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Located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in a remote corner of northern South Africa, Motse Lodge is set in Tswalu Private Game Reserve, the largest privately owned reserve in the country. A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group, Motse Lodge is also Fair Trade accredited and the recipient of a number of awards including National Geographic Adventure Magazines Top 50 Eco Lodges and the Spa Awards.

A stay here is all about experiencing the wonders of the Kalahari in luxury and in comfort. Relax and unwind at the Sanctuary Spa, around the swimming pool or in the comfort of your suite. If you have children with you, let them be entertained on fascinating bush walks, star-gazing trips and sleep outs. Motse Lodge offers amazing Kalahari game viewing, rewarding birdwatching and a number of exciting safari activities. Enjoy guided walks across the dunes, game drives in open-air safari vehicles, hot air ballooning, and trips to Bushmen rock engravings sites in and around the reserve.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Member of Relais & Chateaux
  •  Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report - 2014 : Top Safari Lodge

highlights

  • Set in South Africa's largest private game reserve, covering over 100 000 hectares
  • Luxurious, exclusive Kalahari experience
  • Expert field guides & great game viewing
  • Wide range of wildlife & many rarities
  • An abundance of other activities on offer such as bush walks & horseback safaris
  • Owned and managed by the Oppenheimer family

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Facilities

Curl up in the mezzanine library area with one of the lodge's books or in front of the satellite TV.

WiFi internet is available throughout the lodge and rooms.

To ease away the stresses of the real world, spend some time in Motse Lodge’s secluded Spa with its choice of indoor or outdoor treatment areas, or just spend some time around the infinity swimming pool with a good book.

You can also pick up a few items for friends at home from the Foundation Gift Shop, knowing that all proceeds are used to fund research at the reserve.

General Facilities

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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool
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    Library
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    Gym
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    Bar
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    Kids Club
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    Wi-fi available

Dining

Motse Lodge serves delicious cuisine inspired by South African dishes and local Kalahari ingredients, complemented by the finest wines from Tswalu's private cellar.

The chef at Motse Lodge aims to both surprise and delight you with varied and imaginative food served in a variety of inspiring locations.

Enjoy your meals in the dining room of the main house, in the privacy of your luxury suite or in the atmospheric boma under the stars.

Your meals can be served around the swimming pool overlooking the Kalahari or you can ask for a picnic in the dunes.

Luxury Suite

Motse Lodge offers luxury accommodation in authentic stone-walled and thatched-roofed bungalows. Each bungalow is elegantly decorated, combining rustic touches with colonial furniture and tribal artifacts.

Each room has a spacious bedroom and lounge area with a cosy firepit, an en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers plus a private sundeck with beautiful views of a nearby waterhole and the Kalahari landscape.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

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    Ceiling fan
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    Television
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    En-suite shower only
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    Outdoor shower
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    Telephone
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    Fireplace
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    Outside area
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    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

Families will relish the space provided by the two Family Bungalows, each with two bedrooms, an en suite bathroom and separated by a spacious lounge that leads onto a patio.

Activities

  • Cultural tour
  • Local village visits
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Game drives
  • Historical tours
  • Horse-riding
  • Star-gazing
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $830 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $915 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Motse Family Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Tswalu was the highlight of our trip. We recommend it highly, and would love to return. We had no problem filling the five days that we spent there. We were fortunate to be assigned Warren Stuart, the chief field guide. Having a land rover to ourselves was a real treat. The informality of a small lodge, and the flexibility of meals and on game drives is a real selling point. But the main point of Tswalu is the vast Kalahari. You really felt that you were out in the middle of nowhere, with no roads, farms, or cell towers to remind you of urban living. We saw three kills on our visit, which was a bit unusual but quite thrilling. Plus, a leopard came into the camp and killed a nyala just behind our room, which was also very exciting. We enjoyed that feeling of tracking the animals and felt that we were truly having a wilderness experience. The only animals they don't have at Tswalu are elephants, buffalo, and hippo, but we saw them at Pumba.

    Keith Robson, October 2014
  • We had a great time at Tswalu a few years ago so I was worried that it could not live up to our memories and expectations. Fortunately I was wrong. We had an exceptional lady ranger and lovely tracker. We had some truly memorable exposure to the wild dogs (which have been recently introduced) and great fun tracking and finding lions. However interestingly one of the most memorable moments was a good aardvark sighting. The overnight deck experience was surprisingly good. Certainly another memorable experience.

    Ian Ellis, September 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at Tswalu! The conservancy was so green, with long lush grasses that glistened in the sun and danced in the breeze----really beautiful scenery. The lodge was lovely, as was the staff, and we had a fabulous ranger. He was just excellent...warm and friendly, knowledgeable and experienced, super helpful with my photography and just a pleasure to be around. Horse back riding in the bush, sleeping out under the stars, getting up close and personal to the meerkats, and more. Having said that, we also had great lion encounters, watched a cheetah eating his kill, and got up close to a mother and baby black rhino who were very happy to have us hanging around! Best spa service yet at any game lodge.

    Lauren Cohen, April 2014
  • We had another great trip. Tswalu was perfect. Exactly the sort of trip we were looking for. We did the overnight on the dune and spent a great evening with the Milky Way. Better animal viewing than we anticipated and we got to see a "green" Kalahari with all of the rain they've had recently.

    Bill Gilliam, April 2014
  • Tswalu Motse is one of the best places we've ever been to, in terms of field guiding, facilities and the wildlife conservation project. The field guiding was excellent, the facilities & food really good and the landscape breath taking.

    Jahel Fabris, May 2012
  • We journeyed on to the Kalahari via Campbell where we visited John Bartletts church built in 1825. Judith was a Bartlett before we were married so we found it very interesting. The directions to Motse Lodge were great and the telephone system to meet a guide on the way in worked very well. They are a very efficient slick outfit which was obvious throughout our stay. The whole staff were good at their jobs I couldn’t fault anything about our stay nor the way we were looked after. It is a fascinating area and we saw several first's. The Meerkat experience was wonderful as were all the game drives. This was the first time we had our own private ranger and tracker to look after us. Their knowledge and communication skills were exceptional. The lodges are very well appointed and food was top class. I would recommend it to anyone.

    William Bill Legge, February 2012
  • Memorable for many reasons - all very good. Within an hour of touching down we had seen a lion kill a warthog, the first kill we had ever seen in Africa. Impressive and gruesome at the same time. Our ranger, Christo, was superb, very knowledgeable and fully engaging the children and ourselves. We actually managed to see buffalo here as well (always my favourite but very hard to find) but another highlight was being able to sit in close proximity to meerkats, an experience which we all loved. I think the thing about Tswalu was that it felt like an authentic African experience with fantastic clear skies, thousands of acres of wilderness and Christo and his tracker displaying true tracking skills to help us find game. The tracking itself was enjoyable, for example one day we spent 3 hours tracking a mother, her two cubs and male lion and although we narrowed it right down to the mountain side that they were on but could not find them we still had a really interesting "hunt". All of the staff at Tswalu were fantastic!

    Ian Ellis, September 2011

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Ramona Rubach

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"One of the most unique experiences in South Africa, breathtaking scenery and landscape, indulgent accommodation and total flexibility on activities... a true safari to your tune!"

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Tswalu Motse is one of the best places we've ever been to, in terms of field guiding, facilities and the wildlife conservation project. The field guiding was excellent, the facilities & food really good and the landscape breath taking.

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