Timbavati Game Reserve - Central Kruger National Park - More Kruger National Park Accommodation

 
Timbavati Game Reserve
Kruger National Park
South Africa
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Arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend.Ē Set deep in the Timbavati, Motswari game reserve promises rich game viewing as our boundary with Kruger is open. 

In operation for 30 years and an original traditional game lodge, which means bush as far as the eye can see and simple luxuries that donít intrude on your experience. Nature is unaffected by manís need to shape his environment and our family-owned reserve prides itself on our conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines and luxurious accommodation. 

With 150 kilometres 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. 

Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Motswari Private Game Reserve
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.

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

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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 the conservation of the wilderness 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, we here at Motswari are committed to maintaining life at the lodge at the high standards that our guests have come to expect from us.

Motswari has been providing employment and opportunities for locals in the region since its inception and we are constantly on the lookout for ways in which we 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. 

Motswari Private Game Reserve
Motswari Private Game Reserve
This shows in the tight-knit way that we 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 we have upheld these ideals since before the founding of this organisation. We are also proudly dedicated to the preservation of all forms of natural Southern African flora and fauna.

There are no spas or gyms here at Motswari. Instead we provide 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.

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We also house a fully-equipped conference facility for executives making use of the lodge for team-building, product launches and corporate getaways. By placing our air-conditioned facilities at your disposal we ensure memorable conclusions for any company retreat. There is also an internet hotspot available for those wishing to conduct business during their time with us. Our conference room can be configured according to your specific needs by prior arrangement with your hosts.

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 we have a library available as well as an art gallery. Meals are taken either in a scenic location out on the trail with one of our highly-trained guides, indulging in succulent morsels in our 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 repast we provide to perfection.

Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The owners of Motswari believe strongly that art and nature are interlinked and the construction of the lodge is evidence of this belief. Natural artefacts are used in the construction of the Lodge (including the interiors of the bungalows) and artwork constructed of wood, bone and stone is evident throughout. The art gallery at Motswari sells examples of such artwork and there is also a local sculptor who practises his art and sells sculpture inside the reserve.
Visiting artists are encouraged to contribute to the growing sculpture garden; where they leave their work for other visitors to view and perhaps be inspired by, as the artists themselves are inspired by their time at Motswari.

The atmosphere of calm, rugged beauty draws out the creative instinct in many of the visitors to one of the finest private game reserves in Southern Africa and while some of them leave their artwork behind, they carry with them the experience provided by Motswari forever.

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Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari is exclusive in that we 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. 

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Activities

Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Getting close to the untouched wildlife that South Africa is famed for on an African Wildlife Safari, is what Motswari is really all about. All of Africa's Big Five are abundant in the area, as are countless numbers of other naturally-occuring African Plains Game which traverse the open boundary between Motswari and the Kruger National Park. Our guides are residents of the area and have, in addition to the scientific knowledge that we encourage them to attain, an intimate knowledge of the location and wildlife that comes from a lifetime of co-existence with the surrounds.

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We encourage visitors to make the most of the time that they have in this setting by offering Game Drive Safaris, such as extended game drives (of three-and-a-half hours each) in open Land Rovers both at sunrise and during sunset to ensure that most, if not all, of the inhabitants of the bush are appreciated by our guests on their African Wildlife Safari, and provide them with an unforgettable game viewing experience. We also offer Guided Walking Safaris such as optional bush walks with one of our highly experienced and armed trail-guides, for those who wish to get the most from their African experience. Our knowledgeable staff members also give talks on the wildlife and bushveld topics and will gladly answer any related questions for our guests. We offer a daily total of up to nine hours of interaction and exploration within the veld itself.

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Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Supporting the Big Five are several other species of wildlife, including cheetah and wild dogs and naturally occurring herbivores from the antelope and gazelle family. There are a variety of nocturnal animals which make our sunset drives completely different from their daytime equivalent which include, but are not limited to, hyena, honey-badger, civet, the bush-baby and owls. The avian population is unrivalled for the avid birdwatcher, with well over 350 different species to be spotted year-round. Taken all together this is an unmatched chance to view the splendour of all manner of creatures unique to the continent.

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Location

Motswari is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, itself part of the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy, some six hours drive from Johannesburg. It can easily be reached by road from the Durban, Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport - KMIA) and Phalaborwa centres as well as from Johannesburg itself.

In addition there are a variety of flight solutions into Motswari, some of which will land at our private airstrip where guests will be given a VIP welcome, while others will set visitors down in nearby Hoedspruit or at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. From Hoedspruit it is a 50-minute drive to Motswari on the Timbavati Road through the Greater Kruger National Park where you may very well catch your first glimpses of African wildlife as you enter our pristine location.

Road transfers from Hoedspruit, and both road and air transfers from KMIA, can be arranged with us here at Motswari.

Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Motswari Lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve - Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Motswari Private Game Reserve / Timbavati Game Reserve
Kruger National Park
South Africa

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