Enjoy the simple pleasures of desert luxury and elegance at Tswalu – The Motse. Blend the primal qualities of Africa with the stylish, graceful ambience of this little gem for a magical retreat into nature. An awe-inspiring setting on the foothills of the Korannaberg mountain with sweeping vistas across the Kalahari plains and your package is all-inclusive luxury. Your private sun deck overlooks a waterhole buzzing with endemic Kalahari animals. An intimate camp for couples and families.
Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is Nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, soulful beauty. Considered important for thousands of years, we’re now striving to conserve this breath-taking landscape for future generations.
Tswalu lets you reconnect with the richness of the earth. It offers an escape to a place that’s governed by the ancient rhythms of the seasons, rather than the clock and the calendar. The cool breeze carries both myths and promises - by making good on them we can fulfil our founding family’s vision of restoring the natural environment and empowering people.
Tswalu offers a vision of hope that brings together conservation, research and an unrivalled safari experience. Everything we do is centred around our creed: To leave our world better than how we found it.
No two Tswalu experiences are the same. That’s because the way you see and touch this magical place will be shaped by your particular interests and will happen at your own pace. Tswalu is a generous landscape and as the sun rises above the Korannaberg mountains each morning, new opportunities to learn, play and explore come to life.
With your own dedicated guide and vehicle, you can experience Tswalu exactly the way you want to. There are no fixed schedules or time limits at special sightings – during your stay, the dunes and grasslands are yours to explore the way you want to, and each wildlife encounter can unfold at its own pace.
In the shelter of the mountains – which also provide a dramatic backdrop to wildlife sightings – you can encounter Tswalu’s 240 kinds of bird and 80 mammal species, including Hartmann’s mountain zebra, wild dog, black maned lion, pangolin and aardvark.
As we learn more about Tswalu through research projects supported by the Tswalu Foundation, this amazing region continues to surprise. To date, more butterfly species have been recorded here than in the entire British Isles. By way of confounding stereotypes, Tswalu is even home to three species of amphibian.
Tswalu offers a fully inclusive guest experience:
Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker for all bookingsWalking safarisNature walks, including traditional plant use interpretationHabituated meerkatsHorse riding and bird watchingSome of the oldest bushman rock engravings in AfricaA visit to our community clinic and pre-schoolThe Tswalu Foundation research projectsInvolvement in all wildlife project work currently on the propertyAccommodationAll meals including a variety of dining experiences from boma dinners to dune picnicsAll beverages and full selection from our award-winning wine-listIn-suite tea and coffee making facilitiesIn-suite private bar and gourmet pantryLaundry and valet servicesWireless internet access and national telephone callsChildren's Junior Ranger programme and baby-sitting
The ultimate in elegance and luxury, Tswalu the Motse is the main retreat of the Oppenheimer's situated in the Tswalu Game Reserve in the Kalahari. The Motse is newly remodelled by the legendary Boyd Ferguson and presents décor in a fantastical blend of African object d’art and modern furnishings. The ambience is stylish and graceful combined with the primal qualities of Africa.
The main area provides an exclusive spa and fully equipped gymnasium, a heated horizon pool, a wine cellar stocked with some of the best wines in the country, a wonderful library with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, its own museum with rare local artefacts, stylish and comfortable lounges, elevated decks and a curio shop.
Accommodation is provided in eight voluminous and secluded legeas made of rock, lush red clay, and thatch – all sourced locally from the natural surroundings. Each of these luxury suites has an enormous bedroom with fireplace, lavish en-suite bathroom, a private outdoor shower and a comfortable lounge area. Then there is also a private timber deck overlooking a well frequented watering hole where you can relax while watching the animal activities around the water. There are also a couple of suites especially intended for families. These comprise two separate en-suite bedrooms and spacious lounge area with private deck. The lodge can accommodate a maximum of twenty guests in order to make the experience more intimate.
Activities at The Motse are tailored according to guest requirements and you can decide what you would like to do during your stay. The wide variety of wonderful activities includes exclusive spa treatments, divine late morning champagne breakfasts in bed, exciting early morning and late evening game drives, close-up game watching from horseback, eating sumptuous five-course dinners under the stars, lounging by the pool, or just relaxing with a book. Here you are truly spoilt for choice and you will never be bored!
The Motse has six spacious and secluded “legae” or dwellings built of local stone and thatch. Each suite has a spacious bedroom with open fireplace, sumptuous en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower and a large dressing and study area. A private sun deck overlooks a waterhole. Three legae designed for families offer two bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room.
The Motse has three spacious and secluded “legae” designed for families, each with two separate bedroom suites and their own en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Built of local stone and thatch, the suites are separated by a spacious living room which opens onto a large private sun deck overlooking a waterhole.
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