Tswalu – The Motse

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TSWALU – The Motse

The ultimate in elegance and luxury, The Motse is the main retreat of the Oppenheimers situated in the Tswalu Game Reserve in the Kalahari.  The lodge is located in the Korannaberg Mountains, and it provides expansive vistas across the Kalahari plains.  The name Motse means ‘village’ in Tswana, and the lodge is made up of a number of legae which means ‘little house’.  The Motse is newly remodelled by the legendary Boyd Ferguson, and presents décor in a fantastical blend of African object d’art and modern furnishings.  The ambience is stylish and graceful combined with the primal qualities of Africa.

The main area provides an exclusive spa and fully equipped gymnasium, a heated horizon pool, wine cellar stocked with some of the best wines in the country, a wonderful library with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, its own museum with rare local artefacts, stylish and comfortable lounges, elevated decks and a curio shop.

Accommodation is provided in eight voluminous and secluded legeas made of rock, lush red clay, and thatch – all sourced locally from the natural surroundings.  Each of these luxury suites has an enormous bedroom with fireplace, lavish en-suite bathroom, a private outdoor shower and a comfortable lounge area.  Then there is also a private timber deck overlooking a well frequented watering hole where you can relax while watching the animal activities around the water.  There are also a couple of suites especially intended for families.  These comprise two separate en-suite bedrooms and spacious lounge area with private deck.  The lodge can accommodate a maximum of twenty guests in order to make the experience more intimate.

Activities at The Motse are tailored according to guest requirements and you can decide what you would like to do during your stay.  The wide variety of wonderful activities include exclusive spa treatments, divine late morning champagne breakfasts in bed, exciting early morning and late evening game drives, close-up game watching from horseback, eating sumptuous five course dinners under the stars, lounging by the pool, or just relaxing with a book.  Here you are truly spoilt for choice and you will never be bored!


Property Facilities

  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Kiddies Club
  • Library
  • Malaria Free
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

Activities Nearby

  • Game Walks
  • Health and Fitness Centre
  • Horse Riding

Room Types

Motse suite interior 2

The Motse has six spacious and secluded “legae” or dwellings built of local stone and thatch. Each suite has a spacious bedroom with open fireplace, sumptuous en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower and a large dressing and study area. A private sun deck overlooks a waterhole. Three legae designed for families offer two bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room.

Motse Bathroom 1

The Motse has three spacious and secluded “legae” designed for families, each with two separate bedroom suites and their own en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Built of local stone and thatch, the suites are separated by a spacious living room which opens onto a large private sun deck overlooking a waterhole.