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Experience a new beginning at Tswalu Wildlife Reserve. This remote lodge, located in southern Kalahari, is actually a large conservation project. Tswalu is a part of The Long Run, a sustainability project that focuses on conservation, community, culture, and commerce. 

Nature walks, animal tracking, stargazing, and horse riding are all offered to give guests a better view of the South African wilderness. Explore vast game habitats in private vehicles. The vision behind Tswalu is to leave the world better than they found it, and through eco-tourism, Tswalu is able to restore the natural habitat to its former glory.

With only 14 suites (suitable for 28 guests), Tswalu has one of the lowest footprints in South Africa. It is situated in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, a privately owned Formal Protected Area that covers over 114,000 hectares of land. The reserve is set in the savannah biome, the largest in South Africa. Enter a new era of hope at Tswalu, where nature and humans can live in harmony.

Their story

The Oppenheimer family, owners of Tswalu looked to give the land a new beginning. The word Tswalu literally means “new beginning” in Setswana. Through conservation and education, the Oppenheimer family brought new life to the land. Once a collection of commercial livestock farms, this land was given to the Oppenheimers by a British businessman entrusting them to restore the land to its former glory.

The Oppenheimer family removed previously erected fences and structures and began to work on repairing the land. Tswalu has embarked on several large conservation projects, including reintroducing indigenous species and restoring the Kalahari. In 2014, Tswalu was designated a Formal Protected Area.

This labor of love has become a unique getaway for eco-tourists looking to experience the African Savannah. Sitting between the Kalahari ecotype and savannah, the rolling dunes offer unbeatable habitat diversity. Guests can embark on expeditions into the wilderness, experiencing nature the way it is meant to be. Learn everything there is to know about the Kalahari at this unique reserve. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Aims to have a fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

  • Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker for all bookings
  • Walking safaris to see native South African animals
  • Nature walks, including traditional plant use interpretation
  • Stargazing
  • Habituated meerkats
  • Horse riding and bird watching
  • Some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa
  • A visit to our community clinic and pre-school

Best time to visit Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

  • Tswalu has always been a year-round destination, each season offering unique and memorable sightings along with the freedom to explore the reserve’s vast reaches in complete privacy and at your own pace.



per person per night starts from

    $ 1,820
    $ 7,425


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