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Madikwe Game Reserve 2865 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#14 of 23 Specialty lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, situated in the western side of the 75 000 hectare, Big Five, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province, forms an integral part of The Madikwe Collection's exclusive portfolio of lodges. As its name suggests, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is an exclusive lodge offering guests a personal bush experience, which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. The lodge offer some of the best views in Madikwe as well as the tranquil feel given by the mature trees (mostly Leadwoods) under which the lodge's main building and five luxury bush villas nestle. Motswiri has luxurious accommodation, with each bush villa offering stunning views from private decks and multiple-slider bedrooms and bathrooms. Add double-sided fire places, air-conditioning/ ceiling fans, stunning bathrooms and an outdoor shower and you have a bush experience second to none. Then our Family Villa offer three rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The Family villa boasts a private lounge area leading out onto a private deck and pool. At the main area of the lodge enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the waterhole, have a cocktail under the shade of the Motswiri trees (Leadwood in Tswana) on the main deck or just while away the day in the outside lounge and bar area. Fine cuisine is served in the dining room, under the Leadwood or around a roaring fire in the boma. Staff offer personal service in a relaxed but professional manner and the twice daily game drives are conducted by our rangers whose superb bush knowledge is imparted in the manner best suited to the bush knowledge of the guests on the specially designed landcruiser game viewing vehicle. Motswiri offers the option of individual bookings or exclusive use of the lodge for groups. The lodge is ideal for corporate, family / friend groups of up to ten people who do not wish to share the facilities with other guests. Motswiri is a mere 3- 1/2 hours drive from Johannesburg or for utter indulgence, guests can opt for a fly-in safari to the reserves all weather airstrip. Scheduled daily charters are available via the Federal Air Madikwe Charter Joint Venture Partnership. Lodge tariffs include luxury accommodation, two fabulous game drives per day and all meals.
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English, Afrikaans

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Madikwe Game Reserve 2865 South Africa
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Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport41 kmSee all flights
Lanseria Airport214 kmSee all flights
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azukie255039 wrote a review 22 Sep
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we spend one day with exellent people in wonderfull place. the staff gave us a taste of africa lodge treatment. food and sleep is perfect and unforgeteble. we will visit this place at future as well ,
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Dear Andrzej Trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued and we are pleased that you found value and hospitality during your stay. We are delighted that you had a memorable stay at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge and that you will visit our beautiful property in the future. We are looking forward to hosting you at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge again! Thanking you kindly Kindest regards Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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tmaria326452 wrote a review 20 Sep
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We loved our stay at Motswiri ! The lodge is unreal. The games drives were so much fun. The service was excellent the food was delicious. We would love to return one day for sure! Thank you Motswiri for a wonderful experience. Mariana and Armando
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Dear Mariana Trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued and we are pleased that you found value and hospitality during your stay. We are delighted that you had a memorable stay at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge and we are very much looking forward to hosting you in the very near future again. Thanking you kindly Kindest regards Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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NorthStar734967 wrote a review Aug 2022
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As always, a great experience. New Management doing a great job creating a personal experience maintaining a homely friendly atmosphere. Lodge is certainly up there with the top with experienced accommodating guides who go the extra mile in trying to give the best wildlife experience they can and find your favourite animal.
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Responded 7 Aug 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued and we are pleased that you found value and hospitality during your stay. Our commitment to investing in our property will continue during this year and into the future. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Madikwe! Thanking you kindly Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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Amanda L wrote a review Jul 2022
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Totally brilliant experience. We spent 3 nights at this lodge and loved every minute. It is pure luxury. Our room had a four poster bed and a beautiful bathroom with bath tub with a view, gas fire which was lit every night ready for our return from the evening game drive and an outside shower. We even got a different chocolate left on our pillow every night. The game drives set off at 6.30am and 15.30pm. We were out for about 3 hours and we saw the big 5 on the first day. On return the staff would be waiting with drinks and hot towels. This time of year is very cold on the drives so you will need coats, hats and gloves, blankets are provided. The food is amazing with a choice for dinner all made fresh and with a great degree of flexibility. All this is made possible by stunning staff. Special shout out to our ranger Stuart who was so knowledgable and persistent. He’d follow tracks for hours to make sure we got the best sighting. Agnes also had the most lovely smile and really looked after us. The water hole is a delight and is often busy with elephants coming so close. It’s too cold for the pool right now and the evenings are spent eating in close to the roaring fires. We loved it and will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 2 Aug 2022
Dear Amanda Trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued and we are pleased that you found value and hospitality during your stay. We are delighted that your stay with us was memorable. Our commitment to investing in our property will continue during this year and into the future. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Motswiri Thanking you kindly Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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ML vd Merwe wrote a review Jul 2022
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My husband and I stayed for 3 nights. This was our 5th visit to Madikwe. Everytime a different lodge. Motswiri was beautiful, very intimate. We had a lovely time, with very attentive, friendly manager and staff. Our ranger, Barry, was really friendly and fun to be around. Food was excellent, compliments to the chef. Our room was really clean and wonderfully warm with aircon and fireplace lit every night. Overall a great experience!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 28 Jul 2022
Dear Marie Louise Trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued and we are pleased that you found value and hospitality during your stay. Our commitment to investing in our property will continue during this year and into the future. We are hoping to see you again in the very near future at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge Thanking you kindly Kindest regards Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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PompeyWhite wrote a review Jul 2022
Portsmouth, United Kingdom84 contributions51 helpful votes
An amazing room overlooking the waterhole was just the start. Our guide Barry was a great host and made all of our rides real fun. The food was also very good - sitting by the log fire for dinner was a fine way to end the day!
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Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey about your stay at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge. We are delighted that your stay at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge has been memorable. We hope to see you at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge again soon! Kind regards, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
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Unsated Wanderlust wrote a review Jul 2022
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Absolutely brilliant and worth the money! Everything was perfect - the accommodation (with a busy watering hole right outside our front door), the food, the attentive staff, the game drives, Barry the safari guide, the fire places, all perfect.
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ars20229 wrote a review Jun 2022
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
Wonderful located resort with beautiful bungalows nestled in a pristine nature with a unique view at the waterhole where you have a lot of game during the whole day (especially elephants). The game drives are outstanding thanks to Elliot, a very experienced, sympathetic and unique guide. The food is ordinary, although the price for the rooms are in the upper category you pay extra for every sparkling water, wine or drinks, even as "sundowner".The rooms are big, but unfortunately not as clean as one expect from a five star resort. Dirty socks from previous guests, half dead insects on the floor, not cleaned toothbrush glasses, leaking bathtub and a dripping toilet. No refill of tea or cotton pads and buds. Overall a beautiful but overpriced place.
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cbaudr624875 wrote a review May 2022
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Everything is famous The lodge is big and well decorated the meals are good and home made The personnal charming and big smile The trip with the guide is good we see lots of animals Thank's to everybody for his happiness
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markoU7557WP wrote a review May 2022
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Motswiri is the perfect combination of luxury accommodation, excellent food, Big-Five 5 game viewing all wrapped together by a compliment of staff that literally do anything and everything to make your stay unforgettable. The best part about this lodge is that it is small and intimate and never loses its authentic “bush” feel. Elliot is the best game viewing guide we’ve ever had and made our whole experience amazing. As a South African who has knowledge of the many lodges available in South Africa, Motswiri is now at the top of our list. Thank you to Tshepo and your whole team for showing us what a piece of African paradise feels like for 3 days 😉
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$630 - $822 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about Motswiri Private Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a fireplace, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Motswiri Private Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.