Reviews of Motswiri Camp
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Motswiri Camp Review
The reason we visited Motswiri was because it is one of the few places in Botswana that offered horse riding (for my wife) plus other activities for non-riders (i.e., me).
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.
Beautiful, beautiful Motswiri
Walking safari is such a different experience to being in a vehicle! Walking puts your sightings much more in the hands of fate, as you are not able to cover as much ground, but the experience is much more intense. Our encounter with a herd of buffalo, looking them in the eye and feeling the ground shake under our feet, was brilliant. We really enjoyed our walks and learnt so much about tracks, behavior and plants, even though we saw fewer animals than at other camps.
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.
Motswiri Camo stay
In short, it was paradise. The entire safari was a dreamlike experience, but Motswiri was the best part.
If at all possible please convey our deepest thanks to Carmen and Cliff for accommodating us.
Treated like royalty at Motswiri Camp.
We spent 3 nights at Motswiri and received great personalized attention.
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.
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
See previous comments. [Ed: see below]Read more about the whole safari
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!