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South Africa
Tswalu Kalahari - Tswalu Kalahari
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15 Rooms | Children: yes

Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa's largest private game reserve. Set at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu covers an area of over 100,000 hectares of Kalahari wilderness. There are only two lodges on the entire reserve - the Motse and Tarkuni. Each provides the ultimate in barefoot luxury in sophisticated surroundings. The word "Tswalu" means “a new beginning" and Tswalu takes conservation as its absolute priority; with a simple vision ‘to restore the Kalahari to itself’. Tswalu has superlative game and offers sightings of some of Southern Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife. In particular, desert black rhino, Kalahari lions, with their celebrated black manes, cheetah sightings in the open savannah and meerkats, with their enchanting antics, can be viewed at close range here.

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Black Rhino

The desert black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis) is one of the most endangered species of mammal in South Africa, listed as one of 10 critically endangered species in the SA Red Data Book. Through careful scientific management and the expansive Kalahari wilderness that is available, Tswalu’s population of this animal now represents one third of South Africa’s remaining population.

Tswalu Foundation

The Kalahari is a vast, unique but under-studied area. So in 2008, the Oppenheimer family created the Tswalu Foundation to develop and fund programmes of original research to increase our understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary part of Africa. Since it began, the Tswalu Foundation has already supported 26 separate, major academic studies.


Tswalu runs its own registered pre-school for all children who live on the reserve. The children benefit from a range of early learning programmes that prepare them for their formal schooling. In addition Tswalu has a full-time teacher devoted to our ABET adult literacy programme where learning is all computer-based, raising further skills in the process. This investment is transforming literacy levels from 12% a decade ago to over 70% today. But the aim is for 100% literacy among staff.