October 24

Tswalu Kalahari in Pictures


By Marlin Clark on October 24, 2023

Nestled in the vast Kalahari Desert, you'll find Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa's largest private game reserve. Tswalu promises an exclusive safari adventure for the whole family, with its three luxury camps accommodating up to 40 guests. Best known for being home to a unique ecosystem and wildlife species, it offers more than just safaris. If you love fine dining, you'll be in culinary heaven at Tswalu's Klein JAN restaurant. Follow us through all the many things that make Tswalu Kalahari one of the premier luxury safari destinations in Africa...


Giraffe sightings

Did you know that, like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same pattern on their coat? 

Tswalu takes pride in crafting each game drive as an unforgettable experience. Imagine having your private safari vehicle, a dedicated guide, and a skilled tracker all to yourself, making every wildlife sighting an exclusive journey you won't share with anyone else!


Each big cat interaction in the wild is fascinating

In Tswalu's vast game reserve, animals roam freely, making every wildlife sighting a gratifying experience. Cheetahs have long roamed Tswalu and are well-adapted to the area, so you'll more than likely be treated to seeing quite a few of these spotted beauties during your stay.


This scenery gives a new meaning to a "coffee break", Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

The landscapes, where the red Kalahari dunes meet rolling grasslands and the Korannaberg mountains, offer breathtaking views in every direction. You can explore the diverse habitats and wildlife across the reserve, pausing to soak in the beauty of the southern Kalahari at your own pace.


Luxury in the middle of the Kalahari

Each camp is designed to show off the Kalahari's dramatic landscapes

Tswalu Kalahari presents three distinctive luxury safari camps, each with unique charm and allure. Whether you seek an intimate retreat for two, a spacious homestead for larger families or friends, or the pinnacle of private wilderness luxury in a tented safari home, the choice is yours to make!


Drone view of South Africa’s largest private game reserve

A birds-eye view of South Africa’s largest private game reserve

In this remote and uncharted corner of South Africa, endless opportunities await you to uncover its distinct charm and features. Embark on daily adventures in various directions of the reserve with game drives, nature walks, and even horseback rides. Spend time tracking the animals, birding, or photographing nature's inspiring antics.


Tswalu Kalahari activities bush walk aardvark.

An entirely distinctive ecosystem with unique and diverse wildlife, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

The unique climate, combined with Tswalu's dedicated conservation and restoration efforts, creates a sanctuary for a wide array of rare, protected, and critically endangered wildlife. During your safari, you'll have a front-row seat to some of Africa's most elusive species, including the brown hyena, pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, and bat-eared fox.


Learn about current research projects and meet visiting scientific researchers while on safari, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari is primarily a conservation endeavour dedicated to safeguarding essential habitats, restoring biodiversity, and preserving the Kalahari's natural environment. Therefore, your stay at Tswalu directly supports their conservation mission and plays a crucial role in advancing their sustainability efforts.


Whether you're an amateur or expert photographer, astonishing scenes like this await, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

African wild dogs are an endangered species that you can find at Tswalu. Renowned for their formidable hunting prowess, they collaborate as a pack to capture their prey. Witnessing this incredible and thrilling spectacle is truly remarkable.


Explore the Kalahari with that special person in your life, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu is the perfect romantic safari destination for any occasion, whether a spontaneous getaway, anniversary, honeymoon, or wedding celebration. Here, you can relax poolside, indulge in a couples' massage, embark on adventurous game drives and nature walks, and savour intimate bush breakfasts and sunset drinks. End the day with a lantern-lit dinner for two, followed by a night under the starry wilderness sky.


So much untouched space all around, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu offers a serene escape where you can truly unwind. Privacy, exclusivity, and luxury are treasured here. With a limited guest footprint, you'll receive personalised attention, and every detail of your stay will be tailored to match your pace and preferences.


Owl in Tswalu Private Game Reserve

Keep your eyes peeled – the magic of nature is in the big and small creatures

Tswalu, with its 264 bird species, is a haven for bird enthusiasts. We recommend starting your day with an early walking safari for the best birding experience. If bird-watching isn't your passion, keep an eye out for majestic birds of prey, vibrant flocks at the water pans, and the fascinating community nests of sociable weavers to spark your curiosity.


A different vantage point of Tswalu's landscapes and wildlife, Image credit: Tswalu Kalahari

Experience nature up close, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and sensations of the wilderness on a leisurely horseback safari at Tswalu Kalahari. Follow game trails through the grasslands and connect with nature from the saddle. Tswalu provides well-trained horses suitable for riders of all levels, from beginners to experts.


Tswalu Kalahari The Motse Lodge

Each element is exquisitely designed to reflect the natural environment, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu is a timeless place where luxury and nature coexist in a paradoxical harmony. Here, resilient wildlife thrives in the harsh desert conditions. And it's this captivating interplay of this ecosystem that makes Tswalu truly enchanting and unique.


Take advantage of the alfresco dining options to capitalise on the endless views, Image Credit: Tswalu Kalahari

Dining at Tswalu is an exceptional experience in its own right. Whether you're savouring a private meal on your veranda, dining under the stars in a South African boma, enjoying a picnic during a game drive, or indulging in a memorable feast at Klein JAN, each dish is crafted with a foundation in local heritage and sustainability. Klein JAN is run by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, who was the first South African chef to obtain a Michelin-star for his restaurant JAN in France.


Sunset on safari at Tswalu Private Game Reserve

Golden hour on safari is always paired with sundowner drinks

With its abundant and diverse wildlife, exclusive game-viewing experiences, and exceptional service, the largest private game reserve in South Africa should be at the forefront of your Kalahari safari desires.

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About the author 

Marlin Clark

Marlin was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Cape Town at the age of five. Growing up, he's always been fascinated with colours and shapes - the Lego blocks he was obsessed with as a kid are now repurposed as stationary holders on his desk. Marlin is inspired by all things beautiful, has a positive outlook on life, and is driven by a desire to make things that matter. In his spare time he enjoys expanding his knowledge on all things design-related, loves to travel, and find opportunities to improve his outdoor photography. He'll never pass up a good cup of coffee.

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