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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Did you look at the Tswalu website yet? It paints a breathtaking picture. I assure you, it is understated. Don't forget to book the Malori lodge on one of your nights where you'll be sleeping out in the wilderness with stunning night skies; It is a must. Add to that the exceptional knowledge and dedication to conservation of the guides... More 

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Ko Samui, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our second location this safari was at Tswalu. It had attention to detail at all times landing at the airstrip and being offered refreshments and watching the social weavers creating spectacular nests in the thatch. We were taken to the lodge by our guide and spotter to be welcomed into a beautiful and giving community. The room was fantastic so... More 

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Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at Tarkuni at Tswalu which was once the owners' private home. It's nothing short of spectacular and includes a wonderful crew of staff that could not be more attentive. I know everyone talks about the animals in Africa, and we had unbelievable sightings, but the art work at Tarkuni was absolutely sensational! So was the food! The chef... More 

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Occidental, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the perfect spot to visit with animals on a safari in Africa. They have few places to stay which limits the visitors to a small number and it is such a large place, you hardly see anyone when on a jeep safari. Your tracker sits on the front bumper and your driver takes you all over the largest... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our journey to Tswalu began in Cape Town where we were greeted at a private hanger at the Cape Town Airport for our small plane flight to the resort. We waited for a brief time in a very comfortable lounge where a light breakfast was available if we wished to partake. The flight was wonderful as it was a small... More 

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Courtney-Tswalu, Sales & Marketing at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a little review about your stay with us at Tswalu! It is so wonderful to read of all the amazing sightings and experiences that you had with us - the Southern Kalahari was very kind to share so much of it's magic with you! I am glad that you were able to... More 

singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Stayed 5 nights in Motse in mid May as a single traveller. I had Adrian and Aril as my guide and tracker. I knew when I went to Tswalu that the safari would not be about the big animals (no hippos, crocs or elephants) as it's the Kalahari desert with no permanent rivers. But it was all about the small... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

The Good: Our Guide, Rodger was very good, the accommodations were very nice and the Kalahari desert terrain is beautiful. The reserve is reputed to be the largest private game reserve in South Africa and I do not doubt it. The waiting facility (wait for the bush plane to fly you directly to the reserve) was outstanding, with every amenity... More 

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

Dear Gary Thank you for taking the time to share your Tswalu experience. Given the size of the reserve and the nature of the arid savanna, the density of species is not as you would find, for example, in the Sabi Sand. Whilst we enjoy an incredible diversity of species indigenous to this part of the world, the wildlife is... More 

New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We went for four nights . The trip to Tswalu was one of my most memorable safari experiences. The Motse accommodation is very luxurious , the staff absolutely superb and the food (considering two of us were vegetarian) was outstanding. Our guide Trevor and tracker Jonas were so good that they ensured we had the best sightings of our life.... More 

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Courtney-Tswalu, Sales & Marketing at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, responded to this review

The Southern Kalahari is filled with so much undiscovered magic, and I am so delighted to read that you were able to experience it! A sighting of a pangolin amongst so many other wonderful animals, is an experience in itself and I hope it made for an everlasting memory! We eagerly await your return. But until then, keep well and... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Had never heard of this reserve before but after being highly recommended by my travel company I included it in my itinerary (as one of three reserves to visit). It was simply stunning - the lodge itself is luxurious as you might expect but what was unexpected was the fantastic scenery, the incredible range of unique animals (including the Pangolin,... More 

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Courtney-Tswalu, Sales & Marketing at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us. I am so delighted to read that you had a wonderful time, and I do hope that it exceeded any expectations that you may have had! Your list of wildlife encounters sounds amazing, and am ecstatic that your wonderful guiding team was able to provide you with... More 

Chard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This was our second visit to Tswalu, the first time to the Motse in 2014 and this time to the exclusivity of Tarkuni. Once again this was a wonderful stay and all the staff worked hard to make our stay very special. Kali and David were exceptional guides and successfully tracked a Pangolin for us, we had not managed to... More 

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Courtney-Tswalu, Sales & Marketing at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your stay with us. It was a pleasure to have you back with us at Tswalu, and delighted that this time to experience our other camp. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to all the staff involved, and we look forward to welcoming you back... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In the luxury and beauty of this magnificent malaria free 100,000ha private game reserve, the focus is on flexibility and privacy, outstanding game viewing, gourmet cuisine, indulgent spa treatments, and getting to do the things you've only ever dreamed about.The uniqueness of the safari experience begins with a flexible itinerary, which allows you to dictate your own programme of games drives, bush walks and horseback safaris; and continues with the interactive game experience. With a dedicated vehicle, tracker and guide, you can tailor your Tswalu safari to include whatever appeals to you.Bond with the meerkats before they go foraging or spend the morning tracking the desert black rhino. Witness the sheer size and power of the Kalahari black maned lion. Experience the magic of star gazing and the thrill of sleeping under the night sky. Indulge in boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings and dune picnics. And whatever you do, make sure you have enough time to experience it all. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Address: Southern Kalahari | Kuruman, Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve 8460, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Northern Cape > Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,826 - $3,260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tswalu Kalahari Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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