Reviews of Motswiri Camp
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Great horseback riding in the bush!
We thoroughly enjoyed the three nights we spent at Motswiri. The camp has great facilities – our tent was spacious with a deck overlooking the spillway. The main common area was also a great spot to relax over dinner or drinks.
The staff at Motswiri is incredibly friendly and professional. The camp manager, Mosi (sp?), greeted us warmly upon arrival, explaining how Motswiri is run and the schedule for the next few days. There are a lot of activities to choose from at Motswiri (all included in the price as with any safari camp), but we had chosen this camp for its horseback riding, which did not disappoint. The stables are incredibly well managed by Carmen, with well-trained horses and quality tack. Seriously, Carmen runs a tight ship.
Our guide, Dave, was extremely knowledgeable as well. It is always great to have a guide who is genuinely passionate about the bush. We were amazed by his ability to remain calm even in the presence of a black mamba as well as a herd of grumpy elephants, leaving us with great memories instead of dangerous tales. We also enjoyed the many other activities on offer, including a sunset boat trip and sunset mokoro ride. During a boat ride, our guide Machete successfully caught a fish to feed a resident fish eagle – amazing!
The food was delicious, albeit simple, and the delivery of coffee in the morning to the tents was a welcome touch. Travelers should note that the game is not quite as plentiful at Motswiri, but a trip here is a great opportunity to get out into the bush on horseback or on foot.
Motswiri fulfilled the dream of horseback riding in Africa! The horses were excellent and responsive, the guides are pros and the landscape is breathtaking.
The riding is not for wimps! The first afternoon, introductory ride was a lovely, serene way to ease into the Botswana riding scene for about five minutes, at which time, our guide received word that the wild dogs had made a kill. Off we went at full speed to see the spectacle. The dogs devoured a kudu as the horses grazed nonchalantly. They were so at ease, you'd think the dogs were domestic, until you saw them rip the flesh off a carcass. The dogs seemed slightly curious toward us, but somewhat unsure, when they came closer and flinched back again, as the horses munched away unperturbed on the choicest grass.
The next day, we had a long ride through the flooding landscape, sometimes cantering on land around holes and often swimming on horseback. We rode right over a python, which our guide picked up in his bare hands to show us, despite the unfortunate odor, and we rounded hippos, and passed elephants bathing. Finally on he way back, as my horse was about to swim across a channel, some splashing caught our guide Topper's attention. "Nile crocodile", he elucidated. "Ah, do they like horses?" I asked before taking the plunge. "Only the little ones, it's ok", he replied with such assuredness, that I led my very large horse to swim by as the croc receded...
It was a fantastic adventure! Delicious food, knowledgeable staff, lovely people and a beautiful setting made this camp unforgettable!
Motswiri Camp review
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Fabulous Motswiri Safari
Overall we had a fantastic time at Motswiri.
The Camp staff were warm and welcoming, our guide, Andrew, was very friendly and knowledgable. The camp cook went out of her way to accommodate my daughter's special diet (no wheat, corn, or soy). This allowed her to feel included in all meals and activities. In general, our accommodations were very enjoyable.
Motswiri Camp review
Motswiri is different to the other camps we stayed at, and feels very relaxed. Where other camps state that everything is tailored to you, Motswiri actually means it! Very good, well spaced accomodation and genuinely happy staff.
Our favourite of the 5 camps we stayed at - and we don't ride. Fantastic swimming and fishing in the spillway in front of the camp, relaxed boat trips and reasonably plentiful game. Grant is a truely fantastic guide.
Terrific time at Motswiri Camp
We have travelled to Africa many times and it was lovely to come to a camp that was small, intimate and a reminder of how Africa was for us, before it became so busy and corporate!
My husband was the horse rider and he was spoilt as he was the only rider in the camp. He had six amazing rides with Johnno Carmen and the excellent Botswana groomsmen.. The horses were very well looked after and easy to ride, he highly recommends the whole experience. I was very well looked after also and could choose whether to go on a walk boat, Mokoro or game drive.
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
Visit this camp even if you do not ride you will not be sorry!
Georgeous isolated setting
We were very lucky to have the camp to ourselves and - it seemed - no one within miles around. Grant and Machete were great guides, got the children interested in lots of things that they previously had not experienced and were endlessly helpful. A walking trip near angry elephants was a particular highlight.
The fly camp was much more comfortable than we expected and at the same time gave the children more of a "camping" feel.
A walkers' and riders' paradise
In a word, fabulous. This is an especially beautiful and unspoilt corner of Botswana which is continuing to blossom as water returns to the spillway with the 30-year tectonic cycle running into a new phase. We spent four super days with, as advertised by RAW, minimal "truck time" (ie the drive to Hippo Pools which was well worth the trip and which riders would do by horse), mainly walking with the odd boat trip and identifying over 120 bird species in the process (a record, incidentally, as the camp's Facebook page has recorded!).
Grante Truthe is a truly first-rate guide (well supported by Letota and Lake) as well as being excellent company. The camp, overseen by James, is very well run and very comfortable; and the quality of the meals was consistently high - further enhanced by the quality of the mealtime conversations.
Although we were concentrating on the birdlife, there were plenty of mammals around and that population is set to increase as the cycle progresses.
In sum, we strongly recommend Motswiri to anyone who enjoys walking and, although we are not expert riders, would have no hesitation doing the same to riders looking at horseback safari options.