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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 Aug 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
1 Jan  2020
to 30 Apr 2020
1 May 2020
to 31 Jul 2020
1 Aug 2020
to 31 Dec 2020
Safari Lodge Single Per Night R9 000 R9 750 R7 950 R9 750
Safari Lodge Per Person Per Night Sharing R6 000 R6 500 R5 300 R6 500
Safari Lodge Children 5-14 yrs sharing R3 000 R3 250 R2 650 R3 250
Family Villa Exclusive use
Per night for the Villa
(Max occupancy 6 PAX including children)
on Request R48 600 R48 600 R48 600
  Special Offer!

Special for November to mid-December

Stay 2 nights and the get the second night at half price
  • Book now for your stay during 1 November – 13 December 2019
  • Special only valid for staying from 1 November 2019 to 13 December 2019
  • Bookings overlapping these dates will result in our normal rates
  • For 3 night bookings, only the second night will be charged at half price
  • For 4 night bookings, the second and fourth night will be charged at half price
  • Special not available to current provisional or confirmed bookings during the above dates
  • Standard terms & conditions apply
  • Dependent on availability

Luxury Bush Villa

All Motswiri's bush villas have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, bathrooms en suite, beautifully appointed bathrooms, outdoor rock showers and private wrap around wooden decks.
Max Guests: 2  (Max  2 adults )

Luxury Family Villa

Our Luxury Family Villa consists of three luxury rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and outside showers. The villa has a private deck, lounge, horizon pool and boma. Minimum occupancy is 4 adults and a maximum of 6 adults for this unit.
Max Guests: 6  (Max  6 adults )

0 - 4 years stay free, 5 - 14 years pay 50% of the sharing rate 

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.


Standard Rate: Per night for the Villa (Max occupancy 6 PAX including children)



  • 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 in our Luxury Family Villa 
  • A selection of local beers, ciders, house wines, water & soft drinks 
  • Private dinner at the Family Villa every 2nd night of stay weather dependant 
  • Private butler
  • Private game drive vehicle & private ranger
  • All meals daily (excluding Kosher meals) 
  • Welcome drinks and teas & coffees at meals 
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge 
  • Daily Housekeeping 
  • Tourism Levy 


  • Beverages not mentioned as inclusive 
  • Specialised Coffees Park entry fee to the reserve of R180.00 per adult and R80.00 per child under 12 years (once off fee payable at the lodge which may change without prior notice) 
  • Conservation Levy of R150 per person per night and R75 per child per night (under 12 years) per day (payable at the lodge which may change without prior notice)
  • Airstrip landing fee of R240.00 per adult and R150.00 per child under 12 years (once off fee payable at the lodge which may change without prior notice) 
  • Curio shop purchases 
  • Telephone calls 
  • Lodge transfers 
  • Airport Tax 
  • Laundry services 
  • Babysitting 
  • Gratuities 
  • Any other items of personal nature 


  • Children of all ages are welcome at our lodge 
  • Babysitters available (at an extra cost) 
  • Children of all ages permitted on game drives with parents’ as well as rangers’ consent 


  • 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.
  • With group and exclusive use of the lodge bookings, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the date of confirmation 
  • Full payment must be settled 30 days prior to arrival 


Our cancellation policy is as follows: Four weeks before arrival - 75% of full amount. Two weeks before arrival - 100% of full amount 


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


  • Daily scheduled FEDERAL AIR flights from O.R.Tambo Airport (JIA). 
  • Private charters are available on request 
  • Road transfers available on request 
  • Fly in fee into the Madikwe Reserve; please settle in camp. 


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


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


  • From Johannesburg International Airport now O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT – Take R21 to Pretoria.
  • Head north on the N1 towards the N4 Toll Road
  • Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust
  • Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone” and a First National Bank on the corner to the right
  • Follow the R49 towards the reserve for approximately 97km
  • 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

Contact details for the lodge:
083 679 4479 & 082 883 8274


Our service in a nutshell: We offer a world-class executive air shuttle service from Johannesburg to Madikwe. Departing daily from the Federal Air Executive Lounge at OR Tambo International, the service is operated mainly with Cessna Grand Caravan Aircraft. All flights are undertaken by professional and highly experienced crew.
Passengers can be personally met from incoming domestic or international flights by one of our professional guest relations team members. Alternatively, passengers can meet at the Federal Air Guest Welcome Booth located on ground level in the Multi-storey parkade and car rental hall or directly at the executive lounge.

Complimentary bar service, tea, coffee, as well as shower facilities are available at the executive lounge. Madikwe Air also offers complimentary on-site excess bag storage and secure open parking.

There is a direct on-line flight booking system available to the lodges.

Flight bookings do close 7 days prior to a flight.

When you make your reservation you can enquire about this service and we will make bookings on your behalf.

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.


  • 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
  • Full Board.  This means 3 meals per day is included and beverages are excluded.
  • 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    

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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

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
Most special deals by far
Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
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
Gate Entry Fees
  - R180
per Adults per STAY
  - R 80  per Child  
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - ZAR150 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR75 per Child
Guest Conservation Contribution  from 1.1. 2020 (GCC)
  - ZAR R165 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR 82.50 per Child     
SUBJECT to change without notice,
Guests GCC are payable at the lodges and
will be added to guests' bills
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight Entry
  - R240 per Adult  
  - R150 per Child from   
SUBJECT to change without notice