Tswalu Kalahari – A Place for Rejuvenation

Tswalu, meaning " New Beginning" is an apt name for this expansive part of the Northern Cape - which once faced certain ecological disaster following years of cattle ranching, before the interception of a visionary conservation effort to "restore The Kalahari Desert to itself" by the current owners.  Guests will not only be inspired by the experience but also by their model of conservation that has  brought a near desolate landscape of the Kalahari back to life.

Tswalu Kalahari reserve offers a unique malaria free game viewing experience with rare opportunities to see Africa's desert adapted wildlife at close range. Its vast Tswalu Kalahari reserve, spanning over 100,000 hectares allows its guests to discover the magical Kalahari Desert in total seclusion, catering for a maximum of 28 guests at a time (that’s about 3,500 Ha of space per guest!!).

Lodging at Tswalu:

The main lodge is called Tswalu Motse and is exclusive and private, offering only 9 luxury suites, all tastefully decorated by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson. The spacious interior spaces reflect the natural surroundings, are rich with texture and offer utmost comfort.

Tswalu Tarkuni - is set away from the main lodge and is the exclusive use villa. Nestled between the velvet-hued mountains this exclusive use villa is ideal for family use or groups of 10 pax. Complete with a private chef and staff attending to your every whim, you will find tranquility and peace your own space under the milkyway.

Tswalu Malori Sleep Out deck is spectacular option for one night ( think sleeping under a bed of stars with your partner, safely, with the sound of the Kalahari National Park surrounding you)

Our Video from Tswalu Kalahari, Luxury Private Game Reserve:
Taken Septermber 8th 2013 

Tswalu’s Uniqueness and Who it will Suit:

Safari365 recommends Tswalu with the following itineraries:

  1. A high-end South African itinerary that is looking to ‘decompress’ before heading home. As the flight routing is very convenient to Tswalu, clients can effectively fly into Johannesburg, complete a South African itinerary and on the last leg include Tswalu by flying out of Cape Town or Johannesburg airport directly to Tswalu ( no other transfers necessary). We recommend 3-4 days at Tswalu (truly relaxing experience) and then to fly directly to connect to your international outwards  flight. It is important to note that we recommend Tswalu at the end of an itinerary (due to the type if experience) and think it can be combined with a visit to Kruger National Park as the wildlife and setting is starkly different (we do however recommend Kruger before Tswalu in the order of our itineraries, as Kruger is still your ‘big 5’ experience )
  2. Romantics and honeymooners: the use of your own safari vehicle, tracker and guide together with a fully customisable desert experience can be very romantic
  3. Family Safaris: there are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained and the kids can run around the lodge safely ( as the big cats at Tswalu are kept in a different cordoned off section of the reserve)
  4. Groups of 10 looking for a bush experience (by taking Tswalu Tuningi Lodge on exclusive use, you are effectively ‘saving’ 45% against the per person price of The Motse Lodge. You will have all of the same facilities at your disposal ( including private chefs and safari guides), as well as a totally private experience. The only downside is that Tuningi Lodge can only be taken on exclusive use ( so the effective  per person rate is more expensive if you don’t have 10 persons)

Some of our favourite activities at Tswalu:

All guests at Tswalu have their own guide and safari vehicle so they are able to explore the vast space at leisure and on their own schedule.
Some of the highlight activities/experiences include

* Swimming pool (Imperative in summer, and a heated pool also available as winter gets cold)
* Horse-riding ( suitable for all levels)
* Star-gazing
* Mountain hiking
* Walking Tours
* Rhino darting projects --game relocation projects that guests can be part of that happen once a year in
* Meerkat interactions ( habituated meerkats for real interactions. Tswalu has been used by numerous wildlife
  documentary producers for the Meerkat viewing)
* Boma evenings
* Dune evenings
* Special ecology talks
* Various childrens playtime activities available upon request.
* Gourmet bush picnics
* Ancient rock art viewing ( 380,000 years old)

Lastly (and we may have a case of financial naivety), but visiting Tswalu lets you remember it’s about conserving pristine nature in a sustainable manner (and in our opinion at 140 staff members catering for 28 guests – it can’t be about making a profit!) This is an ideal escape for travellers seeking nature away from the bustle of crowds – it’s a true Kalahari Desert gem.

Marcus Brain

Meet our Managing Director Marcus Brain.

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