Tswalu Private Desert Reserve

Not simply a safari destination, Tswalu owes its existence to the need to protect some of Africa's most endangered species. Here is an on-going conservation project of international significance which will fascinate and involve the visitor to this private desert reserve.

In the 20th Century man claimed this area of the Kalahari for agriculture, an ecological catastrophe which decimated the wildlife as farmers cleared the land.

Covering an area of over one thousand square kilometres, Tswalu has now turned the clock back and returned the Kalahari to nature. Tswalu, which means "new beginning", is now home to a unique collection of over forty species of animals and over two hundred species of birds. Amongst those that share the land are white rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, leopard, kudu, king cheetah, cheetah, lion and ten of the remaining desert black rhinoceros, one of Africa's most endangered species.

There is also an animal sanctuary where the Tswalu team care for orphaned and injured animals before returning them to the wild.

Tswalu is the ultimate safari experience. Animals roam at will and the twice-daily game drives are journeys of discovery. If you have a specific request, a particular animal you would like to observe, a privately organised game drive with your own personal ranger and tracker can be arranged. Horse riding trails and walking excursions allow the explorer a more leisurely perspective.


Tswalu offers a luxurious lifestyle. The Relais & Chateaux lodge combines the rustic character of a traditional African settlement with the comforts and facilities of a luxury hotel, including a year round heated swimming pool. Tswalu consists of a magnificent main lodge surrounded by nine individual lodges, all fully air-conditioned.

Each of these lodges is stunningly decorated with antique colonial furniture and tribal artefacts and has a lounge, bedroom, bathroom, showers both inside and out and a sun deck from where you can unwind and enjoy the fabulous sunsets.

You might enjoy sundowners on the crest of a lantern-lit dune or a feast under the stars in the boma. Your visit will feature sumptuous gourmet meals and vintage wines served at tables laid with crisp linen and polished silver. Tswalu is balm to the soul and offers the traveller a unique Kalahari experience.


·          Swimming pool  

·          Library with television and satellite  

·          Malaria-free zone

·          Easily accessible from all directions by road

·          Private runway capable of handling even the largest private jets

·          Babysitting available

·          Curio shop

·          Boma - al fresco dining area with log fire at night

·          Rates include full board, twice daily game drives in open Land Rovers, walking safaris accompanied by experienced rangers/trackers, laundry/valet

·          Air shuttle service from JHB International airport 3 days a week

·          9 lodges accommodate maximum of 22 people







Each lodge has:-

·          Private bathroom with inside and outside shower

·          Telephone and safe

·          Open fire

·          Private sundeck with uninterrupted views across Kalahari

·          Spacious lounge

·          Air conditioning



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