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Against the dramatic backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu Motse is an isolated oasis which lies baking beneath the Kalahari sun. Overlooking the stretches of arid savannah grasslands the property is scenically beautiful, its natural stone, thatch and wood structure illuminated by the changing light of day.
Nine secluded suites fuse contemporary furniture with traditional African style and boast sun decks with views over the waterhole. Character fireplaces banish the winter chill, and outdoor showers sluice away the heat of blazing summer mornings. Tswalu is known for its service and flexible programs, individually tailored to meet each guest’s personal requirements. The Kalahari biosphere is inhabited by the rare desert-adapted black rhino, meerkat colonies, pangolin and brown hyaena.
Tswalu lets you reconnect with the richness of the earth. It offers an escape to a place that’s governed by the ancient rhythms of the seasons, rather than the clock and the calendar. The cool breeze carries both myths and promises.
With your own dedicated guide and vehicle, you can experience Tswalu exactly the way you want to. There are no fixed schedules or time limits at special sightings – during your stay, the dunes and grasslands are yours to explore the way you want to, and each wildlife encounter can unfold at its own pace.
In the shelter of the mountains – which also provide a dramatic backdrop to wildlife sightings – you can encounter Tswalu’s 240 kinds of bird and 80 mammal species, including Hartmann’s mountain zebra, wild dog, black maned lion, pangolin and aardvark.
The Motse camp is a secluded ‘village’ of nine “legae” (the Tswana word for ‘dwellings’) including three family legae, accessed from the main building along wooden walkways which wind through the quiver trees and camel thorns. They are situated to ensure that each one is private and secluded and built using natural materials from the area.
Each legae offers indoor and outdoor showers, fireplace and private sun and star beds. The main area offers a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a spa, gym, photographic studio, a walk-in wine cellar and a library. Gather in the lounge or round the fire to swap safari stories.
The Malori sleep-out deck is a must for anyone wanting to experience the full glory of the Kalahari. Watch thousands of stars spin on the black velvet sky as you cuddle up on this beautiful sleep out deck.
Sustainability is key, they forage for Kalahari ingredients and work with local suppliers for fresh ingredients. Working in partnership with Michelin-starred South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Motse’s chefs look to reinterpret the flavours they find around them and create unique taste touchpoints at every turn. The food here is often a highlight with private dining under the stars a great way to end your day.
Included in your stay is horse riding, walking safaris, nature walks and your own dedicated vehicle, guide and tracker. Or join a group of habituated meerkats, puzzle through the hidden meaning of the ancient San Petroglyphs, spend time with on-site researchers and conservationists or take to the skies in a helicopter to view this amazing landscape. Each day can be designed around you.
Tswalu is a world-class conservation initiative, where research is integrated into every part of the experience. Interact with researchers as they add to our knowledge of this vulnerable eco-system.
The whole basis of Tswalu works to be a low-impact luxury property creating a base for exploration of the Kalahari whilst better conserving and protecting this magnificent landscape.
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