- Family run
- Big five
- Guided bush walks
- Child friendly
Motswari game lodge is a traditional camp situated in the Timbavati game reserve, sharing an open boundary with the Kruger National Park. An exclusive camp with excellent hospitality this is one of our firm favourites in the area for couples, friends and families.
The main lodge is run by a welcoming team and centres around an open fronted lounge overlooking the Sohebele River and neighbouring waterholes. All meals are enjoyed outside and dining in the traditional boma under the African sky is a particular highlight. The experienced rangers run two game drives a day at sunrise and sunset; lasting 3.5 hours these safaris are comprehensive and a great opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’. Guided bush walks and overnight walking safari experiences are also available and preferred by the rangers for a greater appreciation of the bush up close. In between bush activities, there is a riverside pool to relax by, a library and exceptionally, an art gallery.
Motswari is an intimate location, with 15 en-suite bungalows housing a maximum of 30 guests at one time. Each air conditioned bungalow is beautifully light with high ceilings and a natural finish to reflect the setting. All include a private verandah; the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the bush. Geiger’s camp, the private lodge, is also available to book for exclusive use and consists of five spacious en-suite rooms and a private pool. An internet hotspot is available 24 hours a day.
Children six and over are welcome at Motswari and on the game drives , however there is a minimum age of 12 for the bush walks and 18 for the overnight safari. At Geiger’s camp children of all ages are welcome and may join the game drives from the age of 4 at the guide’s discretion. You can also request an au pair when making a reservation. This is a great option for families with younger children that are interested in wildlife and can be sensible and responsible.
The small size of this camp and its personal approach makes it ideal for those looking for an authentic safari experience in the heart of the bush.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!
Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.
Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.
My boys swam in all pools!!!
Weather better than we expected!
Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?
Nicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019