• Nearest Airport

    Hoedspruit Airport, South Africa

  • Location

    Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa

  • Property Access

    Self drive or road transfers from the nearby Airports of Hoedspruit (approximately 50 minutes) or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (3.5 hours approximately).  The most convenient access is with charter flight to the lodge’s own airstrip from either Johannesburg or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

  • Best time to travel

    Historically the best game viewing is during the dry months when water becomes scarce resulting in game clustering around waterholes.  In the Timbavati this will generally be from May to September.  The rains normally start from around October which turns the bushveld into a green paradise.  This makes game viewing difficult but the abundance of bird life, baby animals and predators make up for this.


Motswari Game Reserve is a safari jewel nestled in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.  Family owned and operated, the luxury lodge prides itself on its warm hospitality and exceptional service. Enjoy close encounters with the wildlife that make safari experiences in Africa so amazing.  Guests are accompanied by experienced guides that have an intimate knowledge of the bush.  They can enjoy the luxury of extended game drive hours in open safari vehicles at sunrise and sunset to make the most of beautiful scenery and game viewing.  In between game viewing cool down in the swimming pool during the heat of the day.


Free Transfers

Stay 4 nights or longer and receive complimentary return transfers between the Lodge and Hoedspruit.  Validity 01 May – 30 September 2017 and 01 December – 31 March 2018. T&C’s apply.


Small and intimate, the Lodge will never have more than 30 guests at one time which allows for personal experience and uncrowded environment.  All of the 15 luxury bungalows have air conditioning, en suite facilities, and stylish interiors complemented by unrivaled bush views.  It is the ideal haven from which to escape the city rat race and simply relax and rewind whilst you soak up the beauty of the African bushveld surrounding you.


Enjoy carefully prepared meals by the chef and his team during your stay at Motswari Game Lodge.  A hearty brunch is served after the morning game drive followed by a high tea (or late lunch) and then a mouthwatering dinner under the African sky, to be enjoyed whilst sharing tales of the day’s game viewing highlights.  For those that want a further understanding of the bush, pre lunch safari interest talks are held.


At Motswari Game Lodge there are no gymnasiums or beauty spas.  The lodge prefers that guests enjoy the serenity and relaxation that comes from exploring the intricacies of the living ecosystem that surrounds the lodge.  Enjoy the exercise that comes from walking untamed trails with your professional guide that will point out details that are not always seen by the untrained eye.  Game drives run for extended hours to make sure that guests have the maximum enjoyment of the superb wildlife and bush during their stay.

What we think of it

An amazing game experience & personal attention in the beautiful Timbavati