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:
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.
The Main House features:
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.
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.
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
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.
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.
4 nights in Kubili House
4 nights at Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead
A complimentary private charter between the two properties (Thornybush to Tswalu, or vica versa)
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
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.
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