Motswiri is located on the banks of the spectacular Selinda Spillway, an ancient watercourse linking the Okavango and Kwando-Linyanti floodplains. The reserve combines the open floodplains of the Okavango Delta to the immediate west and north of camp, with the riverine forests lining the Spillway to the east.
Motswiri is a small and personal camp, stylishly and comfortably rebuilt in 2010. It meets the latest, exacting environmental standards and is largely solar powered. The central mess area boasts a large, comfortable sitting area with separate dining area. It has wonderful views of the spillway and the wildlife that is attracted to it to drink. There is a discreet sunbathing area with its own plunge pool and a secluded viewing platform overlooking a deep pool where the elephants come to bathe.
Sited on the raised banks of the Spillway, the five tents are airy, spaced well apart and each has its own self-contained shower, loo and large decked veranda, and can be configured for double bed or twin accommodation. Families are welcome and there is a specially designed family tent. The communal areas and one of the five tents are specifically designed to cater for disabled guests.
Activities at Motswiri include horse riding, walking safaris, water activities and 4x4 game viewing. The riding is simply superb in the reserve. The terrain is a mix of open flood plain, dry savannah and riverine bush, resulting in great change in pace and experiences as each day evolves.Walking safaris involve tracking spoors, searching for specific game, bird watching, and detailed study of flora and fauna. You are accompanied by an armed, professional guide who will tailor the activities to your specific areas of interest and will be able to answer your questions.
The proximity to the Spillway and the high floods of recent seasons make boating and canoeing possible nearly all year round. The camp has a mix of powered boats, canoes and mokoros, well suited to a wide range of water based activities.
Game drives and night drives are also on offer, although the high floods currently being experienced do restrict the geographical reach of these, and boating options often allow better access to the reserve.
Elephant are common, with densities during the dry season on par with those of the Chobe. Lion are resident, and their nocturnal roars are a feature of the camp. Cheetah are frequently seen towards the north; however, leopard sightings are less common but rewarding when encountered. Wild dog are also spotted on occasion in the area.
Motswiri is excellent for the less common antelope like roan, eland, and sable, particularly during the dry season. Other common species include buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, a variety of antelope, and the chance to spot a number of nocturnal species.