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.
Why We Like Tswalu Kalahari
Tswalu Kalahari is an experience that stands out, even in a country packed with fantastic safari options and luxurious lodges. With stunning accommodation, peerless cuisine and private vehicles as standard, Tswalu raises the bar.
But it is the reserve itself that is truly special. This vast private wilderness - which is home to just 30 people at a time - is one of the best places to see African wild dogs, aardvarks and pangolins.
The Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is home to just two lodges - Tswalu Motse and Tswalu Tarkuni.
Motse consists of nine individual "legae" or cottages, three of which are designed with families in mind. These beautifully spacious stone cottages sit beneath thatched roofs and are comfortably decorated in Tswalu's unique Kalahari-inspired style. Each cottage has an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a private deck. They surround the sprawling main house, which features an outdoor heated swimming pool, spa, wine cellar and mezzanine library.
Tarkuni is an exclusive-use villa that is located 35-minutes' drive to the south of Motse. Decorated in a similar, if slightly more contemporary style, this isolated property is home to five bedrooms. Two private game vehicles are on site, as well as dedicated guides, trackers, staff and a private chef.
- Game drives with your private vehicle, guide and tracker
- Guided bush walks
- Horseback riding
- Helicopter flights
- Bush school for kids
- Sleepouts under the stars
- Spa treatments
Tswalu Kalahari is located on the southern edge of the Kalahari Desert, close to the Botswanan border. Although named after a desert, the reserve is actually in an area known as the "Green Kalahari", thanks to the higher than average rainfall it receives. This means that the landscape is more of a dry savannah ecosystem than a desert.
Access is via daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, landing at the reserve's private airstrip.