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Find inspiration and learn more about Tswalu through our stories, written by members of our community as well as guest contributors. Browse by category to read all about our luxury safari camps, what to do and see on the reserve, how your stay positively impacts our sustainability journey, and much more. For seasonal updates and wildlife sightings from our guiding team, don’t miss the Tswalu Wildlife Journal.

DUM SPIRO – ‘WHILST I BREATHE’

Artist Angus Taylor completed a six-month residency at Tswalu as a guest of the Tswalu Foundation. His notes from the field provide a deeper understanding of the artworks he exhibited at Everard Read.

A PARALLEL WORLD OF SLOWNESS AND LIGHT

Artist Rina Stutzer completed a six-month residency at Tswalu as a guest of the Tswalu Foundation. Her notes from her exhibition with Everard Read reveal her fascination with the Kalahari’s flora, especially Boscia albitrunca.

FINDING PETROGLYPHS ON BUSHMAN HILL

Climbing Bushman Hill has many unexpected rewards, as travel writer Jane Broughton discovered on a winter’s day packed with petroglyphs, up-close kudu and Cape mountain zebra sightings and a surprise element or two.

BRINGING SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT HOME

Waste management bins, made from old, discarded farm infrastructure, are making recycling in Tswalu’s staff villages easier for all, while teaching young and old the importance of becoming more conscious consumers.

CELEBRATING TSWALU’S LIVING HERITAGE

Heritage Day is an opportunity for the greater Tswalu community to acknowledge our shared, living heritage and our responsibility towards conserving one of southern Africa’s most enigmatic wilderness areas for future generations.

TSWALU KALAHARI RELEASES ITS FIRST IMPACT STATEMENT

Tswalu recently released its first impact statement, a tool developed with The Long Run to calculate the cost of operating sustainably while also measuring the positive impact on local communities and the environment.

THE BEST OF BOTH (SAFARI) WORLDS

Adding both the Motse and Loapi to your Tswalu itinerary not only ensures a deeper understanding of this place of contrasts but also mitigates your carbon footprint and has a positive impact on sustainable conservation.

UNDERSTANDING ROCK ENGRAVINGS

Klipbak, Steenkamp and Picnic Valley are just a few of the documented rock engraving sites at Tswalu. Rock engravings are usually associated with water, such as natural springs and depressions in the rock where water collects.

OBSERVING NATURE AT TSWALU

In an unusual year for tourism, characterised by travel bans and fewer guests, wildlife photography became field guide Barry Peiser’s focus while living and working on the reserve during SA's lockdown.

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