Tswalu Kalahari Reserve covers more than 1,200 square kilometres (120,000 hectares) on the edge of the Kalahari desert, making it one of the largest privately owned wildlife reserves in South Africa.
Accommodation & Facilities
Tarkuni Villa is in a private area of the Tswalu Reserve in the Korannaberg Mountains, and is perfect for families and small groups of up to ten guests. The Villa can be taken by two separate groups or exclusively. Guests at Tarkuni have complete flexibility with private wildlife viewing vehicles, a guide and a dedicated chef. Built amid rolling mountains the accommodation consists of five luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Sliding glass doors lead onto outdoor decks and private terraces with star beds which can be made up on request, to give guests the thrill of sleeping under the stars. There is also an open plan lounge and dining room, library, covered patio and a heated swimming pool. Children are well provided for, with two sets of bunk beds and separate nanny quarters with two single beds and an en-suite bathroom.
Tswalu has two sleep-out platforms. The Malori, located in the sand dunes, has a thatched roof towards the back of the platform to provide shelter if required, and an ensuite bathroom. Dinner is prepared while the guests enjoy sun-downers and the amazing Kalahari sunsets, and the following morning they can ride, walk or drive back to the lodge. Naledi is located closer to the Korannaberg Mountains, is simpler in style and is a family friendly option, raised well above the ground, and equipped with an ensuite bathroom. Malori must be booked in advance, for an additional charge, while Naledi can be arranged on arrival and is currently complementary.
Wildlife & Activities
Guests can take guided walks across the stunning, silent red dunes. Drives in open-sided safari vehicles allow visitors to enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, an impressive sunset or splendid bush dinner. Bird-watching, star-gazing, rhino tracking and exciting visits to the habituated meerkat dens of Tswalu are just some of the activities on offer. Optional horse riding trails, with a qualified guide, enable guests to become one with nature and to experience close encounters with wildlife. Tswalu has a helicopter that can take five guests on scenic flights around the reserve, as well as to other places of interest nearby, which adds a fantastic new dimension to exploring this magnificent part of the Kalahari. Please ask us for pricing details for helicopter flights and for a night at Malori.