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Restoring the Kalahari through sustainable conservation, supported by ecotourism

Tswalu’s remote location in the southern Kalahari offers the ultimate off-the-beaten-track escape. From the landmark Korannaberg mountains to the grassy, red sand dunes rippling away to the horizon, this vast tract of privately owned wilderness in the Northern Cape is at the forefront of sustainable ecotourism in South Africa. As a fellow member of The Long Run, Tswalu’s sustainability journey is focused on the four key areas of conservation, community, culture and commerce. The reserve is first and foremost an ambitious conservation project that funds numerous research projects, geared towards understanding and conserving key species within the Kalahari ecosystem. Research informs all major conservation decisions, playing a vital role in revealing fascinating aspects of the reserve’s ecology and its remarkable biodiversity.

Tswalu The Motse

Country: South Africa

Destination: Kalahari

Property Group: Tswalu

Style: Safari Lodge

Number of Rooms: 9

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The Motse has been completely reimagined in 2019. It is a secluded ‘village’ of nine legae (dwellings), each with an open viewing deck and open fireplace. Tswalu’s overall purpose is to leave our world better that how we found it, and we do this through restoring the Kalahari landscape and bringing it back to its own natural beauty. Fittingly, the Motse is casually elegant with a focus on simplicity and comfort. It evokes a mood of peace, authenticity and intimacy and it delivers a new world of luxury and privacy.

Each legae is a calm haven. Beds are orientated to maximise the views and the bathrooms have been created with private gardens with outdoor showers which are open to the exceptional and vast night skies of the Kalahari.


•  Accommodates a maximum of 18 adult guests

•  6 legae (suites) for two guests, and 3 family legae (suites) for up to four guests – two bedrooms linked by a living room

•  En suite bathrooms in all suites have indoor and outdoor showers and a freestanding bath (no bath in the children’s bedrooms)

•  Each legae has a sitting area with a wood-burning stove, a study area, and a private, shaded veranda with a large day bed

•  A gourmet snack pantry filled with homemade treats

•  Personalised mini bar – your choice of refreshments, including still or sparkling water, soft drinks, beers, spirits and fresh milk or a dairy alternative for tea and coffee

•  An espresso coffee machine using pods, plus a variety of teas

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Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead

Country: South Africa

Destination: Kalahari

Property Group: Tswalu

Style: Safari Villa (Exclusive Use)

Number of Rooms: 5

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Once the Oppenheimer family home at Tswalu, Tarkuni Homestead offers a natural, home from home bush camp feel with understated elegance and, a sense of luxury, relaxation and tranquillity. With your own private chef and guide, guests experience comfort and an incredible sense of space in their own secluded piece of the Kalahari.

Located in a secluded valley below the Korannaberg mountains, Tarkuni is our exclusive-use, private homestead with luxury accommodation for a maximum of 10 guests in 5 suites. All the accommodation is under one roof, making the homestead ideal for families with children of all ages or a group of friends. Tarkuni becomes your private home for the duration of your stay with a dedicated host and private chef on hand to take care of every detail from dining to safari activities. The homestead also comes with a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker.

The entire homestead has been thoughtfully redesigned with sustainability in mind. All the bedrooms have spacious bathrooms and private verandahs. A graciously proportioned lounge and dining room with a feature back-to-back fireplace leads onto a deep, shaded veranda for easy, relaxed living around the water-wise plunge pool or at the sundowner fire pit. There is an intimate boma for barbecue dinners under the stars and a gazebo for massages or afternoon naps. There is also a spa treatment suite. Guests staying at Tarkuni have access to the Gym, Photographic Studio and the Gallery, a boutique stocked with art, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs, all located at the Motse.


• Private, exclusive-use homestead for 10 guests, including children

• 5 guest suites, all under one thatched roof

• Dedicated staff, including a host and personal chef

• Private safari vehicle, guide and tracker

• Each suite has a private outdoor deck with sun loungers

• Bathrooms each have a freestanding bath and shower

• Lounge and dining room with central, double-sided fireplace

• Wine cellar stocked with a collection of South African wines

• Mezzanine library and games room

• Shaded outdoor living and dining spaces

• Environmentally friendly plunge pool

• Sundowner fire pit and family sized boma, both with views

• Private gazebo for game viewing or outdoor massage

• Indoor spa treatment suite

• Surrounded by indigenous gardens, waterhole in front

• Full bar and selection of teas and espresso coffees

• 24-hour snack pantry filled with homemade treats

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Tswalu Loapi Tented Camp

Country: South Africa

Destination: Kalahari

Property Group: Tswalu

Style: Tented Lodge

Number of Rooms: 6

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Backed by the foothills of the Korannaberg mountains, Loapi is a tented camp made up of six private safari homes under canvas. Each tented home is positioned to make the most of unimpeded views south across the reserve’s characteristic arid savannah.

With at least 50 metres (165 feet) between each private home, guests are assured of solitude and seclusion. Staffed by a dedicated butler and a private chef, Loapi heralds a return to a true wilderness experience that is both private and exclusive.

In Setswana the camp’s name means ‘the space below the clouds’, aptly reflected in its environmentally sensitive, modular design, combining canvas, glass and steel.   Uncluttered, sculptural interiors, enriched by nature’s colours, forms and shapes, optimise the sense of space and evoke the carefree, nomadic spirit of camping.

Pioneering and nomadic in spirit, Loapi Tented Camp’s six individual safari homes are surrounded by open savannah grasslands and accommodate two or four guests for the ultimate private wilderness experience.

The 4 one-bedroom homes and 2 two-bedroom homes, spanning over 300 square metres (about 3200 square feet) and over 400 square metres (about 4600 square feet) respectively, are for those desiring complete privacy on safari. Sustainably designed and environmentally sensitive, each tented home is tucked into the contours of a valley between the Korannaberg mountains. The six homes are at least 50 metres (165 feet) apart to ensure privacy and solitude.

Personal service is provided by a dedicated butler and all meals are prepared by a private chef in the interactive kitchen. As with all our camps, a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker is guaranteed.

    Loapi means ‘the space below the clouds’ in Setswana

Designed as contemporary glass and steel pavilions, the living and dining areas form the heart of each home together with the kitchen and fully stocked pantry and bar.   Deep, shaded decks feature day beds for relaxation, an environmentally friendly plunge pool and a fire pit for sundowners and early morning coffee.

The bedrooms are cocoon-like sanctuaries under canvas, connecting guests to the sights and sounds of nature while providing exceptional comfort and insulation from the Kalahari’s extreme temperatures.


•  6 individual tented safari homes designed for exclusive use, each operating as a mini camp

•  No communal or shared guest areas or services

•  One-bedroom homes span 303 square metres (3260 square feet)

•  Two-bedroom homes span 433 square metres (4660 square feet)

•  Dedicated Homathi (on-site butler), plus private safari vehicle, guide and tracker

•  Fully equipped interactive kitchen with private chef

•  Full bar, including a collection of South African wines

•  Private study with wifi

•  Spacious tented bedroom suite with indoor and outdoor showers (no bath tub)

•  Plenty of shaded outdoor space for dining, and daybeds for relaxing and game viewing

•  Plunge pool and fire pit

•  In-room spa treatments



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