Tswalu Kalahari

The exclusive Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is renowned for being the biggest private game reserve in South Africa, spanning more than 114,000 hectares. This uniquely African ecotourism destination, located near Kuruman in the Northern Cape province, boasts a rich abundance of wildlife. Here you can spot critically endangered and elusive species, including brown hyena, desert black rhino, pangolin, giraffe, aardwolf and bat-eared fox - as well as 264 bird species.

The word ‘tswalu’ means “a new beginning” in Setswana and aptly reflects the sustainable tourism ethos upon which the Tswalu luxury safari lodge was founded: to provide guests with an inspiring and memorable safari experience and to restore the unique and endemic fauna and flora of the Kalahari.

Relax and unwind in one of several nature-inspired luxury lodges within this malaria-free private conservation area: the Tarkuni Homestead, Loapi Tented Camp, or the Motse Camp. These luxurious Tswalu accommodation options offer breathtaking views of the Kalahari, private plunge pools, outdoor showers and even a Malori sleep-out deck where you can stargaze beneath an African night sky.

You’ll have a wide choice when it comes to activities and experience on offer at Tswalu Safari Lodge. These Tswalu safari and wildlife experiences include private, tailor-made game drives which you can do at your own pace, guided walks, meerkat encounters, spa treatments, horseback safaris, stargazing, a junior rangers programme, and dinner under a blanket of stars.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic safari experience, a honeymoon retreat, a unique wedding destination, or an unforgettable African family safari experience - Tswalu Safari Lodge caters individually to everyone’s needs.

Tswalu takes a low-impact, high-value approach to sustainable ecotourism, having the lowest guest footprint in South Africa. That means you’ll enjoy ultimate luxury and privacy, and your conservation contribution through staying in Tswalu Camps & Lodges will help to protect this important ecological habitat in the heart of the green Kalahari.

*Stay 5, Pay 4 offer available

* Stay 7, Pay 5 offer available

Accommodation options at Tswalu Kalahari

  • The Motse

    groupMin 1 guest - max guests

    At the foot of the Korannaberg mountains at Tswalu, the Motse is a contemporary camp with 9 lodge suites 'legae', the Tswana word for ‘home’. The entire camp, i…


    from R 33500 / Per person per night sharing

  • Tarkuni

    groupMin 1 guest - max guests

    Tarkuni is Tswalu’s private house with 5 suites, it is the perfect getaway destination for multi-generational families or a celebratory reunion of friends. Loca…


    from R 137300 / Per accommodation per night


What's included

Fully Inclusive:

  • Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker for all bookings
  • Night drives
  • Nature walks, including traditional plant use interpretation
  • Habituated meerkats experience
  • Horse riding
  • Bird watching
  • Some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa
  • A visit to our community clinic and pre-school
  • A visit and/or introduction to The Tswalu Foundation research projects
  • Involvement in wildlife project work on property, when available
  • Luxury full board accommodation
  • All meals including a variety of dining experiences from boma dinners to bush picnics
  • Dinner at Klein JAN restaurant based on a minimum of a 2-night stay (children over the age of 12 are welcome / child minding arranged for younger children)
  • All beverages and full selection from our award-winning wine-list
  • In-suite tea and coffee making facilities
  • In-suite private bar and gourmet pantry
  • Laundry and valet services
  • Wireless internet access and national telephone calls
  • Child minding services

Rates exclude:

Transfers to and f rom Tswalu

Gift shop purchases

Malori sleep-out deck

Spa treatments

Tswalu Foundation donations

Gratuities (a guideline of R1700 per vehicle per day: R600 guide/R600 tracker/R500 general staff)


How to get there

  • 2 hrs

    Kimberley Airport

  • Tswalu Kalahari

    The Motse -Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

  • Check in at Tswalu Kalahari

    14:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Tswalu Kalahari

    11:00 on day of departure

R 33,500
/ per person per night sharing

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  • Beyond Expectation

    It is hard to even begin to do Tswalu justice with my words. Without a doubt, Tswalu is a magical experience on every level: Scenery, animals, accommodations, cuisine, service and, last but so not least, the people. I have never met more gracious, lovely and kind people in all of my travels. Nothing short of once-in-a-lifetime and unforgettable.

    Conservio.com review

    D. Mac

  • Amazing Kalahari

    It was the most luxurious and relaxing experience but we also learned so much about the Kalahari and about the area and it was truly just the most special experience.

    Conservio.com review

    O. Cambridge

  • Thanks for the amazing stay

    Tswalu was fabulous, we enjoyed every minute. It is only thanks to Conservio that we were able to go, we are so appreciative of all their efforts to make this happen and ensuring that our stay was a great one. We would definitely do it over and over again!

    Conservio.com review

    L. Horst

Tswalu Kalahari impact highlights

The Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is committed to conserving and restoring the natural biodiversity of the Kalahari and promoting its cultural and historical heritage through sustainable ecotourism.

As a Fellow Member of The Long Run, which is endorsed by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Tswalu aims to consistently strive for a balance between Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – the 4Cs of sustainability.

Tswalu wants to leave the world in a better state through low-volume, high-impact, nature-based travel - where conservation contributions help provide community services and healthcare, as well as supporting environmental research projects through the Tswalu Foundation, and restoring and safeguarding biodiversity.