South African Lodges

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Timbavati Game Reserve
Kruger Park Phalaborwa Gate Area
South Africa
Lodge Type

Motswari Safari Lodge is adjacent to the wildlife rich Kruger Park, South Africa. This Lodge is exclusive in that there are never more than 28 guests present at any one time, providing a more serene environment for an African experience in the Timbavati Nature Reserve. With 16 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and all offering unique bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements service excellence. The naturally-furnished interiors of each bungalow reflect the wonders of nature that exist just outside the windows.

The 5-star safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and comfortable suites. The name translates to care and defend in the regional dialect, and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the bushveld sunset. The 15 thousand hectares which make up the game reserve are part of the Kruger Park, and guests are treated to wildlife encounters in their natural habitats in the course of their unforgettable experience of Southern Africa.

Safari Lodge

This Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve accommodates 30 visitors in 15 luxury en-suite chalets. Inter-leading rooms are also available on request. The Indaba Conference Room, which offers free WiFi internet service, seats 20 conference delegates.

Geiger’s Camp

Featuring four luxury chalets, the private Geiger’s Camp is the ultimate in luxury and privacy which is ideal for families. Set within the boundaries of the Private Game Reserve, the Geiger’s Camp offers a luxurious safari experience not to be forgotten.

Giraffe's Nest - hideout

Please note that when booking the Giraffe's Nest Sleep-Out, guests still keep their suite in the main lodge for that night, in the event of inclement weather. Giraffe's Nest cannot be booked on its own, only added on to their existing booking at the main camp.

Accommodation options:

  • Safari Lodge
  • Geiger's Camp
  • Giraffe's Nest (sleep-out hide).


There are no spas or gyms at Motswari. Instead, the tranquillity and rest come from traversing the elaboratenesses of the breathing ecosystem that surrounds guests and the training which comes from walking the untamed tracks that teem in the natural surroundings you will find yourself in.

Activities and Facilities

  • Thrilling morning and evening safari drives in open Land Rovers with professional field guides and trackers
  • Mid-morning bush walks
  • Exciting walking safaris instead of morning safari drives guided by armed field guides
  • Hide sleep-outs in the Game Reserve: Giraffe's Nest
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Unforgettable bush dinners
  • Pre-lunch safari interest talks
  • Curio shop (Motswari Safari Lodge)
  • Brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner
  • Library and art gallery with 24-hour internet facility (Motswari Safari Lodge)
  • An additional vehicle plus guide can be arranged for an extra cost per day and covers two safari drives per day
  • Au-pair services can be provided
  • Fully equipped air-conditioned conference room for 20 delegates at Motswari Safari Lodge.


Motswari meals are enjoyed either at a beautiful spot out on the trail with one of the guides or in our lounge and, depending on the weather, evenings can be spent dining in the bush or inside the Boma, a legendary meeting place. Meals are supplemented by a collection of South African wines.

Wildlife & Safaris

In this untouched Timbavati wildlife preserve, guests can enjoy an encounter of a once in a lifetime trip. Home to all of the big-five animals as well as a whole range of other smaller species.

The tour guides who operate all of the excursions and activities, tend to be residents of the area meaning that guests will be given the most accurate, intimate knowledge of the location and wildlife living in the bush.

Motswari guests also have the opportunity to take part in extended Safari Drives which can last for up to 3 and a half hours at either sunrise or sunset. The lodge gives guests the chance to experience a guided walking safari with one of the highly experienced and armed trail-guides. The lodge's knowledgeable staff members give talks on wildlife and bushveld topics and will gladly answer any related questions for the guests. There are a variety of nocturnal animals that can be seen in the evening such as Brown hyena, honey badger, civet, the bush-baby and owls. The avian population is unrivalled for the avid bird watcher, with hundreds of 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.

Child Policy at Geiger's Camp

  • Children under the age of 6 cannot be accommodated at Geiger's Camp
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 16 are only allowed when taking the camp exclusively.
  • Children should be six years & older for safari drives at the discretion of the guide
  • 12 age & older for bush walks
  • 18 years for Overnight Safari Walk Experience
  • Au-pair services can be provided upon request

Below detailed information about the Motswari Private Game Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping


Dining at Motswari

Meals at Motswari are enjoyed either at a scenic location out in the bush, in the lounge or inside the Boma. Dining is accompanied by an award-winning selection of Southern African wines.

Game Drives or Walking Safaris

All of the big five are abundant in the area due to Motswari's open plan layout into the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers extended game drives of three-and-a-half hours each in open Land Rovers at sunrise and sunset. Guided walking safaris are also on offer for those who wish to get the most from their African experience. The knowledgeable staff members also give talks on wildlife and bushveld topics.


Motswari believes strongly that art and nature and natural artefacts are used in the construction of the lodge and wood, bone and stone artwork is evident throughout. The art gallery sells examples of such artwork and a local sculptor practices his art and sells sculpture inside the reserve. Visiting artists are encouraged to contribute to the sculpture garden.

Motswari conferencing

Motswari offers a fully-equipped conferencing facility that can be configured according to each groups needs. Executives can also make use of the lodge for team-building, product launches and corporate getaways. There is also an internet hotspot at the lodge.

  • Boma
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Swimming Pool

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
    • Children aged six & Younger are not be permitted to Geiger's Camp.
    • Children between the ages of 6 and 16 are only allowed when taking the camp exclusively.
    • Children should be six years & older for game drives at the discretion of the guide, 12 age & older for bush walks and 18 years for Overnight Safari Walk Experience.
    • Au-pair services can be provided when advised at the time of reservation.
Social Responsibility
  • This Lodge has incorporated responsible tourism as a key philosophy of providing employment and opportunities for locals. 

    The employees at Motswari are much more than simply workers, and everyone is treated as a member of the family. The lodge is also proudly dedicated to the preservation of all forms of flora and fauna

Available Rooms

Motswari Main Camp

# Rooms:

Motswari never has more than 30 guests present at any one time, providing a more serene and private environment. 15 air-conditioned, luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows offer unrivaled bush views. The naturally-furnished interiors of each bungalow reflect the wonders of nature that exist just outside the windows.

Single Room R7270
Double Room R10350

Geigers Camp

# Rooms:

The exclusive Geiger’s Camp at the Motswari Private Game Reserve reflects true African style, beauty, and comfort. It is here at the Geiger's Camp where guests find tranquility as this camp lies a few kilometers away from the main game lodge.

The Geiger’s Camp offers a single group of guests a beautiful African safari style accommodation option where a breath-taking experience with nature combined with the modern luxuries can be enjoyed. The Geiger's Lodge consists of two stone houses which are home to five spacious en-suite bedrooms.

An outdoor swimming pool, as well as a communal lounge area, can also be found here. The views of the nearby Nhlaralumi River are fantastic and the wrap-around patio offers a great place from where to enjoy cooling refreshments. The professional game ranger accompanies guests on the two thrilling game drives each day in the own luxury, Land Rover.

Single Room R10020
Double Room R14180

Motswari Main Camp: Stay 3 Save 10%

Motswari Main Camp: Stay 4 Save 15%

Motswari Private Game Reserve Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay at Motswari Private Game Reserve between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 for 4 nights or longer and receive complimentary return transfers between the lodge and Hodespruit!

Included in the rate:

  • Complimentary return transfers between the lodge and Hoedspruit
  • All meals
  • Local beers, house wines and soft drinks
  • 2 Game drives daily,
  • Guided safari walks with refreshments
  • Conservation Levy

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Subject to availability
  • Valid 01 December 2019 to 31 March 2020
  • Valid for a 4 or longer night stay only
  • Standard Newmark terms and conditions apply
  • Special must be requested at the time of booking or enquiry
  • Not applicable to group bookings, existing reservations or in conjunction with other special offers

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At Motswari I enjoyed a serene environment, My bungalow reflected the wonders of nature that existed outside my window.

I just loved being in the bush.



I enjoyed unrivalled bush views at Motswari, I had great days walking the untamed trails that abound in the pristine environment at Motswari.

Great Lodge, & great game drives.







GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.260666

Longitude: 31.345506


Directions to the Motswari Game Lodge from Johannesburg:

1. From Johannesburg travel east on the N12 which leads past Benoni, eMahlaleni (Witbank) and Middelburg
2. Follow the signs and turnoff at eMakhazeni (Belfast)
3. Turn right on R540 road through eMnotweni (Dullstroom), following signs onwards through Mashishing (Lydenburg) and Ohrigstad
4. Proceed on the R36 over the Abel Erasmus Pass to Marulaneng(Hoedspruit) (signs read Tzaneen en route)
5. You will enter Marulaneng (Hoedspruit) on the R527
6. In Marulaneng (Hoedspruit) proceed through the 4-way stop and go over the small bridge. At the intersection turn right onto the R40 towards White River
7. Continue for 7km and then turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign onto the Timbavati Road (Your mobile phone is unlikely to have a signal from here!)
8. 1km after passing Ingwelala on your right (large thatched entrance) look out for the Motswari sign. Turn right and follow the Motswari signs for the remaining 4km.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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5 Star

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