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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 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 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


  • 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.

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.



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.

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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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Stay in control of your booking
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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
Park Fees
  - R210
per Adults per STAY
  - R105 per Child (2 - 11 years)  per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (2 - 11 years) per DAY
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
Landing fees
  - R280 per Adult
  - R140 per Child (2 - 11 years) 
SUBJECT to change without notice