Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, now protecting over 110,000 hectares of spectacular grasslands and mountains. We take conservation as our absolute priority; our vision is to “restore the Kalahari to itself.”


No more than 30 guests at a time can discover the beauty of this arid savannah, its diverse wildlife and the serenity of what may well be South Africa’s last great wilderness.

We hope that by redefining the way in which wilderness conservation and research work hand in hand with our guests’ experience and the engagement of our community, we can create an inspirational legacy which secures this special place for future generations.

Tswalu Kalahari  Accommodation

The Motse

The Motse, lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse means “village” in Tswana, and our village consists of just nine spacious and secluded “legae” (Tswana for “little house”).

Our legae are built of desert sand, local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Each comprises a spacious bedroom with an open fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower, together with a large study area.

Watch a variety of wildlife from your private sun deck, as they meander down to The Motse waterhole.

Legaes (Suites)

  • Indoor & outdoor showers

  • Open fireplace

  • Private sundeck

  • Separate dressing area

  • Broadband Wi-Fi Access

  • Direct dial telephone

Main House

  • Outdoor heated swimming pool

  • Sanctuary Spa & Gym

  • Walk-in wine cellar stocked with fine South African wines

  • Mezzanine library with satellite TV


Settled between two mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own
personal home here at Tswalu and offers a complete oasis of serenity.

5 Suites

  • Dedicated chef

  • Tranquil poolside deck

  • Private game viewing vehicle

  • Outdoor walk-in showers

  • Two lounges with open fireplaces

  • Outdoor swimming pool

Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families or groups of great friends.

Its five luxurious suites, each with a magnificent en-suite bathroom, accommodate a maximum of 10 guests in total.

The homestead has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure meticulous and completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker complete this bespoke safari experience.

The Malori

Listen to the thrilling calls of the Kalahari. This night, the desert is yours alone.  

Our sleep-out deck, Malori (meaning ‘dreamer’ in Tswana), offers guests the unparalleled experience of sleeping safely in the wilderness, under the fabled “diamond skies.”

From a distance, Malori looks like another sociable weaver’s nest on the horizon. Come closer, and you can see a raised platform and a thatched overhang with weather-proof blinds to protect you.

Choose to sleep under the thatch or simply roll the bed onto the open deck with thousands of stars above yo


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