Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is situated on the western side of the 75,000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Africa's Big 5, the African wild dog (the world's most endangered canine), as well as black and white rhino, cheetah, giraffe and many other wildlife species can be seen on morning and afternoon game drives.
Motswiri is an exclusive lodge offering a unique and intimate bush experience. The lodge offers some of the best views in Madikwe as well as the feeling of tranquility given by the mature trees (mostly leadwoods).
The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephant families and other big game. There is a separate lounge and dining area, each with its own roaring fire in winter. Dining also takes place in the outside boma on balmy summer nights.
The wrap around viewing deck has a rim-flow pool, ideal for relaxing around in between your game drives.
The lodge also offers a range of spa treatments, enjoyed in the privacy of your own room.
The 5 Bush Villas are extremely spacious, and all boast air-conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms with a corner bath, outdoor rock showers and private wrap around wooden decks.
In addition, the Family Villa consists of 3 air-conditioned rooms, all with bathrooms en-suite and an outside shower, a private lounge area and a deck with a private plunge pool. The Villa is a perfect option for families or a small group of friends travelling together, as it can accommodate up to 6 people.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Madikwe Conservation Levy (pppn)
1 January 2020 to 28 February 2023
GBP 8 USD 10 ZAR 165 EUR 9
per person per night
1 March 2023 to 31 December 2024
GBP 9 USD 11 ZAR 190 EUR 11
per person per night
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All meals; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; the Madikwe Gate entry fee/FedAir landing/departure fee (if applicable); and morning/afternoon shared game drives are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 may participate in game drives at the discretion of the ranger. Babysitting services are available.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
Motswiri was fantastic. The accommodation, service and food all greatly exceeded our expectations and the game viewing was great too!
Motswiri Private Safari Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
PLEASE NOTE: The main gates open at 06:00 and close at 21:00. Guests who arrive after sunset will not be allowed to self-drive to the lodge. The lodge will send a representative to escort guests to the lodge at an additional cost. SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. DO NOT follow your GPS after Zeerust/Sun City - it will take you on the wrong roads.
From Johannesburg Airport via N4 tar road: Follow the R21 north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park. After 40 km follow N1 north to Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane). After about 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort Dam. Follow the N4 to Hartebeespoort Dam.
Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. After +/- 90 km you will see a sign on the right for the Abjaterskop Gate of the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Continue on this road past the Abjaterskop Gate for 7 km. You will find a small thatched gate (Wonderboom Gate) on the right into the reserve - turn in here.
Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow between 20-30 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
From Sun City via N4 tar road: Turn right from as you leave Sun City onto the R565. After a few km you will come to a junction with the R565 to the left, and the R556 signposted straight ahead. Turn left here to keep on the R565 signposted Phokeng and Rustenberg, and it is 38 km from here to the junction with the N4 tar road.
When you reach the N4, turn right onto the road (signposted Swartruggens and Zeerust) and continue for around 130 km on this road to Zeerust. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 and follow the directions as above.
From Johannesburg or Sun City via gravel roads: There is a gravel road from Sun City to Madikwe - this route is a lot shorter than the current tar road route, however as the roads are gravel and the signs to Madikwe are rather inconsistent, we would not really recommend this route to customers.
Should you wish to return to Sun City or Johannesburg using the gravel roads, the lodge will be able to supply you with a map and directions.
General Information For Guests
The 5 Luxury Bush Villas are extremely spacious all boasting air conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, beautifully decorated en-suite bathrooms with large corner baths, outdoor rock showers and a private wrap around wooden deck with stunning views.
The Luxury Family Villa consists of 3 air conditioned rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and outside showers. It also has a private lounge that leads out onto a private deck and plunge pool. The Villa is perfect for families and can accommodate up to 6 people.
The exquisitely appointed main lodge offers a separate lounge, dining and lounge bar - each with its own roaring fireplace in winter.
American Express, Diners, Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
Wi-Fi is only available in the main lodge and is free of charge. For every 100MB used guests need to obtain a new password from Lodge management.
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