Motswiri Lodge

Authentic wilderness retreat with cool interiors and hot wildlife viewing

Motswiri Lodge

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is an elegant and comfortable lodge in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, home to South Africa's famous Big Five and some of the hottest game viewing in the country. The lodge itself is intimate, tucked beneath ancient leadwood trees and offering peaceful accommodation that meets your every demand. In contrast, the reserve is a gigantic 75,000 hectares – you'll not be short-changed on sightings. The weather adds to the drama, especially during the rainfall months, when theatrical mid-afternoon thunderstorms send the animals into hiding. Watching them emerge after the storm is a damp but fabulous treat.

At the lodge

The hotel

Motswiri is the local Pedi name for the leadwood tree, a clump of which shelter this lovely, family-friendly lodge. The main building is beautifully appointed, with a comfortable lounge, full bar and separate dining room, each with its own fireplace. Meals are served beside the fire in winter and, when evenings are hot, in the outside boma. The food is five-star fabulous, and so is the view – the lodge and its rim-flow pool overlook a well-visited waterhole.

The rooms

Five luxury bush villas accommodate 10 people, and a single luxury family villa sleeps six in three rooms. The bush villas, set around a swimming pool, all have aircon, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, slick en-suite bathrooms, outdoor rock showers and private decks. Foldaway doors and windows make the most of the view. The family villa has a well-equipped kitchen, a lounge leading to a private deck, and a plunge pool and boma. It can be booked on a self-catering basis.

On safari


See the ever-popular Big Five, along with wild dog, hyaena, warthog and numerous birds on morning, afternoon or evening game drives with the amazingly well-informed game rangers. The drives can be arranged to suit your interests, so birdwatchers will be happy here. Explore the bush on foot with a ranger, then relax with a drink in the lounge, cool off in the pool, or enjoy a spa treatment in your room. There are loads of activities for children too.

When to go

Madikwe by month


Season: Wet


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Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


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Season: Wet


Season: Wet


Season: Wet


Madikwe Game Reserve lies on a transition zone with a mix of Kalahari thornveld, denser bushveld and open savannah areas providing the perfect habitat for an abundance of species including the famed Big Five, with both black and white rhino present. The not-to-be-missed wildlife specials for this region include brown hyena, sable antelope and gemsbok. However, the real highlight for Madikwe is its resident pack of wild dogs, providing exciting moments on the hunt.


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