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Set deep in the Timbavati, Motswari Private Game Reserve promises rich game viewing as our boundary with Kruger is open. In operation for more than 30 years and an original, traditional game lodge, Motswari offers bush as far as the eye can see and simple luxuries that don’t intrude on your experience. Nature is unaffected by man’s need to shape his environment yet our family-owned reserve prides itself on our conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines and luxurious accommodation. With 150 square kilometers of wide horizons and untamed wilderness, Motswari is an unforgettable experience.

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 African safari lodge 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 traditional African safari lodge.

The understated luxury of this traditional, vintage bush lodge promises an authentic African safari experience and luxury bush accommodation to all of its visitors from the world over. 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 wildlife experience of Southern Africa. Ideally situated and exclusive, Motswari Private Game Reserve and African bush lodge accommodation holds the best of everything for the traveller to the untamed majesty that is Africa.


Motswari is exclusive in that the lodge never have more than 30 guests present at any one time, providing a more serene environment for our visitor’s African experience. With 15 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and all offering unrivalled bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements our level of service excellence. The naturally-furnished interiors of each bungalow reflect the wonders of nature that exist just outside the windows. There are no spas or gyms here at Motswari. Instead the lodge provides the serenity and relaxation that comes from exploring the intricacies of the living ecosystem that will surround you and the exercise that comes from walking the untamed trails that abound in the pristine environment you will find yourself in.

Also in evidence are two fully licensed bars, a swimming pool and a shop which promotes and sells carefully selected curios from the region. In addition Motswari has a library available as well as an art gallery. The Motswari Difference: The driving force behind our establishment lies within our outlook. The owners and operators of Motswari, the Geiger family, are committed to service excellence in all aspects of day-to-day running of the lodge. From African wildlife conservation and environmental management to the high quality of the cuisine served to our guests and our attention to detail in making your experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey. The lodge management are conscious of Motswari’s carbon footprint and continue to strive to further reduce our carbon footprint to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and environment. Motswari is committed to maintaining life at the lodge at the high standards that guests have come to expect from us.

Motswari has incorporated Responsible Tourism as a key principle in our operating philosophy by further providing employment and opportunities for locals in the region since its inception. Motswari is constantly on the lookout for ways in which the lodge can assist the community surrounding our fair slice of Africa. Our employees are much more than simply workers as here at Motswari everyone is treated as a member of the family. This shows in the tight-knit way that Motswari’s team all interact with each other and with our visitors who always leave us reluctantly, having come to relish the friendships they have forged during their stay. Motswari Private Game Reserve is accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism, South Africa (FTTSA), although the lodge management have upheld these ideals since before the founding of the organization. Motswari is also proudly dedicated to the preservation of all forms of natural Southern African flora and fauna.

Dining At Motswari Lodge

Meals are taken either in a scenic location out on the trail with one of Motswari’s highly-trained guides, indulging in succulent morsels in the lounge or, depending on the season, spending the evenings dining in the bush or inside the Boma, a traditional meeting-place for those staying in the African wilds. You will also enjoy your meals with an award-winning selection of wines native to Southern Africa which set off the sumptuous and perfectly prepared to perfection.


Activities At Motswari Lodge

  • Game drives and walking safaris – Greater Kruger Park Wildlife Area
  • Elephant back safaris near Kruger National Park
  • Spectacular Scenery & Panoramic Tours Including Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window In Kruger’s Lowveld region
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Shangaan Cultural Village Tour
  • Visit Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden & Botanic Gardens
  • Horse Whispers & Elephant Whispers Experience
  • Active Adventures: White Water Rafting-Tubing, Abseiling, Quad Bike Trails
  • Experience the Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Timbavati Game Reserves
  • Connect to South Africa safaris to Madikwe, Shamwari Parks and Reserves
  • Connect to Victoria Falls & Zambia safaris in South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Kafue Parks
  • Connect to Botswana safaris in Okavango Delta, Chobe, Moremi, Savuti & Central Kalahari
  • Connect to Tanzania safaris in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha, Gombe, Mahale
  • Connect to Kenya safaris in Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo, Laikipia
  • Connect Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya climb tours
  • Relax at Indian Ocean Beach Islands of Zanzibar, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles.


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