Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve covers more than 100,000 hectares and is the model of a serious conservation policy.

The desire to ‘restore the Kalahari to itself’ is a motto for the owners, the Oppenheimer family, and to this end no more than 30 guests can visit at any one time. This allows maximum privacy and exclusivity as guests can organise their own daily timetable for excursions, game drives, meals and spa treatments.

Tswalu is malaria-free and is home to some superlative game from desert black rhino and cheetah to black-maned Kalahari lion and semi-habituated meerkat. It is also the ancestral home to the San people and some of their engravings can be seen here.

Location

Northern Cape, South Africa

Highlights

  • Family suites
  • Children’s programme
  • Member of Relais & Chateaux
  • Game drives and bush walks
  • Spa treatments

Our Thoughts

A stunning and unique property in a unique location which offers unique activities. Particularly good are the dune picnics, star-gazing and visits to view the semi-habituated meerkats. The spa is also worth a visit.

View WETU iBrochure for The Motse

View WETU iBrochure for Tarkuni

  • Pool
  • Spa

Dining

Group meals are served for guests staying in Motse.  Guests staying in Tarkuni will enjoy private meals served by their own personal chef.

The Motse - The main property, the Motse, nestles at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse means “village” in Tswana and the village consists of just eight spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites.

Tarkuni - Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary.

Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families or groups of great friends. Its five luxurious suites, each with a magnificent en-suite bathroom, accommodate a maximum of 10 guests.

Tarkuni creates an oasis of serenity in the desert. The home has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure a completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker ensure an equally bespoke safari experience.

Tarkuni’s quiet pool and shady salas offer calm and contemplation. Its own traditional boma has seen many celebrations. And its beguiling charm has led many guests to return to what becomes their home in the Kalahari.

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Horse back safaris
  • Guided tours of rock art
  • Dune picnics
  • Star gazing
  • Spa treatments

Tswalu welcomes families and does it’s best to educate and entertain and educate children. The Motse has two specially designed family suites to accommodate both larger families and families with older children. 

Tswalu also has a Junior Ranger Programme which features activities such as archery, spoor identification as well as tracking. Bush walks are a regular occurrence, giving the little ones a chance to interact with the landscape, and each child will be welcomed with a special backpack of goodies. 

There is a children's menu on offer, as well as a special kids boma area where they can cook their own dinner (with help from the very capable Tswalu staff), and finally free babysitting is available at all hours. 

Holiday Ideas

South Africa: City and Safari

South Africa: City and Safari

Days: 11 | From: £5,599 per person based on sharing
This itinerary showcases two completely different, but equally beautiful areas of South Africa. Soak up the city life in Cape Town, staying at the Cape Grace, a prime location and only a short walk from the V&A waterfront. Then jet off to Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s largest private gam...
Explore More
Map
If you like this you will love...

BLOG ARTICLES

What Children Can Learn On an African Safari

As a parent, there is no better way to experience the magic of Africa than through the eyes of your children - and there is no better way to show them that magic than by taking them on safari. Whether you choose to visit the great plains of Tanzania and Kenya; the arid desert of Namibia or the spraw...

Top Ten Winter Sun Experiences

Now that the long winter months have arrived in full force, you can be forgiven for dreaming of some winter sun. We at Africa Travel say stop dreaming, and start planning! Our favourite continent has some excellent winter sun destinations on offer. See the Bushman Paintings at Bushman’s K...

Handpicked: Ten Places to Stay in Africa

Africa is home to so many great luxury lodges, camps and resorts. Here are just a few of our favourites that have been handpicked by our experts.Enasoit - Laikipia, KenyaAn exclusive use camp, Enasoit is the perfect place to stay with your family, or with a group of friends. Take comfort in the fact...

ENQUIRE


Please note that due to the fluctuating currency at this time, all quotes are subject to change at time of booking.

Need help to book? +-

Opening Hours (UK Time)
Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
+44 (0)20 7843 3531

Email us an enquiry


Would you like us to call you?

call me back

« back

Leave your name and number and we'll call you back as soon as possible.