Motswiri and RAW Botswana- The Lowdown

 

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Motswiri is a magical camp with an old fashioned bush atmosphere and a focus on exploring the wilderness away from the confines of the safari vehicle.

What’s Motswiri really like?

It would be fair to say that Motswiri is not an overly glitzy camp, and that’s exactly the way we, and its legion fans, like it. Instead this is a place to come for wholesome meals, wildlife strolling through camp and a tremendous sense of adventure. The feel is wonderfully intimate with just five canvas and timber rooms. Comfortable beds are set up perfectly to look out through the doors, while en suite bathrooms are tucked away behind. One of the rooms is a honeymoon room and has a rather magical open-air shower, while another is a family room with two bedrooms on one deck. Stepping down from the decks of the tents, you wander along sandy pathways to the main mess where you’ll eat cheerful communal dinners, snooze with an afternoon book or take a dip in the plunge pool.

What can I do at Motswiri?

Motsiwri is set in a vast private concession on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, where the waters may flow for years or decades at a time, and then suddenly recede- changing almost week by week what activities you can do. We couldn’t talk about Motswiri and not mention the riding safaris which are one of the key activities. These certainly aren’t for beginners- you can expect up to six hours a day in the saddle- but for experienced riders the exhilaration is hard to beat. Please note that due to the very wild nature of the riding safaris here all riders need to be over 12 and bring their own helmets, chaps and boots. Also- a tip from us- the riding here can be wet, so a waterproof camera is a real asset for any riders.

While Motswiri is well known for its riding safaris, you certainly don’t have to be a rider to come here and have a fabulous time. Walking safaris are equally excellent, (again this is for over 12s only) and a brilliant way to experience the smaller elements of the bush up close. Depending on water levels, you might also be able to do boat safaris, canoeing, mokoro trips and game drives and even fishing, making this a fantastic option for older families or groups of friends where not all of the party are keen riders or walkers. If you’ve got a romantic (and fairly adventurous) streak, you may also like to try a night of fly camping.

Giving back at Motswiri: The team at Motswiri are all too aware of their privileged position on this beautiful, and rather delicate part of the planet. The camp is almost entirely solar powered and the road network is limited, making your footprint on the fragile soil a gentle one.

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