Immersive morning and evening game-viewing opportunities.Find out more
Immerse yourself in an African dream at Motswari Private Game Reserve. Expect warm hospitality, extraordinary scenery and unforgettable viewing opportunities, including the chance to spot the Big Five. Motswari means “to conserve and protect” in Tswana, which is exactly what the team is committed to doing.
Arrive as a visitor, leave as a friend
At this family owned and operated luxury safari lodge, you’ll experience just the right level of personal attention and privacy.
- CHECK IN 13:00
- CHECK OUT 11:00
Motswari Private Game Reserve
Enkhulu Gate, Argyle Road
Timbavati and Umbabat, Limpopo, South Africa, 1380
Services and Facilities
- Wi-Fi Available in public areas.
- Welcome refreshment Complimentary beverage on arrival.
- Swimming pool Overlooks the Sohobele River.
- Secure parking Located at Motswari’s entrance.
- Two bars Relaxed setting in dining area.
- In-room massages Book via reception.
- Laundry service Available at an additional cost.
- Curio shop Traditional African souvenirs and artwork.
Safari walk at Motswari
Discover nature’s details on special guided safari walks.Find out more
Motswari library & art gallery
Get comfy with a book or browse the artwork collection.Find out more
The magic of Motswari
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- Children under the age of six are only permitted to stay at Motswari when the camp is booked for exclusive use.
- Children six years and older may join on game drives at the guide’s discretion; no children under the age of six may go on game drives.
- Persons must be 16 years or older to go on bush walks.
- Persons must be 18 years or older to stay at Giraffe’s Nest Hide.
To ensure that you have a comfortable and memorable safari experience, we recommend that you include the following items when packing:
- Light-weight clothing
- Warm clothing, including items such as a jacket, scarf, and beanie
- Waterproof jacket
- Insect repellent
- Small flashlight
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need further info.
To encourage you to enjoy a light “digital detox” and enhance the level of relaxation you experience during your Motswari visit, we only offer Wi-Fi connectivity in the lounge and dining areas.
Motswari Private Game Reserve falls within a malaria area. We recommend that you contact your local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautionary measures that you should take for visits to this region.
Motswari Private Game Reserve is now offering Covid-19 PCR tests on-site. With many countries requiring a test to be conducted within 72 hours of departure, Motswari wanted to provide its guests with the option to do their test in a safe and convenient way on the property. This means that you no longer have to leave the lodge early or sacrifice a day of your holiday in order to get your Covid-19 PCR test done.
The tests are conducted by qualified, registered practitioners from Africa Safe-T and processed at Ampath Laboratories – one of the leading testing facilities in South Africa.
To book your test at Motswari, contact +27 15 793 1718 or email email@example.com.
We uphold a Safe & Clean Commitment, focused on enhancing cleaning practices, guest interactions and workplace protocols to address the hygiene challenges presented by COVID-19. In addition, 100% of our hotel’s staff members are fully vaccinated. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 information portal.
The breathtaking Timbavati and Umbabat Nature Reserves form part of the Associated Private Nature Reserves region, which borders on the Kruger National Park.
The reserves share an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, which allows animal species to move freely between these expansive parks. You can therefore look forward to exceptional game viewing moments.
Learn more about Limpopo, South Africa here.
The climate in this area is subtropical and rains fall during summer. The warmer months of the year roll in from October to March, whereas winter is from April to September. Generally speaking, daytime temperatures are pleasant, but mornings and evenings can be cool.
Read more about changing seasons in our blog, Falling for the Timbavati, here.
Yes, there is an additional conservation levy, which needs to be paid on arrival.
Conservation levies for the period 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023:
1. Fully Catered Lodges – R510 per person per night (Adults)
2. Fully Catered Lodges - R255 per person per night (Children)
3. Self Catering Camps – R200 per person per night (Adults and Children)
4. The conservation levy as quoted is VAT Inclusive.
South African and African citizens and residents conservation levy will also remain applicable to all TPNR lodges for the 2023 year and these will match the Self Catering Camps at R200 per person per night (Adults and Children).
For purposes of clarity, Adults are defined as anyone 12 years and older, Children are defined as anyone under the age of 12 years old.
This movement was founded in 2014 after a rhino was killed on the reserve. Run by Motswari owner, Marion Geiger-Orengo, and supported by a number of well-known ambassadors, Rhino Disharmony aims to create a global voice against rhino poaching through the participation of artists from around the world. They create artworks and use their platforms to spark conversation and draw necessary attention to the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. Funding raised through various initiatives and productions is distributed to worthy projects and educational efforts around the country to prevent the unnecessary killing of these incredible creatures.
To find out more, please visit the Rhino Disharmony website.
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What Our Clients Say
From our arrival up to our departure was an absolutely bliss. The food was fantastic and a lot. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The service amazing.Wilma vd W
Our chalet had a view over the riverbed and we watched elephants drinking at the waterhole from our verandah... Truly remarkable.Derrick S
I loved the fact that breakfast, lunch and dinner were served in separate areas, with the stand-outs being the staff singing and dancing as they brought in lunch.Dewald R
Agent rates’ application forms
Agents and operators can apply for STO rates through the link below, or download the Motswari Private Game Reserve factsheet/brochure and imagery.