SAFARI CAMPS

Your Tswalu adventure begins in one of our three safari camps, the Motse, Tarkuni homestead or Loapi tented camp (opening, July 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 and 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 site location

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 50 metres (165 feet) between each private home, guests are assured of solitude and seclusion. Staffed by a dedicated butler (homathi) 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

Guide and tracker are an excellent team. While tracking male cheetah and hyena pups they providing information we have never heard. The best I have ever had.
October 2022
Better than I could have expected. Hugely exciting sightings multiple times every day.
October 2022
Klein JAN was a truly an exceptional experience. The guides and trackers were amazing, and their knowledge was immense. I have learned so much from them. There is a lovely positive energy here at Tswalu. The team are incredible.
October 2022
Individual quality viewing experiences. Every single person went the extra mile. Phenomenal experience.
October 2022
Fantastic guide and tracker! Deep knowledge, engaging, helpful spirit and sense of humor. We had amazing wildlife encounters, Too many to list!
September 2022
Every game drive had magnificent moments. Seeing cheetah and lions, bull rhino, and meerkats were special. But we also loved the birds, plantlife and landscape, and the process of tracking.
September 2022
Highlights included tracking game; learning about the environment, animals and conservation efforts; and a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience!
September 2022
The entire experience was so sensory and unique.
September 2022
Loved the flexibility of planning the day, the staff, and the physical beauty of Tswalu
August 2022
Mulitiple sightings, augmented with excellent information, and the sunset dinner on a dune.
August 2022
Petroglyphs, black rhino experience, lions at night (complete with roar). And "JAN" of course! Did I mention the sunset?
August 2022
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