TSWALU, A NEW BEGINNING
Restoring the Kalahari through sustainable conservation, supported by ecotourism
Tswalu’s remote location in the southern Kalahari offers the ultimate off-the-beaten-track escape. From the landmark Korannaberg mountains to the grassy, red sand dunes rippling away to the horizon, this vast tract of privately owned wilderness in the Northern Cape is at the forefront of sustainable ecotourism in South Africa. As a fellow member of The Long Run, Tswalu’s sustainability journey is focused on the four key areas of conservation, community, culture and commerce. The reserve is first and foremost an ambitious conservation project that funds numerous research projects, geared towards understanding and conserving key species within the Kalahari ecosystem. Research informs all major conservation decisions, playing a vital role in revealing fascinating aspects of the reserve’s ecology and its remarkable biodiversity.
Guaranteed access to a private vehicle, guide and tracker provides guests with the freedom and flexibility to explore the green Kalahari’s diverse, game-rich habitats – always with unlimited time at sightings. On a Tswalu safari, time and space are the true luxuries. Besides day and night game drives, complimentary activities include nature walks, animal tracking, horse riding, stargazing, dune breakfasts, sleeping out under the stars, and spending time with habituated meerkats. With accommodation for a maximum of 28 guests at the Motse camp and Tarkuni homestead, Tswalu has the lowest guest footprint in South Africa. Our low-impact, high-value approach to sustainable ecotourism helps fund the vital conservation work that is at the heart of our purpose to restore the southern Kalahari for future generations.
Your Tswalu adventure begins in one of our small, luxury camps, each positioned to take in the wide, open spaces and dramatic beauty of the southern Kalahari. Comfortably luxurious, yet comfortingly familiar, the richly textured, nature-inspired interiors and generous hospitality in our camps offer a quintessential wilderness escape.
With conservation at its core, Tswalu offers privileged access to one of the last remaining wilderness areas in South Africa. A private vehicle, guide and tracker are guaranteed with every booking. With this comes the freedom and flexibility to plan deeply immersive days on safari, both on and off the vehicle.
Guaranteed access to a private vehicle, guide and tracker provides guests with the freedom and flexibility to explore the green Kalahari’s diverse, game-rich habitats – always with unlimited time at sightings.
To view wild animals in a vast, private reserve, like Tswalu, is to experience the adventure of a lifetime. The Kalahari ecosystem is fascinating and complex. Wildlife sightings include everything from rare and critically endangered species to nocturnal, elusive creatures, as well as dry savannah specialists adapted to extreme temperatures.
The Tswalu Foundation supports numerous environmental research projects that inform conservation at Tswalu, including the ecological management of the reserve. Selected projects fall under one or more of three core themes, namely Conservation Biology, Climate Change and Anthropogenic Factors. Dedeben Research Centre is the Foundation’s base at Tswalu.