Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s main camp, Motse, sits at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains. The architecture is inspired by and reflects the landscape, fully enveloping you into the safari experience; local smoothed stone, red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch are surrounded and hung with natural textiles, thick linens and seagrass that contrast well with varying textures and woven patterns. The effect is authentic, earthy, neutral, yet with a luxuriously refined feel.
There are eight small houses in the camp: six one-bedroom suites and two two-bedroom family suites. All have indoor and outdoor showers, en-suite bathrooms, fireplaces, WiFi and private sundecks where you can sink into your cushioned rattan armchairs to watch one of the stunning sunsets or stare at an ever-clear night sky.
Upon your arrival either by plane or car, you have a private consultation so your time and activities during your stay are flexible and tailored exactly to your interests and preferences. So, if you want spend a night at the Malori sleepout, track cheetah the next day, have a facial after dinner, visit the local community, have a gourmet picnic lunch on your game drive or champagne breakfast in bed, this will all be arranged for you.
A true model of ecotourism
Tswalu was acquired in 1998 and the Oppenheimer family started work with one aim: to restore the Kalahari to its raw beauty. The land was reclaimed, having been used for decades as farmland and hunting ground. Breeding programmes for rare and endangered species were developed. More habitats were added and nurtured, the grasses returned and in 2014 Tswalu Kalahari was declared a Nature Reserve and given formal protection. Each guest contributes directly to the future of the reserve.
Tswalu for all
The local community takes centre stage at Tswalu; a primary health care clinic is available to staff and members of the neighbouring farm community. All services here are provided free of charge. Tswalu also operates a pre-school on site. Most students are children of staff workers but the service is also offered to extended family.
The strive for 100% literacy
Tswalu operates a literacy programme with a full time teacher for all staff, so they have the opportunity to become fully literate. The aim is for 100% literacy amongst staff. Ongoing skill training is also central to the property’s ethos, with many staff having completed driving tests and first aid courses.