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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Discover a place where time stands still and horizons are defined by vast swathes of Kalahari sand. The name Kalahari means “waterless place” in Tswana. The Southern Kalahari, due to its location and local climate conditions, receives somewhat more rain than the central Kalahari, allowing it to support a large diversity of life. It is for this reason that the southern Kalahari is frequently referred to as the “Green Kalahari” – this is the home of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

For your own private slice of the Kalahari, you can do no better than Tswalu. This is the largest private game reserve in South Africa, and owned by the highly dedicated Oppenheimer family. Set in 1000 sq kilometres of semi-arid desert, the malaria free reserve of Tswalu is a wild, unspoilt part of Africa, where the encounter with nature is unforgettable.

Choose to stay at either Tswalu Kalahari’s main property, The Motse, or at the nearby personal home of the Oppenheimer family, Tarkuni. The Motse accommodates up to 20 guests in 8 individually appointed suites. For families and larger groups, Tarkuni is available for exclusive use. And for a private glamping experience stay at The Malori Sleep Out Deck. Imagine sleeping in a luxury king-size bed on a raised deck in the middle of the nowhere, surrounded by the calls of nocturnal animals with nothing between you and the brilliant stars of the Kalahari night sky.

Tswalu has a mission to create a sustainable tourism initiative and restore the Kalahari – it is, for example, responsible for reintroducing black-maned Kalahari lion. You may also see the critically endangered black rhino, cheetah, rare sable antelope, giraffe, zebra and meerkats plus ancient acacia trees and 30,000-year-old San Bushmen rock carvings.

The best way to spot wildlife on safari is to blend in seamlessly with the landscape. Set out on an early morning guided bushwalk, game drive, or horseback safari – or just relax by the pool with a great view of the active watering hole – and you’ll surely spot some action worthy of National Geographic.

At the end of the day, dine on seriously delicious food paired with the finest South African wines, while watching the sunset over the Kalahari. Tomorrow is sure to be another unforgettable day – you can explore ancient archaeological sites, take a hot-air balloon ride, fly to nearby Augrabie Falls, relax at the spa … like the wildlife and landscapes here, the possibilities are endless.

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