Things to do at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

At Tswalu Kalahari Reserve activities are tailored to the individual desires of guests and could include a variety of safaris, bush adventures and picnics, special interest tours and sleep outs.

A Tswalu Kalahari Reserve holiday is extremely personalised. Game drives are never standard and bush safaris could be by hot air balloon, on foot or on horse back. Ancient San (Bushmen) rock carvings can be seen and impromptu meals enjoyed in many wonderful settings. Evenings could be spent relaxing with sundowners on a lantern-lit dune whilst marvelling at a spectacular sunset and the ‘diamond skies’ of the Kalahari.

The incredible beauty of the surroundings and the great variety of wildlife will make a Tswalu Kalahari Reserve holiday an unforgettable experience. Here is the opportunity to observe magnificent black-maned Kalahari Lion, beautiful Roan Antelope and the Desert Black Rhino in their natural habitat and see a variety of birds, insects and desert vegetation.

With the help of experienced field guides and trackers, guests can learn how to spot and track like a professional. Along the trail, Tswalu's Rangers and Trackers will give an insight into the absorbing world of the smaller creatures inhabiting this stunning area of the Kalahari and reveal their nests and holes. Guests can also explore the reserve on a traditional Kalahari cart – still a main form of transport in this region.

As part of the game drives, guests will be able to visit the Mokwalo site (Tswana for 'engravings'), renowned for its Bushman history. The site is from the later Stone Age and guests may examine tools from this period, as well as San engravings and one of the most developed groups of cupules in the world. Special-interest courses in archaeology, ethno-botany and photography, as well as golfing at the nearby Sishen Golf Course are also available on request.

Horse rides are a stunning way to get close to wildlife, no other experience compares. The horses at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve meet the needs of the novice to advanced equestrian alike. Both trail and English saddles are available. All necessary equipment is provided, in every imaginable size. Expert tuition is on offer and the equestrian guides are carefully trained in the Kalahari ecology.

Children

Children at this Northern Cape game reserve in South Africa can have the time of their lives with the Junior Ranger programme which has been carefully designed to meet the interests of a broad age range. Children learn to make their own bows and arrows for archery, identify spoor and make casts as well as how to track on foot. The bush walks are hugely educational but fun also (adults can come too). Each child is welcomed with a backpack full of guides and tools and given opportunities to chat about what they would like to do.

Weddings and Honeymoons

A wedding celebrated here, or a honeymoon begun, could not be more memorable. There are a variety of options to choose from at Tswalu and the wedding can be hosted in the camp or in the bush. Couples could enjoy French champagne, Sanctuary Spa sessions and the exclusive services of a Field Guide and Tracker, cocktails on the dunes at sunset and exquisite private dinners.

The Sanctuary Spa

The Sanctuary Spa is an indulgent retreat, ideal for guests wanting to get away from the stresses of modern living. Offering a range of world class treatments, here guests can enjoy complete luxury and tranquillity and while professional therapists see to everything.

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Activities

  • Game Drives and Bush Walks
  • Horse Riding
  • Kalahari cart tours
  • Stargazing at constellations through a powerful telescope
  • Sleep-outs on the Kalahari Dunes
  • Visits to rock engravings of the San People
  • Special interest talks with resident ecologists
  • Meerkat colony viewing
  • Hot Air Ballooning

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