South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari encompasses around 272,000 acres of dramatic mountains, rolling dunes and scrubby grasslands, inhabited by over 80 mammal and 240 bird species. Opportunities abound to observe rare animals such as roan and sable antelope as well as meerkats, desert rhino and magnificent black-maned Kalahari lions. Just 10 vehicles enjoy access to this terrain ensuring that safaris here are exclusive and personal experiences. Another major bonus is that this region is malaria-free, so families with young children can enjoy a stress-free holiday.
Guests at Tswalu Kalahari can choose from two accommodation options. The Motse comprises of 9 secluded “legae” or “little houses” in the Tswana language. Each of these are fashioned from sand, stone and thatch, featuring open fireplaces, personal sundecks, indoor and outdoor showers, with three units designed specifically for families. The Tarkuni offers 5 luxury suites, a peaceful pool and traditional ‘boma’. With its own team of staff including a chef, private vehicle, guide and tracker, this homestead can be booked for exclusive use.
Aside from productive game drives across the enchanting landscape, guests at Tswalu Kalahari can take part in guided walks, safaris on horseback, ancient rock art excursions and sleepouts at “Malori”. Meaning “dreamer” in Tswana, this raised platform is built to resemble a weaver’s nest with a small thatch overhang, providing the option of shelter should you tire of sleeping beneath a blanket of stars. Romantic candlelit dinners can also be arranged here, with sundowners drinks and canapes to savour as the sun sinks beneath the horizon.
Tswalu Kalahari also offers one of Southern Africa’s most exclusive interactions – a chance for guests to view meerkats. The reserve has two colonies of habituated meerkats that have grown accustomed to humans, allowing guests to approach for close observations. The region is also home to other unsual carnivores such as bat eared fox, aardwolf, brown hyena and small spotted genet.