For those looking for luxury African safaris that offer the ultimate in travel convenience and on-site facilities, Tswalu is ideal.
The facilities extend to even before guests have arrived - from the Anglo American hangar at Johannesburg International Airport, Tswalu has its own air shuttle that flies direct to the reserve seven days a week.
At Tswalu, the game-viewing opportunities are unparalleled. Guided walks meander across silent red dunes. Drives in open-sided safari vehicles traverse the Kalahari wilderness and stop at the most scenic spots to allow visitors to enjoy an impressive sunset or splendid bush dinner.
Bird-watching, star-gazing and exciting visits to the habituated meerkat dens of Tswalu are just some of the activities on offer at Tswalu. Optional horseback trails, with a qualified guide, enable guests to become one with nature and to experience close encounters with wildlife.
In addition the safaris such allow guests the opportunity of visiting archaeological sites and viewing rock engravings in and around the reserve. Special-interest courses in archaeology, ethno-botany and photography, as well as golfing at the nearby Sishen Golf Course are also available on request.
Accommodation The Motse
The Motse is Tswalu`s main game reserve accommodation, and nestles at the foot of the Korannaberg mountain range, facing westward across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse` is a Tswana word meaning `village`.
Designed to blend inconspicuously into the mountain range surrounding the game reserve, the Motse consists of eight spacious legae (a Tswana word for small house/suite), all designed with a distinct African feel while remaining elegant and stylish. As an added bonus for any game reserve in South Africa, each legae overlooks a game watering hole.
- Accommodates up to 20 guests in eight individual legae (suites) made from desert sand, rock and thatch
- Two of the eight legae were designed especially for families and comprise two separate bedrooms with their own en- suite bathrooms, sharing a spacious living area
- Each legae also has an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, an outside shower with desert views, an open fireplace, separate dressing and study area, telephone, safe, wireless internet, and a private sun deck with stunning views of the Kalahari
- The main lodge at Motse is designed with elevated decks, a spacious lounge and dining area, a library, a fully-equipped gym and adjacent spa, an impressive wine cellar and traditional Boma. All profits from its exclusive gift shop go to fund conservation research on the reserve
- Motse has a large, outdoor pool, and a smaller solar heated pool with views of a waterhole and the game it attracts
Set in its own private area of the Tswalu luxury African game reserve, Tarkuni is the ultimate in secluded luxury. Built amid two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is perfect for families and small groups of 8 - 12 guests.
Guests at Tarkuni luxury game reserve can find calm and contemplation at the "sala ", sun themselves at the pool or retire to lofty bedrooms with vistas that beguile the most jaded traveller.
- Recently refurbished to the highest standards, Tarkuni offers an oasis of serenity with beguiling views on every side
- Tarkuni is ideal for smaller groups, from family parties, close friends or even corporate retreats. The villa accommodates a maximum of 10 guests with five luxurious bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, a vast open-plan lounge and dining room, and an intimate library. A covered deck leads to a private sala and a swimming pool
- Tarkuni comes complete with a private vehicle, dedicated guide and tracker. In addition your personal chef creates the luxury of total flexibility in dining choices. An additional vehicle can be reserved for larger groups
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is a place where children are gladly welcomed. With a range of fun activities and accommodation especially suited to kids, this is a place where your children will feel stimulated, happy and above all, at home.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Activities:
Tswalu Kalahari believes that the day’s activities should be created around guests individual needs; a personal consultation upon arrival ensures that you select exactly what you want to do, from activities which include:
- Game drives in open-sided canopied safari vehicles. Our expert rangers and trackers are specially trained in the unique Kalahari ecology
- Bush walks allowing the chance to get closer to the land; for adult guests, we can also arrange night walks which uncover the magic of the Kalahari after sunset and even tracking of desert black rhino on foot by day
- Encounters with meerkat colonies; viewing these enchanting animals at close range is possible at Tswalu
- Horse-riding safaris led by experienced guides, accompanied by grooms. Eleven top quality horses can accommodate all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the advanced equestrian; tuition in an enclosed arena can also be arranged and all riding equipment is supplied. Few experiences rival riding through a herd of sable antelope on horseback
- Star-gazing under the Kalahari’s “diamond skies”
- Sleep-outs on the Kalahari’s dunes; Tswalu’s sleep-outs are authentic, “no-frills”, ranger accompanied nights under the stars
- Exploring extraordinary archaeological sites in the Korannaberg hills where some of the San rock art may date to 380,000 years ago
- Discovering Tswalu in the traditional way in a classic Kalahari donkey cart, still a significant mode of transport for many here today
- Hot air ballooning over the endless savannahs can also be arranged; here prior booking is essential
- Dune dining in the desert where guests can try dishes inspired by the Kalahari
- Witness conservation in action when you join Tswalu’s conservation team and researchers out for a day in the desert
- Learn the art of propelling arrows in private archery sessions
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Map:
Health & Climate:
Summer months Nov - May (ave.max. 38 degrees)
Winter months Jun - Oct (ave. max. 25 degrees) - warm clothes, jackets, trousers, cap.
Fantastic place and fantastic people. We have been travelling for 15 days in South Africa but yje lodge was definetely the best we had. We liked the food, the rooms very much with that creative furniture and we enjoyed game drives.