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 accommodation is exceptional. The main lodge is called “Motse” meaning “village” in Tswana,  and consists of just eight spacious and secluded “legae” (Tswana for “little house”) or suites. These legaes are built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch.The Motse accommodates no more than 20 guests and makes for a truly intimate 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.

The other lodge, Tarkuni, is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary. 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.

Tswalu is MALARIA FREE and has superlative game, offering sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including:

  • Desert black rhino (Diceros 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

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.


  • Hiking


  • Computer
  • Internet Connection


  • DVD
  • TV
  • VCR

Included Services:

  • Breakfast Bar
  • CD Player
  • Covered Parking
  • Crib
  • Deck
  • DVD or VCR
  • Fax
  • Full Board
  • Full Breakfast
  • Games
  • Garden
  • Hairdryer
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Horseback Riding
  • Linens Provided
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV or Cable TV
  • Shopping/Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Stereo or CD
  • Suitable for Children
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone
  • View
  • Walking

Inside Amenities:

  • A/C
  • Fire Place

Other Amenities:

  • King Bed

Outside Amenities:

  • Patio


  • No Pets Allowed


  • Boutique Hotel
  • Event Venue

View And Location:

  • Ground Floor

Bedrooms: 13
Bathrooms: 13
Sleeps: 30
Category: Boutique Hotel