The largest private wildlife reserve in South Africa

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Tswalu Kalahari is the largest private wildlife reserve in South Africa and now protects more than 110,000 hectares of spectacular grasslands and mountains. The vision of the reserve is to "let the Kalahari restore itself."

The landscape is a beautiful mix of Savannah and sand dunes with the Koranna Mountains in the background. This diversity ensures that the habitat is suitable for 80 species of wild animals and more than 240 bird species. You will not find many of these animals in other game parks. These beautiful animals are the highlight for an unforgettable safari.

Where to stay

Since Tswalu’s is focused on habitat restoration and wildlife conservation, sustainability is a must in every decision made at the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Lodge. A team of experts carefully manages ecological systems such as vegetative growth and water resources to restore the Kalahari’s natural ecosystems to their former biodiversity.

As part of their experience, guests have the opportunity to learn about the diverse habitats and wildlife of the Kalahari grasslands, while exploring with trackers and talking with the resident ecologists. This helps support the ongoing efforts at Tswalu to preserve the surrounding ecosystems for future generations. Last but not least, the place is also breathtaking. ;)

Best time to visit

There is no ‘best time’ to visit Tswalu: each the our four seasons offers unique viewing opportunities and changing landscapes as the Kalahari responds to the presence or absence of water. Autumn (April to May) is the greenest time of year in the Kalahari with mild days and cool evenings. It is also rutting time for many of the antelope species. Another great time for game viewing is in the late spring months of September and October.

This article was last updated on December 23, 2020.