Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari encompasses around 272,000 acres of dramatic mountains, rolling dunes and scrubby grasslands, inhabited by over 80 mammal and 240 bird species. Opportunities abound to observe rare animals such as roan and sable antelope as well as meerkats, desert rhino and magnificent black-maned Kalahari lions. Just 10 vehicles enjoy access to this terrain ensuring that safaris here are exclusive and personal experiences. Another major bonus is that this region is malaria-free, so families with young children can enjoy a stress-free holiday.

Guests at Tswalu Kalahari can choose from two accommodation options. The Motse comprises of 9 secluded “legae” or “little houses” in the Tswana language. Each of these are fashioned from sand, stone and thatch, featuring open fireplaces, personal sundecks, indoor and outdoor showers, with three units designed specifically for families. The Tarkuni offers 5 luxury suites, a peaceful pool and traditional ‘boma’. With  its own team of staff including a chef, private vehicle, guide and tracker, this homestead can be booked for exclusive use.

Aside from productive game drives across the enchanting landscape, guests at Tswalu Kalahari can take part in guided walks, safaris on horseback, ancient rock art excursions and sleepouts at “Malori”. Meaning “dreamer” in Tswana, this raised platform is built to resemble a weaver’s nest with a small thatch overhang, providing the option of shelter should you tire of sleeping beneath a blanket of stars. Romantic candlelit dinners can also be arranged here, with sundowners drinks and canapes to savour as the sun sinks beneath the horizon.   

Location

How to get to Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari is located close to the border between South Africa and Botswana. It can be reached by daily scheduled service from either Cape Town or Johannesburg’s international airports. Flight times are 90 minutes and 2 hours respectively.

Activities at Tswalu Kalahari

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Horseback safaris
  • Sleepouts
  • Private dining

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Tswalu Kalahari Highlights

  • South Africa’s largest private reserve
  • Home to a wealth of wildlife from black-maned Kalahari lions to meerkats
  • Malaria-free so ideal for families with young children
  • A wide array of activities including walks and sleepouts
  • Easily reached by daily scheduled flights

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Why South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

Game Viewing: Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

Culture: Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

Climate: The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

Combine With: South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

Getting There: Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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