Tswalu The Motse
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve covers more than 1,000 square kilometres ( over 110,000 ha) on the edge of the Kalahari desert, making it the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa.
Accommodation & Facilities
The Motse is an African village consisting of nine authentic stone walled and thatch-roofed bungalows. Each bungalow is elegantly appointed with indoor and outdoor showers (the outdoor version looks out across the Kalahari plains), and private sundecks, creating a rustic feel without compromising its private and luxurious facilities. Three are family rooms accommodating four guests each. Guests can either enjoy meals in the dining room, or in the privacy of their own suite. The lodge has a large heated pool, a walk-in wine cellar stocked with many fine South African wines, and a spa and gym, as well as a luxurious dining room, bar, lounge and library.
Tswalu has a sleep-out platform, the Malori, where guests can sleep under the stars in magnificent style and comfort, with a thatched roof towards the back of the platform to provide shelter if required. The Malori is located about 5 miles from the main lodge, and offers those who opt to sleep here the chance to experience at close quarters the nocturnal sounds of the bush and the incredible swathe of stars in the desert night sky. Dinner is prepared while the guests enjoy sun-downers and the amazing Kalahari sunsets, and the following morning they can ride, walk or drive back to the lodge.
Wildlife & Activities
Guests can take guided walks across the stunning, silent red dunes. Private game drives in open-sided safari vehicles allow guests excellent wildlife sightings, and can also stop at scenic spots to enjoy an impressive sunset or splendid bush dinner. Bird-watching, star-gazing, rhino tracking and exciting visits to the habituated meerkat dens of Tswalu are just some of the activities on offer. Optional horseriding, with a qualified guide, gives guests the chance to become one with nature and to experience close encounters with wildlife. Tswalu has a helicopter that can take five guests on scenic flights around the reserve, as well as to other places of interest nearby, which adds a fantastic new dimension to exploring this magnificent part of the Kalahari. Please ask us for pricing details for helicopter flights.