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Motswari Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park


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Motswari Private Game Reserve, bungalow surrounded by african bush


Deep within the Timbavati Nature Reserve lies Motswari Private Game Reserve. As part of the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy and traversing close on 150 square kilometres of pristine habitat, Motswari offers visitors the best of Africa; wide horizons, untamed wilderness and plentiful game in its natural habitat.


Motswari prides itself on its sumptuous, home-style cuisine; luxurious thatched accommodation and friendly attentive service, where guests are assured of a truly unique experience. The camp offers 15 luxury bungalows accommodating a total of 30 guests. All rooms are air-conditioned, have en-suite bathrooms and mosquito proofing ensuring maximum comfort during your stay.

Motswari luxury accommodation   

Lodge facilities include a traditional, open-air boma; a lounge and bar over-looking a beautiful dam; an art gallery exhibiting original wildlife art, and a refreshing swimming pool. The suites also offer a mini-bar and outdoor showers where guests can get that much closer to nature. Magnificent bush and river views from the bedrooms.


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Motswari Game Reserve shares an open 20-kilometre boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park resulting in a constant flow of game through the reserve. Our rangers and trackers are all passionate wildlife enthusiasts, who thrive on bringing the bush to life for their guests. Our guides are also keen wildlife photographers and will ensure that you get the best photographic opportunities.


Motswari (meaning "To conserve and protect") prides itself on offering guests a unique and genuine bush experience. We believe that the bush is a humble place where one should have a chance to unwind from modern stresses and rejuvenate the soul. As such, an informal atmosphere prevails. where news headlines are replaced by sighting comparisons and rush hour by miles of open veld.

  Motswari big 5 game drives, get up close to animals

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 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 and bush banqueting are also available.


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HIGH SEASON:  01 Dec ‘14 – 30 Apr ’15 &  01 Oct – 30 Nov ‘15

Single R4 380     Double R6 090  (R3045 per person per night sharing)

LOW SEASON:  01 May – 30 Jun ‘15

Single R3130      Double R4240  (R2120 per person per night sharing)

MID SEASON:    01 Jul – 30 Sep ‘15

Single R3 695     Double R5 180  (R2590 per person per night sharing)



Johannesburg to Motswari Private Game Reserve

From Johannesburg travel east on the N12 which leads past Benoni, eMahlaleni (Witbank) and Middelburg. Follow the signs and turnoff at eMakhazeni (Belfast). Turn right on R540 road through eMnotweni (Dullstroom), following signs onwards through Mashishing (Lydenburg) and Ohrigstad. Proceed on the R36 over the Abel Erasmus Pass to Marulaneng (Hoedspruit) (signs read Tzaneen en route). You will enter Marulaneng (Hoedspruit) on the R527. 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. 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). You will be required to stop at the entrance to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve gate, where you will pay R190 toll for your vehicle and please switch off any GPS you may be using. You are now in the Greater Kruger National Park! Motswari is about 43km from the gate and the journey takes about an hour. Although the road is tarred, drive carefully (50 km/h speed limit) and expect to see wild animals. Stay in your vehicle! 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.

Distances: Johannesburg - Gillooly’s to eMakhazeni (Belfast) turnoff : 215km

eMakhazeni - Mashishing (Lydenburg) : 101km

Mashishing - Ohrigstad : 48km

Ohrigstad - Marelaneng (Hoedspruit) : 89km

Marulaneng - Motswari : 68km

Total Distance: 521km


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R3045 to R4305pppn sharing


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