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Motswari Private Game Reserve, a family-owned and operated luxury safari lodge. Here, majestic creatures, including the Big Five, offer incredible viewing opportunities as they bask in their natural habitat.


  • Expect warm hospitality, extraordinary scenery and unforgettable viewing opportunities, including the chance to spot the Big Five
  • Motswari means “to conserve and protect” in Tswana, which is exactly what the team is committed to doing.
  • At this family owned and operated luxury safari lodge, you’ll experience just the right level of personal attention and privacy.

You should know

  • Children under the age of six are only permitted to stay at Motswari when the camp is booked for exclusive use.
  • Children six years and older may join on game drives at the guide’s discretion; no children under the age of six may go on game drives.
  • Persons must be 16 years or older to go on bush walks.
  • Persons must be 18 years or older to stay at Giraffe’s Nest Hide.

The detail

An African dream beckons – one that is defined by extraordinary scenery, an authentic atmosphere and warm hospitality. Guests arrive as visitors and leave as friends.

Motswari Private Game Reserve, located within the Timbavati and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, stretches out over 150 quare kilometres. It has been in existence for over four decades and its friendly staff members are intrinsic to its success. Great emphasis is placed on personal attention, ensuring that each guest instantly feels at home in this stunning setting. Artworks by owner, Marion Geiger-Orengo, additionally bring the lodge to life and add to its visual appeal.

Motswari's character is all about expansive views, scenic drives and walks through game-rich areas, and the ever-present identity of the African bush.

Popular for its family-friendl ambience, an atmosphere of friendship and lighthearted exploration, Motswari Private Game Reserve's motto of "Come as a visitor - leave as a friend" stands as a true testimony to its character.

Accommodation at Motswari Lodge includes fifteen luxury bungalows, complete with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, air-conditioning and overhead fans, mini-bars, and captivating views of the surrounding vegetation and wandering wildlife.

Guests to Motswari Game Reserve can indulge in exciting morning and evening game drives, inopen Land Rovers, out into the rough and untamed bush of the Limpopo Province bushveld. These drives are conducted and guided by a team of informative and experienced guides, all of whom are eager to answer questions and make the experience as complete and authentic as possible. For the more adventurous, a close up encounter with the diverse bush of the area is available via the guided bush walk. For a more relaxed experience, visits are arranged around bird watching, or simply a trip to the nearby bird hide, to enjoy the area's huge bird population.

Facilities at Motswari Reserve include an open-air boma, a permanent wildlife-art gallery exhibition, a fully-equipped conference room for meetings and team gatherings, a charming bar overlooking the dam, and a swimming pool.

Timbavati Game Reserve is the proud home of a group of indigenous white lions which were reintegrated into the area in 2006. In addition, there are extensive populations of all members of the Big Five, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, zebra, and giraffe, more than 120 listed species of reptile and fish, as well as the gigantic bird population, all of which are put at your fingertips by the resident guides during your stay here.

Price includes

  • All meals, local beers, house wines and soft drinks, 2 Game drives daily, Guided safari walks with refreshments
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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
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$ 420 USD
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Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
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We are able to arrange travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.

Packages that include this lodge

5 Day Fly-in Safari to Timbavati Game Reserve
4 Nights at Motswari Private Game Lodge
Return Flights OR Tambo Airport (JNB) to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
Return Scheduled Transfers Hoedspruit Airport to Motswari Game Lodge
2 Game Drives Daily
Refreshments on game drives
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$ 980 USD
Per person per night
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Very good memory for all our party. Very pleasant safaris with fine explanations. Fine cooking and friendly service.
clive dryden
They gave it a 11 out of 10.My own view is that the Chalets need updating--especially a nice outdoor shower area. Sliding doors would also help to open up the unit.
Ronan Ryan
From the moment I arrived I was taken really good care of. The whole day is nicely laid out and the accommodation was top class. The guides were really knowledgeable and we got to see all of the big five which was great. All the meals during the day were delicious and the format for the evening meals with everyone sharing a table was a great idea. I would definitely recommend Motswari if you're looking for a really authenticate experience but with some luxuries!
Jagadish Reddy
Thoroughly enjoyed the guided game drives with the experienced guides and trackers. Except for for the first game drive where we saw the pride of lions on a buffalo kill the other game drives were quiet except for a short sighting of a leopard. But then that is luck of any wild life drive. I was very lucky to come across a pack of wild dogs with their pups on the way from the airport to the lodge.The cottage on the river bank was exceptional and their food was too.Would recomend Motswari to anyone for their warm hospitality,comfort and location
Dirk van Niekerk
Our stay was from 24 - 30th April - 2010. It was an amazing, exciting experience. Suggested improvements are showers, which are needed in all bathrooms, and also better lighting in bedrooms. Better sign posting markers to Motswari Lodge could be considered - during our recent trip I took in error and early Mostswari turn-off landed on a dirt road and caused damage to my vehicle - we had to off-hook my trailer and drive to Motswari Lodge to secure help as there was no cell phone reception in the Timbavati erea. An additional chest freezer will also be very helpfull and a further bonus.
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Feb 19, 2024
Smooth booking process
Smooth booking process. Looking forward to the trip.
Koen Cardon
Feb 17, 2024
Everyone has seemed to care a lot about…
Everyone has seemed to care a lot about my wife and me. Communication has been good via email, especially with the difference of eight hours of time zones.
Lee Easter
Feb 16, 2024
High quality, excellent service, Lisa is fantastic !
Kim Brink
Feb 7, 2024
Excellent trip planning
Sara did such an outstanding job coordinating our trip! I couldn’t have done it without her!!!
Feb 6, 2024
The communication provides…
The communication provides is second to none. Their response rate is amazing, and they had our entire trip planned in just a few days!
Hannah Westbrook
Feb 4, 2024
Dolan was incredible!
Dolan was incredible!
Michael O
Feb 2, 2024
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Feb 1, 2024
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Good communication and prompt replies to queries.
Jan 31, 2024
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