Tutwa Desert Lodge
Tutwa Desert Lodge The Iconic Orange River, Tutwa Desert Lodge
Tutwa Desert Lodge
The Iconic Orange River, Tutwa Desert Lodge

Tutwa Desert Lodge

Tutwa Desert Lodge, its thatched profile reminiscent of  the surrounding granite outcrops in a crisp unspoiled landscape is  set  on a 16 000 ha private game reserve in the heart of the Green Kalahari.  With direct access to 24km of exclusive river frontage onto the iconic Orange River, Tutwa Desert Lodge provides an oasis of calm and cool in this  vast and untamed environment, offering a unique and private wildlife safari experience

The colours of the Tutwa are organic  and muted, with the polished floors and high ceilings; striking original artworks by South African artists.  The cool, spacious interiors of the Lodge offer a perfect sanctuary against the scorching African sun.

Discover a wide variety of game on your safari, leopard, giraffe, zebra, antelope, abundant birdlife and rare flora on game drives with professional rangers.


  • Situated in the Green Kalahari – ancestral home of the  koi san
  • Magnificent landscape – open plains, dry river ravines, lunar-like outcrops and the might o= Orange river
  • Beautifully appointed lodge, personally decorated with understated style and elegance
  • The combination of world class game and river activities



South Africa


REDEFINING OUTVENTURE – benchmarking top-end adventure in Southern Africa

  • Go where others don’t know
  • Game viewing in a desert environment
  • World class fly fishing for the elusive Yellow Fish
  • River rafting on the Orange River ( en route in Augrabies)
  • A combination of bush and river outventure activities
  • Leopard Protection Project
  • Great nocturnal game viewing
  • Bird river safaris with floating picnic
  • Walking trails
  • Natural Rose quartz deposits


Need to Know

WHAT ELSE – Going where others don’t know

  • Visit the world famous  Augrabies Falls
  • Visit one of our most spectacular and unique  National Parks:  Augrabies National Park
  • Enjoy a tour of one of South Africa’s biggest table grape farming operations
  • Numerous Koi San and Bushman  Painting sites in the Northern Cape
  • The Northern Capes  famed Wild Flowers during August and September
  • Ultimate 4x4 safari routes in South Africa: Richtersveldt, Green Kalahari and Orange River



VEHCILCE:  While a 4x4 is not necessary, we suggest that you make use of an SUV type of vehicle for safety and comfort on the gravel road.


  1. TIME OF ARRIVAL:  It’s important that you phone us in Kakamas so that we know  when to expect you.

Tutwa Lodge: 054 453 0001

Dundi Lodge:  054 451 0200



Allow 2hr45 – 3 hours  from Upington to Tutwa

Allow:  1hr30 min from Kakamas to Tutwa

  1. DUNDI LODGE, Augrabies  is our sister property  – please feel free to stop  if you would like to confirm directions, use the bathroom or ask them to phone us to let  us know you are on your way.
  1. CELL PHONE RECEPTION:    There is little or no cell phone reception  from when you reach the gravel road past Augrabies.  (there is wifi at the lodge)
  1. SAFETY ON THE GRAVEL ROAD:  Please drive carefully and slowly on the gravel road, the ground is loose and there are big trucks on the road at this time of the year.

Directions by road to Tutwa Desert Lodge

1. Turn off the N14 (Upington/Springbok) onto the R359  (8km outside  of Kakamas) towards Augrabies.  NB  See signs to Augrabies Falls and Dundi Lodge

2. Continue 20km,  past Augrabies/Augrabies Falls turn-off

3.  A further 7km you will see Dundi Lodge and the Dundi Airstrip/hanger on your left.

4. Continue straight on for 10km – until the road surface becomes gravel (you will lose cell phone reception here)

4. Continue straight for a further 31km straight along the dirt road – travel carefully, especially if you are not used to gravel road driving

5. You will approach farm houses, some sheds and stock pens – follow the road as it turns sharply to the right (Signage: Schuitdrift/Southern Farms)

6. Continue for 4,5km to a Farm House on your right with green roof ( Sign: Schuitdrift)

7. Turn right through the gates - Tutwa staff will be there to transfer you to the lodge which is 7km further.  (There is no signage on the gate)

Travel safely – we look forward to welcoming you to Tutwa!

054 453 0001



Guests enjoy game viewing safaris drives with experienced  guides on open vehicles. Guides focus on  the uniqueness of the region and how plant and anuimal life have adapted to this  untamed and spectacular region.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

  • Leopard Protection conservation Project
  •  A large  vriety of Plains game:  Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest,  numerous antelope species ( Kudu, eland, Gemsbok, Springbok, haartebeest,  klipspringer.
  • Bat Eared fox; African Wild Cat
  •  Diverse birdlife with fantastc raptor sightings

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Nature walks
  • Nature Paddles on the Orange River


  • 9 luxury suites
  • Small meetign room
  •  bar
  •  all meals included in price
  • Airconditioning throught the property
  • Central DSTV


  • 9  Tutwa Suites

  • Double doors onto patios  or balconies with extensive views

  • Outdoor /private dining  eating opportunities
  • Central air conditioning
  • Wifi access in most suites (our remoteness sometimes affects connectivity)
  • Mini bar available (stocked on request) with selected snacks and treats
  • King size beds dressed with high quality percale linen
  • Extended mosquito nets
  • Seating areas
  • Safes
  • Large and spacious bathrooms with separate bath and shower
  • Double vanities;  baths positioned to maximise views
  • Bespoke guest toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and hairdryers



Average StayAverage Stay

2 - 3 nights


Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

 from ZAR 4200,00  per person sharing

Children PolicyChild Policy

Regret no children under the age of 12yrs

Contact and Social Media

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

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