What makes Tswalu unique ?

  • Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares (1,000sqkm or almost a quarter of a million acres). For comparison, this is twice the size of Pilanesberg National Park and bigger than the entire Madikwe reserve
  • This vast and magical landscape takes conservation as its first priority; Nicky Oppenheimer’s vision is to “restore the Kalahari to itself”
  • Tswalu has superlative game and offers sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including:The Kalahari is the ancestral home of the San people (Bushmen). Some of their ancient engravings can be seen at Tswalu; current research suggests these may be amongst the oldest art on Earth
    • Desert black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis) – Tswalu’s population represents one third of South Africa’s entire remaining desert black rhino
    • Black-maned Kalahari lions
    • Meerkats
    • Cheetah Easily viewed in the open savannah
    • Rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe;
    • Tswalu has significant populations of all three Diversity Over 70 species of mammal and 230 species of birds (including endangered raptors).
    • Other sightings may include the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine
  • At maximum capacity Tswalu will take only 30 guests in total. This represents the lowest imaginable density of visitors. The emphasis here is on privacy and exclusivity – your own private Kalahari
  • Tswalu is located in a malaria-free area, welcomes families and actively encourages children to participate fully in the safari experience


Because of its unique landscape, wildlife and experience, Tswalu combines perfectly into any itinerary and provides the ideal partnership with both the intensity of the Lowveld or the glamour of Cape Town.