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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This lodge amazes me every time I go there. Service, food and safaris are excellent and always contain the wow factor. Money well spent. A paradise and luxury heaven. Animals plenty and more often the rare ones like aardvark etc. Accommodation luxus pure and the meals are to die for. Service is always friendly and they read your wishes from your lips.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Tswalu is an amazing place with a warm atmosphere and a thoughtful team who made our stay memorable.
Many landscapes full of contrasts through dunes, mountains, bushes.... and so many beautiful animals. We didn't expect that much and we saw just wonderful things.
The Tarkuni lodge is just "wow" but what made this up was really the team!! Thank you so much !!
We'd love to go back and especially our boys (12 and 15)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

100000 hectares of green Kalahari landscape, a wide range of fauna including some which are rarely seen, the warmest of South African hospitality served up in the greatest of comfort - all of this makes for a unique stay at Tswalu.

Our family of 2 adults and 2 children (10 and 8) were warmly welcomed by all the Tswalu staff with whom we had contact. Children are particular welcomed at Tswalu and encouraged to learn about the environment.

Our Motse room was large, even with two additional beds, and warm despite the chill of the Kalahari winter evenings. There was plenty of storage space, sockets for charging cameras etc, a massive bathroom and a comfortably furnished deck from which we could watch animals approach the waterhole in front of the lodge.

Food was of the highest quality and good quality wine and spirits were freely available at all times. During our 4 night stay, evening meals varied from a la carte, to a tasting menu to a boma dinner. A separate kids' menu ensures children's tastes are catered for although large portion sizes were sometimes offputting.

The highlight though is exploring this unspoilt wilderness with a ranger and tracker in search of wildlife - and Rex and David did us proud, as well as coping fantastically with our excited, exuberant children. This isn't a traditional Big 5 safari. Tswalu offers a chance to see one of widest selection of antelope anywhere. The reserve is split 80-20 and the larger section is free of the largest predators enabling it to be stocked with vast quantities of less seen antelope, including sable and roan. However, as the reserve is so vast and the only vehicles are those from Tswalu, many animals are nervous of the vehicles and can be skittish.

As well as antelope, we saw both black and white rhino, plains and mountain zebra, buffalo, giraffe, warthogs etc. We saw both prides of lion in the predator section. But having been on safari many times before, the highlight for us was seeing creatures we'd never seen before. Watching our tracker use his skills for a good 30 mins to track down a pangolin was unforgettable. Walking through the bush following aardvark was unbelievable. Laying down on the red Kalahari sand to watch meerkats running centimetres in front of us was magical. And spotting our first aardwolf on the transfer back to the airstrip was the icing on the cake!

I would definitely recommend Tswalu to those looking for an alternative to a traditional safari, in a unique location. When coupled with the high degree of hospitality and comfort, it makes for an outstanding experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We had a wonderful visit to Tswalu, ranging from viewing some of the oldest rock writing in the world, observing the reintroduction of African wild dogs to the Preserve and the tagging of both black and white rhinos, walking amidst a Meerkat colony as well as the seeing the type of wildlife you expect to find in Tswalu. Our guide was extremely knowledgable of all the wildlife in the Preserve and drawing on his experiences in the Preserve and other camps he made the preservation activities at Tswalu come alive. For instance, he and Dave the tracker on several occasions tracked lions into the bush locating the pride and then explaining the interaction between the lions. These experiences were coupled with outstanding service, wonderful food, comfortable lodgings and a family relationship amongst the staff in which we were included. This visit coupled with our Singiti Boulders visit captured the essence of South Africa's wildlife. Don't miss Tswalu!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Everything about our stay at Tswalu was amazing. We spent 6 nights at Tarkuni for a family celebration and it was the perfect formula for us. The staff at Tarkuni (Bronwyn, Jamie, Paul, Rachel and everyone behind the scenes) were all very professional and lovely people. The scenery at Tswalu is out of this world and the conservation efforts truly inspiring. We were lucky enough to see Aardvark, Aardwolf and Pangolin. All in all an exceptional place and incredible people. We hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The place is amazing, personnel provides service excellent, chefs cook exceptional food. The rangers and truckers are very knowledgeable, according to their knowledge the ranger is qualified to be a professor in any university in the world.

Room Tip: To be in touch with Joe Schoeman
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our 3 night stay in Tswalu Motse was the last and best of the 3 Safari Camps we visited during our trip to Africa. The 220,000 acre game reserve is owned by the Oppenheimer Family and they obviously know how to make a luxury facility. There are 6 identical chalets on this property with a beautiful bedroom, large entrance way, dressing/desk area and large bathroom with both a tub and shower. There is also a large furnished deck area with an outside shower. The deck overlooks a waterhole with lots of animal activity. The bedroom has a wood burning fireplace at the foot of the bed and the staff made sure it was started each evening and provided lots of wood to keep it going as long as you wanted. The bed also had an electric blanket that was wonderful during the chilly evenings and allowed the heater to be kept on low for a restful sleep. The main lodge had several wood burning fireplaces, a dining area overlooking the expansive deck with a view of the water hole. There were 2 pools but because of the cool temperatures we did not make use of them. Breakfast and 2 of the 3 dinners were served in the dining room and lunch on the deck. One dinner was served outside in a special area with large fires burning for ambiance and heat. The food was excellent with many choices and a readiness to adjust to any special request we had. The wine selection was excellent with many great selections available. They also have other alcohol drinks although we only drank wine. We had our own Range Rover with an expert guide and tracker and were able to schedule 2 game drives a day at a convenient time and when the cool temperatures were not too extreme. Game viewing was different from our experiences at Chobe National Park and Londolozi iin Sabi Sands. We saw different animals at Tswalu Motse including a very amusing and interesting Meerkats Colony that kept us entertained for hours. We also watched an encounter between 3 female lions and 9 cubs as they tried to get to a pack of wild dogs that were in a special enclosure in preparation for release into the wild. Tswalu Motse is a different concept than the other camps we visited with longer range rover trips and beautiful scenery as you drove over hills onto expansive plains and beautiful sunsets. We also participated in the tracking of lions, a black rhino and other animals. There were no elephants sighted and while there were many animals, not as many as in Chobe and Sabi Sands where we saw hundreds of elephants and other animals. Tswalu Motse is a true wildlife reserve with the animals in a true natural setting. The guide, tracker, management and staff went out of there way to provide any service we needed and were extremely friendly. Horseback game drives are also available but we did not do that. There was free internet access and a computer available for use. Private air was provided to and from Tswalu Motse and the executive jet we took from the camp to Johannesburg for our flight home was a classy way to end our trip. We highly recommend Tswalu Motse is a unique and luxury way to have the true African experience.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Southern Kalahari | Kuruman, Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve 8460, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Northern Cape > Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Price Range: $2,202 - $3,622 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tswalu Kalahari Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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