From the ancient quartzite Korannaberg to the southern Kalahari’s grassy, red sand dunes rippling away to the horizon, Tswalu offers what travellers want most – time and space. Tswalu is South Africa’s largest privately owned game reserve, and its wide, open spaces have long drawn travellers seeking a deeply layered, immersive safari where time is elastic and days unfold at a slower pace. It is a place for nature lovers, who value privileged access to this vast, remaining tract of wilderness far more than conventional notions of luxury. With all this space comes the exclusivity of a private vehicle, guide and tracker, providing the freedom and flexibility to choose where to go and what to see. It also means unlimited time at sightings, which may include some of the elusive species that find sanctuary here, such as aardvark, pangolin and brown hyena. Tswalu is also known for sightings of iconic Kalahari species like the oryx, desert black rhino, black-maned Kalahari lion, cheetah, and wild dog.
The southern Kalahari’s vast, dramatic landscapes are balm for the soul, and we encourage you to stay a little longer to experience everything that Tswalu has to offer. Take long drives with your private guide and tracker to find some of the iconic, elusive or endangered animals that define this place, walk in the foothills of the Korannaberg and marvel at ancient rock art, join one of the Tswalu Foundation’s researchers in the field, observe the sociable antics of foraging meerkats, or head over the dunes on horseback for a picnic lunch or a night in one of our star beds.
By staying longer at Tswalu there is also more time to enjoy the generosity and abundance of being a special guest in one of our beautiful camps, from private dining experiences in surprise locations to restorative face and body treatments in the spa. The addition of Restaurant Klein JAN to the reserve, its seasonal tasting menu rooted in local provenance and regional specialities, celebrates the Northern Cape’s heritage and culture as part of Tswalu’s greater journey towards sustainability.
UNDERSTANDING THE KALAHARI
Tswalu’s undulating dunes and expansive grasslands are punctuated by the Korannaberg, a mountain range that contributes to greater habitat diversity than elsewhere in the Kalahari and provides a dramatic backdrop to wildlife sightings.
The southern Kalahari has distinct seasons, each offering unique wildlife viewing opportunities and dramatic changes to the landscapes. Rainfall in this semi-arid region is both unpredictable and near miraculous.
Plentiful and diverse, the wildlife is scattered across a vast expanse and special sightings are often hard earned. Our experienced guides and trackers work together to reveal all the wonders of the southern Kalahari.
With conservation at its core, Tswalu offers privileged access to one of the last remaining true wilderness areas in South Africa. Days on safari unfold at your own pace, depending on the season.
Your adventure begins in one of our two luxury camps, the Motse or Tarkuni. Located far apart, both camps are perfectly positioned to take in the wide, open spaces and dramatic beauty of the reserve.
RESTAURANT KLEIN JAN
Our vision of developing a sustainable food culture at Tswalu finds further expression at Klein JAN, where the surprise, seasonal tasting menu is a celebration of local provenance.