Tswalu The Motse

Tswalu Kalahari


 

Overview

Unique habitat

·        Tswalu falls within the arid savanna biome of southern Africa and has three main habitats – dunes, plains and Korannaberg mountains. The presence of these mountains form a huge basin which acts as a natural rainfall catchment. This provides a healthy water table and encourages a large, successful diversity of life - with about 80 species of mammals and 240 species of birds.

 

·        The main focus of the Tswalu Kalahari tourism experience is to expose guests to the wonders of the Kalahari ecosystem. Our guides are encouraged to explore all aspects of this ecosystem including plant life, insects, birds, reptiles and the smaller mammals and to help our guests to understand the importance of conservation with particular reference to Tswalu’s vast and unique wilderness.

 

Rare and endangered species

·        While Tswalu is home to most of the "charismatic" African big game species such as lion, cheetah, wild dog, desert black rhino and buffalo, Tswalu has developed into a vast area of unique biodiversity and natural beauty which offers safe haven to a number of rare and endangered species, including pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, African wild dog, rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe and endangered raptors.

 

Adventure

·        Guests are encouraged to experience a variety of game-viewing opportunities over and above the regular game drives in a 4X4 vehicle - from guided bush walks, leisurely horseback safaris, to spending time with our habituated meerkats.

 

·        The Malori sleep-out deck offers couples or families the unique opportunity to sleep under the Kalahari night sky.

Privacy and flexibility

·        For complete privacy and exclusivity of the safari experience, every booking receives a private vehicle, guide, and tracker. This allows for total flexibility and a personalised safari plan offering with no set game drive times.

 

·        A customised safari plan means that Tswalu has no set meal times and therefore caters to guests at their pace without impacting on their safari experience.

 

·        Guests are also able to experience a variety of dining options including boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings, champagne breakfasts and dune picnics.

 

Inspirational travel

·        Tswalu inspires a new sustainable way of life with its long term vision of restoring the wilderness for future generations. It's an inspirational legacy which redefines wilderness conservation, the safari and guest experiences, community engagement, and research.

 

·       Being the largest private game reserve in South Africa – a pristine wildlife wilderness of over 11 2000 hectares (280 000 acres) Tswalu offers an authentic African wildlife experience.

 

·        The limited number of beds (just 30 in total) ensures that a limited number of safari vehicles traverse the area at any one time. There is no need to queue for sightings or have limited time at sightings.

 

·        The arid nature of the savannah means that game, although plentiful, is scattered across a huge expanse. Thus, as the periods between sightings of large game may be extended, guides are required to offer more than simply a view of big game, while the trackers work tirelessly in pursuit of memorable sightings.

 

·        The unique, award-winning Tswalu Safari Spa offers indulgent treatments using plant-based emollient rich aromatic oils. Authentic signature massages are performed by local therapists.

 

·        The Kalahari is the ancestral home of the San people and some of the oldest Bushman rock engravings can be seen at Tswalu.

 

·        Tswalu is located in a malaria-free area eliminating the need for anti-malaria medication.

 

·        Tswalu welcomes families. and actively encourages children to participate fully in the safari experience with a specially designed Junior Rangers Programme.

 

·        Because of its unique landscape, wildlife and experience, Tswalu combines perfectly into any itinerary and provides the ideal partnership with other wilderness regions.

Rooms:

Motse Suite

Please note that The Motse will be closed until 16 June 2019 for an extensive renovation programme.
This project will deliver a new world of luxury, privacy, and exclusivity to our guests and we have posted renderings of some aspects of the transformation.

Tarkuni Homestead will remain operational during the period that The Motse is closed.

Motse Family Suite

Please note that The Motse will be closed until 16 June 2019 for an extensive renovation programme.
This project will deliver a new world of luxury, privacy, and exclusivity to our guests and we have posted renderings of some aspects of the transformation.

Tarkuni Homestead will remain operational during the period that The Motse is closed.

Activities & features:

Games drives

Game drives at Tswalu are a unique experience because guests have their own vehicles, guide and tracker. Our expert Field Guides have been specially trained in Kalahari wildlife and each contributes personally to the constant programme of research and conservation on our reserve.

In addition to this, Tswalu is over 100 000 hectares in size. This means that you will not see another vehicle on your game drive. It also means that game drives can be completely tailored to the guests' interests.

As well as discovering many rare and endangered species for the first time, every guest leaves with a deep appreciation of the beauty of this entire eco-system.

Bush walks

Guided bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. We want people to get even closer to the land. To touch the unique vegetation (and learn about some plants’ extraordinary properties). To inspect nests and burrows. To examine the smallest insect.

A morning can begin by walking to a meerkat colony and watching these engaging mammals warm themselves in the sunshine before they scamper off to forage.

Night walks are now also possible, offering the chance of exceptional sightings such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena at even closer range.

Horseback riding

Another exciting game viewing option at Tswalu is a horseback safari.

Horseback safaris allow guests to explore the dunes and savannahs on our well-schooled and well-mannered horses, which are suitable for all ages and all levels of experience.

There is no better way to get close to nature and the wildlife. On a horse safari in at Tswalu, you become part of the landscape and many of the animals react differently to your presence. No-one who experiences this kind of closeness with wildlife ever forgets it.

Our equestrian guides are well trained in the Kalahari ecology, and will lead you on a true safari where you can ride alongside antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, or watch them from a distance without detection.

Children are welcome on horseback safaris. Both trail and English saddles are available and every piece of necessary equipment is provided, in every imaginable size.

Junior Ranger's Programme

Children are welcome at Tswalu and the reserve is well equipped to cater for them. Tswalu believes that they too can be part of the conservation vision.

The youngsters will be introduced to the Junior Ranger programme and given a backpack with guides and tools to help them learn about the Kalahari. During their stay they will make their own bow and arrow for archery, learn how to identify spoor, and track game on foot.

In between game walks and drives there are activities at The Motse specially designed to occupy the kids while mom and dad relax. Tswalu’s stables will create a special “pony camp” for any child who shares their passion for horses. There is no malaria in this part of the Kalahari and the pool is a big attraction. They can chat to the rangers, decorate cup cakes and even cook their own bush dinner in the special children’s boma. A separate children’s menu caters for their individual tastes.

Babysitters can be arranged for younger children if parents want time alone.

Tswalu Spa

Tswalu's Spa is a combination of sensual spaces which combine to create one of the most unusual spa experiences in Africa.

Designed to enhance the natural beauty of the Kalahari and take advantage of the superb climate, the outdoor treatment area is within an indigenous spa garden where guests may find the occasional antelope grazing alongside them and be lulled into a deep state of relaxation by the sound of birdsong.

The indoor spa area is a natural extension of the earth, inspired by nature and the splendour of the Kalahari, with natural finishes and fabrics and simple spaces which together create a sense of tranquility and barefoot elegance.

Guests may also choose to have their treatments at an outdoor tsala, where a rustic structure protects one from the elements and is positioned to give a bird’s eye view of the open grasslands of the reserve against the backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountain range.

Treatments at Tswalu Spa include exfoliation treatments using fine red Kalahari dune sand or desert mineral crystals from the natural mineral rich salt pans of the Kalahari, infused with plant-based emollient rich aromatic oils. Authentic signature massages are performed by local therapists.

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Reviews:

Superb wilderness/luxury safari experience!
— Traveller 2018