Kalahari, South Africa
The Tswalu Kalahari – South Africa’s largest private game reserve – sits in the southern or “Green” part of the greater Kalahari wilderness area, close to the border with Botswana.
Owned since 1998 by the Oppenheimer family, the Tswalu Kalahari covers an area larger than the entire Madikwe reserve, stretching over 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres).
In total, no more than thirty guests at any one time can stay on the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, preserving its unbeatable exclusivity and remaining true to the strong principles of conservation upon which it is run.
The exceptionally luxurious accommodation at Tswalu – Relais & Chateaux member – is divided between the main property, the Motse, and the Oppenheimer’s own private home, the Tarkuni.
The Motse has eight suites, which are called ‘legae’, or ‘little house’ in the local Tswana language. Two are designed for families and have two bedrooms. Each legae has a private deck overlooking a waterhole, indoor and outdoor showers, and an open fireplace.
In the Main House are the swimming pool, a Sanctuary Spa and gym, walk-in wine cellar, and library.
Set some distance away, at the foot of a mountain, Tarkuni has five suites, outdoor swimming pool with deck, and two lounges with open fireplaces. Tarkuni also has its own private team of staff, including host and chef, as well as a private safari vehicle, tracker and guide.
Malaria-free Tswalu actively welcomes children and allows all ages to accompany their parents on private game drives. The ‘Junior Ranger’ programme offers activities from archery to bush walks, and each child is given a backpack filled with safari goodies and guides. There is even a children’s ‘boma’, meaning that younger guests can cook their own bush dinner over the campfire. To quote Tswalu, this is their Kalahari too.
Tswalu Kalahari Information
- Location: Situated in the heart of the Northern Cape Province, our nearest town is Kuruman. 4 hours drive from Kimberley airport.
- Accomodation: The Motse consists 6 Standard suites and 2 Family suites (Sleeps 20), Tarkuni consists 5 suites (Sleeps 10)
- Facilities: Infinity pool spa, mezzanine library, satellite TV, wifi, Foundation Gift Shop, boma, gym, outdoor heated swimming pool
- Activities: Bush walks, horseback safaris, spa treatments, village visits
- Weather: In Spring (September – October), the weather begins to warm up, though some cold fronts can still sweep inland from the Cape. Summer (November – March) brings hot days and mild evenings with only an occasional afternoon thunderstorm. Rain is always unpredictable in the desert. In Autumn (April – May) the days become mild and the evenings cool. Winter (June – August) sees daytime temperatures cool. Conditions become very dry as humidity disappears.
- Children: Very family-friendly and welcomes children of all ages. Tswalu’s Junior Ranger programme is carefully designed to meet the enthusiasms of a broad age range. Activities include archery, spoor identification and casting, as well as tracking on foot. Children’s bush walks are hugely educational without ever feeling like it (adults can come too). Every child is welcomed with a backpack full of guides and tools, as well as their own opportunity to chat with our hospitality staff about what they would like to do. A children’s menu caters for any individual likes and a special children’s boma allows them to cook their own bush dinner. Free babysitting is also available around the clock. Younger children are allowed on private game drives as well.