Your homely hideaway in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Your private bush snuggery within the Greater Kruger National Park, Geiger’s Camp is the proud new addition to Motswari Private Game Reserve. Perched on a ridge with panoramic views of Big Five terrain, this luxury safari camp fuses tasteful elegance with historic, rustic charm.
The Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo) are abundant in this part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, and even if your stay is short, you are sure to encounter all of these amazing animals during your game drives from Geiger’s Camp. Not forgetting the other plains game and the smaller creatures that contribute to this elaborate and ancient natural ecosystem … they are just as fascinating. Our guides are residents of the area, so along with their extensive scientific knowledge, they have an intimate and passionate bond with the bushveld and its denizens. Chad Cocking, for one, grew up here as a boy, and after graduating with a degree in environmental management, has returned to the place he loves to be the head field guide.
The best way to experience the bush is to really slow down and closely observe your surroundings over time, so the game drives are three-and-a-half hours long in open Land Rovers, at sunrise and sunset, ensuring that you’re treated to the loveliest scenes of nature and wildlife that the Timbavati has to offer. Sunsets in Africa are said to be like nowhere else on earth, so the sunset game drives which ease into the evening, are a must, not least because a vast cast of nocturnal wildlife takes the stage, including hyena, honey-badger, civet, bush babies and owls. Birdwatchers, meanwhile, will find a huge array of winged ones to tick off, as there are over 350 bird species to be spotted year-round.
For an even more intimate interaction with the wild, you can request a guided walking safari with one of our experienced and armed trailguides, who will answer any question that comes to mind.
Geiger’s Camp originated as a traditional-style family home for the late Roland Geiger, and it retains this homely feel, elevated to luxury accommodation standard. An exclusive little hideaway built from rock and stone, it has four Private Bedrooms, which makes this camp ideal for a private booking for family or a group of friends.
Each suite is different, tastefully styled by owner Marion Geiger-Orengo, an artist by profession, along with her friend and collaborator, Cape Town interior decorator, David Strauss. Sumptuous antique and art deco chairs, an old chest with its own story, a room divider with leather inset next to a hanging brass lamp … each room is an eclectic treasure trove of furniture, meticulously chosen and appointed a space on a cool, screed floor. In the spacious bathrooms are freestanding, ball-and-claw baths and copper basins that complement the feel of being on safari in a more genteel era. Or you can cool off under an outdoor shower.
Marion’s paintings personalize each room, which have their own private decks overlooking the bush, though most of your time will be spent on the main deck, a beautifully decorated vista full of texture and colour, punctuated by an oval infinity pool with uninterrupted views of the bush. Here you will take your meals, which are arranged according to your specific needs. Meals are accompanied by an award-winning selection of Southern African wines. You will also dine occasionally in a quaint Boma within the camp.
The library, meanwhile, is a serene snuggery full of wildlife books, Africana and object d’art that speak of the Geiger family heritage and their love of nature, like the collection of wooden crocodiles amassed by the family over 30 years and sprawled over a wall next to the fireplace.
Geiger’s Camp is two kilometers from Motswari Private Game Lodge, which is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. Once you check into Motswari, you are driven by Land Rover to Geiger’s Camp, and you can be fetched to visit the main Motswari lodge at any time, simply by arrangement with staff at the camp.
The drive from Johannesburg takes about six hours, and Motswari can be easily reached by road from Durban or Phalaborwa. We suggest you fly to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate airport as the road transfer to Motswari is short; 2 daily flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo and flights 3 times per week from Cape Town International Airport are landing in Hoedspruit. You can also catch a 45 minute flight from Johannesburg’s to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) near Nelspruit, but the drive to the Lodge is longer From Hoedspruit to Motswari the drive is 50 minutes on the Timbavati road through the Greater Kruger National Park, where you’ll likely get your first sightings of African wildlife.
Although the property is in a remote area it is well severed by tarred roads that go right to our gate house which is staffed 24/7. Access to this gate house is possible even if there are storms in the area. For your convenience and to enhance your experience we transfer from the gate house using our safari trucks.
In addition, chartered flights are available to land at Motswari’s private airstrip, where guests are given a VIP welcome. Road transfers from Hoedspruit, and both road and air transfers from KMIA, are arranged with us at Motswari, so don’t hesitate to contact us regarding your travel requirements prior to your stay.
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