Motswari Game Lodge

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Situated within the Timbavati Nature Reserve - sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park - Motswari Private Game Reserve offers an intimate, elegant safari experience. Ideal for romantics and honeymooners, this family-owned and operated lodge brings a personal touch to your safari experience, and a welcoming, exclusive stay.

Accommodating no more than 30 guests at a time, the lodge is a natural haven and ideally located to search for Africa's Big 5 on morning and afternoon game drives. Also keep an eye out for African wild dog, cheetah and more than 350 different bird species. Other activities include guided walking safaris, sunrise and sunset game drives, and overnight walking safaris.


  • Intimate safari lodge in the Timbavati adjacent to Kruger
  • Authentic furnishings and natural colours
  • Spacious, elegantly appointed suites
  • Dine under the stars in the bush
  • Family-owned and -managed, giving you personal attention
  • Look out for wild dogs and cheetahs


  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Guided walks
Motswari offers authentically styled chalet accommodation with unique décor designed by the owners. The staff are amazing and really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, and their boma dinners are truly amazing. Great for families, friends travelling together or even couples or honeymooners – and the Giraffe’s Nest sleep-out experience is a must.
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Luxury Bungalow

The 15 luxuriously appointed bungalows are spacious and elegantly furnished to provide a comfortable, private place to relax without being removed from nature. Large windows allow natural light in and afford you with beautiful views over the surrounding bush.

Each double suite has a 4-poster bed with mosquito netting, sitting area, and writing desk, as well as air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and two separate wash basins.


Motswari has two fully licensed bars where you can relax with a drink after a long day in the bush, drinking in the beautiful surroundings and sharing stories.

Soak up the African sun beside the pool and escape the heat of the day with a refreshing dip.

Visit the lodge shop for gifts and artworks created by local artists.

The library offers an interesting selection of African books to peruse, while the art gallery boasts a beautiful collection of local artwork constructed of wood, bone and stone.

Motswari also has a local sculptor who practises his art and sells sculptures inside the reserve.


Because Motswari is an intimate camp, you can choose to dine in a variety of locations.

The lounge offers a relaxed and comfortable indoor dining venue, while the dedicated dining sites along the walking trails offer a more romantic and private option.

You can also choose to enjoy your gourmet meals in the bush surrounding the camp - a truly memorable experience - or inside the traditional African boma.

The cuisine is meticulously prepared by the resident chefs to satisfy your every culinary need and is accompanied by an award-winning selection of southern African wines.

General facilities

  • Boma
  • Spa
  • Wi-fi available
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Swimming Pool
  • Art Gallery


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Dates Board Price
2022-07-01 — 2022-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $415
2022-12-01 — 2023-04-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $435
2023-05-01 — 2023-06-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $310
2023-07-01 — 2023-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $435
2023-12-01 — 2024-04-01 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $475

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Motswari Game Lodge

Christina Ferguson

"I'd recommend Motswari as a wonderful place for great game viewing, wonderful gourmet food and comfy bungalows. Motswari isn't crawling with tourists - making for a very peaceful stay!"

Melanie Lamontagne

I want to thank you for relocating us to Motswari, the experience was absolutely amazing and we could not imagine our safari being anywhere else. The staff is absolutely incredible and we got to know everyone at the lodge very quickly. I will be wr iting a review shortly on your website for this lodge as I would recommend it to anyone I know. Our guide, Keith, was so knowledgeable and make our safari drives and walks a experience we will never forget. We also got the chance to stay in the tree house (also know as the giraffe tree house) that they recently finished and this was amazing. The entire trip was phenomenal.
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Cameron Storey

"It was a wonderful lodge and the game viewing was quite spectacular. We saw the big 5 plenty of times but found the other animals such as giraffe and warthogs etc just as interesting."

Jennifer Miranne

"I loved the note from you when we arrived at Motswari. That experience was so fantastic, and Camps Bay has been great too. You've outdone yourself again!"

Lile Hattori

Our stay at Motswari was indescribable. It surpassed all our expectations. From amazing game drives, to lovely lodge accommodation, friendly staff, well prepared food, and incredibly passionate ranger. Motswari was exactly what I was expecting: small and cosy lodge, in rustic style.
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Linda Dougall

"It was sensational. We saw the big 5 and lots more, fabulous guides and good food and company."

Andrew McDonald

"Our first game drive at Motswari, and we managed to see two Leopards mating!! Can you believe it??? What a treat, well needless to say that set the standard for the rest of the trip"

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