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Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

4-starQuality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.
Timbavati Nature ReserveKruger National ParkMpumalanga1380South Africa

4-star guesthouse in Kruger National Park with safari, outdoor pool
  • Free full breakfast, free Internet, and free parking
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  • This was our first safari, so we have nothing to compare it to... but we can't imagine…Oct 30, 2018
  • Amazing and luxurious lodge in the heart of Kruger National Park. Stayed for three action…Oct 18, 2018
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Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

from $763
  • Standard Room

What’s around Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park


  • In a national park
  • Timbavati Game Reserve - 25 min walk
  • Umbabat Nature Reserve - 4.1 mi / 6.6 km
  • Klaserie Nature Reserve - 6 mi / 9.6 km
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - 23.4 mi / 37.6 km
  • Manyeleti Game Reserve - 27.5 mi / 44.2 km
  • Orpen Gate - 27.7 mi / 44.6 km
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - 27.8 mi / 44.7 km

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 113 min drive
  • Phalaborwa (PHW-Hendrik Van Eck) - 136 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

About Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

Luxury bungalows and lodge in Greater Kruger National Park

Timbavati Nature Reserve

Motswari Private Game Reserve is a small-scale and family-run luxury resort in the remote and beautiful Timbavati Nature Reserve, a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg and 50 minutes from Hoedspruit airport. There's also a private airstrip on site for a VIP-style arrival.

Seeking the "Big 5"

You'll be in the perfect place to spot the superstars of African wildlife in their natural habitat, and the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo - are in abundance. Game drives and walking safaris will put you safely in touch with all the wonders of the veld.

Experts at hand

You'll have a great choice of treks and drives, accompanied by expert guides and trackers, as well as pre-safari talks and even camp-outs in the Reserve. There's a pool and WiFi hotspot at the lodge, and delicious meals are served here, around the 'boma' fire, or out in the bush.

Luxury bungalows

There are just 15 luxuriously furnished bungalows at Motswari, each one with air conditioning but none with unnecessary high-tech trappings like TV. You'll also be able to spend a night in a comfortable tented camp or even at Giraffe's Nest, a spectacular water's-edge tree house.

At a glance

Key facts


  • 15 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-8 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. Guests arriving after set lunch, afternoon game drive and dinner times may possibly not be accommodated for these activities/meals. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
Guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies should contact this hotel in advance. Please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (5 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free wired Internet access in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking


  • Area shuttle *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside bar
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa services on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Golfing nearby
Working away
  • Computer station
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
Sleep well
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free wired Internet
Food and drink
  • Kitchenette
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Heritage, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park’s small print

Also known as

  • Motswari
  • Motswari Game
  • Motswari Game Reserve
  • Motswari Private Game
  • Motswari Private Game Reserve
  • Motswari Private Game Reserve House Kruger National Park
  • Motswari Private Game Reserve Kruger National Park
  • Motswari Reserve
  • Motswari Private Game Reserve House


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

For transfers, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Destination fee: ZAR 328.00 per person, per night

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 1550 per person (one-way)

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.8 From 48 reviews

Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Very Good8.0
Great safari and guide - limited mod cons
Good stay but the wifi was pretty much no existent and no TV - in fairness not the reason you go on safari but still disappointing.
Ben, us3 night romance trip
Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Very Good8.0
Great wildlife interaction
In general it was a great experience, but there were some minor points of frustration. We drove from Pretoria and had a difficult time finding directions. The resort did not respond to emails and Google ZA directions ended in a local town. Also, wireless was not available at the resort which would be fine if it was not advertised as being available. Other than those minor inconveniences, I would recommend this resort and hope to return some day.
Mark, us2 night family trip
Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
A must stay luxury lodge in the wild
Absolutely amazing place. We stayed for 2 nights, we booked one but loved it so much we extended our stay. Everything about Matswori is amazing. The people are phenomenal and incredibly helpful, you can tell everyone loves being there. The guides are so knowledgeable about the game, and go out of there way to make sure your game drive is the best. The food is delicious, we've never eaten so much good food. And the hotel itself is adorable. Animals wander right into the camp, so you can watch elephants from your porch, kudu at breakfast and warthogs by the pool.
Lillian, us1 night romance trip
Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Perfect Safari Game Reserve
Amazing private reserve for safari in Kruger National Park! Welcoming, warm, knowledgable, and helpful staff. The game drives were lovely with plenty of animal sightings. Every meal with delicious and different daily during our stay. Beautiful rooms with relaxing terrace, clean modern bathrooms, great decoration. Cannot wait to go back!
A Traveler, us3 night romance trip
Motswari Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
What an amazing experience! The staff is so welcoming and accommodating and work hard to create an environment of eco-friendly fun. I appreciate how much they were willing to teach us about the game reserve and wildlife and the history of Kruger National Park in relation to the Motswari. Fantastic safari tour, best safari vehicles I've ever seen!
Nicole, us1 night trip with friends

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