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Cramlington Northumberland
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stayed at Motswari for 5 nights from 28th September. What an experience! The staff are what make this place so special – they are all genuinely happy and never fail to smile and say hello when they see you. We had Andries as our guide and Petros was our tracker. What an awesome twosome they are, absolutely superb at... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari. We value your feedback and we are delighted that we could deliver on your expectations. Thank you for acknowledging the skills of Andries and Petros. Your kind words will be shared with the team and we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Adriaan More 

Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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478 reviews
213 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The service is amongst the best we have every encountered anywhere on our extensive travels, it was really excellent from all staff from the reception greeting to all people at meals and of course our guide Henry and spotter Patrick. The room was a stunning rondavel overlooking the riverbed, largely dry and very dry when we were there but still... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Motswari. We highly value your noticing the small details. We feel so privileged that you selected us to spend your special holiday with and I am delighted that we could meet your expectations. The team and I are really happy that you had such fantastic animal sightings and that you... More 

South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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84 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Recently spent 3 nights at Motswari, and really enjoyed all the game drives. We saw incredible animals, and were really surprised how close we were able to get to them. Seeing the animals interact in the wild is really incredible. The food at Motswari was also very good (it seems like you are always eating!), and everyone working there was... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari and we value you constructive feedback regarding the bathroom. We are delighted that we could deliver on your expectations in terms of the game drives and thank you for acknowledging the friendliness and efficiency of our staff. Your kind words will be shared with the team and we are looking forward... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

This game reserve is excellent and I won't repeat all the previous reviews except to say it was all perfect! We were here for 4,5 and 6th of September and our game drive times were 0600- 0930 then again at 1530 until 1900. We did a bush walk one morning but it was so hot that we just lay around... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari. We are delighted that we could deliver on your expectations and that you had such an amazing experience with us! I really appreciate your account of our Giraffe Nest ''sound safari''. Your kind words will be shared with the team and we are looking forward to welcoming you back... More 

Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Motswari was our second game lodge on our first visit to south Africa and it was fantastic. I really can't think of anything that I change except perhaps the contact with Newmark Hotels reservations. We asked a question regarding the overnight safari but never received an answer. It wasn't until we were able to email Motswari directly that we got... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari and we value you selecting us as one of the lodges to visit on your first trip to SA. We are delighted that we could deliver on your expectations and thank you for acknowledging and appreciating the skills of Angie and Goddman. Your kind words will be shared with the team... More 

Sydney, Australia
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67 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We really enjoyed our stay at Motswari Private Game Reserve. Overall I would definitely recommend it for people looking to stay at a place that is a bit more remote than some other lodges in the south of Timbavati or indeed at Sabi Sands. Having stayed at quite a few lodges, it probably isn't my absolute favourite, but definitely a... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed review of your stay at Motswari. I highly value your opinion and I appreciate you highlighting the few valid concerns for our operational consideration and evaluation. Thank you for your kind words, your feedback will be shared with the team and we are looking forward to welcoming you back... More 

cape town
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I spent five days at Motswari recently and have nothing but good things to say. We had a fantastic guide, Chad, who happens to be passionate about photography and was able to help with questions and mis-behaving cameras - he was the perfect guide in that his disposition was friendly and calm, respectful of the bush and animals and just... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Motswari. We are delighted that we could deliver on your expectations and thank you for acknowledging the skillset of Chad and Difference. Your kind words will be shared with the team and we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Adriaan More 

London, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We have just returned home from our honeymoon during which we spent 5 days at Motswari, and it really was one of the best experiences we've ever had! We have never been so well looked after from the moment we walked in, and every single member of staff was friendly and accommodating. Our room was beautiful with a stunning view... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your visit to Motswari. We are delighted that we could deliver on your expectations and that you had such an amazing experience as part of your honeymoon with us! I really appreciate your comments on the guiding, food & Beverage and housekeeping departments. Your kind... More 

Cortez, Colorado
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75 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This was our 4th trip to Motswari and the best yet. We've had Chad for a guide previously but he was on leave this time and we had Angie and Goodman who were both excellent as well. They found lots of great witldlife to view. Seeing wilddogs at a den soon after arriving was our trip highlight. What makes us... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Motswari. It was so good to have you visit us again and we are delighted that you got to see the wild dogs! Thank you for your detailed feedback and kind words which will be shared with all our special staff. We are looking forward to welcoming you back! Kind regards Adriaan More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have just returned (this very morning) from the most memorable holiday ever at Motswari Game Reserve and I could not wait to write our review. We stayed for 6 nights at the Geiger Camp and I don't have one bad word to say, not one! The food, hospitality, accommodation and reserve were all 5 star plus!... More 

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MotswariLodge, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Geiger's Camp at Motswari. I highly value your feedback and appreciation. We are delighted that we could meet your expectations to create such a memorable holiday and I will share your kind words with the team. Wea re looking forward to welcoming you back! Kind regards Adriaan More 

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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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Address: Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $644 - $1,244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Motswari Private Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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“All are lovely!”
 of 5 bubbles 599annie, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Elephant, Duiker and Buffalo all have views out on to the river bed where most animals pass by. The rest are set back within the camp.”
 of 5 bubbles Crannah10, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room overlooking the river”
 of 5 bubbles CHLondon, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Buffalo is a good room: it looks over the river bed and a good location”
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“We've stayed in several rooms and they're all good”
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