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Motswiri Private Safari Lodge | Madikwe


Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is located in the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve’s western region, nestled under a canopy of mature Leadwoods for which Motswiri is named. This secluded upmarket Lodge gives visitors the chance to enjoy an elite African safari encounter with some of the best views in game-rich Madikwe.

Family-friendly Motswiri can accommodate up to 16 visitors in five luxury thatched Bush Villas and one dedicated Family Villa. The five beautifully-appointed Bush Villas are set around the Lodge swimming pool overlooking a busy waterhole.

Each generous Bush Villa features a bedroom with a double-sided gas fireplace, en- suite bathroom with indulgent corner bath, toilet, and double basins, an outdoor rock shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and wrap around viewing deck.

The Villa suites classic Afro-centric style, natural textures, neutral palette plus the multiple retractable glass doors and windows work to enhance the feeling of utter peace offered by this wilderness paradise.

The private Family Villa is positioned some distance from the main Lodge building to afford visitors the possibility to experience the breathtaking splendour of this bushveld haven in total solitude.

The Family Villa can sleep a maximum of six visitors in three air-conditioned bedrooms making it perfect for families and small group getaways. Each bedroom has air- conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with outdoor showers. Additional amenities include a spacious lounge opening onto an elevated wooden verandah complete with plunge pool and Boma.

The tastefully decorated main Lodge building boasts a separate sitting area, a dining room as well as an inviting bar, each with a fireplace where you cosy up on chilly winter evenings. The cool of the communal infinity swimming pool is just the ideal spot from which to enjoy the non-stop parade of resident wildlife meandering down to the waterhole for a refreshing drink.

In keeping with its impeccable hospitality and personal service, Motswiri’s cuisine is every bit as sublime as the glorious natural surroundings. Meals are served in the Lodge dining room, outside under the grove of Leadwood trees or around the Boma’s roaring fire on balmy summer nights.

And because an excursion to Madikwe is all about the incredible diversity of fauna and flora, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge provides visitors every opportunity to explore the wonders of this magnificent Big Five Game Reserve.

Activities include morning and afternoon/evening game drives in specially adapted Landcruisers, superb bird watching, and nature trails accompanied by expert rangers. Mini children’s game drives can be arranged by prior request for junior visitors under six years who are unfortunately not permitted on regular game drives. The Lodge also makes a babysitting service available at an extra cost.

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge can be booked on an exclusive-use basis making it a first- class destination choice for intimate corporate retreats and once-in- a-lifetime safari breakaways with friends and family.

* Motswiri is the Tswana name for the Leadwood tree

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability 
Seasonal Rates 1 Sep 2018
to 31 Dec 2018
1 Jan  2019
to 30 Apr 2019
1 May 2019
to 31 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Safari Lodge Single Per Night R6  990 R7 560 R6 175 R7 560
Safari Lodge Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 660 R5 040 R4 115 R5 040
Safari Lodge Children 5-14 yrs sharing R2 330 R2 520 R2 060 R2 520
Group or Family - Complete Lodge (10 Beds) On Request On Request On Request On Request
Special Offer at Motswiri Camp

We  are pleased to advise that Motswiri Camp has extented the Special offer to 31 OCTOBER 2019
Details below:
  •  Stay 3 nights only pay for 2
  •  Valid for all new bookings with a travel date of 1 September 2018 to 31 October 2019
  •  Current provisionals in the system, can also avail of the special as an incentive to confirm
  •  Current confirmed bookings in the system are unfortunately not able to avail of the special
  •  The special can be doubled to stay for 6 nights and pay only 4 nights


  • Inclusive of 15% VAT
  • In South African Rand
  • Subject to availability
  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however fully paid bookings will be honoured


  • Luxury accommodation
  • Two game drives per day
  • All meals daily
  • Welcome drinks and teas & coffees at meals
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • Tourism Levy


  • Curio shop purchases
  • Drinks
  • Telephone calls
  • Lodge transfers
  • Airport Tax
  • Fly in fee
  • Laundry services unless otherwise indicated
  • Specialised coffees
  • Gate entry fees
  • Babysitting


  • Children of all ages are welcome at our lodge * Babysitters available (at extra cost)
  • Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives
  • Children sharing room with parents pay 50%
  • Children in own room are charged full price
  • Child policy applies to children between the ages of 14 years to 5 years
  • No charge for children under 4 years


  • Check in is at 14h00 and Check out is at 11h00


  • Tour Guides can be accommodated subject to availability (may only be confirmed last minute)
  • Guides are not guaranteed game drives


  • A deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required for direct bookings.


  • Our cancellation policy is as follows:
  • Four weeks before arrival - 75% of full amount.
  • Two weeks before arrival - 100% of full amount
  • Rainwear
  • Insect Repellent
  • Swimming costume


*Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00.
Entrance fee into the Madikwe Reserve by road, please settle in camp

  • Beanie
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Long johns/thermal underwear for game drives as it can be bitterly cold due to the wind chill factor (pantyhose/tights are also a great chill deterrent!)
  • Warm jackets are essential in winter

Luxury Self Catering Family Villa

  • Luxury accommodation in our three bedroom (all en-suite) Family Villa which has a private lounge, deck and private splash pool
  • Two game drives per day
  • Fire made every night in your private boma
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • Daily housekeeping


*Guests may arrive any time from 14:00, and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00am.

 *Should you decide to fly to Madikwe, kindly advise us your incoming flight number at OR Tambo so that we may arrange a flight for you as well as your outgoing flight number from OR Tambo to your next destination

* Please note the above fly in fees will be over and above the airline seat rates
* The  fly in fees may be settled at the lodge    

* Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is accessible only through the Wonderboom Gate on the R49 from Zeerust
* GPS co-ordinates for Wonderboom Gate: S24 ̊46’02.73” / E26 ̊09’45.45”
* Motswiri is 30 minutes’ drive from the Wonderboom Gate into the Madikwe Game reserve
* The road travelling from this gate to Motswiri, is a gravel road
* The speed limit in the Madikwe Game Reserve is 40km/h
* Should you rent a vehicle, please inform the car rental company that you will be travelling on a gravel road
* Please note that we can arrange a road transfer for you from OR Tambo and surrounding areas
* Should you book the road transfer through us, please advise us of your flight number and time of arrival at OR Tambo so that we may arrange that the chauffeur will meet you at arrivals

The exquisitely appointed main lodge offers separate lounge, dining and lounge bar facilities – each with its own roaring fireplace in winter. At the main area of the lodge enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the active 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. Our staff offer personal service in a relaxed but professional manner. 



Motswiri luxurious accommodation, consist of the 5 Luxury Bush Villas and a private Luxury Family Villa. Our spacious Luxury Bush Villas each boasts large bedrooms, private deck with stunning views, en-suite bathrooms with large corner baths, private toilet, double basins and a private outside shower. Add the double-sided gas fire places, air-conditioning/ceiling fans and coffee stations and you have a bush experience second to none.


Our Luxury Family Villa offer three rooms each with their own air-conditioning, private en-suite bathrooms and outside showers. Further to this the Family Villa offers guest a private lounge area leading out onto a private deck and plunge pool.
Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is located in the 75 000-hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. The Lodge is easily accessible by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Western Airstrip just 30 minutes from our lodge through the reserve. Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is a 4 and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg on the N4.

Directions to Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

From OR Tambo Airport – take the R21 towards Pretoria and at the intersection head north on the N1 towards Polokwane & the N4 Toll Road
Once past Pretoria, turn onto the N4 Toll road towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust

Please stay on the N4 – do not follow GPS as it might take you on alternative gravel roads which are not very well signposted.
Please approach Motswiri from the main Zeerust/Gabarone road (R49) and enter through the Wonderboom Gate.
Do not approach Motswiri from the Sun City side of the Reserve by attempting to enter the Reserve through the Moletedi Gate as the chances of getting lost are high and the time taken will be far longer as you will have to travel through the Reserve on a main road and then exit and re-enter the Reserve through Wonderboom Gate.
Once in Zeerust turn right at the 4th stop street into “President Street”. There is a signpost on the left that says “Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaberone” and a ABSA Bank on the corner to the left.
Follow the R49 (R47 occasionally) towards the reserve for approximately 91km
The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop Gate
Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate, exactly 7km from the first gate on your right-hand side.

Please contact the lodge when passing through Zeerust :
+27 82 883 8274 / +27 83 679 4479
Twice daily game drives/safaris 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.
Traversing on the full 75000 hectares the Madikwe Game Reserve has become known to offer some the best game viewing in South Africa. Experience excellent general game, stunning bird life and regular sighting of the sought after “Big 5” – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Black and White Rhino.

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What sets us Apart !

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us

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No booking fees

Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice