Africafriendstravel's Weblog

October 26, 2010

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Africa

Filed under: Africa — africafriendstravel @ 8:58 pm

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa’s largest private game reserve,
covering an area of over 100,000 hectares (1000 sq km or almost a quarter of a million acres). For comparison,
this is twice the size of Pilanesberg National Park and bigger than the entire Madikwe reserve.
No other game reserve offers such flexibility. Your dedicated compliment of field guides and butlers allow you
to choose how you would like to spend your day – from breakfast in bed to a leisurely spa treatment in the
comfort of your own deck overlooking the magnificence of the Kalahari. Thereafter enjoy a leisurely game
drive, and indulge in a private gourmet picnic savouring the essence of Africa.
Emphasizing a sense of space, this vast and magical landscape takes conservation as its first priority; Nicky
Oppenheimer’s vision is to “restore the Kalahari to itself”.
Tswalu is MALARIA FREE and has superlative game and offers sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and
most extraordinary wildlife, including:
• Desert black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis). Twalu’s population represents one third of South Africa’s entire
remaining desert black rhino • Black-maned Kalahari lions • Meerkats • Cheetah. Easily viewed in the open
savannah • Rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe; Tswalu has significant populations of all three
• Diversity. Over 70 species of mammal and 230 species of birds (including endangered raptors).
Other sightings may include the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine.
The Kalahari is the ancestral home of the San people (Bushman). Some of their ancient engravings can be
seen at Tswalu; current research suggests these may be amongst the oldest art on Earth.
At maximum capacity Tswalu will take only 30 guests in total. This represents the lowest imaginable density of
visitors. The emphasis here is on privacy and exclusivity – your own private Kalahari.
Tswalu, being a malaria-free area, welcomes families and actively encourages children to participate fully in
the safari experience.
Because of its unique landscape, wildlife and experience, Tswalu combines perfectly into any itinerary and
provides the ideal partnership with both the intensity of the lowveld or the glamour of Cape Town.
Accolades and Awards
These include:
Relais & Chateaux Member
National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Top 50 Eco Lodges in 2009
Gold Achiever nominee in AA Travel Guides Awards 2008
Conde Nast Traveller World Saver Award 2007
First Choice Responsible Tourism; Best Conservation of Endangered Species 2006
Winner of prestigious Relais & Chateaux Global Environmental Trophy 2006
Previous winner of the Andrew Harper Grand Annual Award
Fair Trade in Tourism Accredited

JESS Kalinowsky

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: