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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Why we like it
- South Africa's largest private game reserve owned by the Oppenheimer family
- A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux
- Activities available include bush walks, horse riding, game drives, talks with the reserve's ecologists, visit the staff village and an array of interactive children's activities
- The perfect choice of camps for travellers looking to immerse themselves in the wilderness and life in the bush
- A dedicated team of field guides and butlers allow guests to choose how to get the best of their day
Discover ancient rock art, recent archaeological research at Tswalu suggests that some of the Bushmen carvings may be up to 380,000 years old.
Joanne Swinton's detailed knowledge of South Africa has been invaluable and her enthusiasm to respond to our needs is greatly appreciated.
- FJ, Perthshire
The accommodation at Tswalu epitomises stylish yet rustic elegance. The main lodge The Motse consists of eight authentic stone-walled and thatch-roofed bungalows. For those looking for exclusivity and personal service, Tarkuni is ideal for a small party or family due to its privacy and the ability to book it exclusively. The Motse boasts a galleried library, outdoor and indoor dining areas, wine cellar and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Sundowners on lantern-lit dunes, boma dining and Lekgaba Lookout offer a variety of exciting eating experiences. Activities include game drives in open-sided, canopied safari vehicles, horse riding with a qualified equestrian and bush walks led by experienced field guides. There is an award winning spa offering a variety of wellness treatments and massages. Tswalu is a fascinating and magical place a pristine wilderness waiting to be discovered with so much to see and do here a minimum of three nights is highly recommended. Daily Flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg allow Tswalu to be added simply to any South Africa itinerary.
Best time to be there
October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.
11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.
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