As South Africa’s biggest privately owned game reserve, Tswalu has an extremely low ratio of guests to space. This low-impact approach to ecotourism means that you’ll be one of no more than 28 guests with exclusive access to one of southern Africa’s last great wildernesses. The reserve is serviced by a private, hard-top airfield, and on arrival you will be welcomed at the foot of the aircraft stairs by your personal field guide and tracker who will take care of you for the duration of your stay, arranging every aspect of your private safari. Privacy, exclusivity and flexibility have always been central to the Tswalu guest experience, from dining and down time to the diverse safari activities, from interpretative walks and horse riding to spending time in the field with one of the research teams from Dedeben Research Centre, which falls under the Tswalu Foundation.
Your Tswalu adventure begins in one of our two luxury camps, the Motse or Tarkuni. The Motse is a luxury camp with nine private guest legae (Tswana for ‘home’); three are specifically for families, with two bedrooms. Tarkuni, located in a secluded valley below the Korannaberg mountains, is a private homestead with five bedrooms for the exclusive use of a multigenerational family or a party of friends. Located far apart, both camps are perfectly positioned to take in the wide, open spaces that are so typical of the southern Kalahari’s dramatic beauty. By choosing to stay in one of these small, luxury camps, guests are contributing towards the conservation of the southern Kalahari’s biodiversity.
At the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, the Motse is a luxury, contemporary camp with nine private guest legae, the Tswana word for ‘home’. The entire camp, including the main lodge’s indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas, echoes the Kalahari’s dramatic beauty with richly textured interiors in soothing nature-inspired tones. The Motse welcomes children of all ages, and families are accommodated in one of three two-bedroom legae with a central living room. Inspiring adventure while soothing the senses, the Motse is your home from home – comfortably luxurious, yet comfortingly familiar.READ MORE
Tarkuni is Tswalu’s private homestead for multi-generational families or a celebratory reunion of friends. Located in a secluded valley below the ancient Korannaberg mountains, it offers the ultimate, exclusive-use escape and the opportunity to pause and appreciate the immense luxury of space that defines the southern Kalahari and Tswalu. With accommodation for up to 10 guests in five suites, all the pleasurable daily rituals of safari living have been thoughtfully considered and sustainably designed. Along with a smaller, more environmentally friendly plunge pool, lovely new spaces have been created for outdoor dining and relaxation, including an intimate boma with low, stone-packed walls for magical fireside barbecue dinners under the stars as well as breakfast or lunch with uninterrupted views.READ MORE
Almost every experience at Tswalu includes a taste of the southern Kalahari’s seasonal, sustainable produce and adds to the culinary story of the Northern Cape region.
RESTAURANT KLEIN JAN
With the opening of Klein JAN, the culinary traditions and regional produce of the Northern Cape shine on a seasonal menu that celebrates the farmers and artisanal suppliers of the region.
Our skilled spa therapists are here to work their magic with reviving face and body treatments in the cool, calm sanctuary of treatment suites at the Motse or Tarkuni.
Whether learning the art of tracking, identifying animals, or finding the Southern Cross in the night sky, a safari with children is a great shared adventure and opportunity to create lifelong memories.
Going on safari is undeniably romantic, whether celebrating a honeymoon, marking a relationship milestone or simply needing to rekindle your love.
Tswalu is renowned as a place to take excellent photographs throughout the year, regardless of the weather or the season.