How to get to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa is located on the southern edge of the Kalahari, some 350km from Upington Airport.

Guests can fly-in to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kimberley or Upington by private charter. Driving distances from Kimberley / Upington are about 4 hours. The nearest town is Kuruman which was, long ago, the departure point for one of Dr Livingstone’s explorations into what was then darkest Africa.

Close to the border with Botswana, this stunning nature reserve opens onto the splendour and serenity of the awesome Kalahari. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa is located at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains, 300km (186 miles) north-west of Kimberley.

GPS co-ordinates of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

27:13:30 S

22:28:40 E

Air Charter

Guests can arrange to take Tswalu’s own private air service directly from Cape Town and Johannesburg to this South African nature reserve in the Northern Cape. Alternately, guests can take standard scheduled airline flights to Upington and then connect with another private air charter to this nature reserve, details on request. Guests who want to charter a plane themselves or fly their own plane can arrange to use the Tswalu runway, details on request. Tswalu runway lights have been calibrated and approved by Civil Aviation Authority, which means that night landings can take place if required.

Directions to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa

Recommended route from Upington (estimated driving time is 3.5 hours)

From Upington take the N14 to Olifantshoek – approximately 165km (103 miles). Olifantshoek is the last point of communication and your last fuel stop before you reach Tswalu. At this point, please contact the lodge to establish an estimated time of arrival (please call the lodge for gate opening). Travel through the town and turn left onto a gravel road sign-posted following signs to Barton D3332. Travel for approximately 60km (37 miles) until you reach a four-way crossing.

Turn right following signs to Sonstraal. Travel for 30km (19 miles) which will take you over a mountain pass. Pass signposts for ‘Tswalu healthcare Centre’ and ‘Tswalu Admin’. Travel for a further 3.8km (2.3 miles). You will be met at the gate sign-posted ‘Tswalu Motse’.

Recommended route from Kimberley (estimated driving time is 4 hours)

From Kimberley airport – travel on the R31 for 35km (22 miles) to Barkley West. From Barkley West travel 96km (60 miles) to Danielskuil. From Danielskuil travel 71km (44 miles) to Kuruman. In Kuruman continue straight through the traffic light and follow the sign to Hotazel / Black Rock (R31). Kuruman is your last fuel stop before you reach Tswalu. Please contact the lodge to establish an estimate time of arrival (please call the lodge for gate opening).

Approximately 60km (37 miles) from Kuruman you pass Hotazel. Continue for another 12km and then turn left onto a tar road R31 following signs to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Van Zylsrus. After about 42km (26 miles) the tar ends and you continue on a gravel road towards the lodge.

After 1km (less than a mile) on the gravel road, you will see a turn to your left (Sonstraal) – it is sign-posted Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Travel approximately 12km / 7 miles (on a gravel road) and Tswalu’s main entrance will be on your right. You will be met at the gate sign posted ‘Tswalu Motse’.

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