Unless game viewing with a snorkel is your idea of fun, you wouldn’t have been able to experience any of the phenomenal bush views and activities at Motswari Private Game Lodge recently. The incredible rains which took the Timbavati and surrounding area, quite literally, by storm over the past weeks temporarily prevented the usual safari style fun to be had there.
On a very rainy Wednesday the 18th of January Motswari was evacuated and all guests were lifted to dry land by helicopter. This decision came after the power and telephone lines went down at the lodge and seeing to the guests needs became a logistical impossibility. Game Ranger Chad Cocking blogged about the situation that followed by writing that the rains had slowed by that afternoon and the flooding had happened over only 36 hours. 425mm of rain were measured in that time which is the equivalent to the camps annual rainfall level.
The raging waters have since subsided, leaving many stories and overwhelming photos in its wake. Happily though the lodge is open to all guests and is functioning as normal. Many of the roads have however been damaged due to the floods and it is recommended that all guests with reservations contact the reception prior to arrival to find out about bypass routes where applicable. Travellers seeking a truly African getaway can find solace and unbounded natural majesty there.
Motswari Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most awe inspiring wild places. It is a traditional style safari lodge set in the Timbavati Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit. It borders and opens into the Kruger National Park making it prime Big 5 country and an authentically African territory. Priding itself on being a luxurious, 4-star rated lodge Motswari offers guests the experience of being close to nature while simultaneously being able to indulge in the comforts made accessible by the hospitable staff. Serenity is on the menu and guests are encouraged to relax and take in their natural surroundings during their stay. For this reason you’ll find no spas or gyms on the property but nature walks, swims in the pool, guided game drives and long lazy gazes at the African sunsets are welcome alternatives.
The accommodation is nothing short of dreamy. Being an exclusive lodge, Motswari houses a maximum of 30 guests at a time in 15 bungalows. Much of the appeal of this bushveld haven is the tranquillity found there which is made all the more possible due to the lack of crowds.
See more stirring images and read about a ranger’s first hand experiences during the flood by reading their blog.
Tel: +27 11 463 1990