Tswalu Kalahari: About the Destination

Located in Kalahari, South Africa

Kalahari is derived from a word meaning “waterless place” in the language of the native San people. However, the southern region—home to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve—is neither dry nor barren. It is commonly called “Green Kalahari” because its climate allows for a wide range of plant and animal life. The Kalahari savanna intersects with sand dunes and the Korannaberg Mountains to form a variety of habitats. 

Places of Interest

With approximately 80 mammal and 240 bird species, the main attractions of Tswalu are on-site, just waiting for you to track them. Nevertheless, if you are interested in going off the reserve, the nearest town is Kuruman, home to natural wonders like the Eye of Kuruman spring and historical spots like the Moffat Mission. Tswalu is also near the border of Botswana and within short driving distance of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, another wildlife reserve.

Wildlife and Natural History

Because of the unique habitats formed by the savanna, sand dunes, and Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu is home to a wealth of wildlife from zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, and white rhinos to multiple species of antelope to cheetahs, hyenas, and black-maned Kalahari lions. In particular, guests enjoy interacting with the meerkats, who have grown accustomed to people and will allow extraordinarily close observation.

People and Culture

Tswalu is as committed to neighboring communities as it is to native creatures. The majority of the staff hails from the region, and guests are invited to tour their on-site, eco-friendly staff village, healthcare clinic, registered preschool, and adult literacy center.

Looking back in history, the Kalahari was once home to the San people, also known as Bushmen. At Tswalu, you can ponder some of their ancient paintings, which may be some of the oldest artwork on Earth. 

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