Motswari Private Game Lodge Accommodation in Timbavati, Limpopo
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests30
  • Rooms/Units15
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

Motswari Private Game Lodge is a highly recommended Limpopo game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Valley of the Olifants.

About Motswari Private Game Lodge

Deep within the Timbavati Game Reserve lies Motswari Private Game Reserve. As part of the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy and traversing close on 200km² of pristine habitat, Motswari offers visitors the best of Africa; wide horizons, untamed wilderness and game in its' natural habitat. Motswari (meaning "To conserve and protect") prides itself on offering guests a unique and genuine bush experience.


The Lodge facilities include a traditional, open-air boma; a spacious lounge and bar over-looking a beautiful dam; an art gallery exhibiting original wildlife art, a fully-equipped conference room and a refreshing swimming pool. The Lodge accommodates 30 guests in 15 luxury en suite bungalows. All bedrooms have air-conditioning and overhead fans. Magnificent bush and river views from the bedrooms. The bungalows also offer a mini-bar and outdoor showers where guests can get that much closer to nature.


Motswari is well equipped to cater for conference and incentive groups. Our fully equipped, air-conditioned conference room comfortably accommodates up to 30 delegates. We will gladly design itineraries for groups, ensuring optimum productivity in a relaxed & peaceful setting. Equipment available for conferencing includes TV & VCR, Slide & Overhead Projectors, Flip Charts, Panaboard and White Boards.


Of course, the key attraction at Motswari is its' wildlife. Our qualified rangers accompanied by skilled Shangaan trackers will do their utmost to ensure that you get the best possible sighting. The area is renowned for its frequent sightings of the famed Big Five and has healthy populations of all other species found in the region. Game-drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon, when the animals are most active and the scenery at its most spectacular. Optional excursions such as guided bush walks, visits to bird-hides and bush banqueting are also available.


Motswari Game Reserve shares an open 20-kilometre boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. As such there is a constant flow of game through the reserve ensuring plenty of excitement during the game-viewing activities. Our rangers and trackers are all passionate wildlife enthusiasts, who thrive on bringing the bush to life for their guests.

Be it from the comfort of our open, 4x4 vehicles or, for the more adventurous, on foot the wildlife experience at Motswari is second to none. Strict game-drive policies are adhered to ensuring both the wildlife and guests feel relaxed. All game-drives are in radio contact with one another ensuring optimal chances of those special sightings. Our guides are also keen wildlife photographers and will ensure that you get the best photographic opportunities.


Motswari Private Game Reserve is located in a game-rich area comprising four major habitat types. It supports a diverse range of species, each fulfilling a particular niche for their survival. The Timbavati is renowned for its predator populations, supporting one of the highest densities of lion in Africa. Painted Wolves and Cheetah are also often seen in the area. Elephant and Cape Buffalo are common in the area, frequently occurring in large breeding herds several hundred strong. There are also healthy populations of all the antelope species of the region.

For the bird-watcher, Motswari is a delight, particularly from September through to May when numerous migratory species arrive for breeding or to escape the harsh northern winter. Some 400 of southern Africa's 900 bird species occur in the area.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Roof deck
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Main Camp Luxury Bungalows

All 15 luxury bungalows are air-conditioned, have en-suite bathrooms and mosquito proofing to ensure maximum comfort during your stay, and unrivalled bush views. Rates include all meals; local beers, house wines and soft drinks; two daily game drives; and guided safari walks with refreshments. Children from 6 years and older are allowed at the lodge. Children between 6 and 12 may share a room with the parents, subject to availability

Qty: 15
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

All meals
Local beers, house wines and soft drinks
2 Game drives daily,
Guided safari walks with refreshments
Conservation Levy

Items of a personal nature

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

We stayed at Motswari for 3 days with our 13 yo daughter. The accommodation was very good and the food, service and general attitude of the managers and staff excellent. However, the game drives and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the rangers was at the highest standard and made our trip extremely satisfying. Godfrey, our guide, was so helpful and allowed Lou to indulge her passion - birds of prey! We will do our utmost to return in the coming years. Many thanks to all.

October 2008


Verified reviewexcellent

having visited motswari only a week ago ,i cannot praise the staff and manegment enough. I took all of my 4 children ranging from 10 -19 and each one was catered for perfectly with warmth and friendship with 2 drives each day,we stayed for seven days, each drive was a new adventure. Our guide John and tracker Giyani taylor made each drive for us ,making sure we had the best chances of seeing each animal and bird ,sharing there expert knowledge and sense of humour. We have already opened the saving fund to go back again as soon as we can!

June 2008

Marcelle Edwards (isle of wight)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren over the age of 6 are welcome. Younger children may be accepted by prior arrangement but will not be allowed on game drives.

Closest airport(s)Phalaborwa Airport - 140km
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - 240km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 12h00
Check-out by 11h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, American Express, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since October 2002

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