Lying on the edge of the Kalahari, Tswalu offers luxurious accommodation in two camps, The Motse and Tarkuni, which can accommodate up to 16 and 10 guests respectively. Both camps are a great option for families and children are well looked after.
Enjoy unrivaled exclusivity as one of only 30 guests on South Africa's largest private game reserve
Become immersed in one of Africa's greatest conservation successes and join dedicated researchers in the quest to continue the preservation of this magical land
Familiar species and the wonderfully weird can be seen at Tswalu, from meerkats to black maned lion to aardvark and pangolin
The experience is seemingly endless with the option for traditional private game drives, walking safaris, visits to habituated meerkats or ancient petroglyphs, horse riding, or a sleepout under the stars
Tswalu is an incredible bush retreat lying on the edge of the Kalahari Reserve, within the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa. Immaculately designed Legaes (Tswana for small house) provide every comfort and blend harmoniously into the surrounding wilderness.
A huge highlight of a visit to Tswalu are the meerkats. Two colonies can be visited; these meerkats, due to their regular exposure to human presence, are very relaxed when visitors are around. It's a wonderful sight to visit in the morning, watch the meerkats slowly wake and emerge from their burrows to bask in the sun and then begin foraging for grubs. Many guests find it hard to tear themselves away!
Game Drives are done in a traditional way. Every party has its own private vehicle with tracker and guide. The size of the reserve means that you would rarely see another party during the drive. Each drive is focussed on a certain species and the ranger will give you an insightful and exciting explanation of life in the Kalahari and how the animals have adapted to live there. They also have many unique species that are very rare in other parts of Africa. Due to the diverse surroundings Aardwolf, aardvark, wild dog and pangolin are just s some of many wonderful creatures that are spotted regularly at Tswalu.
The lodge itself is divided into two parts. The Motse comprises six individual suites, and three family suites which each sleep four. Each has a private sun deck providing the perfect place to enjoy spectacular views. A Jwa Bana (children’s room with child minder) and outdoor heated swimming pool are also available. There is also a mezzanine library equipped with satellite TV (the Motse also has full broadband WiFi access throughout) and museum cases display rare artefacts from the area.
Tarkuni sleeps up to 10 guests in five separate suites and is the ideal option for large groups or families. All the rooms are incredibly luxurious and the en-suite bathrooms feature gorgeous free standing tubs and both indoor and outdoor showers. The lodge boasts delightful living and dining areas, a library, pool, chef and its own private game viewing vehicle.
A personal consultation on arrival ensures the staff at both camps know exactly what you want to do during your stay. Game drives, visits to ancient archaeological sites and guided walks are all complimentary and other activities include taking to the skies in a hot air balloon, horse riding and archery.
When to visit
Hot air ballooning at sunset is still a highlight after many trips to Africa. The Kalahari is spectacularly beautiful from the ground but from the air you can see herds of eland and game trails. Watch the sun disappear behind the mountains and turn the already red soil different shades of crimson.
Tswalu is situated near the town of Kuruman in the Kalahari desert, in heart of the Northern Cape Province. The Kalahari desert extends through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
11-hour 30-minute international flight to OR Tambo International Airport.
Tswalu Kalahari offers daily scheduled flights (approximately 2 hours) from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. From the airstrip it is a further 5 minutes by road to the reserve.
Activities at Tswalu
With only 10 private vehicles allowed in this 110,000 hectare Kalahari wilderness, Tswalu offers extraordinary privacy in which to explore the Africa Bush. From game drives, to walking safaris, horse riding to sleeping under the stars, there is plenty to do at Tswalu and it is all completely tailor made to you.
Game Drives & Bush Walks
The Madikwe Game Reserve is an incredible 'Big 5' wilderness area. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, and the critically endangered Africa wild dog are just some of the amazing sightings you can enjoy in this 75 000 hectare reserve.
Game drives and bush walks at Tswalu
With no set routes or times, game drives at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve are relaxed and personalised, meaning each guest can plan their own safari adventure. Bush walks give guests the chance to get up close and personal with the flora and smallest fauna.
Horseback safari at Tswalu
Saddle up and survey the Kalahari from a different perspective on a horseback safari at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Walk through the plains and dunes, and experience safari just as the early explorers would have.
Junior Rangers at Tswalu
Join the Junior Ranger programme at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, and make your safari a memorable experience for the whole family. With an introduction to conservation and a wealth of fun activities, the programme is both interactive and educational.
The Malori is Tswalu’s sleep out platform. Set around five miles from the main lodge it’s a great option for anyone wishing to experience the nocturnal sounds of the bush at close quarters.
South African Birding
The Waterberg is home to an incredible diversity of bird species. Besides residents, migratory species move through during the rains and the escarpment cliffs are home to the world's largest breeding colony of the critically endangered Cape Vulture.