Tswalu Kalahari: The Experience

Located in Kalahari, South Africa

Imagine if the lines between the human world and the natural one were blurred, or erased altogether. You practice yoga in the morning sun just feet from graceful antelope enjoying their morning drink. You explore the vibrant bush on horseback, able to approach wildlife more closely this way. You sleep under the stars, lulled into slumber by harmonies of birdsong. This is the world of Tswalu Kalahari.

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

Game Drive

Go on a guided safari through the Kalahari to see zebras, giraffes, and cheetahs, as well as a wide range of antelope species and numerous other unique creatures.

Horseback Safari

Blend in with the wildlife on a guided horseback safari, during which many animals will react differently to your presence. All levels of equestrian experience can be accommodated.

Bush Walks

Slow down and get a close look at the land, observing indigenous vegetation, inspecting nests and burrows, and interacting with friendly meerkats. Guides point out animal tracks and share the science behind the beautiful landscape.

Night Game Drives

Catch a glimpse of some of the most elusive creatures that come out at night like the aardvark, porcupine, or brown hyena.

Exclusive Talks with Ecologists

Learn about the eco-management that goes into restoring the Kalahari by talking with the staff ecologists.

Explore the Local Village

Take a tour of the eco-friendly staff village, which includes a healthcare clinic, preschool, and adult literacy center.  

Kids Activities


Bring your kids to an archery lesson, where they can even make their own bow and arrow.

Tracking by Foot

Kids can discover how to track animals using natural clues they leave behind.  

Children's Bush Walks

Little ones learn about animal habitats and indigenous plant species on guided walks catered to their interests. 

Food and Drink

Tswalu’s executive chef, Mandi Hough, combines global influences with fresh, seasonal ingredients to craft a constantly evolving menu. Hough works with a passionate kitchen staff from the local community to deliver modern twists on traditional meals in unforgettable locations. Start your day alongside thirsty giraffes with breakfast by the waterhole. After the sun sets, enjoy a romantic dinner with fine wine on your own private deck.

The Spa

Upon arrival at the spa, help yourself to a homemade smoothie made from seasonal fruit. Enjoy innovative therapy treatments such as the “sensation shower,” where both lighting and water pressure take you on a healing journey inspired by nature. The spa opens onto a garden of native plants, which features a meditative labyrinth, outdoor treatment areas, and a spot for al fresco yoga. 

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