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Motswari Private Game Reserve, Timbavati, Kruger

Male pride lion at night, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Male pride Lion at night, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

I think myself very lucky to have travelled extensively in Africa and have based myself in some amazing locations.

At the end of last year I was fortunate enough to stay (although only briefly for three nights) at the multi-award winning Motswari Private Game Reserve, which is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, itself part of the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy and some six hours drive from Johannesburg. However, on this trip, to maximize my time, I opted for the internal flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).

Pearl-spotted owlet at first light. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Pearl-spotted owlet at first light. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Thanks to the management of David and Thea, I believe that Motswari gets the balance just right between having the essentials for a comfortable stay; friendly, helpful and experienced staff and great game viewing. It’s extremely relaxed and non-pretentious. It’s luxurious enough for those who seek the finer things and down-to-earth enough for those who love to get up and get out before sunrise and return after sunset.

If you’re serious about your wildlife photography and you’re lucky enough to meet up with resident guides Keith Connelly or Chad Cocking, then you’re in good hands. Not only are they knowledgeable guides and excellent company, they’re also accomplished photographers with a wealth of experience that they’re willing to share, to help you make the most of the days you have.

The staff at this family run lodge are committed to service excellence in all aspects of day-to-day running of their business. From African wildlife conservation and environmental management, to the high level of quality of their cuisine. Responsible Tourism is a key principle in their operating philosophy and all their employees are very much treated as members of the family.

So, the lodge is all I could have asked for, but what of the game viewing? Well, I know they have the best of everything, as I’ve seen the evidence in Chad and Keith’s portfolios, but I did have a couple of things going against me, which to be honest I had already accepted upfront. These were a) I was only there for a very short time b) I wasn’t on a dedicated photographers trip or self-drive, so had to ensure I was always as sympathetic to the needs of my fellow travellers as they were to mine. So, I was hoping that luck would be on my side.

Female leopard, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Female leopard, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

The sun had gone by the time we spotted this female Leopard. Really pushing the camera’s limits. Might be time for an upgrade!!!

Female leopard, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Female leopard, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Young male lion hunting, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Young male lion hunting, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Male pride Lion, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Male pride Lion, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Impala Buck in evening light, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Impala Buck in evening light, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Female Waterbuck, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Female Waterbuck, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Male adult Kudu, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Male adult Kudu, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Water Buffalo with Red-billed Oxpecker, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Water Buffalo with Red-billed Oxpecker, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Water Buffalo with Red-billed Oxpecker, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Water Buffalo with Red-billed Oxpecker, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

African Bush Elephants, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

African Bush Elephants, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

African Bush Elephant, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

African Bush Elephant, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

African Bush Elephants, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

African Bush Elephants, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

A face only a mother could love!! Hyena’s do tend to get a raw deal and are often overlooked by those seeking the Big Five and the more exotic, but I love them and could watch the family interactions all day.

Hyena adult male, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Hyena adult male, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Hyena male, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Hyena male, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

Hyena with Buffalo leg, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Hyena with Buffalo leg, Motswari Private Game Reserve. Canon 1DMKIV and Canon 500mm f4 L

I really enjoyed my time and the experience at Motswari and will definitely be back.