EXPERIENCE TSWALU

Tswalu offers an immersive safari experience and privileged access to one of southern Africa’s last remaining wilderness areas. With exclusive use of a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker, the reserve’s vast and dramatic landscapes await exploration at your own pace and in your own time. From the landmark Korannaberg mountains to the southern Kalahari’s typical arid savannah and iconic ochre dunes rippling away to the horizon, days here are unscripted and unhurried. From interpretative game drives to birding, tracking, nature walks and horse riding, there are many opportunities to discover the Kalahari ecosystem’s unique characteristics and marvel at nature’s tenacity and unquestionable beauty in this remote, under-explored part of South Africa. Unlike most private reserves in South Africa, there are no other camps or safari vehicles on the property. Our guests therefore have the luxury of unlimited time at wildlife sightings and do not have to share these precious moments with anyone.

Diverse habitats offer varied game viewing, including over 80 species of mammals such as black-maned Kalahari lion, desert black rhino, cheetah, giraffe, greater kudu, eland and oryx. Tswalu is also one of the best places in Africa to see five shy, nocturnal species that often prove elusive elsewhere, namely the brown hyena, aardwolf, aardvark, bat-eared fox and ground pangolin.

 

A big advantage of having your own safari vehicle, guide and tracker is the freedom to strike out in a different direction every day, whether to track one of the Kalahari’s iconic or elusive animals, focus on photography or identify some of the reserve’s endemic bird species. Take a walk into the foothills of the Korannaberg to marvel at ancient rock engravings, observe the sociable antics of foraging meerkats at one of the habituated meerkat colonies, or head over the dunes on horseback in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset drinks. Each experience, whether dining at Restaurant Klein JAN or sleeping out under the stars, becomes part of your bespoke Tswalu safari.

 

As South Africa’s largest privately owned reserve, Tswalu is well known for its focus on conservation. Becoming acquainted with one of the in-depth research projects supported by the Tswalu Foundation provides insight into our bold, long-term vision of restoration, adding yet another layer to your unique safari experience. At Tswalu there is time to slow down and be more mindful of your imprint on the earth and the positive impact of choosing a longer, more immersive stay. As our guest you become part of our sustainability journey and our vision to leave our world better than how we found it.

SAFARI EXPERIENCES

No two Tswalu safari experiences are the same. That’s because the way you see and touch this magical place will be shaped by your particular interests and will happen at your own pace. Tswalu is a generous landscape and as the sun rises above the Korannaberg mountains each morning, new opportunities to learn, play and explore come to life.

Private Safari Experiences

PRIVATE VEHICLE SAFARI

Your private guide and tracker, experienced and adept at navigating the reserve’s network of dirt tracks and animal trails unblemished by tell-tale tyre tracks, are always on hand to interpret the signs of the wild and share the wonders of the southern Kalahari with you.

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Tswalu Safari Field Guides

MEET THE GUIDING TEAM

Our field guides and trackers are the most important people you’ll meet on a Tswalu safari, as you will spend more time in the company of this knowledgeable and experienced pair than with anyone else on your safari.

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Rare & Elusive Species Images gallery of Kalahari

ELUSIVE SPECIES

You will have front-row seats on your wildlife safari experience for sightings of five of the most elusive species in Africa: pangolin and brown hyena (which are also rare and endangered), aardvark, aardwolf and bat-eared fox.

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Walking safaris. Hike through the Kalahari

NATURE WALKS

Much of Tswalu’s beauty can be found in the smaller details, which is best appreciated by getting off the vehicle. Then you will get up close to the ripples left by the wind on the crest of a sand dune, notice a yellow flower opening to face the sun, or be able to trace the tracks left in the sand by a porcupine digging for roots. A walking safari makes it possible to see these and other signs left in the wild that add to our understanding of this fascinating wilderness. Following the tracks of iconic Kalahari species, including cheetah, brown hyena and aardvark, adds to the thrill of exploring on foot.

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Meerkat Experiences at Tswalu

MEERKAT EXPERIENCE

Join a group of habituated meerkats as they emerge from their burrows and warm themselves in the rising sun or meet up with them as they return home at the end of the day and groom and play at dusk.

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STAR BEDS

Spending a night in one of our star beds, either directly under the night sky or under canvas, is an adventurous way to appreciate the sights and sounds of the southern Kalahari after dark.

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Conservation - rock engravings, cupoles and paintings of people, animals, birds and abstract shapes that document the culture and history of the San

ROCK ENGRAVINGS

Tswalu provides protection for many valuable rock art sites, featuring rock engravings, cupoles and paintings of people, animals, birds and abstract shapes that document the culture and history of the San and other early inhabitants of this place. Whether created as memories, maps or self expression, a visit to one of these sacred sites with your guide and tracker is bound to be thought provoking.

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Horseback Experiences

HORSE RIDING

Another wonderful way to appreciate Tswalu’s landscapes and wildlife is from the saddle. A guided horse safari allows up-close animal sightings that are sometimes not possible from a vehicle or on foot. Regardless of your level of experience, follow game trails through the grasslands, head over the dunes for a picnic lunch or ride out to the Malori star bed before sunset.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

Tswalu is renowned as a place to take excellent photographs of wildlife sightings and Kalahari landscapes, regardless of the weather or the season.

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