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Photographic safaris at Motswari

Photographic Safaris at Motswari

After visiting Africa on a safari holiday, people return to their homes in the other corners of the earth with only their memories, and a sense awe and fulfilment. Luckily, these memories are preserved through the photographs they took while on their adventures and during their wild encounters. Even we lucky locals who live on our continent can appreciate the value of photos and I am certainly one to speak. I carry my little point and shoot camera with me at all times to capture life as it encompasses me; especially on holidays in our African bushveld where I am most at home.



At Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati, South Africa guests are spoilt with the photo opportunities that land in their laps there.  Motswari is a traditional style and intimate safari lodge and one of its appeals is that it is situated right in the middle of the wilderness. The game reserve borders and opens into the Kruger National Park so Big 5 game viewing is one of the highlights there. More often than not, all of the Big 5 are spotted on the two game drives guests are treated to daily and the cameras click away because of this.

Chad Cocking is a renowned wildlife photographer and is also a permanent game ranger at Motswari. He is friendly, likable and extremely knowledgeable with regards to all creatures and photography. Often, groups of photography-loving guests will book a stay at Motswari and specifically request Chad as their guide. The lodge happily obliges and Chad is only too glad to host these guests on a photographic safari experience during their stay. He shares tips and tricks of wildlife photography while also treating them to outstanding animal sightings so they can get those perfect shots under his guidance and advice. If this sounds like a dream safari experience to you, enquire about it at 


Leopard sightings are almost guaranteed during a stay at Motswari and the most recent photographic safari group to visit were spoilt to amazing leopard photo opportunities. Chad proudly told of how the set of guests were a group of on a photographic safari primarily to photograph leopards and they were able to do just that on 4 out of the 5 days they were at Motswari.



The Ranger's Diary blog reports on these and other sightings and the experiences had on the daily game drives. () Chad Cocking is often the author and photographer of these blog posts and it is there that a collection of his incredible images can be viewed, no doubt doing their job of luring visitors to Motswari Lodge through the scenic and wildlife moments captured in each day in the life at this private game reserve.


Stay at Motswari


Established 30 years ago, Motswari is one of the few original family-owned safari lodges and offers friendly, attentive service. Charming thatched, spacious rondavels are a reminder of early safari camps, spread out along the river bank, providing great comfort with luxury elements. Each is air-conditioned, has a verandah, some have an outdoor shower. 

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