Guests per Safari Vehicle
Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve. Explore this 75 000 hectare reserve bordering Botswana is malaria-free and is home to the "Top Ten" major mammals, including the Big 5, over 400 species of birds and extensive plains game.
Motswiri lies hidden in the bush, offering a maximum of 16 people a bush experience which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. Guests can enjoy some of the best views in the Madikwe as well as a sense of calm and relaxation with the sounds of birds and wildlife as your background music. Motswiri Private Safari Lodge boasts just five luxury bush villas, creating an intimate and homely setting providing complete privacy.
Each of the stunning suites offer stunning views from private decks and large sliding bedroom and bathroom doors. All Motswiri bush lodge villas have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, beautifully appointed bathrooms and outdoor rock showers.
The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephant families and other big game, enjoy this scenery from the bar or the rim flow pool on the wrap around viewing deck, have a cocktail under the shade of the Leadwood trees on the main deck or just while away the day in the outside lounge and bar area occasionally mustering up the energy to view the game at the waterhole. Fine cuisine served in the dining room, under the Leadwoods or around a roaring fire in the boma, washed down with fine wine from the well-stocked cellar ends each spectacular day.
Madikwe, a South African private game reserve created in 1991 from 75,000 ha of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing, was chosen as the site of Operation Phoenix. The government-sponsored, biggest-ever game- relocation programme in Africa involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long since disappeared from the region.
Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Madikwe Game Reserve over a six year period with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres and game viewing is now at its prime.
Northwest Parks Board (formerly Bop Parks) has adhered to a strict policy of introducing only those species, which once occurred in the area). Madikwe is run as a three-way partnership between the State, the local communities and the private sector.
Madikwe, therefore, should not be looked at as solely a protected area or tourism destination, the reserve acts as a major social and economic core and engine around which the development of the region can be based.
The name of Operation Phoenix is appropriate: like the mythical bird that burnt itself to a crisp on the pyre and then rose from the ashes to live again with new vigour, nature has regained a stronghold on the land and the programme has been hugely successful.
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the country's fourth largest game reserve. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, the Marico river to the east.
The diverse habitat in the reserve, from acacia, savannah to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species such as springbok, gemsbok, sable and impala. The birdlife is also spectacular, and this is one of the few South African private game reserves that are malaria free.
All ages welcome
5 Luxury Bush Villas
1 Luxury Family Villa
All ages welcome
Johannesburg - OR Tambo International
3.5 hours from Johannesburg
Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, South Africa
All ages welcome
The following fees are applicable to all guests staying within the Madikwe Game Reserve:
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