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      Tswalu The Motse

      Experience Barefoot Luxury in the Private Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

      Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 247,000 acres. There is a perception that the Kalahari is a sparse and desolate desert. In reality it is a semi-arid grassland with wide open savannahs and a diversity of habitats. Tswalu is unique because it combines the typical Kalahari savannahs and sand dunes with the Korannaberg Mountains. The Korannaberg offer a sheltering influence which increases the biodiversity of the area enormously. The mountains also provide spectacular backdrops for the landscape. The diversity of habitat (and climate) has resulted in an extremely diverse animal population. There are about 80 species of mammals and approximately 240 species of birds. The open habitat makes game viewing excellent and the animals can be appreciated within their habitat rather than amongst bushes. Guests can expect to see familiar plains game such as zebra, buffalo, giraffe, as well as antelope endemic to the region. Follow white rhino through the acacia thorn and track the critically endangered desert black rhino. The reserve's Kalahari lions are noteworthy for their sheer size and magnificent black manes. More unusual species are present: endangered roan and sable antelope, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, cheetahs, and wild dogs. Some of the most special sightings are smaller mammals: meerkats, aardwolf, bat-eared foxes, and African wild cats are frequently seen, and the open grasslands of Tswalu are one of the best places to see rare aardvark and elusive pangolins. The Motse accommodates a maximum of 20 guests in eight individual legae (suites) made from desert sand, rock and thatch. Two of the eight legae were designed especially for families and comprise two separate bedrooms with their own en-suite bathrooms, sharing a spacious living area. Each legae also has an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, an outside shower with desert views, an open fireplace, separate dressing and study area, telephone, safe, wireless internet, and a private sun deck with stunning views of the Kalahari. The main lodge at Motse is designed with elevated decks, a spacious lounge and dining area, a library, a fully-equipped gym and adjacent spa, an impressive wine cellar and traditional Boma. The Motse has a large, outdoor pool, and a smaller solar heated pool with views of a waterhole and the game it attracts. Tswalu Kalahari believes that the day's activities should be created around your individual needs; a personal consultation upon arrival ensures that you select exactly what you want to do, from activities which include game drives in open-sided, canopied safari vehicles; bush walks, allowing the chance to get closer to the land; and for adult guests, we can also arrange night walks which uncover the magic of the Kalahari after sunset; and even tracking of desert black rhino on foot by day. Horse-riding safaris led by experienced guides, accompanied by grooms, are available for all ages. Fifteen top-quality horses can accommodate all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the advanced equestrian. Tuition in an enclosed arena can also be arranged and all riding equipment is supplied.

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      The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.

      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $2,079 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, South Africa
      • # of Beds: 20 beds
      • Age Minimum: 0 years old
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Pool, Recharge Facilities, Wi-Fi, Workout Room
      • Type: Lodge
      • Included: Accommodation, meals, all beverages and full selection from wine-list, private guide, vehicle and tracker per booking with a minimum 3 night stay, game drives, walking safaris led by experienced field guides and trackers, horse-back safaris, in-suite tea and coffee facilities, in-suite honor bar and gourmet pantry, sundowners, laundry and valet services, Wi-Fi, children's Junior Ranger program, baby-sitting, VAT
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