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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is an exclusive private game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Northern Cape Province. An award-winning Relais & Chateaux safari experience and conservationists paradise, the combination of the Kalahari’s lure and the exquisite lodge style make this a truly spectacular safari destination.

Appropriately, Tswalu means “a new beginning’’ in the Tswana language. The creation of this unique reserve has been a long labour of love with a clear mission to return the environment and game to its natural state and rid the area of any trace of the farming which once took place here.

Founded in 1995 by British entrepreneur Stephen Boler, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve was acquired by the Oppenheimer family in 1999 following his tragic death. From that day, they have continued the drive to protect and conserve this ecologically fragile area. Today the reserve covers an area of approximately 1000 km², making it the largest private game reserve in South Africa, and warmly welcomes the discerning safari-goer to experience its tremendous beauty.

The native thornveld and russet sand dunes of the Kalahari are home to some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife. Specifically adapted to their harsh environment, much of the game here is unlike anything visitors will have seen on other African adventures, making Tswalu a unique safari experience.

Meerkats are a popular member of the habitat, with their curious stances, facial expressions and habituation making them ever-popular photographic models for admiring guests. Other species include black-maned lions, spotted hyenas, wild dog, tsessebe, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe, gemsbok, warthog, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, white and black rhinoceros, cheetah, aardwolf, aardvark, red rock rabbit, scrub hare, porcupine and dassie.

Birdlife is also well represented with more than 200 species of bird, some of them indigenous to the arid zone, found in the varying habitats in the reserve.

Accommodation at Tswalu is equally memorable, with two separate lodge options. Motse is made up of nine individual suites (including three family suites) made from desert sand and thatch, and accommodates up to 20 people. The suites are all equipped with the highest standards of decor and facilities and include indoor and outdoor showers, a large dressing area and study area plus an outdoor deck. Tarkuni was built as the Oppenheimer’s home and has five luxury suites and is available on an exclusive exclusive basis, making it perfect for family or friends of up to ten people. The property comes with a dedicated chef, a private game viewing vehicle, a beautiful deck and pool area and two comfortable lounges.

Careful consideration for those who travel with children is clear in the design of the lodge, as well as the provision of children’s entertainment and babysitters. At both locations, the crisp linens, sandy tones and immensely comfortable furnishings are blissfully mellow and relaxing. Dining and activities are arranged independently and offer tremendous flexibility.

Hot-air ballooning at dawn is magic, tracking rhino on foot exhilarating, sand-dune picnics divine and poolside massage a pampering pleasure. The dedicated team at Tswalu are passionate about guest enjoyment and make arrangements appear effortless. A visit to this very special part of Africa is a true indulgence on this Reserve.

Key Facts
  • South Africa’s largest private game reserve
  • 14 individual rooms across two luxury lodges
  • The Malori Sleep Out Deck
  • Swimming pool at both lodges
  • Tswalu Kalahari Spa & Gym
  • Unique wildlife experience
  • Game drives, walking safaris and horseback safaris
  • Child friendly game experience
  • Optional hot-air balloon experience

      Price Guide

      GBP £550.00 per person per night based on a Motse Suite on a full board basis (based on Low Season)


      The rate includes: Luxury full board accommodation, a private guide, vehicle and tracker per booking (minimum 3 night stay), walking safaris led by experienced field guides and trackers, horse-back safaris, all beverages and a full selection of wines from an award winning wine-list, in-suite tea & coffee facilities, in-suite honour bar and gourmet pantry, laundry and valet services, WiFi access, children’s Junior Ranger programme and baby-sitting, local telephone calls.

Room Types

  • Nine Luxury Suites at Motse
  • Five Luxury Suites at Tarkuni

      Children’s Policy

      All welcome

      Would Suit

      This is an exclusive game reserve set on 100,000 private hectares and the place to experience a vast and desolate desert with diverse wildlife, magical scenery and dedicated conservationism. The quality of the experience and the extremely high standards make it a must for safari enthusiasts and those seeking a unique experience.

      Recommended length of stay

      We would suggest a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to South Africa. Call us on 01778 382764.

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