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“Geiger Camp at Motswari”

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Motswari Private Game Reserve
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Motswari Private Game Reserve provides exceptional service with up close encounters with lions, elephants and other big game. Out guide Chad was a source of endless knowledge of the animals, the terrain, and even the vast African sky and stars. Twice daily game drives over a vast area where we sometimes saw one or two vehicles during the day and sometimes none at all. Tracked a rhino on foot, multiple leopard encounters and eye to eye with the elephants. Geiger camp is a small house with 4 guest rooms that was like having a second home in the African bush. Best travel experience in my lifetime!

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Geiger's Camp at Motswari - I am delighted you enjoyed the intimate setting and will certainly pass on your kind words to Chad and the team!

Very Best Wishes from us all

Dave

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Reviewed 20 May 2015

We spent three nights here and had the most wonderful experience. Everything was excellent from beginning to end. The people, the accommodation, the lovely food and of course the game drives. Richard and Goodman did their utmost to track every animal possible. Thank you for such an enjoyable experience. We have such lovely memories of this holiday and would love to go back

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Motswari - I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that Richard and Goodman see your kind words!

I hope I can welcome you back to Motswari one day soon!!

Very Best Regards from us all

Dave

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Reviewed 19 May 2015

The service is excellent! All of the staff is extremely friendly, each member shook our hand and introduced themselves. It felt as if we were staying with people we knew, the entire reserve enforced an environment that promoted talking and getting to know everyone. We really enjoyed that the guides and/or other staff had dinner with us. It was entertaining to hear their stories and experiences.
Our tracker (Goodman) and Guide (Petroes) were amazing. Very talented and knowledgeable. We were lucky that we got to see all of the Big 5. Each ride out was a different experience and adventure. We had so many stories to come home with.
The lodging was incredibly-clean and beautifully decorated.
The food was really good too!

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with friends
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2015

Now that's the kind of heading I love to see attached to Motswari!! I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us and will make sure that Petros, Goodman and the whole team see your great feedback.

I hope we can welcome you back to Motswari one day soon.

Very Best Wishes from the entire Motswari family.

Dave

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Reviewed 5 May 2015

We stayed for 5 nights in this lodge and had a great time. The food was great at every meal. Service, friendliness and rooms were brilliant and we saw some amazing things during the safaris. Having no fence means that animals can and do roam into the lodge, which differentiates this from the main Kruger lodges nicely.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris M
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2015

Thank you for the review Chris - I am very happy to see that you enjoyed your time with us!!

I hope to welcome you back one day soon.

Very Best Wishes from us all
Dave

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Reviewed 3 May 2015

We stayed for 3 marvellous nights at Motswari and from our arrival on a hot dusty afternoon to be greeted by cold towels and cold drinks to our friendly farewell from all the team we had met throughout our stay - this was a magical trip with some of the most genuine people we have ever met on safari.
We stayed in elephant room which was at the far end of the lodge which gave us fabulous privacy on our veranda but still only a couple of minutes walk from the main lodge and plunge pool area.
Rooms were lovely - and this feels more than a 4 star lodge - space, beautiful linen, excellent air conditioning and maid service at least 4 times a day. Food was really good - great choices and hearty portions - lots of buffet options at lunch which included salads, fish, meat, breads, pulses and always cake! From dinner on the veranda, to the wonderful boma, to the lawn in front of the dried up river bed all lit by lanterns and candles and sharing wonderful meals with your ranger and the rest of your vehicle's guests they are memories that will last a lifetime.
So all that is wonderful - but if the reason you come on safari is for the game drive experience and game viewing then this is the place to visit! Each morning game drive was at least 4 hours - sometimes more and evening drives the same. We were probably on game drives about 9 hours each day of our stay and the viewing was out of this world. The tracking which took place to allow us to see some amazing animal behaviour was fantastic and Chad and Patrick were relentless in ensuring we saw some out of this world sightings. We will never ever forget that first leopard sighting, the leopard flirting, the hyena den with the tiny cubs, Rhino Rally and firefly dam... We felt really honoured to spend time with Chad and Patrick and felt we learnt so much from the time we spent we you. I can't wait to see Chad's Chat Up's live - it will change the face of the world as we know it.
If you are looking for a genuine African big 5 (and beyond) experience with some magical people then you should chose Motswari.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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DAVID K, General Manager at Motswari Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2015

Thank you so much for this long and detailed review of Motswari - we love being magical and I am grateful for your feedback.

I will make sure the whole team sees your kind words and I hope we can welcome you back to Motswari one day very soon!

Very Best Wishes from us all
Dave

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Additional Information about Motswari Private Game Reserve

Address: Kruger National Park 2021, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: R8 038 - R16 566 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Motswari Private Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open to the Kruger National Park and playing host to Africa's Big Five is Motswari Private Game Reserve. One of South Africa's jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated four-star luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation.The name Motswari means "to conserve and protect" in Tswana and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the splendour of an African sunset at this vintage bush lodge.The 150 square kilometres that make up the reserve are part of the greater Kruger Park and guests will be treated to wildlife in their natural habitats as part of their unforgettable experience of Southern Africa. Ideally situated and exclusive, Motswari Private Game Reserve holds the best of everything for the traveller to the untamed majesty that is Africa.If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere, peaceful communion with nature and a private experience on a traditional African game farm, this holiday location is for you!Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers with professional field guides and trackersMid morning bush walks * Safari walks in lieu of morning game drives guided by armed field guidesOvernight bush hiking and camping sleep-out experience for groups of 4 with experienced guides*Hide sleep-outs in the Motswari Game Reserve*Swimming pool*Boma & bush dinners*Pre-lunch safari interest talks*Curio shop at Motswari Game Lodge*Brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner*Library and Art Gallery with 24-hour internet facility at Motswari Game Lodge*Fully equipped air-conditioned conference room for 20 delegates at Motswari Game Lodge*An additional vehicle plus guide can be arranged for an extra cost per day and covers 2 game drives per day ... more   less 
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