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Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

Cape and Kalahari Conservation Holiday



10 Days

Prices Start from

£8,995pp (ex. flights)

Experience outstanding hospitality at two of South Africa’s most sustainable properties and explore spectacular yet contrasting habitats. Tswalu is a private wildlife reserve in the southern Kalahari dedicated to protecting the biodiversity that occupies the region’s wide-open spaces and hills.

Grootbos is a wilderness reserve comprising 907 different plant species overlooking the cetacean rich waters of Walker Bay in the Western Cape. Encounter black-maned lions, meerkats, sunbirds and humpback whales on guided safaris, and support vital wildlife and habitat conservation.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

View from Suite Lounge, Grootbos Forest Lodge, Hermanus, South Africa 1

Outstanding Lodges

Stay at Grootbos in the Western Cape and The Motse, Tswalu in the Kalahari.

Blacked Maned Lion, Kalahari, Botswana 2

Iconic Wildlife

From black-maned lions and meerkats to humpback whales and great white sharks.

South Africa 3

Unique Flora

70% of the plant species on Grootbos’s reserve are found nowhere else in the world.

Women and babies, uThando, Cape Town, South Africa 4

Community Tourism

Visit community projects with our partner, Uthando in Capetown.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Cape Town

  • Day 2-3

    Cape Town

  • Day 4

    Cape Town to Grootbos in the Western Cape

  • Day 5-6

    Grootbos Reserve, Western Cape

  • Day 7

    Fly from Cape Town to Tswalu

  • Day 8-9

    Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

  • Day 10

    Transfer from Tswalu to Johannesburg

Day 1

Cape Town

Day 2-3

Cape Town

Visit community projects in and around Capetown, explore the city with a guide and visit Table Top Mountain.

Day 4

Cape Town to Grootbos in the Western Cape

Day 5-6

Grootbos Reserve, Western Cape

Explore Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on guided botanical walks, coastal treks and marine safaris.

Day 7

Fly from Cape Town to Tswalu

Day 8-9

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Take guided walks and 4×4 safaris looking for wild dogs, black-maned lions, meerkats and sun birds.

Day 10

Transfer from Tswalu to Johannesburg

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Mama Christina Garden Project, Uthando, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Uthando south africa
South Africa

Visit community projects in Cape Town

In Cape Town, Steppes works with Uthando, a non-profit organisation that seeks to connect tourism to community development projects that uplift those in need. Along with your Uthando guide, meet with inspirational community leaders running projects based in urban areas away from the usual Cape Town tourist attractions. You can expect an exceptionally warm welcome and a fascinating insight into projects focussing on food, gardening, sport and the arts. Some of our favourite projects include Eziko Fireplace Cooking School, the Hanover Park Cricket Club and the Cape Town Opera Outreach

Giraffe, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Giraffe, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Wild Dogs, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Wild Dogs, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Horseriding, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Horseriding, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Aardvark, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Aardvark, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa

Private safaris in the Kalahari

At Tswalu you will have your own exclusive guide and private safari vehicle, which means you will have the freedom and flexibility to explore the Kalahari at your own pace. In addition to private game drives, there will also be the opportunity to encounter habituated meerkats, take game walks, go horse riding and meet with visiting scientific researchers and conservationists. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve has seen the reintroduction of several indigenous species, and sightings of black-maned lions, wild dogs and even pangolins are not uncommon.

View from Lodge, Grootbos Forest Lodge, Hermanus, South Africa
Grootbos, Hermanus, South Africa

Home to 879 different species of plant

Grootbos is a private eco-reserve, located between mountains, forests and the ocean at the tip of the African continent. Whether you look north, south, east or west, the landscape and views from the lodge are spectacular. Located in the Cape Floral Kingdom, Grootbos is a UNESCO Heritage Site and the most diverse of all the six floral kingdoms in the world. It isn’t just flora as the reserve is home to 23 different mammals and myriad butterflies, insects, lizards and birds. Take guided walks and 4×4 drives to explore the reserve or take to the seas to encounter whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins.

How does this holiday make a positive impact?

The largest private reserve in South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve has restored former hunting and farmland, revitalising the Kalahari’s biodiversity, using eco-tourism as a commercial driver for conservation. Their 2021 Impact Report attributed the protection of 114,000 hectares of land to Tswalu’s commercial tourism enterprises, claiming to have ‘invested USD5.779 million in nature and people.’ The Tswalu Foundation has been created to conduct ecological research in the Kalahari. A member of The Long Run, Tswalu closely monitors waste, energy and water use.

The conservation efforts at Grootbos are spearheaded by a team of botanists and entomologists who work under the auspices of The Grootbos Foundation to monitor fauna and floral diversity with a strong focus on the clearing of invasive species. This team have successfully identified 879 different plant species on the Grootbos reserve, seven of which are new to science. While the Grootbos Reserve comprises 3,500 hectares, the foundation brings together 49 local landowners and stakeholders to protect a total of 21,700 hectares in the region.

On any holiday we create that includes Cape Town we urge our clients to consider a half-day experience with Uthando. Uthando is a non-profit organisation that seeks to connect tourism to community development projects that uplift those in need. South Africa has many social challenges, with many people living in poverty. Respectful and culturally sensitive tourism can help shine a light on unsung community heroes and allow overlooked communities to benefit from Cape Town’s lucrative tourism economy.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Grootbos £££££

  • South Africa
  • Wilderness

Set in the picturesque mountain and sea landscape of the Hermanus area along the Cape South Coast, Grootbos is a beacon of style and sustainability. The extravagant and luxurious Forest Lodge has 16 freestanding suites sprouting naturally from ancient Milkwood thickets providing a blend of aesthetic beauty and supreme comfort.

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Tswalu Kalahari £££££

  • South Africa

Tswalu Kalahari lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountain range, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. This 115,000-hectare private reserve has grown over the past 30 years, rewilding an area that was once farmland. Now, it is home to just two lodges, as well as a host of rare and endangered species. These include desert-adapted black rhinos, black-maned Kalahari lions, cheetahs and African wild dogs.

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Twelve Apostles Hotel £££££

  • South Africa
  • City

A five-star, boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles is dramatically poised on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, just outside the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. The only hotel on this stretch of the mountainside, it has breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean and is the perfect location for Cape Town’s magical sunsets. The Twelve Apostles hotel has rooms to suit everyone and a host of friendly staff – who are very keen to ensure you remember your stay for all the right reasons. The free-flowing layout, set against the mountainside, enhances a feeling of homeliness. With plenty of small areas to find utter privacy, it is perfect for couples and families alike.

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