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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Hi everyone would highly recommend motswari and all the support team a visit.
We have just returned from a fantastic 4 day 8 game drive visit and it is no surprise that they receive so many return visitors.
Our driver Kevin and tracker Tiarnie were a wealth of information and could not be more accommodating during the game drives. The camp team could not do enough to ensure our stay was both memorable and relaxing. It is difficult to find the perfect mix between game drives and luxury accommodation but firmly believe that Motswari have it spot on from the moment you arrive to the time you leave they are extremely attentive to all guests requirements. I will certainly be looking forward to a return hopefully in the near future. Thank you all for such a memorable stay which will live with the whole family for years to come.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
Thank Adrian N
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had such a memorable and relaxing safari experience at Motswari.

We highly value your recommendation and we thank you for recognising the individual skillsets of your guide and tracker.

The team is looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind regards
Adriaan

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

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.

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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you so much for such a detailed review. It is fantastic to relive your encounters and we feel honoured that you chose Motswari for your special occasion.

We highly value your appreciation of our efforts and the recognition of the individual skillsets.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind regards
Adriaan

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Our family (with 13 and 15 year old girls) spent five great days at Motswari. The facilities were very well kept, beautifully decorated, and the sense of being surrounded by nature was refreshing.

The staff were very friendly, helpful and the culinary team provided impressive dishes at every meal.

Our guide, Henry, was awesome. As we explored the game park for 7 hours a day he engaged with everyone in the vehicle in an interesting and educational way. The animals, including the big 5, were outstanding. Out tracker, Patrick, was impressive at finding and following the tracks to locate hidden game, including a pride of eight lions. They were a great team.

I have been on safaris in the Serengeti and Okavanga Delta before and was very pleased with each unique experience. The experience at Motswari was equally as impressive, and I highly recommend it.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
Thank James M
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MotswariLodge, Owner at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had such an amazing safari experience as a family at Motswari.

We highly value your recommendation and we thank you for recognising the individual skillsets of your guide and tracker.

The team is looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind regards
Adriaan

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

We spent our first 2 nights at Motswari to begin our 7 night stay in the Krueger area. We have done several trips to S Africa and we always choose a few lodges in different preserves so that we can view different terrain, vegetation and especially the different wildlife. Motswari was amazing. Our days began with Ronnie telling us one of his wonderful tribal stories over coffee, then off on the morning game drive. The staff was incredibly attentive to every detail. The food was fantastic, the accommodations were very African - we loved it. Henry was a great guide, saw lots of wildlife. Of course Ronnie was always there to greet our return with another tale, often times with something bad happening to the lowly Phillimon. Great stay!

  • 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 write your review,

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 28 July 2017

My family of 4 (wife, 14 year old boy and 12 year old girl) had an experience of a lifetime. The staff is incredibly welcoming and will bend over backwards to make sure that you have an amazing experience. The safari was amazing. Our tracker was Jacky and guide was Brad. They had an amazing wealth of knowledge of the animals and were really exceptional with my kids. They tracked numerous animals including a pride of lions. We did 6 game drives and saw the Big 5. The location is fantastic as well as we had a Nyala, Elephants, warthogs and even a pride of lions walk thru our camp. The food was very good and plentiful with various chicken, beef and kudu options. We scheduled a walking safari which was really nice as well to learn about the plant life and smaller animals. We stayed in the Rhino and Cheetah rooms which were perfect for families as the rooms were connecting. They have a pool onsite, but it was cold and no one used it over the course of our stay. We had dinner in the Boma one evening which was very pleasant and a beautiful fire pit was brewing. The Wifi was spotty at best and only worked in the gallery, but we knew this going in and it's all about disconnecting and enjoying all that Motswari has to offer. Ask about the giraffe's nest for an evening out in the Bush (we did not take advantage of this option). I was thrilled with our stay and will definitely recommend this to family and friends.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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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 recommendations.

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

We also wish to thank you for recognizing the individual efforts of your guide and tracker.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind regards
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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