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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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Virginia
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Motswari is truly a superb location. We had two interconnecting rooms (Rhino and Cheetah) which was great since we had 2 adults and 2 kids. The staff at Motswari was great. The guides (Shadrack was ours) did a wonderful job finding so many animals. We had the Big 5 tracked within 24 hours of arriving. They really made sure you had a very unique experience. The food was great...especially the big breakfast when you came back in from the morning driving. The rooms were very nicely done and comfortable. We even had a lion outside our room one morning...good thing they have someone looking out for you. We highly recommend Motswari.

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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

The Motswari Private Game Reserve is a very well run resort. This was our fourth Safari experience in Africa, but the most unique as far as the game drives were concerned. The activities were regulated by the time of the game drives. There were 2 per day. The morning game drive began around 5a.m. for three and half hours. Prior to the morning game drive we gathered for coffee/tea and muffins. Afterwards we had an excellent buffet breakfast. Lunch was served at 3p.m. to prepare us for the late dinner. The afternoon Safari drive began from 4p.m. to about 7:30p.m. Upon return we prepared for dinner which was excellent every time. The lodge was lovely and comfortable. We had some difficulties with the air conditioner not working the first night, but they promptly changed us to another cottage with a well working air conditioner. The beds were supremely comfortable. During the in-between times we were able to relax in the small pool. The best part of this experience were the game drives. The land rovers used were different than we were used to in other Safaris. These were completely open with space for about 8 people. Each seat had an excellent view. The rides were bumpier on the back seats. Our guide and tracer were most adventurous and with the land rover we were able to cross rivers and go through bushes and unexplored areas. This meant that we could get very close to the animals. We saw numerous lions, including the White Lion. There were hundreds of elephants, many of them swimming through the river. We saw several leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and many of the smaller animals including birds. We also learned a lot about tracking. We went on a walking safari too and learned more about animal foot prints. We hope that we can remember most of the information that was shared with us.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

This is a really well-run and excellent value property. We have stayed in another 5-star private game lodge on the same trip to pamper ourselves, but considering the price we paid for Motswari which is about 35% less, everything was almost on par. First off, the staff and chef and ranger and tracker were all very friendly, they really do make you feel like you are a part of a family (as opposed to simply guests). Food was very tasty and served in buffet style mostly. But presentation and quality is top-notch. Atmosphere is always amicable and every night you dine together at a few big tables. The chef Leigh is always passionate. The game drives are very awesome. Our ranger Grant and tracker Jacky were very passionate and helpful, and Grant would literally drive ANYWHERE and do all his best to track and get you close to the animals without stressing them. In a few games drives he was only person doing the driving, tracking, explaining. We saw a white lion (one of only four wild ones in the world, and only found in Timbavati), and saw all big 5 by 2nd game drive. Room is on the more basic side, but very clean, tidy and spacious with a nice sofa and terrace.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tibro, Sweden
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

Our first safari trip will be unforgettable thanks to all the wonderful staff and the whole experience that we got on Motswari. All staff were professional and absoluetly make this place .

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Second time in Motswari, and it's even better. All is simple, but very well organised and planned. Rangers are making each safari a unique experience. I can only recommend it, and will for sure come back again

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Norfolk
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Stayed at Motswari for 2 nights as part of a Travel Agent FAM trip and had the most amazing time! Other than the surroundings, the lovely spacious rooms all with their own different features, and the extraordinary food, the staff absolutely make this place!!! Thea and Dave are the perfect hosts and nothing is ever too much.. but the biggest praise has to go to the Rangers.. Herold and Difference made the whole trip! They were informative and the most amazing spotters! Managed to see The Big 5 all in one day! Massive thank you to all the team at Motswari I will hopefully be visiting again soon!! Keep up the good work!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

We have recently returned from a holiday in SA and Motwari was the highlight. Seeing the famous white lions of the Timbavati was a bonus. The accommodation was pure comfort, the facilities were comparable to a 5 star hotel but in the wilds of the African Bush! Just wonderful, we have to go back!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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