South African Lodges

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Reviews & Information

« Return to Upington

Use the drop down below to find out more information about Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

Current Specials

This property is currently running 2 specials!
Read More...

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is set in the heart of the beautiful Northern Cape Province of South Africa about 300 kilometres north-west of Kimberley and about 270 km north-east of Upington. The city of Johannesburg in Gauteng lies approximately 560 km to the east and Cape Town 850 km to the south of the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. 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 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.

Tswalu guests have the choice of two different types of accommodation options, either the Camp or Tarkuni. 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.

Quick facts:

  • Owned by Oppenheimer Trust
  • South Africa’s largest private game reserve on over 1000 SQ km
  • Guests enjoy exceptional flexibility in 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 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:

  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Spa & Gym
  • Wine cellar stocked with SA wines
  • Library
  • Gift Shop

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.

The Malori Sleep Out Deck

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.

Activities

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.

  • Safari drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Horseback riding
  • Picnics
  • Sleep outdoors under the open skies
  • Swimming
  • Spa treatments
  • Fitness in the gym
  • Photographic opportunities
  • Walking tours to ancient archaeological sites.

Dining

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.

Wellness

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.

The wellness centre reflects natural finishes including reed ceilings, wooden window frames and doors as well as dry-stone walls in the outdoor and indoor showers. A paradise of peace and tranquillity is created by the use of fresh and natural colours. The spa menu includes a selection of treatments and authentic signature experiences inspired by the natural wonders of the Green Kalahari.

Spa facilities:

  • Therapy suites with sensation showers
  • Private indigenous garden with a labyrinth
  • Outdoor patio
  • Outdoor treatment rooms
  • Yoga
  • Fully equipped gym.

Wildlife

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 diversity of climate and habitat in this region of the country brought about an incredibly unique and diverse animal population. It is here where more than 240 bird species can be found and about 80 species of mammals. The open, rolling hills make for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The retreats vehicles have exclusive access to the entire Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, which covers more than 1000 square kilometres.

Guests encounter on the exciting safari drives and on horseback rides wildlife which includes buffalo, zebra, giraffe, white rhino and others. The Kalahari antelope species include Springbok, Gemsbok, Eland, Red Hartebeest to name but a few. 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.

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.

This exclusive retreat 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, guests depart from Fireblade Aviation, and in Cape Town, the Signature hangar is used. 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
  • 0950: ARRIVE TSWALU
  • 1020: DEPART TSWALU TO JOHANNESBURG (ORT)

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.

  • 1430: ARRIVE TSWALU
  • 1450: DEPART TSWALU TO CAPE TOWN (CTI)
  • 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.
 
 

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Specials

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

Stay at The Motse between now and 16 Janaury 2019 for 5 nights and only pay for 4!

Stay at The Motse or Tarkuni between 17 January and 31 December 2019 for 5 nights and only pay for 4!

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 01 January 2018 - 16 January 2019: Motse only
  • Valid 17 Janaury - 31 December 2019: 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
BOOK NOW

Stay at The Motse or Tarkuni between 17 January and 31 December 2019 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: 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
BOOK NOW

Guest Reviews

Your review has been submitted

Thank you for submitting your review. Our team will check your review and be in touch should we have any questions.

An error was found. Please correct and submit again.

Share your personal review with us of your stay at this property.


Name

Email

Contact Number

Arrival Date

Rating

Your review

2019-02-04

2019-01-08

2018-12-28

I had a great time at Tswalu Kalahari, enjoyed the Authentic Kalahari bush feel, had a great room & lovely massage on the deck.

2018-12-16

2018-12-14

I had a great time in the northern Cape, I enjoyed the time i had to discover the beauty of this landscape & its diverse wildlife.

2018-12-01

2018-11-12

2018-11-10