Lying on the edge of the Kalahari, Loapi offers luxurious accommodation offering 6 individual tented homes designed for exclusive use.
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
Loapi is an incredible bush retreat lying on the edge of the Kalahari Reserve, within the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa. Surrounded by open aired savannah and wildlife in the foothills of the Korannaberg mountains.
For an ultimate private wilderness experience, the 4 one-bedroom homes and the 2 two-bedroom tented homes overlook the savannah grasslands, providing complete solitude on safari. With over 100 metres between each residence, seclusion and peace is guaranteed. In Setswana, Loapi means ‘the space below the clouds’, intentionally portrayed within the décor and environmentally conscious designs throughout the camp. All the rooms are incredibly spacious with indoor and outdoor showers, a plunge pool and fire pit. The lodge further boasts delightful living and dining areas, a library, private chef and butler, and its own private game viewing vehicle.
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 some of many wonderful creatures that are spotted regularly.
A personal consultation on arrival ensures the staff know exactly what you want to do during your stay. Game drives, visits to ancient archaeological sites and guided walks are all complimentary.
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
In this 110,000 hectare Kalahari wilderness, Tswalu offers extraordinary privacy in which to explore the Africa Bush. From game drives with access to a private vehicle, to walking safaris, horse riding to sleeping under the stars, there is plenty to do.
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.
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.