Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve at any time can host up to 34 visitors at this private retreat to traverse the scenic landscape, its abundant wildlife and the expanse of one of the country's last significant untouched territories. This Lodge is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel association which demands the highest standards of hospitality on an international level. 

As one of the most significant private nature reserves in Africa, it covers over two hundred and fifty thousand acres of pristine wilderness in the Northern Cape. The Oppenheimer family gives priority to preserving nature for future generations.

Tswalu guests have the choice of two different types of accommodation options. The camp features 6 Standard Suites and 3 Family Suites with indoor and outdoor showers. From the private sundecks, one can enjoy views of the waterhole which is frequented by wildlife. The Tarkuni Camps is an exclusive private home featuring five individual Suites accommodating a maximum of ten guests.

Visitors have the unique opportunity to sleep in a luxury king-size bed in the middle of the game reserve on a raised deck. Listing to the calls of nocturnal animals, with nothing between them and the bright stars of the Kalahari night sky, this sleep-out deck is a truly memorable experience. Guests can choose to sleep under the thatch or further along the deck where it is entirely open.

The Malori Sleep Out Deck:

  • Deck with a thatched roof
  • King-size bed, Robes and slippers
  • Open-air toilet and shower
  • Table and chairs
  • Couch

During their stay Tswalu, guests may choose which events they would like to include in their daily itinerary. For safari drive enthusiasts, the entire day can be spent in the bush with a delicious picnic. Thrilling bush hikes provide the opportunity to admire the smaller creatures and to track desert black rhino on foot. Riders of all abilities may enjoy horseback rides through the reserve accompanied by guides.

Photographers will find Tswalu a paradise where shots of wildlife with scenic panoramas can be combined. Walking tours to the ancient archaeological sites reveal rock carvings which were created by the Bushmen up to 380,000 years ago.

The Green Kalahari region of South Africa provides some food never see anywhere else such as the rare venison and the Kalahari truffle. Sundowners in a beautiful setting is followed by sunsets and incredible dune dinners. The meals are complemented by the award-winning wine list from which guests can choose some of the most beautiful South African wines.

The exclusive spa, which has received several awards in the past, features a welcome lounge, two therapy suites with en-suite sensation showers, as well as a private garden. On arrival, guests enjoy home-made smoothies, fruit and lemon flavoured water before their selected spa treatments which are performed by the individual or dual therapy suites.

South Africa's Kalahari is a semi-arid grassland which is characterised by its diversity of habitats and wide-open savannahs. What makes this Lodge unique is the combination of the Kalahari dunes, savannahs with the combination of the Korannaberg Mountains.

The retreats vehicles have exclusive access to the entire Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, which covers more than 1000 square kilometres. One also stands a chance to admire the rare species such as Roan and Sable antelope, Tsessebe, Hartmann's mountain zebra and, of course, the desert black rhino. Larger predators in Tswalu reserve include the leopard, wild dogs and cheetahs. While the spotted hyena cannot be seen so frequently, the brown hyena is reasonably standard. The famous Kalahari lions are known for their sheer size and beautiful manes.

Quick facts:

  • Owned by Oppenheimer Trust
  • South Africa’s largest private game reserve on over 1000 SQ km
  • Guests enjoy exceptional flexibility in the personal, daily itinerary
  • Dedicated field guides and butlers
  • Malaria-free
  • Great wildlife sightings (desert black rhino, Kalahari lions, meerkats, cheetah, rare antelope, etc.)
  • Over 70 species of mammal and 230 species of birds
  • Emphasis is on privacy and exclusivity
  • Families are welcome, and kids are encouraged to participate fully in the safari experience
  • Sleep out the deck for an ultimate experience.

The Camp

  • Six standard suites
  • Three family suites each accommodating four guests
  • Indoor & outdoor showers
  • Open fireplace
  • Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole
  • Separate dressing area
  • Broadband Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone.

The Main House features:

  • The Outdoor heated pool is in the garden of the Tswalu main house
  • Sizable Spa & Gym
  • Well stocked Wine cellar
  • Comprehensive Library
  • The Gift Shop

The Tarkuni Camp

  • Exclusive private home with five individual suites
  • Accommodates 1-10 guests
  • Dedicated chef
  • Tranquil poolside deck
  • Private wildlife viewing vehicle
  • Outdoor walk-in showers
  • Two lounges with open fireplaces
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Location and Access

Tswalu is set in the heart of the beautiful Northern Cape Province of South Africa about 305 kilometres north-west of Kimberley and about 274 km north-east of Upington. The city of Johannesburg in Gauteng lies approximately 563 km to the east and Cape Town 855 km to the south of the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

The retreats closest town is Kuruman, which is well known for the Kuruman Eye and the Moffat Mission. It is from here where the explorer and adventurer Dr Livingstone set off into deepest Africa. The Lodge is located close to the border of Botswana and lies within an easy driving distance of South Africa's Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

  • Tswalu in the Northern Cape offers daily scheduled flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The aircraft is a Pilatus PC 12, which is pressurised providing a journey in luxury and comfort. In Johannesburg.
  • The flying time between Cape Town and Tswalu is about 2 hours with the Johannesburg flight taking about 1 hour 30 minutes. A minimum of 2 passengers is required for the flights to take place and passengers are kindly requested to be at the hangar one hour before the trip.
  • Furthermore, it is also accessible by private or charter plane. The CAA licensed tar runway is 2,030 meters long and can accommodate most corporate jets. The runway lights are calibrated and approved by CAA for night landings also to take place.

Flight schedule (subject to change):

  • 0750: DEPART CAPE TOWN (CTI - Signature hangar) TO TSWALU

1150: ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG (ORT - Fireblade Aviation) – This allows guests ample time to take connecting flights to Kruger / Sabi Sand / Madikwe. Fireblade provides a shuttle service for guests joining via FedAir or SA Airlink.

1300: DEPART JOHANNESBURG (ORT - Fireblade Aviation) TO TSWALU – Guests can now connect seamlessly from Kruger / Sabi Sand / Madikwe. Fireblade provides the collection service from both FedAir and ORT main terminal.

  • 1650: ARRIVE in CAPE TOWN (CTI - Signature hangar).

Accolades and Awards

  • The Continent’s Best Luxury Safari Spa, and The Continents Best Luxury Beauty Spa
  • Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Safari Spa
  • Relais & Chateaux Member
  • National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Top 50 Eco Lodges
  • Gold Achiever nominee in AA Travel Guides Awards
  • Conde Nast Traveler World Saver Award
  • First Choice Responsible Tourism; Best Conservation of Endangered Species
  • Winner of prestigious Relais & Chateaux Global Environmental Trophy
  • A previous winner of the Andrew Harper Grand Annual Award
  • Fair Trade in Tourism accredited


  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Outside Shower
  • Telephone

Facilities Available at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wine cellar

More Information on Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

FAQs about Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

What is the cost of a room at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve?
The average per night rate at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is R31,130.00 to R183,740.00.
Where about is Tswalu Kalahari Reserve located?
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is located at the following location / address: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Upington & Surrounds.

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay 5 and pay 4 special

Stay for 5 nights at the luxurious Tswalu Kalahari Lodge and only pay for 4 nights. Receive one complimentary night.

As South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari covers over 100,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The pristine Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is owned by the Oppenheimer family and conservation takes high priority.

Included in the rate:

  • Luxury full board accommodation
  • Private guide, vehicle, and tracker
  • Walking safaris
  • Horse safaris
  • All beverages and full selection from our award winning wine list
  • In-suite private bar and gourmet pantry
  • Laundry and valet service
  • Wireless internet access
  • Children's Junior Ranger programme and babysitting
  • National telephone calls

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Subject to availability
  • Valid for 2019 & 2020
  • Valid for a stay of 5 nights or longer
  • Applicable to Motse and Tarkuni
  • Promotions are mutually exclusive and cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other special rates or promotions  |  Offer must be requested at the time of booking and cannot be applied retrospectively  |  Availability of offers and promotions is restricted and Tswalu reserves the right to limit the number of rooms available and to discontinue the promotion at any time.



Tswalu and Kubili House Promotion

Born of a shared ethos of timeless Africa - an exclusive 8 night safari offering complete flexibility without schedules or obligations.

Book 4 nights at Kubili Private Residence and 4 nights at Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead and receive a complimentary private charter between the two properties (Thornybush to Tswalu to vice versa).

*** Valid 1 March 2019 - 31 December 2020. Please contact us for a quote.

Included in the rate:

4 nights in Kubili House

  • All guided safaris in open vehicles
  • Guided walks and segway safaris
  • Archery
  • Yoga (on request)
  • Craft workshops (on request)
  • Massages (other treatments upon request)
  • Camping experience (weather permitting)
  • All meals and drinks (excluding french champagne)
  • Single malts and cigars
  • In room wi-fi
  • Transfers to and from Hoedspruit Airport
  • Childminding (6-10pm)
  • Same day laundry service
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT, all levies, gate & reserve fees , tourism levy
  • Gratuities

4 nights at Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead

  • Luxury  full  board  accommodation
  • Private chef (Tarkuni only)
  • Private  guide,  vehicle,  and  tracker  per  booking (minimum 3  night  stay)
  • Walking  safaris,  led  by  our  experienced  field  guides  and trackers
  • Horse-back  safaris
  • All  beverages  and full  selection  from  our  award  winning  wine-list
  • In-suite  tea  &  coffee  facilities (The Motse only)
  • In-suite  honour  bar  and  gourmet  pantry (The Motse only)
  • Laundry  and  valet  services
  • Wireless  access
  • Children's  Junior  Ranger  programme,  and baby-sitting
  • National  telephone  calls

A complimentary private charter between the two properties (Thornybush to Tswalu, or vica versa)

Excluded from the rate:

  • Standard exclusions apply

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for new bookings only and can not be applied to existing bookings.
  • Subject to availability; properties reserve the right to limit the number of rooms available on this special
  • Valid 1 March 2019 - 31 December 2020

Stay 4 nights, pay 50% on last

Stay at The Motse or Tarkuni between 17 January and 31 December 2019 and 1 January and 31 December 2020 for 4 nights and get 50% off the last night

Included in the rate:

  • Luxury full board accommodation
  • Private guide, vehicle, and tracker
  • Walking safaris
  • Horse rides
  • All beverages and full selection from our award winning wine list
  • In‐suite honour bar & gourmet pantry
  • Laundry and valet service
  • Wireless internet access
  • Children's Junior Ranger programme and babysitting
  • National telephone calls

Excluded from the rate:

  • Transfers to / from Tswalu
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • International telephone calls
  • Tswalu Foundation donations
  • Gratuities

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 17 Janaury - 31 December 2019 and 1 January - 31 December 2020: Motse and Tarkuni only
  • Promotions are mutually exclusive and cannot be combined or used in conjunction with
    any other promotions
  • Availability of offers promotions is restricted and Tswalu reserves the right to limit the number of rooms avaialable and to discontinue the promotion at any time

Ellerman House & Tswalu Kalahari 6 night Package

Ellerman House & Tswalu Kalahari

From the most representative South African art collection in existence at Ellerman House, to the newly renovated Motse camp at Tswalu, we invite your guests to an experience that includes Cape Town’s most exclusive address, with the exuberant, soulful beauty of the southern Kalahari.

From the 1st July to 30th November 2019 and 1st April - 30th November 2020, Ellerman House and Tswalu are offering guests the opportunity to enjoy 3 memorable nights at each property and only pay for 4.


• 3 nights at Ellerman House (Deluxe room category or higher) and only pay for 2

• 3 Nights at Tswalu Kalahari (The Motse) and only pay for 2

Contact our reservations team now for a quote on this special package.

Included in the rate:

3 nights at Ellerman House:

TRANSFERS. Whether you are coming or going, we have got you covered. All arrival and departure transfers from Cape Town International Airport and closer. Oh yes, you can also stay connected with our on-board WIFI.
BREAKFAST. Best eggs benedict in town, homemade jams and preserves, our pastry chef’s worldfamous Granola and more – every morning.
DRINKS. Any drink that you could lay your lips on. Top shelf spirits to virgin mojitos. Except for our wine and Champagne – that’s too special to give away.  WINE TASTING. We lied about the wine, you get a few sips here – every afternoon, with our sommelier. Careful, you might learn something.
MINI BAR. Nothing ‘mini’ about this bar. Snacks for Africa and full bottles of craft spirits for your enjoyment.
PANTRY. Sugar shack, naughty corner, pantry – call it what you want, this is where diets go to die – open 24hrs.
ROOM SERVICE. You still pay for the meal, but none of those pesky tray charges will be added.  
SUNSET EXPERIENCE. Cocktails and canapés and a South African craft gin trolley to die for. All on the middle terrace, every single sunset.
SNACK PACKS. Feeling a little hungry while out on a hike? Tuck into your snack pack, to boost your energy and get you over that finish line.  
LAUNDRY. All those dirty clothes from your safari? You can expect them back in your room within 24hrs, wrapped up like a present.  
SHOE CLEANING. ‘There’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes’ – Forrest Gump. We agree, Forrest, we agree.
INTERNET. It’s free, it’s fast and there are no strings attached.
GYM & SPA. You’re on holiday, so we honestly don’t know what you are doing in the gym, but if you must, everything you need will be available. Spa facilities range from steam room, sauna, sensation shower and relaxation area perfect for re-aligning your chakras.   
SECURITY. The French Foreign Legion has nothing on this team.
PARKING. Off-street and secure – watched by security guard and CCTV.
TELEPHONE CALLS. If it’s local, then it’s on us.  ART TOURS. The extensive Ellerman House Art Collection, as presented by our very own in-house art guide.
ZEITZ MOCAA ENTRY. Take to the streets and exercise your new-found art knowledge at Africa’s leading contemporary art museum, open daily except Tuesdays.  
LOCAL TALENTS. Live music by local musicians, performed weekly as the sun sets. Partner up with the complimentary sunset cocktails and canapés to end another perfect day in paradise.
PRIVATE CHEF. You heard right, our Private Villas come with a private chef.
FAMILY. A team that loves you more than your own parents.

3 nights at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve:

• Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker for all bookings • Walking safaris • Nature walks, including traditional plant use interpretation • Habituated meerkats • Horse riding and bird watching • Some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa • A visit to our community clinic and pre-school • The Tswalu Foundation research projects • Involvement in all wildlife project work currently on the property • Accommodation • All meals including a variety of dining experiences from boma dinners to dune picnics • All beverages and full selection from our award-winning wine-list • In-suite tea and coffee making facilities • In-suite private bar and gourmet pantry • Laundry and valet services • Wireless internet access and National telephone calls • Children's Junior Ranger programme and baby-sitting

Excluded from the rate:

  • Transfers between the properties
  • All items not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • (1) Book a six night combination at Tswalu and Ellerman House (Deluxe room category or higher – 3 nights at each property (consecutively)
  • (2) All standard inclusions apply to both properties
  • (3) Valid for new reservations and cannot be applied to existing bookings. Please quote promotion at time of booking
  • (4) Properties reserve the right to limit number of rooms available and/or discontinue when deemed necessary
  • (5) Cannot be combined with other Ellerman House or Tswalu promotions.
  • Valid 1st July to 30th November 2019 and 1st April - 30th November 2020, for 3 nights at each property.