Tswalu Kalahari

Sample Itinerary—Bespoke Tswalu Safari

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Design your own safari experience through Tswalu’s private and vast Kalahari reserve teeming with black-maned lions, white and black rhinos, zebras, leopards, and a wealth of other rare and endangered species. Along with top-notch guides, explore wide-open grasslands, rolling savanna, and the Korranaberg mountains on foot, horseback, or by 4x4.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Enjoy breakfast with the lodge wildlife manager, hearing his many tales of life in the bush and learning about the incredible creatures of the Southern Kalahari (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Discover zebras, giraffes, black-maned lions, and more on a safari by car, foot, or horseback.
  • Marvel at ancient engravings etched by the Kalahari’s San people, whose art may be among the oldest on Earth.
  • Enjoy unique food and drink experiences in amazing settings, from sundowners in the Kalahari dunes to a picnic on a remote mountain peak.

Day 1—Arrive Kalahari, South Africa

Upon landing at the Tsawlu’s airstrip, meet your private field guide and tracker, and enjoy refreshments before the drive to camp. Get settled in your lodging and take in the views from your private deck. This afternoon, set off on a guided safari through the Kalahari and watch for zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, and a wide range of antelope species and other creatures. Tonight, sit down to a starlit feast served in an outdoor boma.

Day 2—Horseback Safari

Rise early for an exhilarating game drive when animals are at their most active. Along the way, stop to eat a gourmet picnic breakfast in the bush. This afternoon, go on a guided horseback safari. Blend in with the wildlife and note how differently many animals react to your presence. Pause for sundowners in a camp set up for you in the dunes. Dig into a sumptuous five-course meal prepared by Tswalu’s executive chef.

Day 3—The Savanna from Above

Sleep in and indulge in a champagne breakfast in the privacy of your suite. If you’d like, book a helicopter trip for an aerial perspective of the savanna while hearing about conservation efforts to help local endangered species. Touch down for a picnic on a remote peak of the Korannaberg mountains. Later, relax with a therapeutic treatment at the spa, which opens onto a meditative garden of native plants. After the sun sets, enjoy a private dinner with fine wine on your own deck.

Day 4—Bushwalk

Start your day grazing alongside thirsty giraffes as you enjoy breakfast by the waterhole. Set off on a walking safari to get a closer look at the land at a slow pace. Observe indigenous vegetation, inspect nests and burrows, and interact with friendly meerkats. Your guide will point out animal tracks and share the science behind this beautiful landscape. Enjoy a picnic in the bush and view ancient engravings etched by the Kalahari’s San people, including art believed to be some 380,000 years old. On an evening game drive, catch a glimpse of some of the most elusive creatures that come out after dark, such as the aardvark, porcupine, pangolin, or brown hyena. Dinner tonight is served in the bush. If you’d like, choose to spend a special night under the stars on the camp’s sleep-out deck.

Day 5—Depart

Enjoy breakfast with the lodge wildlife manager, hearing his many tales of life in the bush and learning about the incredible creatures of the Southern Kalahari. Transfer to the airstrip for your departure.

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