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.
The Main House features:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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