Motswari Private Game Reserve

Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Kruger National Park


An African dream beckons – one that is defined by extraordinary scenery, an authentic atmosphere and warm hospitality. Guests arrive as visitors and leave as friends. This is Motswari Private Game Reserve, a family-owned and operated luxury safari lodge. Here, majestic creatures, including the Big Five, offer incredible viewing opportunities as they bask in their natural habitat. Motswari means “to conserve and protect” in Tswana and that is what the reserve aims to do.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Shower
  • Laundry Service
  • Safe
  • Internet Access

What to Expect

Motswari Private Game Reserve, located within the Timbavati and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, stretches out over 150 square kilometres. It has been in existence for over four decades and its friendly staff members are intrinsic to its success. Great emphasis is placed on personal attention, ensuring that each guest instantly feels at home in this stunning setting. Artworks by owner, Marion Geiger-Orengo, additionally bring the lodge to life and add to its visual appeal.

Motswari Private Game Reserve



Traditional decor reflects South Africa’s vibrant atmosphere while neutral tones set an ambience of classic elegance. Bungalows range from 35 to 45 m² and offer privacy and close proximity to the bushveld. Each one sleeps two guests.

In the evenings, rangers will accompany you between buildings, offering peace of mind and insight into the surroundings.

Giraffe’s Nest

Giraffe’s Nest Hide is an exclusive and private overnight bush experience overlooking the Xanatsi dam. The hide sleeps 2 guests and is situated close to the main lodge yet far enough away that you get a truly authentic overnight bush experience.

Wildlife and Safaris

Imagine waking up high in the elevation of a tree, in the middle of the African bush, watching the sun rise over the horizon and the wildlife environment coming to life, shedding the mysteries of the night in its cleansing embrace. That is exactly what the Motswari Giraffe’s Nest will offer guests who decide to spend a night overlooking Xanatsi Dam, providing an experience that will live long in the memory.

Offering the comfort and indulgence of our main camp, you can relax on the sumptuous bed or in one of the cosy chairs on the viewing deck. Adding to your comfort is an eco-bathroom upstairs so there is no need to leave your platform above the landscape. For those looking for a truly unrivaled experience, be sure to leave the front section of the roof open so that you can enjoy the stars on a clear night from your bed or cover up in case of the threat of rain with the retractable canvass roof. You may be lucky to hear hyenas, a leopard or lions calling or the nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars piercing the night.

As our guest, you will be escorted to the dam shortly before sunset, with our guide detailing the evening ahead before leaving you alone to enjoy the tranquility and privacy of this amazing addition to the Motswari portfolio until the following morning. Drinks and a delicious simple dinner will be provided for you to enjoy.

Open-air Boma

Experience elegant bush dining in the open-air boma, framed by trees and lit by lanterns and an open fire pit. Hearty drumming signals the start of dinners and creates a memorable atmosphere.


  • Pool
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Security
  • Restaurant
  • Eco Friendly
  • Laundry Service
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