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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Heaven!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

This is the most luxurious, special, lovely place you can imagine. We went here for our honeymoon and it couldn't have been more amazing. It's very beautiful and we were so well looked after by our guide and tracker (who knew an astonishing amount about the desert and the wildlife) and also by everyone else. Yummy food, amazing spa treatments, plus all the animals... including antelope just hanging out outside our room. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

Just landed and already my children want to return. Fantastic service, comfortable lodging and delicious food. Our guide and tracker were super knowledgeable and couldn't do enough to accommodate our large group.
As a group of 10, we stayed in Tarkuni which was perfect. With our own guide, chef and host, we were able to really interact with the staff on a more intimate level.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve is a very special place in the world. It is wonderful country, dry but not barren, with plant and animal life galore. We visited in December and had amazingly great weather -- hot or cooler, dry or rainy, varying day by day and hour by hour. The wildlife is amazing and right in your face; my cameras were begging for mercy by the end of the trip. Our accommodations at Motse were luxurious, with no detail lacking. But the outstanding feature of the visit was the Motse staff: I have never experienced such a warm, welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and hospitable group of people. Anywhere. Their reply to any expression of thanks is, "It's a pleasure," and I believe them. I miss them.

Room Tip: I don't think there can be a bad room at Motse.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

Having been in the travel industry for almost 20 years I am fortunate to have stayed and many amazing places on the African continent. I had high expectations and they were exceeded on all accounts. What a stunning lodge! Amazing service! Delicious food (and extensive menu)! Add to that, breathtaking scenery and warm genuine staff and you have a winning formula. I would highly recommend Tswalu in combination with a lodge in Sabi Sands, Madikwe or even Botswana to give you two very different experiences. What are you waiting for, call to book now!! Sussi Galley, Cape Town

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Boca Grande, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2011

Our visit to the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve was absolutely perfect in every way........wonderful game drives with our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide and tracker, beautiful and ever so comfortable accommodations, delicious food, and an excellent and attentive staff. We loved our stay here and hope to return again soon to this very special place.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

The best place we have ever seen
kalahari is just like heaven on earth

Tswalu kalahari reserve provides the best game drives we ever saw.
Rangers are passionated and made us share their passion for this amazing nature and wildlife.
The spa is more than excellent
The accommodation and the food are over the top.
We won't forget,neither, the friendliness of the staff, the organization provides opportunity to live times of exception......totally out of time.
in Tswalu one just feels like in the movie "Out of Africa".
It was our second stay in Tswalu and we are just waiting now for another trip to the Motse

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

This has to be the best game lodge in South Africa. Flew in today from Johanesburg on the Pilatus P12 operated by the lodge. Thenldgebis spectacular, thebstaffmis top notch and the food is outstanding. There is a reason its a Relais and Chateau member. Highly recommended and would be a great spot for honeymooners looking for the best in South Africa.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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