Reviews of Motswiri Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
14 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Motswiri Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Motswiri Camp review"
Two Boy, our guide, was full of fascinating local knowledge about animals, birds, plants and insects. John also gave a lot of great insight into the natural world. BK is a superb host who, along with lovely team, all put in a lot of effort to make our stay truly magical - thank you!
It was also fun to have walking and boat safaris for a change." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 4n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Excellent remote camp"
The tents are very pretty. There was a lot of dense vegetation around, so we thought that we might not see that many animals - but that assumption turned out to be wrong! Loads of zebras and giraffes - and when we went to try to do a mokoro trip, we found that there was a lioness and her four cubs playing around the mokoro! So that trip got delayed a bit, while we focussed on the lion family. When they finally wandered off, we had a splendid boat trip right at sundown.
A really excellent place." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Motswiri Camp Feedback"
Due to the nature of the activities at this camp the pace was a bit slower with shorter time spent walking or riding.
The emphasis was very much about the walking and riding and not so much on spotting the variety of animals. Visitors need to understand that due to the vastness of the concession with only at times one vehicle out and about the chance of spotting various animals is less likely. (Other camps have lots of vehicles communicating and working together to find the animals).
The emphasis for us was about being out in the bush with very experienced local guides who's expertise and knowledge of the flora, fauna, animals and birds is outstanding. I felt safe at all times with our two guides. They were very open and welcoming as well as professional at all times. I learnt more in one day about the natural environment than at the other camp.
So, in my view, this camp provides quite a different experience and not ideal for those seeking to spot and photograph lots of animals." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Motswiri Camp review"
Canoes! Paddled for miles on the spillway (wet season).
Even had an outdoor banquet prepared by our team on the spillway in the wilds. Again, Magic." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Motswiri Camp Review"
The horse riding was excellent - very well looked after and well trained high quality horses, and very good terrain for riding. The horse safari guide was extremely good and helped to ensure the experience was both outstanding and safe.
The non-riding activities were also good and included game drives, walking safaris and canoeing. It should be noted that lion, leopard and cheetah sitings are infrequent in this area (hence riding is more practicable) but there was a lot of other game on view to keep the interest high, including lots of elephants, wild dogs, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, etc etc.
We would recommend the late afternoon canoe trip down the river running past the camp - our experience here was particularly memorable as about 100 elephants had congregated around the start point - making setting off very interesting.
Another highlight of our stay here was being treated to some fantastic singing and dancing by all the staff on the day of the 50th anniversary of Botswana's independence.
The location was excellent with a lovely view over the river. The rooms were not of the highest quality of the camps were stayed in but were more than adequate. The food was also good - a particular highlight being British Desserts (e.g., a yummy sticky-toffee-pudding one evening).
We stayed at Motswiri for 3 nights, which I think was ideal - long enough to really enjoy all the riding had too offer, but short enough that the non-rider didn't get bored." See all these reviews: 13n in Botswana; 4n in Zambia
"Beautiful, beautiful Motswiri"
The food was excellent, accompanied by friendly staff and great guides, who aren't shy of singing a song or two (which inspired the title of this review)! The hot water system and shower were the best we experienced.
The room was really comfortable, although some of the bed linen was a little tired, with a few small holes. This didn't affect our enjoyment, but may matter to others.
We'd definitely recommend Motswiri for a different safari experience." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Motswiri Camo stay"
If at all possible please convey our deepest thanks to Carmen and Cliff for accommodating us." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Treated like royalty at Motswiri Camp."
We were constantly questioned about what we wanted to do next and always offered more food and drink. Food was varied and good and the tents were the most modern and spacious I've yet seen in Africa after maybe a dozen safaris.
The added attractions of horseback riding and boating were what attracted me to Motswirii and I wasn't disappointed. Trail bosses John and Carmen were both helpful and patient with us." See all these reviews: 3n in Botswana
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!" See all these reviews: 17n in Botswana
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