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The dedicated staff at Motswari Private Game Reserve go out of their way to make each and every experience a lasting and…

Although Motswari is home to hundreds of bird species, dozens of different types of reptiles and more than thirty regularly seen mammal…

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a special journey with our dedicated rangers, getting to know each of them better….

November saw a pleasing increase in the number of Big 7 sightings, and we ended the month just marginally above the yearly…

This morning was my last drive for a couple of days, and I wanted to check out in the east to see…

The wind had died down last night, and we headed out in clear and calm conditions on Tuesday morning and headed to…

It was a bit of a surprise waking up on Monday to the sound of rain and wind – so much for…

Saturday morning was my last drive for a couple of days, and in a way I was glad it was, as the…

Friday was a cloudy day, but it started with Eric saying that he had heard the lions roaring to the south of…

We headed out on Thursday morning to collect the guests from Giraffe’s Nest happy to hear that they still enjoyed their time,…

Wednesday saw me head out in clear blue skies with my whole group of guests, and we took it easy in the…

Tuesday was forecast to be a warm day, and the weather man wasnt wrong! It peaked at just short of 40 degrees,…

Following yesterday afternoon’s great drive, and in fact, the last week of great drives, we were due a quiet one, and to…

Waking up for my guests last drive after their seven night stay, I was itching to get going – this was based…

Saturday was just one of those days in the bush where I could have been out there all day, and with all…

Friday started out as yesterday did with clouds, cool weather but a tad more wind as we winded our way down south…

The rain started again last night when we went to bed, but despite raining most the night, it only added another 6mm…

We headed out on Wednesday morning to look for the lions that we had heard were on their way back to Motswari…

Tuesday suddenly felt like summer had arrived – waking up to clear blue skies, and a glowing sun, we headed out with…

After losing a tracker and getting stuck yesterday, we were hoping for a calmer day today! My morning was a chilled one…

Sunday was another cloudy day, so we headed off in lovely mild conditions and checked to the north of the lodge for…

Waking up throughout the night to the sound of a roaring lion, I knew that this was going to be my first…

Heading off in cool, cloudy conditions, with the promise of rain in the afternoon, we all went in different directions to see…

After yesterday’s great start and me guaranteeing the guests that missed out on the drive that we would be able to see…

Greetings all! I am back at work after a wonderfully relaxing leave that didnt involve climbing mountains and tracking around East Africa,…

October saw a drop in the number of Big 7 sightings for the second month in a row, but this was down…

Waking to more cloudy weather, we left camp and soon found tracks for a small pack of wild dogs – Eric only…

Greetings again – after a few days off drive, it was good to be back on drive having heard about three different…

My last drive for a few days as I take a few admin days off drive, and it was a quiet end…

Sunday was my last full day on drive for a while, and we headed out with some spitting rain, but I didnt…

Conditions changed last night, and we awoke to clouds and coolness – quite different from yesterday’s heat. I checked to the north…

Thursday was not the busiest day in the bush, and following the rains in the last few days, the elephants have all…

Wednesday as another fairly good morning for us, at least on the lion front as yet again, the Western Pride remained in…

Tuesday started with sunshine, but the clouds soon crept over to keep the temperatures mild; game viewing was fairly good this morning…

After our 7mm of rain last night, we awoke to dry and sunny conditions and headed out looking for leopard, buffalo and…

My morning mission was to head south and we did so in some lovely sunlight, seeing the smaller things in the bush,…

Saturday started out in gloomy but dry conditions – others had received good rain last night, but we only got a further…

We awoke to a wonderfully damp landscape this morning, with 36mm of rain having fallen at the lodge last night, but the…

My Thursday morning was a quiet one, but it was well countered by a productive afternoon. Although Ntima male leopard and some…

Wednesday didnt really pick up in terms of the cats sightings, but we did still have some great views of the larger…

Tuesday was not the busiest day I have ever experienced in the bush, but we still enjoyed some nice viewing. We searched…

Monday was a warm morning and we headed out to see if we could find any sign of Shongile female leopard after…

On Sunday morning, I just had a shortened drive before my guests checked out, and we began with finding a breeding herd…

September was always going to feel like a hangover after the amazing party that August turned out to be with our game…

Saturday saw us waking up to another nice sunny and warm day, but by the evening, the wind and clouds had returned…

Normally I would have relished a morning off, so when half of the group I was driving decided to sleep in, I…

The gloomy conditions persisted for yet another morning, but as was the pattern of late, the great sightings continued! Tshwukunyana male leopard…

We went to bed last night as the wind picked up and it didn’t subside all night, and the morning was a…

Although the weather was was a bit gloomy today, the sightings were anything but, and we returned home from the morning drive…

My morning drive saw me head south and east, and venture towards a newly added property within our traversing area; I meandered…

With windy and gloomy conditions persisting, I opted to make the brave move and head to the north-east looking for lions, which…

I was eventually back on drive following a few days off and headed out on a cloudy and cool day with the…

It is often said that the last drive of a guests’ visit should be a cracker, but if I am honest, I…

Following yesterday’s amazing sightings, we were always going to be up against it today, but at least the wind had died down….

Sunday saw us waking up in the middle of the night to the arrival of the cold front, and the gusty winds…

Hello hello!  I am back from my two weeks break, and headed straight out into the bush, eager to see what was…

My last blog update for a couple of weeks before I had off on leave, and it wasnt quite the finish that…

Monday morning saw us starting our new game drive schedule and departing at 06h00 as opposed to 06h30, but we were greeted…

Sunday was a day that I had a feeling the lions would come back, and I had planned to head there whilst Henry…

Wow, what can I say about August other than “wow”! It really has been one of the best game viewing months we…

Saturday was a cool and cloudy day, with a bit of wind, but this didnt dampen the game viewing, and we had…

Friday turned out to be just another cracking day in the bush, albeit with the return of any lions as I had…

Thursday saw our morning drive keep us in the north as we looked to see if the Western Pride might return from…

Wednesday saw us heading out on a shorter than usual drive due to our group checking out early, but despite it being…

With the Western Pride having moved back north to Ingwelala last night, I had wondered where more lion sightings would come from,…

Monday saw us heading our and soon finding tracks for the Western Pride crossing our airstrip and we began following up, especially…

Having had bad luck with lion activity yesterday, I wanted to head straight over to track down the lions from their position…

We started our drive on Saturday morning to the news that the seven lions of the Western Pride were just east of…

Friday morning saw us setting out in desperate need of lions, and hopeful that Angie’s cheetah from yesterday would not have wandered…

Having heard that a cheetah had been walking around on Java last night whilst I was watching a leopard, I decided to…

Wednesday was, and I feel like a broken record player here, but another wonderful day in the bush.  I was checking the…

Tuesday was just one of the great days that make you wish all of them were like this; two packs of wild…

The morning mission was to head towards Inkanye female leopard and see what she was up to before moving towards the hyena…

The morning started off with news that Inkanye female leopard had been found to the west of Argyle Dam with an impala…

The morning got off to an exciting start when the Investec pack of wild dogs was found eating a steenbuck close to…

Friday morning started off with the camp monkeys alarm calling, and our immediate thought is always that a leopard is walking around…

Thursday morning was a cool one, so it made getting down to the wild dog den a slow process, but then so…

Following such an amazing day yesterday, and knowing that there was no chance of a repeat, I didnt even try to live…

Wow.  That is the only word that comes to mind when I look back at the things that I was lucky enough…

Monday was a cloudy start to the day, but that kept it warmer than it would otherwise have been. We headed out…

We headed out on a cool Sunday morning and headed straight over to the Western Pride and their buffalo kill, but seeing…

After a couple of days without guests, I was back on drive on Saturday afternoon, and seemingly heading out into a reserve…

This morning was my last drive for a couple of days, and with just two guests on board, most interested in big…

I guess I should not have complaints about why my Wednesday morning was quiet, but that was because I braved the east,…

I was hoping that things would pick up following yesterday afternoon’s quiet drive, and decided to head out west and spend time…

While statistically July proved to be the quietest month we have had for almost two years (only 306 sightings of the Big…

Looking back at the happenings from June, we were treated to some great game viewing, with the elephants dominating the viewing through…

The game viewing had been pretty impressive the last few days, and I was hoping like mad that it would continue, despite…

I decided to head south on Sunday morning, hoping to have luck with Nthombi female leopard in the area of her den…

Saturday morning was a fresh one, and we went to check on the Sumatra lionesses kill, but she had moved off, so…

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