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Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari Private GameReserve 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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To receive complimentary return transfers between the lodge and Hodespruit
Validity:    01 December 2019 to 31 March 2020

Terms & Conditions:
Standard Newmark terms and conditions apply.
Special subject to limit availability.
Special must be requested at the time of booking or enquiry.
Not applicable to group bookings, existing reservations or in conjunction with other special offers.


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

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.

Motswari Private Game Reserve and Geiger’s Camp

  • Per room per night (unless otherwise stated) and on a full board basis
  • Confidential, Subject to availability and Inclusive of 15% VAT
  • Quoted and invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR) and are subject to change without prior notification

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:

  •  ***New: Rhino Disharmony Levy – R 50 per person per stay – effective 01 April 2019 onwards
  • Transfers to/from local airports/other lodges, Vehicle toll fee for self-drives, Timbavati conservation levy, Telephone calls, bar, laundry and curio purchases, Timbavati Gate fees
  • Surcharge for the overnight Giraffe’s Nest
  • Champagne, cellar wines, premium spirits, bottled water and energy drinks  

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

Child Policy

  • Child minding service is done by the hotel staff – available upon request and can be arranged at an additional cost a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.
  • No child minding facilities are available at the lodges/reserves.

Motswari Private Game Reserve – Main Camp

  •  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
  •  Children under 6 years of age may not participate in game drives and 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

Geiger’s Camp: Motswari Private Game Reserve

  •  Children under the age of 16 are only permitted when taking the camp as exclusive use
  •  Children under 6 years of age may not participate in game drives and 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

Payment Policy

All Seasons

  •  For all bookings, a 20% non-refundable pre-payment is required within fourteen (14) 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

Minimum Night Stay

Motswari Private Game Reserve & Geiger’s Camp

  • 01 May – 30 September 2019: min 2 nights
  • 29 – 31 Dec 2019: min 3 nights (Peak)
  • 01 – 02 Jan 2020: min 3 nights (Peak)

Cancellation Policy

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 (Non-refundable pre-payment to apply)
  • 60-00 days prior to arrival: 100% Cancellation fees

Motswari Private Game Reserve and Geiger’s Camp:


01 December 2018 to 30 November 2019
1-2 pax 3-4 pax 5-12 pax
Hoedspruit to/from Motswari R1 400 R2 225 R2 390
Phalaborwa to/from Motswari R2 185 R3 105 R3 605
KMIA to/from Motswari R3 105 R3 730 R4 290
  • Rates quoted are VAT exempt by the transport company
  • Transfer rates are subject to change without prior notification
  • 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 R360 per person per day and subject to change) is now collected at Motswari on guest's departure, but can be pre-paid by agent for convenience
  • Transfer rates exclude the Timbavati Gate fees (currently at R150 per vehicle based on a 4-seater vehicle and subject to change)


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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

Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person and Per Vehicle R160 per entry
  • Self drive R300 Per Person , Per Vehicle/Aircraft R160 per entry
  • Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.
  • Timbavati Conservation levy R 368 per person per day,
  • R184 per child under 12 years old per day
  • R 160 per vehicle


1. Conservation levy - R400 per person per night 
2. Conservation levy - R200 per child per night (under 12)
3. Self Catering Camps - R100 per person per night (Adults and Children)
4. The conservation levy as quoted is VAT Inclusive.