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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

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Southern Kalahari | Kuruman, Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve 8460, South Africa
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Let me continue the train of accolades. This IS a safari, nothing else compares. If your idea of a safari is to see the big 5 in 20 minutes in a zoo like manner, go over to Kruger or Sabi but if you want to look around as far as the eye can see and see nothing but wilderness, not... More 

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Bristol, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is hard to convey what really special places the lodge and the park are and the warmth and professionalism of the welcome that we received from the staff, both at the lodge and out on safari. Our 8 year old daughter was especially well looked after and involved in the safari experience by our guide (Juan) and tracker (Jonas),... More 

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Winchester,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tswalu exceeded our high expectations. The best safari experience ever. Wonderful hospitality accommodation and food. Expert Guide (JP) and Tracker (David) who found Aardvark and Pangolin for us as well as Lion, Cheetah, and Wild Dog. The booking process, the collection from our Hotel, the reception at Fireblade, and the Flight were all immaculate and very professional. We cannot fault... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This really is a very special Lodge. Small discrete, friendly and oh so professional. It is a real Safari Lodge. Top quality guides track game to give customers real safari experience. Its not a zoo but rather the largest private game reserve in South Africa. But you get wonderful, memorable game vieweing experiences on your owen oner to one. The... More 

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Iowa City, IA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost cried when it came time to leave Tswalu. I'm not joking. There is literally NOTHING you can criticize about this truly special place. EVERY little detail is thought of and the reply "no, that's not possible" is simply not part of the language there. I can't even decide where to start.... People. We loved everyone. When it came... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arriving at Fireblade Aviation and being welcomed so warmly but professionally was just the first indicator that our experience was going to be superb. We were transported by jet to our destination. Our experience at The Motse in Tswalu was one to be remembered for a life time. Our hut was magnificent... Spacious, warm (even electric blankets), snacks and beverages,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The experience starts at Fireblade Aviation where we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble for them. When we returned from Tswalu, they gave us full use of the facilities so I could get changed, have lunch, and use the lounge and only transfer to ORT when I needed to check in for my flight (rather than having... More 

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russel_binks, Managing Director at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Bushmaniac I just want express my sincere gratitude for a most comprehensive review. You are obviously a seasoned safari goer and comments such as yours not only offer great advice, but will certainly add incredible value to anyone wanting to experience the splendour of the Southern Kalahari. I certainly appreciate the time and effort taken, and have taken heed... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just returned from six nights at Tswalu . Wow - what a special place . As a guest , you will not want for anything the service and the staff are top notch and always a smile .What the Reserve is doing for conservation is truly wonderful - and the Rangers and Trackers are a wealth of information and capability.... More 

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russel_binks, Managing Director at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Tammy600 Thank you for your wonderful review. It is indeed the most amazing place on Earth - some say it's South Africa's last undiscovered wilderness! I couldn't agree more. We are blessed with an amazing team whom I know will be glowing following your comments. Kind regards Russel Binks More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is, hands down, one of the most unique and stunning spots in all of southern Africa. Tswalu does everything right. From the moment we stepped into Tswalu Air's terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (Fireblade Terminal, also owned by the Oppenheimer family), we knew our experience would be exceptional. We were lucky enough to be accommodated in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We were fortunate to stay at Tarkuni, the private home of the Oppenheimer family on their beautiful reserve. The camp, Motse, was said to be fabulous, as well, but we were content to confine ourselves to the home and the game drives. Unlike our other stops on our tour of the Southern part of Africa, we were treated to two... More 

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