Tswalu Kalahari Reserve boasts a remote location in the Northern Cape of South Africa and offers an excellent wildlife experience. Situated in the Savannah Biome, between the authentic Kalahari ecotype and the arid savannah, this vast tract of privately-owned bushland is at the heart of sustainable tourism in South Africa. The reserve was created by Stephen Boler, who bought dozens of farms and introduced African wildlife back into their natural environment. From lions and rare antelopes to the world’s largest population of black rhinos, Tswalu offers the ultimate off-the-beaten-track experience.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve offers daily scheduled flights from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Tswalu can also be reached by road. However, travellers should contact the reserve before embarking on an overland journey.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve protects a diverse range of wildlife, including numerous rare and endangered species. Additionally, five of the most elusive species in Africa can be found in the reserve. With over 85 mammals and 264 bird species, Tswalu offers an amazing opportunity to reconnect with the great outdoors of Africa. Other sightings include insects, reptiles, butterflies and four of the Big Five—the Cape buffalo, the rhino, the lion, and the leopard.
Many of the animals on the reserve are dry savanna specialists, well adapted to the harsh conditions of the savanna biome with its extreme temperatures and scarcity of water in the winter months. Tswalu is a great destination throughout the year as each season brings something different. Summer is associated with birth, while the dry winter months means animals tend to gather around the water holes.
As with any safari destination, guided game drives are the most popular activity and offer an authentic wildlife experience. The guided game drives at Tswalu are led by professional rangers and trackers, all of whom have excellent insights into the fauna and flora of the reserve. Other activities at Tswalu include scenic helicopter flights, walking safaris, rock art excursions, and a session in the photographic studio, editing and printing wildlife images.
For a unique experience, guests can join a group of habituated meerkats as they get their day started in the early morning, or with an evening drive as they return home for the day. Another wonderful way to appreciate Tswalu’s landscapes and wildlife are during a horseback riding safari. A guided horse safari allows up-close animal sightings that are sometimes not possible from a vehicle or on foot.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve focuses on ecotourism and its low-impact approach. The camps at Tswalu are small, and the reserve does not host more than 28 people at one time. This allows for minimal disruption in the natural environment and also provides an exclusive wildlife experience. The camps offer luxury accommodation with different options, as well as dining and wellness options.
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