The largest private wildlife reserve in South Africa

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Tswalu Kalahari stands out as South Africa's largest private wildlife reserve, offering protection to an impressive area exceeding 110,000 hectares of breathtaking grasslands and towering mountains. This vast natural sanctuary embodies a powerful vision: "let the Kalahari restore itself." This underscores an immens commitment to conservation and a passion for restoring the Kalahari back to its untouched state.

The landscape consists of varying terrains, seamlessly blending Savannah plains and towering sand dunes. All with the majestic Koranna Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. This topographical diversity forms a rich mosaic of habitats that can support a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The biodiversity of Tswalu Kalahari is extraordinary. Over 80 different species of mammals have made their home in this vast wilderness, alongside more than 240 bird species. Among these inhabitants, some species are rarely encountered in other game reserves, making a visit to Tswalu a truly unique safari experience. Moreover, Tswalu Kalahari is not just about spotting the big game. It allows you immerse into an untamed world where nature still dictates the rules.

Tswalu Kalahari

The reserve also plays host to a stunning variety of bird life. From the vibrantly colored Lilac-breasted Roller to the large Kori Bustard, bird watchers will be thrilled with the diversity of species that inhabit the vast skies and trees of the reserve.

The spectacle of the landscape is often supported by the beautiful African sky. As evening falls, the setting sun bathes the landscape in a warm, golden light, providing an unforgettable backdrop. As the stars begin to dot the night sky, you'll understand why this region is often called the 'land of the setting sun'.

Land of the setting sun

Tswalu Kalahari offers more than just an unforgettable safari experience. It's an opportunity to witness a spectacular, diverse environment where conservation is a way of life. This breathtaking wildlife reserve is a testament to the beauty and resilience of the natural world, and a visit here will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

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 August 04, 2023.