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An Exceptional Tswalu Kalahari Safari 
The luxurious Pilatus PC 12 circled over southern Kalahari before touching down on the private landing strip in the remote Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve. As I disembarked from the light aircraft after a very pleasant 2-hour flight from Cape Town, I was greeted with a friendly smile and warm welcome from my designated ranger. My carefully packed bag weighing no more than the restricted 12kgs was placed on board the land rover and I was whisked off to the beautiful Motse Lodge where I was to stay for the next few nights. A hot perfumed hand towel, tasty welcome drink and more friendly faces awaited my arrival. Brimming with excitement and overwhelmed by the beauty of the surroundings I settled in to enjoy a delicious lunch on the open wooden deck overlooking the Kalahari plains.


The Motse

Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve , the largest private game reserve in Southern Africa, offers one of the most exceptional luxury travel experiences. Limited to 30 guests at any one time, only 6 game drive vehicles traverse an area of 100 000 hectares. It is a vast, remote, pristine wilderness that show cases some of southern Africaís rarest and most extraordinary wildlife species including desert black rhino, Kalahari black-maned lions, frequent cheetah sightings and rare antelope species such as roan, sable and tsessebe. In the evening, the Kalahari comes alive with more elusive creatures such as aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared foxes and brown hyena.


The Motse - suite

With two luxury lodges on the reserve, The Motse and Tarkuni, Tswalu Kalahari offers superlative comfort from which guests can experience this spectacular private reserve. Exceptional cuisine with a unique Kalahari flair, consummate hospitality from friendly unobtrusive professional staff, beautifully appointed spacious suites each with their own private decks looking over a frequented waterhole, you could not ask for more! The dayís itinerary is made to suit each client and includes a diverse selection of activities including game drives, walking safaris, horseback safaris, donkey cart rides, tracking rhino, hot air balloon trips and sleeping under the stars. Photographers will find unending possibilities, a walk to an ancient archaeological site will reveal rock engravings create by bushmen up to 380000 years ago, some of the oldest art on earth. The Kalahari has been the ancestral home of the San people, or Bushmen, for thousands of years. Their culture and beliefs are rich and deeply rooted in this land.


Meerkat family

Expert field guides and trackers accompany all of the activities that are offered and each of them personally contributes to research and conservation in the reserve. This shows some of Tswalu Kalahariís real commitment to conservation. Tswalu Kalahari runs a number of conservation and social upliftment programmes throughout the reserve. The last decade shows much hard work and dedication to restoring the land to its natural state and reintroducing many wildlife species that once roamed the land.


Cheetah

Unlike most African safari lodges, Tswalu Kalahari welcomes children of all ages. This can be the most brilliant and stimulating place for families. An important part of Tswalu Kalahariís mission is to excite the next generation about their conservation vision. They offer a Junior Ranger Programme and activities include archery (where you will make your own bow and arrow), spoor identification and casting, as well as tracking on foot, which is hugely educational. Every child receives a backpack full of guides and tools which they make use of during the programme. Their childrenís menu caters for any individual preferences and their special childrenís boma allows them to cook their own bush dinner. Free babysitting is also available around the clock.


Dining out

This remote off-the-beaten-track destination offers a unique authentic experience that is proudly South African, one that I happily recommend to those intrepid travellers seeking a luxury escape.

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