Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari is driven by two ambitions; to create an inspirational experience for its guests, where every traveler can be renewed and feel reborn in this magical landscape, and a conservation vision, to restore the Kalahari to itself.

Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa


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Style : Lodge
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Northern Cape

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The word “Tswalu” means “a new beginning”. Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa’s largest private game reserve. Located in the Northern Cape, at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu covers an area of over 240,000 acres of Kalahari wilderness. There are only two lodges on the entire reserve - the Motse and Tarkuni. Each provides the ultimate in barefoot luxury in sophisticated surroundings designed by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson.

Just some of the spectacular wildlife to be seen at Tswalu includes the huge black-maned lions of the Kalahari and South Africa’s largest single population of desert black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis), now identified as being a critically endangered species.

Tswalu Kalahari has received international awards including the Relais & Chateaux Global Environment Trophy 2006 and Conde Nast Traveller’s World Saver Award 2007. Tswalu was named as one of National Geographic’s top 50 eco-lodges in the world in 2009.Tswalu Kalahari is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux and offers guests sublime accommodation, splendid cuisine and a philosophy centered around personal service.

Guided walks, private vehicles, horse-back safaris and hot air ballooning are all available, as are nights sleeping out under Africa’s biggest skies, simply to experience the sunsets, the stars and the silence.  The Kalahari is malaria-free. Families and children of all ages are welcomed, as Tswalu passionately believes in sharing this place of wonder across the generations.

Rooms and Suites

Tswalu Kalahari: Standard Legae

Standard Legae

Eight individual legae (suites) made from desert sand, rock and thatch. Each legae also has an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, an outside shower with stunning Kalahari desert views, an open fireplace, separate dressing and study area, telephone, safe and wireless internet.
Tswalu Kalahari: Family Legae

Family Legae

In addition to the features for standard rooms, two units were designed especially for families and comprise two separate bedrooms with en- suite bathrooms, a spacious living area, and a private sun deck with stunning views of the Kalahari.
Tswalu Kalahari: Tarkuni Private Villa

Tarkuni Private Villa

The villa is 30 minutes drive from the Motse and accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in five luxurious bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, a vast open-plan lounge and dining room, and an intimate library. A covered deck leads to a private sala and a swimming pool.


Hotel Features

  • Airport Shuttle Airport Shuttle
  • All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages
  • Babysitting Babysitting
  • Bar Bar
  • Designated smoking areas Designated smoking areas
  • DVD selection available on request DVD selection available on request
  • Eco-friendly Lodge Eco-friendly Lodge
  • Family Rooms Family Rooms
  • Fitness Facilities Fitness Facilities
  • Full Breakfast Daily Full Breakfast Daily
  • Full concierge service Full concierge service
  • Gay Friendly Gay Friendly
  • Gift Shop/Newsstand Gift Shop/Newsstand
  • Guest Activities Guest Activities
  • Guest library/lounge Guest library/lounge
  • Guided Safaris Included Guided Safaris Included
  • Housekeeping Service Housekeeping Service
  • Internet Access Internet Access
  • Kids Club Kids Club
  • Laundry Service Laundry Service
  • Major Credit Card Accepted Major Credit Card Accepted
  • Multi-lingual reception staff Multi-lingual reception staff
  • Non-smoking rooms Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Room Service Room Service
  • Spa Spa
  • Suitable for Children Suitable for Children
  • Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
  • Valet & Pressing service Valet & Pressing service
  • Wedding Services Wedding Services
  • Wheelchair accessible Wheelchair accessible
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi) Wireless Internet (WiFi)

In-Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Overhead Fans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Ensuite Bathroom with Separate Shower
  • Coffee & Tea Making Facilities
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Safety Deposit Box (In Room)
  • Telephone
  • Patio/Balcony

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