As its name suggests, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is an exclusive lodge offering guests a personal bush experience, which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. The lodge offer some of the best views in Madikwe as well as the tranquil feel given by the mature trees (mostly Leadwoods) under which the lodge’s main building and five luxury bush villas nestle.
Motswiri has luxurious accommodation, with each bush villa offering stunning views from private decks and multiple-slider bedrooms and bathrooms. Add double-sided fire places, air-conditioning/ ceiling fans, stunning bathrooms and an outdoor shower and you have a bush experience second to none. Then our Family Villa offer three rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The Luxury Family villa boasts a private lounge area leading out onto a private deck and pool.
At the main area of the lodge enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the 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.
Staff offer personal service in a relaxed but professional manner and the twice daily game drives 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.
Motswiri offers the option of individual bookings or exclusive use of the lodge for groups. The lodge is ideal for corporate, family / friend groups of up to ten people who do not wish to share the facilities with other guests.
Motswiri is a mere 3-1⁄2 hours drive from Johannesburg or for utter indulgence, guests can opt for a fly-in safari to the reserves all weather airstrip.
Scheduled daily charters are available via the Federal Air Madikwe Charter Joint Venture Partnership. Lodge tariffs include luxury accommodation, two fabulous game drives per day and all meals.
|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability|
|Seasonal Rates||1 Jan
to 30 Apr 2019
|1 May 2019
to 31 Jul 2019
|1 Aug 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
|Safari Lodge Single Per Night||R7 560||R6 175||R7 560|
|Safari Lodge Per Person Per Night Sharing||R5 040||R4 115||R5 040|
|Safari Lodge Children 5-14 yrs sharing||R2 520||R2 060||R2 520|
|Group or Family - Complete Lodge (10 Beds)||On Request||On Request||On Request|
ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE:
BRING IN SUMMER:
SEPTEMBER TO APRIL
GATE ENTRANCE FEES:
*Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00.
BRING IN WINTER:
MAY TO AUGUST
FLIGHT & AIR TRANSFERS & PRIVATE CHARTERS:
*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
* 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
LUXURY BUSH VILLA
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.
LUXURY FAMILY VILLA
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.
The 75 000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve is located in the North West Province of South Africa. Prior to its establishment in 1991, most of the land consisted of cattle farms. Since 1991, the park has undergone an intensive phase of development as a premier game reserve, and this included an extensive restocking programme with game species that historically occurred in the region. Madikwe is managed by the North West Parks and Tourism Board (NWPTB), which was formerly the Bophuthatswana National Parks, a conservation organisation that is world-renowned for its pioneering approach to people-based wildlife conservation which it has practised since the late 1970s.
Unlike almost all state-owned game reserves in Africa, the approach towards conservation that has been adopted at Madikwe puts the needs of people before that of wildlife and conservation. It is believed by the Board that if conservation is to succeed in developing countries such as South Africa, then local communities and individuals must benefit significantly from wildlife conservation and related activities. If local communities and the region as a whole can benefit through jobs and business opportunities that are created or generated, then firm support for protected areas will be achieved and important conservation objectives will be met almost as a secondary or spin-off benefit.
Madikwe is run as a three-way partnership between the state (represented by the Board), local communities and the private sector. Without doubt, it is the private sector on which the entire project ultimately depends. The private sector develops and manages a variety of tourism developments and activities in the park. A portion of the revenue generated is paid to the Board in concession fees. These concession fees are used partly to maintain the conservation infrastructure and game stocks in the park, which underpin the private sector’s investments and operations. A portion of the concession fees is also paid to local communities to help finance a variety of community-based development projects. In addition to community projects, communities also benefit from jobs and business opportunities that are created both within and outside the park. This in turn further stimulates the local and regional economy.
This partnership, therefore, is of benefit to all parties involved. Conservation objectives are met, the private sector generates profits, jobs and businesses are created, communities are developed and valuable foreign exchange is brought into the country.
Madikwe, therefore, should not be viewed solely as a protected area or tourism destination, in reality the park acts as a major social and economic core and engine around which the development of the entire region can be based.
It is strongly believed that the approach being practised in Madikwe will have significant beneficial impacts on both local and regional economies, as well as greatly contribute towards the overall improvement in the quality of life of largely disadvantaged, rural communities. People-based wildlife conservation, therefore, should be considered as a viable development option elsewhere in South Africa and in developing countries in general. It is particularly relevant in rural areas where development options are often very limited. In this respect, it is believed that people-based conservation offers the only long-term successful approach to wildlife conservation in South and southern Africa, and the continent of Africa as a whole.
HOW TO GET THERE
DIRECTIONS TO MOTSWIRI PRIVATE SAFARI LODGE
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
MADIKWE AIR SHUTTLE SERVICE
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.
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.