African Retreat by Motswari: A New Wellness Concept in Greater Kruger

African Retreat by Motswari



The Motswari Private Game Reserve has launched the African Retreat by Motswari this month. Located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, this new addition offers a unique wellness experience in South Africa’s Greater Kruger Park. The African Retreat adds to Motswari’s existing accommodations, including Geiger’s Camp, Giraffe’s Nest, and the Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Motswari’s owner, Marion Geiger Orengo, says, “African Retreat by Motswari enhances tranquility and mind-body harmony. It allows guests to unplug and enjoy experiences designed to induce relaxation and promote wholeness.”

Unique Accommodations for Ultimate Relaxation

The retreat features four private bungalows, each decorated to inspire and delight guests. The Maroela and Tamboti Superior Bungalows offer stunning views of the riverbed. These bungalows, 30 to 40 square meters in size, blend seamlessly with nature and include luxury amenities such as 300-thread count sheets and private outdoor decks.


The two Luxury Bungalows, Mopani and Ebony, provide even more space and comfort. Mopani Bungalow offers 40 square meters with bush views and a private daybed area, while Ebony Bungalow boasts a 50-square-meter space with a deck overlooking the riverbed. All rooms include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and luxury bathroom amenities.


The communal lodge area of African Retreat by Motswari, nestled in the bush, overlooks an infinity pool and deck. It includes a yoga and meditation area, a library nook, an outdoor spa, and a dining boma with an open-air firepit.

Wellness Experiences for Mind-Body Harmony

Guests can book three- or four-day wellness retreats curated by Wellness Retreat Facilitator, Roeline Hansen. These holistic retreats include meditative movement practices such as breathwork, yoga, tai chi, and qigong. The outdoor spa offers treatments and outdoor bathing experiences.


Guests can also enjoy fireside storytelling, stargazing, and intention-setting journaling at African Retreat by Motswari. Other activities include meditation, art therapy, and educational workshops. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the Greater Kruger National Park during a game drive that incorporates wellness practices.

Authentic African Dining

Dining at African Retreat by Motswari is an authentic celebration of African cooking. Meals are prepared outdoors, where the rich aroma of smoke and open flames create a captivating atmosphere. The menu features a fusion of traditional techniques and health-conscious choices, using regional produce like African grains, wild berries, sustainably sourced venison, fresh vegetables, and local herbs.

The chef collaborates with guides to deliver a culinary adventure that blends nature and nourishment. Each meal highlights the essence of the African bush.

A New Era of Transformative Travel

Neil Markovitz, CEO of Newmark Hotels & Reserves, says, “African Retreat by Motswari introduces a unique transformative travel concept in Greater Kruger Park. It caters to the modern traveler’s desire for experiences that enhance physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.”

Markovitz praises Motswari as a pioneer in integrating hospitality and wellness in Africa. He emphasizes that introducing wellness offerings at various touchpoints along the customer journey is a key strategic focus for Newmark Hotels & Reserves. Motswari Private Game Reserve is a long-standing member of the Newmark portfolio.

About Roeline Hansen

Roeline Hansen, the Wellness Retreat Facilitator, brings extensive experience in international wellness programs to African Retreat by Motswari. As a Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Vipassana Meditation Coach, and Certified Breath Coach, Roeline uses her training and experience to create transformative programs for guests.

About Newmark Hotels & Reserves

Newmark Hotels & Reserves embodies the essence of “authentic experiences,” crafting unforgettable moments tailored to its guests’ preferences and the unique characteristics of each location. From safari lodges to serene island getaways, Newmark curates diverse experiences that captivate, indulge, and rejuvenate. The company’s has iconic destinations such as the V&A Waterfront, the picturesque Cape Winelands, the vast landscapes of the Karoo, hills of the Waterberg Biosphere, and Kruger National Park. Furthermore, Newmark extends its hospitality to West African golf destinations, Great Migration, and beach resorts in Mauritius and Zanzibar.