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Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari Private Game Reserve is an exclusive lodge for a group of people looking for an intimate experience with nature, while still enjoying the comfort of modern accommodation. The lodge comprises two stone houses boasting a total of five spacious en-suite bedrooms, a communal lounge area and a swimming pool. Views of the Nhlaralumi River are breathtaking, and the wrap-around patio is the perfect place for a cold gin and tonic.

Hotel Advertised Rates are displayed below and are a guideline only. Please send us an enquiry for further discounted rates for local and International Clients

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability


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Booking Period: NOW - 31 March 2021

Stay Dates: NOW - 30 September 2021

Minimum 2 Night Stay (Thur - Sat)
Full Board
  Single Double 1 x Child
2 Children Own
Luxury Bungalow R5 665 R5 665 R 710 R2 830

Minimum 2 Night Stay (Sun - Wed)
Full Board
  Single Double 1 x Child
2 Children Own
Luxury Bungalow R4 815 R4 815 R 600 R2 410

Subject to availability

  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • Additional 5% discount for 3 nights or longer
  • The rates are based per room, per night – full room rate charged for single accommodation

Rates Include:

  • South African Value Added Tax at 15%,
  • All meals
  • 2 x Game drives with a knowledgeable guide, All drives includes a selection of snacks, teas, coffees, hot choclate, water and sundowners        

Rates Exclude:

  • Drinks, transfer fees, conservation levy and any extra activities or items purchased at the lodge.

A total of fifteen en-suite bungalows have been interspersed in nature and make up the Main Camp. This reserve remains exclusive as it never hosts more than thirty guests at any given point in time. Each unit has been decorated in a traditional manner that alludes to its surroundings and maintains a luxurious feel. Rangers accompany guests between buildings, offering peace of mind and a wealth of insight into the surroundings.


Each Bungalows offers a great sense if privacy and proximity to the bushveld. Traditional African décor reflect South Africa's vibrant atmosphere and neutral tones maintain an atmosphere of classic elegance. Each bungalow sleeps two guests.

  • Average Bungalow Size: 35 to 45 M2
  • Complimentary coffee, teas and biscuits
  • King size bed
  • Luxurious for hundred thread count Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • International plugs
  • Electronic safe

Giraffe's Nest Hide: Overnight Experience

A short game-drive away from Main Camp, a private under-the stars experience for two awaits. At this special location, overlooking the Xanatsi Dam, guests staying at Main Camp or Geiger's Camp have the opportunity to be treated to a luxury tree-house sleep out, at an additional cost 

Open-air viewing of the skies is possible, yet the room is completely secure and extremely private, and can be covered with retractable canvas roof.

Guests are escorted to the dam by guide, shortly before sunset and are then left to enjoy the tranquillity and privacy of this amazing location until the following morning. Drinks and delicious simple dinner will be provided. Adding to the comfort of this location, an eco-bathroom is available upstairs so there is no need for guests to leave the platform above the landscape.

Dining at Motswari Private Game Reserve is a unique African experience, with a hint of fine dining flair.
Meals are taken either at a scenic location out on the trail with one of the highly-trained guides or in the lounge area and, depending on the season, evenings can be spent dining in the bush or inside the open-air boma, a traditional meeting-place.
Meals are accompanied by an award-winning selection of Southern African wines.

Visits to Motswari and Giraffe’s Nest Hide are inclusive of brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner.

Bush breakfasts are specially arranged on occasion. A romantic dinner for two may also be experienced, when staying at Giraffe’s Nest Hide.

Breakfast Boma

While enjoying the fresh bush air and the splendid scenery outdoors, guests can indulge in a fresh, buffet-style continental breakfast as well as a generous selection of cooked meal options, prepared on coal fires, in the boma area 


Guests are welcome to unwind in the camp's outdoor lounge area, which overlooks the bush and, at time, provides a vantage point from which to spot animals passing by or drinking from a nearby


Hearty drumming signals the stars of dinner and guests are welcomed to the open-air boma by staff dressed in authentic wear. Beautifully laid tables surround a controlled fire pit that creates a memorable atmosphere. Guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks, night caps or coffees at the barwatering hole. WiFi is available in this area, allowing for convenient connectivity,

Timbavati and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve’s 15 000 hectares are unspoilt, showcasing the finest of Africa’s natural environment.
This scenery as well as a range of activities, amenities and services can be enjoyed at Motswari Private Game Reserve
for a complete game experience or simply, a relaxing breakaway.

Safari Walk

The finest of nature's details are discovered on the reserve's special guided safari walks, which can be arranged on request after the morning game drive and breakfast. This experience is led by a professional guide and provides guests with the opportunity to view small fauna and flora from a unique perspective.


Safari Interest Talks

Fascinating information, covering various topics a shared by the reserve's experienced game rangers in a relaxed environment. Guests are also able to pose questions and learn more about the exquisite environment in which they find themselves. This discussion takes place over a lovely high tea, which includes a range of eats.

Chauffeur Drive

Transfers, provided by a our preferred suppliers, can be arranged at an additional cost. Quotes can be provided on request.
Transfers costs range from 3 200.00 to 5 000.00 ZAR, one way, subject to the number of guests travelling, the pick-up point, availability of a driver.
Transfers are payable upfront, along with accommodation.

Facilities & Services

Geiger’s Camp embodies African beauty, style and comfort. This camp on the reserve has recently been renovated, and now stands as a true place of reflection and tranquility, quietly nestled a few kilometers from the main game lodge.

  • Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers with professional field guides and trackers
  • Mid morning bush walks * Safari walks in lieu of morning game drives guided by armed field guides
  • Overnight 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

Wildlife & Safaris

Getting close to the untouched wildlife that South Africa is famed for on an African wildlife safari, is what Motswari is really all about. All of Africa's Big Five are abundant in the area, as are countless numbers of other naturally-occurring African Plains Game which traverse the open boundary between Motswari and the Kruger National Park. Our guides are residents of the area and have, in addition to the scientific knowledge that we encourage them to attain, an intimate knowledge of the location and wildlife that comes from a lifetime of co-existence with their surrounds.

We encourage visitors to make the most of the time that they have in this setting by offering extended game drives of three-and-a-half hours each in open Land Rovers at sunrise and sunset to ensure an unforgettable game viewing experience. We also offer guided walking safaris with one of our highly experienced and armed trail-guides for those who wish to get the most from their African experience. Our knowledgeable staff members give talks on wildlife and bushveld topics and will gladly answer any related questions for our guests. We offer a daily total of up to nine hours of interaction and exploration within the veld itself.

Supporting the Big Five are several other species of wildlife, including cheetah and wild dogs and naturally occurring herbivores from the antelope and gazelle family. There are a variety of nocturnal animals which make our sunset drives completely different from their daytime equivalent which include, but are not limited to, hyena, honey-badger, civet, the bush-baby and owls. The avian population is unrivaled for the avid birdwatcher, with well over 350 different species to be spotted year-round. Taken all together this is an unmatched chance to view the splendor of all manner of creatures unique to the continent.

Motswari Geiger's Camp


The Geiger’s Camp originated as a family home for the Geiger family and is a new addition to the Motswari Private Game Reserve. This beautiful homely rock and stone creation has four Private Bedrooms and is ideal for families and small groups. Each suite is tastefully decorated in a different African Style by Marion Geiger-Orengo and Cape Town interior decorator David Strauss.

Have your meals on the main deck or enjoy it under Boma, enjoy the infinity pool with beautiful views of the bushveld. The library has a complete collection of wildlife books and a collection of wooden crocodiles collected by the family over the past 30 years next to the fireplace.

Facilities and Services

  • 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

Giraffe's Nest Treehouse


This luxury overnight choice in the wilderness, a treehouse elevated high between the trees overlooking the Xanatsi Dam.

  • Rates are quoted per room per night, confidential and subject to availability
  • Inclusive of 15% VAT
  • Quoted and invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR) and are subject to change without prior notification
  • Per room per night (unless otherwise stated) and on a full board basis
  • Private vehicle can be arranged at a rate of R3 500 per day, minimum 4 people. Subject to availability
  • Rates for the period 01 Jan 19 to 30 April 21 can be used for brochure clients. General bookings during this period will be honored and rates needs to be amended when the new rates issued

Check in / Check out 

  • Check in times  13H00  Check out times 11h00
  • Late departures: Subject to availability, can be requested on day of departure. Additional charges may apply
  • Early check in: Subject to availability: Hotels, Reserves and Lodges will always endeavour to assist. In order to secure a guaranteed early check in, the room would have to be booked and paid for the previous night 

Rates Include

  • All meals, local beers, house wines and soft drinks, 
  • 2 Game drives daily, 
  • Guided safari walks with refreshments

Rates Exclude  – to be settled direct or upon departure:

  •  Rhino Disharmony Levy – R 50.00 per person per stay
  •  Transfers to/from local airports/other lodges, Vehicle toll fee for self-drives, Timbavati conservation levy of R400.00 per person per night, Telephone calls, bar, laundry and curio purchases, Timbavati Gate fees
  •  Surcharge for an overnight at Giraffe’s Nest
  •  Champagne, cellar wines, premium spirits, bottled water and energy drinks

Child Policy

  • 0 to 5 Year olds are regrettably not allowed at Motswari due to safety regulations
  • Children in inter-leading rooms pay single occupancy rate for the room
  • Extra beds for children 6 -11 years can be arranged and is subject to availability. One extra bed per room on request basis only (subject to availability). A child sharing with two adults will pay 50% of the per person sharing rate
  • Children aged 6 to 9 years may join game drives at the discretion of the guide
  • Persons should be 16 years or older for bush walks and 18 years or older for Giraffe’s Nest Overnight Experience


Separate terms & conditions apply for groups

All Seasons

  • For all FIT bookings, a 20% non-refundable pre-payment is required within ninety (90) days of making a reservation, unless a booking is made within sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled date of arrival in which case full payment is required within seven (7) days to secure the reservation
  • The balance of the amount must be paid, in advance, no less than sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled date of arrival. All other extras must be settled with the Hotel prior to departure


Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from Central Reservations

All pre-payments of 20% received on confirmation are Non-Refundable and will apply as cancellation fees

All Seasons

Should the reservation be cancelled less than sixty (60) days prior to arrival, should you fail to arrive on the day, or should an in-house guest check out prior to the guaranteed departure date, the hotel has the right to charge the full value of the accommodation or part thereof, depending on the occupancy and availability of the rooms on the night/s in question, unless the reserve or lodge will have been able to resell the room. All refunds are subject to an administration fee

  • 61+ days prior to arrival: 20% Cancellation fees
  • 60-00 days prior to arrival: 100% Cancellation fees

Minimum Night Stays

Motswari Private Game Reserve & Geiger’s Camp
29 December 2019 – 02 January 2020: min 3 nights (Peak)
14 April – 05 May 2020: Closed for refurbishment
29 December 2020 – 02 January 2021: min 3 nights (Peak)

Motswari Private Game Reserve and Geiger’s Camp:

  • Road transfers to Motswari are contracted locally with the below tariffs per transfer vehicle
  • Transfers are quoted and invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Rates quoted are VAT exempt by the transport company
  • Transfer rates are subject to change without prior notification. Changes refer to government imposed VAT rate changes or exchange rate fluctuations beyond the control of Newmark Hotels.
  • Please note that transfers from KMIA require 2-3 hours travelling in the heat of the day. We therefore recommend that guests make use of the air transfers offered (contact Reservations for further details)
  • The Timbavati conservation levy (currently at R400 per person per day and subject to change) must be prepaid by the agent prior to the guests’ arrival. Changes refer to government imposed VAT rate changes or exchange rate fluctuations beyond the control of Newmark Hotels.
  • Transfer rates exclude the Timbavati Gate fees (currently at R180 per vehicle based on a 4-seater vehicle and subject to change).
  • Changes refer to government imposed VAT rate changes or exchange rate fluctuations beyond the control of Newmark Hotels.
VALID: 01 January to 31 December 2020
Destination // Rates per vehicle per way
Max. Pax Hoedspruit Airport KMIA - Kruger
International Airport
Phalaborwa Airport
1 – 3 R 1 255 R 4 005 R 3 835
4 – 6 R 2 770 R 4 340 R 4 755


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What sets us Apart !

  • Effortless road and air access
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

Coservation Fees

Guest Conservation Fees
   SA Citizen & residents
  - ZAR  105 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  52 per Child  per day    
  SADC with passport
  - ZAR  210 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  105 per Child per day
  - ZAR  424 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  212 per Child per day

R210 per vehicle entry fee

Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person
  • Self drive R300 Per Person 
  • Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.


2021 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R424 per person per night  
2. Conservation levy - R210 per child per night (under 12)

R 210 per vehicle entry fee only payable directly