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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

Tarkuni house at Tswalu is paradise on earth. Everything one can dream of is there, just better. Amazing food, staff, beds, and a real home from home. Hope to come back one day.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

This is one of the most extraordinary reserves in the world. Landscape and vistas of a spare and exceptional beauty; unusual creatures (aardvark, aardwolf); discrete style and stellar service,

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

a very friendly staff, great hospitality. Every thing you ask them, they try to solve. The guest is central. A dream to stay there!!!!

Room Tip: the family room was large with a beautiful view and equipped with all comfort
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

My mother and I stayed at Tswalu for 4 days. Everypart of our stay was amazing. Our ranger Jo shared his passion and great knowledge for the rich African wildlife which made the drives in the beautiful Kalahari exciting. We went off piste and hardly saw the other guests or jeeps. If you want to feel at one with the wilderness this is the place to go! The service and food at the lodge were outstanding too and made us feel really special.

Room Tip: All rooms are suites and very spacious with a deck facing the wild, great ourdoor shower too.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

We stayed in Tswalu in July, middle of winter, and thoroughly enjoyed the possibility to track animals for the entire day (an option which will not be available in summer due to intense heat). The game viewing experience is very authentic, with vast areas to be covered and no other safari vehicle in sight. Tswalu offers some rare animal sightings, eg. aardvark and a real close encounter with the ever so charming meerkats. The landscape promises excellent photos. A highlight of our experience was the horse back safari, available even to those who have never been on the back of a horse before. At the end of a perfect safari day, we were treated to 5* cuisine and the comfort for our suite. Expect various antelope to venture really close to the private deck of your room, an amazing experience as well.

Room Tip: Families should opt for the family suites
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank AdrianaRadev
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

Quarter of a million acres and 142 brilliant staff to entertain circa 10-20 guests is a very good start. Tswalu also has great rooms, excellent food, unbelivable setting, extremely well trained and helpful staff, and the management team is best of the best. It is pretty clear that this place is unique and will not be replicated unless there is another billionaire family that is prepared to subsidise it for the rest of us. That is exactly what the Oppenheimers must be doing at Tswalu, and we are extremely grateful!

It is a wonderful reserve. Don't go expecting to see Sabi Sands concentration of big game because you won't. What you will see is a spectacular landscape that supports a facinating and varied eco system. I would imagine the black maned lion, mountain zebra, black rhino and cheetah are on most guests tick lists but there is also so much else. Huge range of antelope, giraffe, white rhino etc. The merkats and aadvark are worth the trip alone.

It's clear that Tswalu is expensive for a hotel room, it is unbelievable value as an experience.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Al_and_Meli
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

We'd heard a lot about Tswalu in advance and were prepared for the wildlife and the experience of tracking. No reviews or photographs, however, can do justice to the scale and majesty of the landscape, the smell,the clean air, the total lack of light pollution, the atmosphere. The other revelation was the friendliness, the erudition and the charm of all the staff who looked after us so well. The service was impeccable and the food was wonderful but what made the trip for us were the many chats with our new friends at Tswalu.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Address: Southern Kalahari | Kuruman, Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve 8460, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Northern Cape > Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Price Range: £1,645 - £2,668 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tswalu Kalahari Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the luxury and beauty of this magnificent malaria free 100,000ha private game reserve, the focus is on flexibility and privacy, outstanding game viewing, gourmet cuisine, indulgent spa treatments, and getting to do the things you've only ever dreamed about.The uniqueness of the safari experience begins with a flexible itinerary, which allows you to dictate your own programme of games drives, bush walks and horseback safaris; and continues with the interactive game experience. With a dedicated vehicle, tracker and guide, you can tailor your Tswalu safari to include whatever appeals to you.Bond with the meerkats before they go foraging or spend the morning tracking the desert black rhino. Witness the sheer size and power of the Kalahari black maned lion. Experience the magic of star gazing and the thrill of sleeping under the night sky. Indulge in boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings and dune picnics. And whatever you do, make sure you have enough time to experience it all. ... more   less 
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