Geiger’s Camp is perched on a ridge with panoramic views of Big Five terrain, this luxury safari camp fuses tasteful elegance with historic, rustic charm.
At Motswari Geiger’s Camp, Engage all five senses in a surreal journey by foot during an overnight walking safari. This is a special, up close and personal experience of the bush, very different to a game drive. You will see animals, birds and insects, experiencing them as though you were a bush creature yourself, while learning about the diverse flora of this area courtesy your knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will find that as you walk through the bush, your mind unclutters and a heady meditation sets in, assisted with a mantra of pungent bush smells and the crunch, crunch, crunching of your feet.
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Geiger’s Camp originated as a traditional-style family home for the late Roland Geiger, and it retains this homely feel, elevated to luxury accommodation standard. An exclusive little hideaway built from rock and stone, it has four Private Bedrooms, which makes this camp ideal for a private booking for family or a group of friends. Each suite is different, tastefully styled by owner Marion Geiger-Orengo, an artist by profession, along with her friend and collaborator, Cape Town interior decorator, David Strauss. Sumptuous antique and art deco chairs, an old chest with its own story, a room divider with leather inset next to a hanging brass lamp … each room is an eclectic treasure trove of furniture, meticulously chosen and appointed a space on a cool, screed floor. In the spacious bathrooms are freestanding, ball-and-claw baths and copper basins that complement the feel of being on safari in a more genteel era. Or you can cool off under an outdoor shower.
Marion’s paintings personalize each room, which have their own private decks overlooking the bush, though most of your time will be spent on the main deck, a beautifully decorated vista full of texture and colour, punctuated by an oval infinity pool with uninterrupted views of the bush. Here you will take your meals, which are arranged according to your specific needs. Meals are accompanied by an award-winning selection of Southern African wines. You will also dine occasionally in a quaint Boma within the camp. The library, meanwhile, is a serene snuggery full of wildlife books, Africana and object d’art that speak of the Geiger family heritage and their love of nature, like the collection of wooden crocodiles amassed by the family over 30 years and sprawled over a wall next to the fireplace.
- Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers with professional field guides and trackers.
- Bush walks by arrangement.
- Overnight Walking Safari with experienced guides (optional extra).
- Diner and night in a treehouse, Giraffe’s Nest (optional extra).
- Infinity Swimming Pool.
- Library with fireplace.
- Boma and bush dinners.
- Pre-lunch safari interest talks.
- Curio shop at Motswari Game Lodge.
- Brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner.
- Fully equipped air-conditioned conference room for 20 delegates at Motswari Game Lodge.
The Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo) are abundant in this part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, and even if your stay is short, you are sure to encounter all of these amazing animals during your game drives from Geiger’s Camp. Not forgetting the other plains game and the smaller creatures that contribute to this elaborate and ancient natural ecosystem … they are just as fascinating. Our guides are residents of the area, so along with their extensive scientific knowledge, they have an intimate and passionate bond with the bushveld and its denizens. Chad Cocking, for one, grew up here as a boy, and after graduating with a degree in environmental management, has returned to the place he loves to be the head field guide.
The best way to experience the bush is to really slow down and closely observe your surroundings over time, so the game drives are three-and-a-half hours long in open Land Rovers, at sunrise and sunset, ensuring that you’re treated to the loveliest scenes of nature and wildlife that the Timbavati has to offer. Sunsets in Africa are said to be like nowhere else on earth, so the sunset game drives which ease into the evening, are a must, not least because a vast cast of nocturnal wildlife takes the stage, including hyena, honey-badger, civet, bush babies and owls. Birdwatchers, meanwhile, will find a huge array of winged ones to tick off, as there are over 350 bird species to be spotted year-round.
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