South African Lodges

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Address
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Upington & Surrounds
Northern Cape
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Spa
R22380.00SINGLE RATE
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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. 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 game 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 game 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.

  • Game 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 game 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 game 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 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.

Below detailed information about the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Outside Shower
  • Telephone

Restaurants

Dining at Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu is proud to offer African inspired food that emphasises the qualities of each, individual ingredient. The executive chef at Tswalu Kalahari creates new interpretations of classic South African dishes which are served in a variety of venues. Sundowners and dune dinners are accompanied by spectacular sunsets while traditional boma braais take place under the stars. Breakfasts have panoramic views of the waterhole while romantic suppers can be enjoyed on your own private deck.

Spa Facilities

The Tswalu Kalahari Spa is a place for visitors to relax and unwind. The Spa features an outdoor treatment area set within the indigenous spa garden while the indoor spa area is inspired by nature and the splendour of the Kalahari. Guests can also choose to enjoy their treatment in the privacy of their suite.

Spa treatments include:

  • Facials
  • Massages
  • Hot stone therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Exfoliation treatments
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures

Wildlife activities

At Tswalu Kalahari bush walks are encouraged while game drives are also conducted in the vast reserve and can be completely tailored to each guests interests. Walking safaris are carried out to see meerkat colonies and visitors can watch as these engaging mammals warm themselves in the early morning sunshine. Night walks are also possible, offering the chance of sightings of aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena.

African Horseback Safaris are also on offer at Tswalu Kalahari. The horseback safaris take place on the grassy plains and rolling Kalahari dunes with stunning views over the desert. For children and adults alike, a horse safari is a chance to experience the natural wilderness in an exciting way.

Two donkeys pull a traditional Kalahari cart which visitors can enjoy rides upon while hot-air balloon trips over this vast wilderness can also be booked. Individual talks can also be arranged with the reserve’s ecologists while walks to ancient archaeological sites are on offer.

Cultural village tours

Guests staying at Tswalu Kalahari are encouraged to enjoy a visit of the staff village which was built on environmental principles. Located at the village is a the healthcare clinic, pre-school and adult literacy centre.

Spa treatments

The Tswalu Kalahari Spa is a place for visitors to relax and unwind while a gym is also available at the wellness centre. The spa features an outdoor treatment area within the indigenous garden while guests can also choose to enjoy their treatment in the privacy of their suite or the indoor treatment rooms.

Spa treatments include:

  • Facials
  • Massages
  • Hot stone therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Exfoliation treatments
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures

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

A free babysitting service is available around the clock.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Babysitting
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Walking safaris
Children Activities
  • Tswalu Kalahari welcomes children, and a full range of activities can be arranged individually for them. Tswalu’s Junior Ranger programme includes activities such as archery, Spoor identification and casting, as well as wildlife tracking and walks.

    Children’s bush walks are educational, and every child is welcomed with a backpack full of guides and tools. A kids' menu caters for their dietary needs while an individual children's' boma allows them to cook their private bush dinner. Younger children can be accommodated on private game drives.

Social Responsibility
  • The word “Tswalu” means “a new beginning”. Tswalu Kalahari is primarily a conservation area, and the staff here aim to restore the area to a pristine, natural state. Tswalu Kalahari creates a sustainable property by ensuring the people of the area benefit from the work opportunities and training through the lodge. 

    Tswalu Kalahari makes a contribution to conservation through the restoration of the natural environment, the re-establishment and protection of biological diversity and the maintenance of the natural ecological processes of the environment.

Available Rooms

The Motse - Suite

# Rooms:
6

The main property at Tswalu Kalahari, the Motse, lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains. Motse means “village” and here just eight spacious “legal” (little house) can be found. These suites are built of local stone, red clay and Kalahari thatch and exude an elegant, barefoot luxury. Each suite features a spacious bedroom with an open fire, an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a private sun deck, a large dressing and study area, wireless internet and a direct dial telephone.

Single Room R22380
Double Room R34000

The Motse - Family Suite

# Rooms:
2

Two of the league found at Tswalu Kalahari have been designed with families in mind. Each of these family suites offers two separate bedroom suites with en-suite bathrooms, an expansive living room and a shady, private terrace.

Single Room R42650
Double Room R42650

Tarkuni Villa

# Rooms:
1

The five-suite villa at Tswalu Kalahari offers the option of exclusive use of a group of guests, or the accommodation of smaller individual groups. Two game viewing vehicles have been allocated to the Tarkuni Villa to keep the vehicle footprint minimal, and a maximum of two separate bookings will be accepted to ensure that each group has a dedicated vehicle, guide and tracker.
 
The villa lives up to the exceptional Tswalu safari experience where guests encounter understated elegance combined with luxury, relaxation and tranquillity. While guests will experience comfort and an incredible sense of space in the shared living areas, they are guaranteed exclusive privacy in their individual suites.
 
The expansive living spaces including a vast veranda with some seating and dining areas, a pool and tsala.  Indoors there is an airy sitting room with a double-sided fireplace that also heats the dining room and adjacent cellar. On the mezzanine level is a well-stocked library and games room.

Upstairs, a stunning spa therapy suite offers guests the opportunity to indulge in the unique treatments of Tswalu’s award-winning safari spa experience.
 
The new private suites include a spacious bedroom with king-size or twin beds, a luxurious bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower, and comfortable seating and study areas. Beds are dressed in exquisite cotton linen and romantic muslin nets. Sliding glass doors give guests vistas of the open savannah grasslands across to the Korannaberg Mountains.
 
The suites embrace the natural outdoor experience with organic-shaped flowing outdoor decks off the bedrooms and the addition of natural Kalahari stone walls to add privacy and seclusion to each deck space. The sunny decks lead onto private terraces with outdoor star beds which can be made up for guests who would like to experience the thrill of sleeping under the stars.
 
The colours and textures of the fabrics used throughout Tarkuni take their cue from the rich hues of the surrounding natural palette. Natural fibres like stonewashed linens, hemp and cotton, have been selected to harmonise with the colours of the environment - the grasses, dunes and wildlife. In each suite and living space, artworks from the private collection of the Oppenheimer family have added a highly personal aesthetic to the villa.

Tarkuni Villa facilities and features:

  •  exclusive private home with five individual suites
  •  accommodates 1-10 guests
  •  dedicated chef
  •  tranquil poolside deck
  •  private game viewing vehicle
  •  outdoor walk-in showers
  •  2 lounges with open fireplaces
  •  outdoor swimming pool.
Single Room R135910
Double Room R135910

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Specials

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

Enjoy an early Christmas getaway to Tswalu Kalahari and take advantage of the stay 3 pay 2 promotion available 1 November - 16 December 2018.

Valid for bookings by 31 October 2018.

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
  • 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 1st November to 16th December 2018
  • Valid for a stay of 3 nights or longer
  • Valid for new bookings made until 31 October 2018
  • Special must be requested at the time of booking.
  • Can not be combined with any other special offers.
BOOK NOW

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 for 4 nights at Tarkuni and only pay for 3!

Included in the rate:

• Applicable to Tarkuni ONLY
• 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 Tarkuni Only
  • Valid 01 January 2018 - 16 January 2019
  • Promotions are mutually exclusive and cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other promotions
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

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2017-08-28

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

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2017-05-14

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.

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.203737

Longitude: 22.468213

Directions

Distance from Johannesburg to Tswalu Kalahari is approximately 650 km. Estimated driving time is 7 hours.

Directions to Tswalu Kalahari from Johannesburg (Gauteng, South Africa):

1. Take M1 south, take Bloemfontein split and follow N12 and the signs to Kimberley.
2. Stay on the N12, proceed through Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, and Wolmaransstad
3. At Wolmaransstad take R504 to Schweizer-Reneke, and then R34 to Vryburg
4. From Vryburg, continue the N14 to Kuruman
5. In Kuruman turn right at the first traffic light and follow the signs to Hotazel / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (R31)
6. In Kuruman, please contact the lodge to establish an estimated time of arrival
7. Approximately 56km from Kuruman you will pass a sign on the left to Kathu & Deben (R380). A short distance past this signage you will cross over a railway bridge. After the bridge, you will pass a sign on the right to Hotazel
8. Approximately 72km from Kuruman (before Blackrock) turn left onto the tar road R31 following signs to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Van Zylsrus
9. After about 42km you will see a turn to your left - it is signposted Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. After setting, the tar road ends and you continue a gravel road
10. After 10km on the gravel road, you will see an airstrip on your left and just beyond, the Tswalu staff housing complex on your right. A kilometre further you will see Tswalu signage Tswalu Admin and Health Care Centre. You will be met at this gate by your guide who will escort you further

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

Memberships

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