The Motse, Tswalu
The Motse deck Motse suite
The Motse deck
Motse suite

The Motse, Tswalu

Our main property, the Motse, 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. Recently redesigned by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson, our suites define an elegant, barefoot luxury. 


South Africa


With the emphasis on conservation tourism, Tswalu Kalahari is able to offer superlative game and sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including the desert black rhino, black-maned Kalahari lions, meerkats, cheetah, rare antelope, and the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine.

Need to Know

We love the flexibility of Tswalu: guests choose when to go on game drives, when and where to eat (dining options include dune picnics, champagne breakfasts and boma dinners), and children are so well looked after too.


All bookings enjoy a private vehicle, guide, and tracker. In addition we offer both walking and horse safaris, as well as an essential visit to one of our habituated meerkat colonies. Design your own itinerary with game drives, bush walks and horseback safaris and animal encounters. Spend a night on our Malori sleep-out deck, with nothing between you and the brilliant stars of the Kalahari night sky. Treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment in our award-wining safari spa.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

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.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

A personal consultation on arrival ensures that we understand exactly what you want to do.

Our game drives are never standard; if, at a moment’s notice, you want to spend an entire day in the bush, we will pack a delicious picnic and take off. Bush walks offer the chance to get closer to the land, and top quality horses can accommodate all levels of riding ability.


For anyone with a particular passion, special talks can be arranged with the reserve’s ecologists. Photographers will find unending possibilities here at Tswalu, combining shots of unique wildlife with dazzling panoramas. Walks to ancient archaeological sites will reveal rock carvings created by the Bushmen up to 380,000 years ago, some of the oldest art on Earth.

At other times, the pools or shaded salas beckon. Our exclusive spa completes your relaxation; its range of soothing and revitalising treatments celebrates the natural heritage of Africa.


  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Horse rides
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Sanctuary Spa & Gym
  • Walk-in wine cellar stocked with South African wines
  • Mezzanine library with satellite TV, literature & artefacts



  • 6 standard legaes/suites
  • 3 family legaes, each accommodating four people

  • Indoor & outdoor showers
  • Open fireplace
  • Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole
  • Separate dressing area
  • Broadband Wi-Fi Access
  • Direct dial telephone


  • 2016: We Are Africa Innovation Awards - Conserve Africa award
  • 2016: Trending African Safari Camps (selected by Leora Rothschild)
  • 2016: British Airways Highlife - 5 of the Best Safari Lodges
  • 2016: Nominated for the Virtuoso Best of the Best Award - Sustainable Tourism Leadership
  • 2016: 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2015: Town&Country – The T&C Travel 100: The Best Hotels in the World
  • 2015: Andrew Harper - Readers' Choice 2015: Top 20 Safari Lodges and Camps
  • 2015: Safari Awards - Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property: Best Location
  • 2014 & 2011: Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Spa Awards - Best Safari Spa Award




Spring: September – October

The weather starts to warm up and days are very pleasant with some cool evenings in 

·Some cold fronts can still sweep through and it is best to pack some warm clothing just in case

·In the bush, blackthorn and honeybush are in blossom, scenting the evening air

·“Dry storms” may start forming on the horizon, heralding the approach of the rainy season

·Barking geckos start calling for mates with a cacophony unique to the Kalahari

·The three thorn thickets blossom with soft tissue-like flowers

·Meerkat pups begin emerging from their dens in anticipation of the rain


Summer: November – March

Days are hot and evenings mild with occasional afternoon thunderstorms.

·Migrant birds arrive making birding rewarding and exciting

·Many of the antelope calve early in summer and signs of new life abound

·Jackals and foxes bring their pups above ground after the first rains to enjoy the suddenly prolific insect life

·Rain is always unpredictable in the Kalahari, and if you are fortunate enough to experience it, the rapid transformation will astound you as the desert turns into a lush green spectacle with carpets of golden flowers


Autumn: April – May

Mild days and cooler evenings. There may even be some late season rain.

·This is the greenest time of the year. The savannahs take on a beautifully silky appearance as the grass produces seeds which are blown away by the gentle autumn breeze

·May is the season where most of Tswalu's hands-on wildlife work is done (such as translocations)

·Autumn is the time of the rut; a frenzied time when antelope are in their best physical condition. They begin fighting to establish territories and seek mates

·Animals which hibernate through the short winter (such as leguaans and tortoises) become very active, eating as much as they can before the first frost

·Many of the Kalahari fruits ripen and provide food for birds departing on their long migrations


Winter: June– August

Daytime temperatures are cool and evenings become cold

·The first frost falls and night-time temperatures can drop below freezing

·Conditions become very dry as humidity falls

·As the grass and bushes dry, sightings of rarer, smaller mammals, such as aardvark, aardwolf and pangolin increase. These shy nocturnal animals emerge in the daylight to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine

·Raptors begin building nests

·Large flocks of sandgrouse begin accumulating around the dwindling waterholes in the mornings

·The clear evening skies offer a star-gazing spectacle

·Dust devils (small swirling dust storms) drift across the sand dunes

Average StayAverage Stay

4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

ZAR 14 500

Children PolicyChild Policy



Part of our mission is to involve the whole family in our conservation vision, and Tswalu Kalahari is an extraordinary place for children.


·Tswalu is located in a malaria-free area


·There are child-friendly swimming pools at both camps


·Children under 12 stay absolutely free with their parents in a suite at The Motse (maximum two)


·Three specially designed family suites easily accommodate larger families with younger children


·There is a children's menu, and any individual meal preferences are catered for


·Flexible dining times and venues for families


·Complimentary babysitting to allow parents to enjoy more formal or private evenings


·On arrival children receive a backpack which includes Tswalu's Junior Ranger training guide


·An exciting programme of special activities for children includes:

               o Archery and making bows and arrows

               o Spoor identification and casting

               o Children's bush walks

               o Tracking wildlife on foot and with technology

               o Picnics, special children's boma meals,

               o Baking


·Guided horse trails


·Unlike many reserves, we happily include younger children on private game drives

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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