SAFARI CAMPS

Your Tswalu adventure begins in one of our three safari camps, the Motse, Tarkuni homestead or Loapi tented camp (opening, April 2023). This choice of accommodation, defined by understated luxury and an authentic sense of place, provides privileged access to South Africa’s largest privately owned reserve. Each camp is perfectly positioned to take in the reserve’s dramatic landscapes, characterised by savannah grasslands, red dunes and ancient mountains.

 

The Motse is where it all started. Its nine spacious legae, the Setswana for ‘home’,  are private retreats for two or four guests, making these suites ideal for couples families. Tarkuni, a thatched homestead tucked into a secluded valley, accommodates up to 10 guests in five bedrooms. Designed for exclusive use, it’s perfect for large families or a party of friends. Loapi, our newest camp, evokes the pioneering spirit of camping with six, individual, tented safari homes for the ultimate private wilderness experience. At all three camps, a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker is guaranteed with each booking. Your guide and tracker will take excellent care of you for the duration of your stay, arranging every aspect of your safari at a pace that allows for an unhurried, immersive journey of discovery into the southern Kalahari’s rare and unusual treasures, from iconic wildlife to rock engravings.

 

The total number of beds across our camps represents the lowest ratio of guests to space in a privately protected area in South Africa. By choosing to stay with us, our guests are contributing directly towards the sustainable conservation of the Kalahari, protecting habitat and biodiversity by supporting nature-based tourism.

 

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION FOR THE ULTIMATE PRIVATE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

The Motse sunbed at Tswalu Kalahari

THE MOTSE CAMP

With uninterrupted views across the reserve towards the Korannaberg mountains, the Motse is Tswalu’s original safari camp offering luxury accommodation that is at once sophisticated and rustic. In design, the camp echoes the Kalahari’s dramatic beauty with earthy materials, organic shapes, richly textured interiors and nature-inspired tones. The camp has nine guest suites, or legae (a Setswana word meaning ‘home’), each a private sanctuary set in gardens landscaped with indigenous southern Kalahari plants. The Motse welcomes children of all ages, and families are accommodated in three family legae, or suites, with two en suite bedrooms. Inspiring adventure while soothing the senses, the Motse is your home from home – comfortably luxurious, yet comfortingly familiar – with plenty of space and privacy for everyone.

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Tarkuni firepit at Tswalu Kalahari

TARKUNI HOMESTEAD

Located in a secluded valley below the Korannaberg mountains, Tarkuni is our private homestead offering luxury accommodation for multi-generational families or parties of friends – up to 10 guests in five suites, all under one roof. An old, gnarled shepherd’s tree creates a focal point at the entrance, welcoming guests to their private safari home where a dedicated team, including a private chef, takes care of everything. This exclusive-use, thatched homestead, redesigned to be sustainable and earth friendly, includes a graciously proportioned lounge and dining room, as well as an upstairs library and spa treatment suite. A deep, shaded veranda, plunge pool, sundowner fire pit, family sized boma and a gazebo for massages or afternoon naps all lend themselves to easy, relaxed days in camp.

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LOAPI TENTED CAMP

Backed by the foothills of the Korannaberg mountains, Loapi is a tented camp made up of six private safari homes under canvas. Each tented home is positioned to make the most of unimpeded views south across the reserve’s characteristic arid savannah. With at least 100 metres (330 feet) between each private home, guests are assured of solitude and seclusion. Staffed by a dedicated butler and a private chef, Loapi heralds a return to a true wilderness experience that is both private and exclusive. In Setswana the camp’s name means ‘the space below the clouds’, aptly reflected in its environmentally sensitive, modular design, combining canvas, glass and steel. Uncluttered, sculptural interiors, enriched by nature’s colours, forms and shapes, optimise the sense of space and evoke the carefree, nomadic spirit of camping.

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WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING

The experience on safari was exceptional. The knowledge of the tracker and learning was amazing. Loved the stay, service and quality of food.
June 2022
Tswalu is the whole package. Scenery and wildlife is one big highlight!
June 2022
Truly exceptional. The animal sightings, the amazing people, the lodge.
June 2022
Our stay here has been incredible. From the game drives to the service at Motse, we felt cared for. Every staff member we met was full of joy. The attention to detail did not go unnoticed
June 2022
Exceptional sightings on game drives every day. Enjoyed the relaxed pace of activities and the JAN dinner was a great addition.
June 2022
Entirely too many highlights to list, but watching our team track the cheetahs... amazing!
June 2022
Few vehicles, tracking, adaptable and flexible wildlife viewing to suit the conditions and our wishes. The longer we stayed the better things got.
June 2022
Your focus on conservation and the knowledge that staff have towards those goals. This trip was perfection - we will return!
June 2022
Outstanding guiding and tracking. Seeing game we had not seen before, or seeing it in a different way (tracking on foot). Excellent conservation efforts by the Tswalu team.
May 2022
Fantastic ranger and tracker. They made this the best safari experience. We have done many safaris and our guide was the best we have had anywhere. Very professional and took a lot of time to understand our needs.
May 2022
The entire experience was incredible, and near impossible to decide which was best. The surprise meals in the felt, in the Boma, the horseback riding, sundowners. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
May 2022
Outstanding team work - tirelessly searching for wildlife. Superb guiding and tracking skills for spectacular sightings!
May 2022
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