Tswalu Tarkuni lets you reconnect with the richness of the earth. It offers an escape to a place that’s governed by the ancient rhythms of the seasons, rather than the clock and the calendar. It offers a vision of hope that brings together conservation, research and unrivalled safari experience.
One of the very few mountain ranges in South Africa’s southern Kalahari – the Korannaberg – casts a benevolent shadow over the rolling dunes and expansive grasslands of Tswalu. Tswalu also receives more rainfall than many other parts of the Kalahari.
In the shelter of the mountains – which also provide a dramatic backdrop to wildlife sightings – you can encounter Tswalu’ s 240 bird and 80 mammal species, including Hartmann’s mountain zebra and wild dog.
Where is Tswalu located?
Situated in the Savannah Biome, Tswalu lies in a transition zone between the true Kalahari ecotype and arid savannah. The undulating dunes are punctuated by the Korannaberg hills which contribute to greater habitat diversity than elsewhere in the Kalahari.
Helicopter Transfer - The Agusta Westland 119 is a versatile single-engine helicopter ideally suited to VIP transport. Based at Tswalu, the Augusta is available for private helicopter trips on Tswalu, excursions to nearby points of interest and historical landmarks and a shuttle service to Upington airport. The helicopter transfer provides seamless access to domestic flights via Upington, as well as being the closest international airport to Tswalu, for cross boarder safari itineraries.
What sort of accommodation is available at Tswalu?
At Tswalu, there are only two camps and you’ll be one of just 28 or fewer guests. Enjoy the privacy and exclusivity that define contemporary luxury - and experience the Kalahari at your own pace.
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, you experience comfort and an incredible sense of space in your own secluded piece of the Kalahari.
The private suites include a spacious bedroom with king-size or twin beds, a luxurious bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower and comfortable seating and study areas. The suites embrace the natural outdoor experience with organic-shaped flowing outdoor decks off the bedrooms and the addition of natural Kalahari stone walls to add privacy and seclusion to each deck space. The sunny decks lead onto private terraces with day-beds which can be made up as evening star-beds if you would like to experience the thrill of sleeping under the vast Kalahari skies.
When is the best time to visit Tswalu?
There is no ‘best time’ to visit Tswalu: Each of the four seasons offers unique viewing opportunities and changing landscapes as the Kalahari responds to the presence or absence of water.
Does Tswalu cater for families with young children?
Tswalu is malaria-free and welcomes children of all ages. With its limitless sights and experiences, the Kalahari can’t help but stimulate young minds, introducing children to the principles and practices of conservation as well as offering many kinds of fun. Part of the mission is to pass on their passions to the next generation in a way that is exciting and involving.
On arrival, every child is welcomed with a backpack full of guides and tools; they get their own opportunity to chat with the hospitality staff about what they would like to do. The Tswalu Junior Ranger programme has been carefully designed to meet the enthusiasms of a broad age range.
Activities include archery (beginning by making your own bow and arrow), spoor identification and casting as well as tracking on foot. Children’s bush walks are hugely educational and often end with a fantastic picnic – parents can come too. And at Tswalu, they are very happy to include younger children in private game drives.