Five plus lots of other animals.
The lodge isn't fenced in and the vehicles can leave the road when they spot game or tracks, which add to the general excitement.

For me the big question I always ask post a trip is, would I go back? And in this case a definitive "yes".

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review Motswari.

Your kind words means so much to us and we are delighted that you had such a great and memorable safari experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Adriaan

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Reviewed 1 June 2017

Thank you for the most incredible experience. We returned home overwhelmed by the friendliness of the staff, the incredibly beautiful surroundings of the lodge, the delicious food and the amazing luck we had spotting animals. This lodge is world class and the guides (Angie and Goodman) were excellent and 'one with nature' as they closed down on the most wild of African animals (and scary little beasts including scorpions, spiders and other critters that interested me in particular!). The decor of the lodge was fantastic and one really feels the owners', Marion and Fabrice's subtle artistic touch and love for the animals and nature throughout the lodge. We loved our night in the 'Bird's Nest', which was a night to remember for ever (after we spotted a leopard making its way towards us in the dead of the night while we lay up high under the stars in the stilted hut). One further point to note - on top of the already impressive food- was the lodge's ability to cater for our dietary requirements, which they accomplished extremely well. The staff were genuinely kind and friendly and they all seemed part of one big happy family. We simply can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari. We are delighted that you felt at home and that you had such wonderful adventures and experiences.

We highly value your appreciation of the skillsets of individuals that you interacted with and we are thrilled that you had such memorable sightings.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Adriaan

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Additional Information about Motswari Private Game Reserve

Address: Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
Region: 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 #4 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: €532 - €1,008 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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