Tswalu falls within the arid savanna biome of southern Africa and has three main habitats – dunes, plains and Korannaberg mountains. The presence of these mountains form a huge basin which acts as a natural rainfall catchment. This provides a healthy water table and encourages a large, successful diversity of life - with about 80 species of mammals and 240 species of birds. The main focus of the Tswalu Kalahari tourism experience is to expose guests to the wonders of the Kalahari ecosystem. Our guides are encouraged to explore all aspects of this ecosystem including plant life, insects, birds, reptiles and the smaller mammals and to help our guests to understand the importance of conservation with particular reference to Tswalu’s vast and unique wilderness.
Being the largest private game reserve in South Africa – a pristine wildlife wilderness of over 11 2000 hectares (280 000 acres) Tswalu offers an authentic African wildlife experience.
The limited number of beds (just 30 in total) ensures that a limited number of safari vehicles traverse the area at any one time. There is no need to queue for sightings or have limited time at sightings. The arid nature of the savannah means that game, although plentiful, is scattered across a huge expanse. Thus, as the periods between sightings of large game may be extended, guides are required to offer more than simply a view of big game, while the trackers work tirelessly in pursuit of memorable sightings.
Tswalu is located in a malaria-free area eliminating the need for anti-malaria medication.
Tswalu welcomes families. and actively encourages children to participate fully in the safari experience with a specially designed Junior Rangers Programme. Because of its unique landscape, wildlife and experience, Tswalu combines perfectly into any itinerary and provides the ideal partnership with other wilderness regions.