Meet Marnus

Here at Motswari Private Game Reserve, we celebrate our incredible rangers and trackers who go above and beyond to ensure that each and every visitor to the mighty African bush has the best experience possible.

Motswari takes great pride in curating the finest team of devoted and enthusiastic rangers to share their vast knowledge of the Timbavati and Umbabat Nature Reserve – home to an exquisite abundance of wildlife.

The rangers and trackers that have chosen to call Motswari their home are an integral part of the family and one of the biggest reasons guests keep coming back again and again – as friends.

Each week, we like to put the spotlight on a ranger to salute the incredible work that they do.

This week, we are proud to introduce Marnus Roodbol – a guide with an unquenchable passion for the bush that he thrives off sharing with all he meets. This is what he has to say about his love for Africa:

“My passion lies in conservation and my heart belongs to Africa. I obtained this through living in Africa all my life. Africa does not belong to me, nor does it to my neighbor. It belongs to the world and the generations that it carries through the years. Through years of doing conservation work in the field, I have seen what Africa requires and what drives her: tourism. Very few know the impact tourism has on Africa. It drives communities, protects wildlife and saves natural and historical areas found within the beauty of what Africa hides.

I have been blessed with what I have seen and experienced and gained mountains of knowledge about Africa’s secrets. My passion is sharing my knowledge and ensuring that people can view Africa through my eyes – as once they see, they will be hooked forever. There is something extremely special about going on safari and it is so important to ensure that those who visit our magical land get a taste of the different cultures that live within. My father has always shown me how to appreciate and love Africa and, with his guidance, I have always managed to see something special and unique.

There are so many remarkable places in this land and with a personal touch from my experience, I hope for people to leave with the same feelings I have – Africa is a place that will always remain in your blood. I always encourage guests to have a camera with them to capture the beauty of the bush. Going through the images years later, they will be reminded of the raw beauty of those moments that took their breath away.

Africa is not ours to hold tight, but Africa is ours to share with those that are looking for an adventure, a romantic getaway or family time together. And there is no better place to experience it all than Motswari.”




The collection includes a number of neighbouring properties in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, in addition to other trendy properties spread out in Cape Town. It also includes private game reserve offerings in Mpumalanga, Timbavati and Serengeti; a historic hotel in Graaff-Reinet, located in the Eastern Cape; a chic property in the bustling Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg as well as a beach-side lodge in Zanzibar. Newmark further continues to keep a look-out for new, suitable opportunities and developments.

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