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's main property is The Motse, which nestles at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse means “village” in Tswana and our village consists of just nine spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites.

These legaes are built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch.

Please note that The Motse will be closed until 16 June 2019 for an extensive renovation programme.
This project will deliver a new world of luxury, privacy, and exclusivity to our guests and we have posted renderings of some aspects of the transformation.

Tarkuni Homestead will remain operational during the period that The Motse is closed.

Please note that The Motse will be closed until 16 June 2019 for an extensive renovation programme.This project will deliver a new world of luxury, privacy, and exclusivity to guests.

Click on PHOTOS to see renderings of the new Motse.

Tarkuni Homestead will remain operational during the period that The Motse is closed.

Unique habitat

·        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.


Rare and endangered species

·        While Tswalu is home to most of the "charismatic" African big game species such as lion, cheetah, wild dog, desert black rhino and buffalo, Tswalu has developed into a vast area of unique biodiversity and natural beauty which offers safe haven to a number of rare and endangered species, including pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, African wild dog, rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe and endangered raptors.



·        Guests are encouraged to experience a variety of game-viewing opportunities over and above the regular game drives in a 4X4 vehicle - from guided bush walks, leisurely horseback safaris, to spending time with our habituated meerkats.


·        The Malori sleep-out deck offers couples or families the unique opportunity to sleep under the Kalahari night sky.

Privacy and flexibility

·        For complete privacy and exclusivity of the safari experience, every booking receives a private vehicle, guide, and tracker. This allows for total flexibility and a personalised safari plan offering with no set game drive times.


·        A customised safari plan means that Tswalu has no set meal times and therefore caters to guests at their pace without impacting on their safari experience.


·        Guests are also able to experience a variety of dining options including boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings, champagne breakfasts and dune picnics.


Inspirational travel

·        Tswalu inspires a new sustainable way of life with its long term vision of restoring the wilderness for future generations. It's an inspirational legacy which redefines wilderness conservation, the safari and guest experiences, community engagement, and research.


·        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.


·        The unique, award-winning Tswalu Safari Spa offers indulgent treatments using plant-based emollient rich aromatic oils. Authentic signature massages are performed by local therapists.


·        The Kalahari is the ancestral home of the San people and some of the oldest Bushman rock engravings can be seen at Tswalu.


·        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.

Tswalu the Motse

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.

Tswalu – The Motse


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