Having been obsessed with wildlife documentaries for as long as I can remember (much to my wife’s despair), going on my first safari as part of our honeymoon was a dream come true and Motswari ensured it was more perfect than we could have possibly imagined.
After a gruelling flight from the UK via Dubai, we opted to spend a little extra to have a small plane drop us off at the airstrip a few minutes from camp. As we touched down, Difference (our tracker for the duration of our stay) was waiting for us with the Land Rover and a huge inviting smile.
He took us back to camp where we had the opportunity to freshen up before meeting Chad (our guide) and venturing out on the afternoon game drive.
From that moment on, the things and animals we continued to see just took our breath away. It actually feels as if you are in another world, seeing animal’s closer than you would expect and made so much more real with them in their natural environment. You really do feel like a guest in their home.
Chad and Difference together are a great team. Difference very shy, happy, and reserved with a constant eye out for tracks and animals, Chad an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience teaching you things not just about the animals, but also about the terrain, the insects, the seasons. The type of things you just wouldn’t tend to learn from the average book or documentary.
We shared the Land Rover with between 2 and 3 other couples during our stay of 5 days 4 nights (9 game drives). Between ourselves we would rotate to ensure everyone had a different experience and chance to sit up front with Chad, though my wife rationed me as poor Chad must have felt he was on a game show with the non-stop questions from me…….that he always had a well explained answer for.
My wish was for lions and slightly more so, wild dogs and I wasn’t left disappointed! We managed to find a pack of 11 dogs just as they were waking up from a lazy afternoon. All hell soon broke loose as a hyena attempted to steal their Impala kill that they had stashed in a nearby bush, an experience that cannot be put into words.
As for lions, we spent so much time with Western pride. One morning we joined them as they were finishing up their nights kill, before spending the rest of the morning driving with them as they made their way through the reserve….so much more than just a sighting!!
My wifes favourite was the elephants (babies too) and hyenas at their den with their young. Seeing them in the family environment makes you realise just how unfair and untrue the reputation TV and film portrays of them is.
Other animals included leopards, baboon, wildebeest, buffalo, lots of elephants, giraffe, warthog, vultures, impala, Nyala, Kudu, Waterbuck, Steenbuck, hippo, crocodile, eagles and sooooo much more.
As for everything else, the staff are absolutely brilliant, the accommodation (Elephant Room) was amazing and always immaculate and the food (and we a big foodies) was superb and plentiful as was the beer and wine!
Two things you must do, a bush walk with a guide and gun, learning about all the small things and a stay overnight in Giraffes Nest. I won’t spoil the surprise….but just do it!!!
At the end of our trip, I have never been so gutted to leave a place, I could have stayed for a year!!
Chad drove us to our plane, hugs all round and waved us off as we took off.
Thank you Motswari for giving us the best experience that will last with us for a lifetime.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Motswari Private Game Reserve Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Motswari Private Game Reserve South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve