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A vast and magical land Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, Tswalu takes conservation as its absolute priority; our vision is simply ‘to restore the Kalahari to itself’. No more than thirty guests at a time can discover the beauty of this landscape, its diverse wildlife, and the serenity of what may well be South Africa’s last great wilderness. The MotseAn Island of Calm Our main property, the Motse, nestles 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 eight spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites. These legaes are built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Recently redesigned by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson, our suites define an elegant, barefoot luxury. Writing in Conde Nast Traveller, Justin Cartwright describes their charm; “A style has evolved in southern Africa of safari chic, which involves a fusion of African artefacts and art with very contemporary furniture. Nowhere I have seen does it as well as Tswalu.” - Conde Nast Traveller, December 2009 Each suite comprises a spacious bedroom with an open fire, a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower, and a large dressing and study area. Your private sun deck overlooks a waterhole and the changing Kalahari animals it attracts. Two legae have been designed especially for families. Each offers two separate bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room again leading on to a shady, private terrace. These legae are each over 170 square metres in size and create the perfect environment for any family group. The Motse accommodates no more than 20 guests at any one time to make for a truly intimate Kalahari safari experience. The main house is a spectacular space in which to meet, with its elevated decks and elegant lounges. An infinity pool offers an endless view over the savannahs and a secluded spa is designed to complete your total relaxation. The mezzanine library is equipped with satellite tv (the Motse also has full broadband Wi-Fi access throughout) and its museum cases display rare artefacts from the area. All profits from our exclusive Foundation Gift Shop go directly to fund important new research on the reserve. TarkuniA World Apart Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary. 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. Tarkuni creates an oasis of serenity in the desert. The home has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure a completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker ensure an equally bespoke safari experience. Tarkuni’s quiet pool and shady salas offer calm and contemplation. Its own traditional boma has seen many celebrations. And its beguiling charm has led many guests to return to what becomes their home in the Kalahari.
Motse: Accommodates a total of 22 guests.Nine individual desert sand wall and thatch roof legaes (suites).Two of the nine legaes (suites) were designed with families in mind, each accommodating four people. Each legae (suite) overlooks the watering hole and comprises an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, outside shower, private lounge, open fireplace, private sun deck, telephone, safe and mini bar.Tarkuni: Tarkuni comprises four luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor shower, open plan lounge and dining room, library, covered patio and heated swimming pool. Children’s accommodation comprises two sets of bunk beds, sleeping four.Nannies room accommodation comprises of two single beds and bathroom en suite.
MotseRates Include:Accommodation, two daily game drives in open safari vehicles, walking safaris led by experienced rangers and trackers, all drinks (except from The Oppenheimer Collection), local telephone calls, laundry, valet services and VAT @ 14%. Rates Exclude:Transfers to and from Tswalu, international telephone calls, Tswalu gift shop purchases, private safari vehicle hire with personal field guide and tracker, horse riding accompanied by a qualified riding guide, transfer to and from Sishen Golf Course plus green fees, baby sitting service.TarkuniRates Include:Accommodation, two daily game drives in open safari vehicles, walking safaris led by experienced rangers and trackers, all drinks (except from The Oppenheimer Collection at Motse), local telephone calls, laundry, valet services and VAT @ 14%.Rates Exclude:Transfers to and from Tswalu, international telephone calls, Tswalu gift shop purchases, private safari vehicle hire with personal field guide and tracker, horse riding accompanied by a qualified riding guide, transfer to and from Sishen Gold Course plus green fees, baby sitting service.
Activities available at an extra cost: Game drives in open-sided, canopied safari vehicles. Private vehicle with personal field guide and tracker available at extra cost.
Horse riding accompanied by a qualified equestrian: One to six hour rides, day rides, mountain rides and sunset dune rides available. Tuition offered in an enclosed post and rail arena. Riding equipment available to hire.Bush walks led by experienced field guides who give guests an insight into the local vegetation, bush medicines, cosmetics and hunting skills of the San People.Sundowners on Namakwari’s lantern-lit dunes, Boma dining and Lekgaba Lookout offer a variety of eating experiences; and bush dining is a relaxing interlude during a game drive, horse ride or walk.
Watering holes provide wonderful bird and game viewing opportunities. Lekgaba lookout offers breathtaking landscapes for both artists and photographers. The Kalahari region is regarded as the finest area in Africa for stargazing and Tswalu has a high- powered telescope with which to explore the night sky.
Sishen Golf Club, one hour from Tswalu and rated in the top 20 best courses in South Africa. Archaeology sites can be visited on request.Meerkats at Tswalu Reserve. No children under the age of 6 years.Rock engravings at Nchwaneng transport charge per group.The MotseFeatures & Facilities General •6 standard legaes/suites •2 family legaes, each accommodating four people Legaes (Suites) •Indoor & outdoor showers •Open fireplace •Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole •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 South African wines •Mezzanine library with satellite TV, literature & artefacts •Tswalu Foundation Gift Shop TarkuniFacilities & Features •Exclusive private home with 5 individual suites •Accommodates 1-10 guests •Dedicated chef •Tranquil poolside deck •Private game viewing vehicle •Outdoor walk-in showers •2 lounges with open fireplaces •Outdoor swimming pool Prices subject to change.Please confirm with our consultantsPrivate Vehicle Hire with personal Field Guide and Tracker Vehicle rate per day R2500 Flights 2011 JNB/Tswalu One way R2800 Return R5500 CPT/Tswalu One way R3300 Return R6500 Schedule Times: JNB 13h00 (1hr 30 min flight) CPT 11h00 (2 hr flight) JNB flight departs from Tswalu at 15h00 CPT flight departs from Tswalu at 13h30 Luggage allowance of 12 kg per person in soft sided bag Minimum 2 passengers