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About Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead

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, African wild dogs and bat-eared fox - as well as 264 bird species.

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. 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 Kalahari Reserve caters individually to everyone’s needs.

Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead Setting

Stretching across Southern Africa, the Kalahari Desert envelops a substantial portion of Botswana, the eastern third of Namibia, and the northernmost expanse of South Africa's Northern Cape Province. The segment of the vast Kalahari Desert situated within South Africa's Northern Cape Province is just a portion of the expansive arid to semi-arid sandy expanse recognized as the Kalahari Basin, encompassing a massive area of 2.5 million square kilometers, extending from the Orange River over a significant portion of Botswana, along with parts of Namibia.

You’ll have a wide choice when it comes to safari activities and wildlife experiences on offer at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, including private, tailor-made game drives which you can do at your own pace, guided bush walks, meerkat encounters, spa treatments, horseback safaris, stargazing, a junior rangers programme, and dinner under the stars. The word 'tswalu' means 'a new beginning' in Setswana, and perfectly describes the sustainable tourism of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – to provide guests with an inspiring and memorable safari experience and to restore the unique and endemic fauna and flora of the Kalahari.

*Stay 6, Pay 6 Comber offer available

* Stay 4, Pay 3 offer available (Loapi Tented Camp)

What's included

  • All meals and dining experiences (including dinner at Klein JAN Restaurant)
  • All beverages
  • Private game drives
  • All featured safari and conservation activities
  • In-suite bar and pantry
  • WiFi access
  • Laundry and valet services
  • Child minding services


  • 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 Tarkuni Homestead 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 Kalahari Reserve aims to consistently strive for a balance between Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – the 4 Cs of sustainability. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve aims 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.

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