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Motswari Private Game Reserve


Set by the world famous Kruger National Park in prime Big Five viewing territory, the beautiful Motswari Private Game Reserve offers an affordable luxury safari to be savoured.

The 15,000 hectare Timbavati Nature Reserve where Mostwari lies is an area of land that teems with wildlife. It is one of the best game viewing areas of the Greater Kruger area due to the bush in this part being less dense - allowing for excellent game viewing and larger herds of plains game such as Impala, Zebra, Wildebeest and Buffalo. At Motswari enjoy the luxury accommodation, superb game veiwing and a warm African atmosphere. 


Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari, located in the 15,000 hectare Timbavati Nature Reserve, which has an open boundary with the Kruger National Park offers an exclusive small lodge feel. With space for only 30 guests you'll never feel crowded out and the lodge is set within what can only be described as a pristine African wilderness area, providing a oasis of calm in an environment at one with the natural world around.

There are 15 luxurious en-suite chalets, each with air-conditioning and superb views out into the bush. The chalets are furnished to a very high standard in a sympathetic style to the nature world, incorpoerating many natural features. 

At Motswari you will find no spas or gyms, instead guests are invited to soak up the serenity that comes from exploring the wonderfully diverse living ecosystem in which they are surrounded. 


Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers with professional field guides and trackers. On returning to the lodge you'll enjoy a sumptious breakfast followed by the option for a mid-morning bush walk with your ranger (an excellent way to experience the bush and discover animals and plants you will miss from the Land Rover). 

Pre-lunch talks on safari subjects - wildlife, natural history etc. 

It's possibly at Motswari to arrange an 'Overnight Walking Safari' with the lodges experienced guides.

Arrange to sleep out in the romantic 'Giraffe’s Nest Hide'. Wake up to the sound of the birds and an African sunrise. 


At Motswari Private Game Reserve children aged 6 years and over are very welcome. Children must however be 6 years of age or over for game drives, 12 years of age and over for bush walks and 18 years of age or over for 'Night Walking Safaris'. 


Services & Facilities
Swimming pool
Alfresco Boma & bush dinners
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.
Au-pair services can be provided when advised at time of reservation.

By Air

Hoedspruit: Scheduled daily flights between OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport take approximately 50 minutes, followed by a 50 minute road transfer to the lodge. Scheduled flights between Cape Town (3 times a week) and Hoedspruit take approximately 2 ½ hours, followed by a 50 minute road transfer to the lodge.

Motswari Airstrip: Motswari private airstrip.

Runway details: Gravel strip with concrete run-up pads. Length: 1350m 01/19 Co-ordinates: 24O 11.522’ South 031 23.188’ East. GPS road co-ordinates 24O 11.036’ South 031 23.347’ East.

Kruger Mpumlanga International Airport: Scheduled services between Cape Town Airport and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit) take 2 ½ hours followed by a 3 hour road transfer. Scheduled flights between OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Phalaborwa Airport take 1 ¼ hours, followed by a 2 hour road transfer.