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The Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the Reserves.


The area was made famous when the White Lions of the Timbavati were discovered in the mid-1970s and they became the subject of much interest and debate. The story of the “White Lions of the Timbavati” has been told by several people, including Chris McBride and Linda Tucker. These lions disappeared for many years and then reappeared in the Timbavati in 2006 after an absence of many years, a lucky few may still see them today.


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Motswari Private Game Reserve

 Motswari Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated four-star luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation. It is the land of leopards and is renowned for great opportunities to view and photograph this elusive cat. The area surrounding Motswari is also great for bush walks and getting into the finer details of the bush.


Motswari is exclusive in that there are never more than 30 guests present at any one time, providing a more serene environment for our visitor’s African experience. With 15 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and all offering unrivalled bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements our level of service excellence. The naturally-furnished interiors of each bungalow reflect the wonders of nature that exist just outside the windows.

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