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Tarkuni, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve


Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, Tswalu takes conservation as its absolute priority; our vision is simply ‘to restore the Kalahari to itself’. No more than thirty guests at a time can discover the beauty of this landscape, its diverse wildlife, and the serenity of what may well be South Africa’s last great wilderness.

Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary.

Tarkuni creates an oasis of serenity in the desert. The home has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure a completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker ensure an equally bespoke safari experience.

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Room Information

Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families or groups of great friends. Its five luxurious suites, each with a magnificent en-suite bathroom, accommodate a maximum of 10 guests.

Tarkuni’s quiet pool and shady salas offer calm and contemplation. Its own traditional boma has seen many celebrations. And its beguiling charm has led many guests to return to what becomes their home in the Kalahari.
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Things To Do

Must Do's at Tswalu

  • Sleep in one morning and indulge in a champagne breakfast in bed
  • Take an early morning game drive and don’t rush back for breakfast. Request a delicious gourmet picnic - breakfast in the bush is a memory to savor
  • Bond with the meerkats before they go foraging for the day
  • Spend the morning tracking the Desert Black rhino with arguably the best trackers in Africa
  • Witness the sheer size and power of the Kalahari black maned lion - and enjoy the playful innocence of their cubs
  • Enjoy an early evening safari tracking the elusive Aardvark and Pangolin - probably one of the best places in the world to view these rare animals
  • Get up close to the animals on horseback, and experience nature at its best
  • Sleep out under the stars – just you and the expanse of the Kalahari …star gazing was never like this
  • Be pampered in the spa – from a massage to a facial – because you deserve it
  • Indulge in a 5 course menu prepared by executive chef, Justin Pillay, paired with South Africa’s finest wines and served in the privacy of your own deck overlooking the bushveld
  • Take a trip to the wine cellar and let the wine director assist in choosing something perfect for your palate
  • Visit the community health center, children’s school, and adult learning center
  • Sip a sun-downer cocktail on the dunes, and experience the real Africa
  • See the immense benefit of the Tswalu Foundation in action - talk to the researchers about their studies
  • Wonder at the rock art… recent archaeological research at Tswalu suggests that some of the Bushmen carvings may be up to 380,000 years old,  which would make them some of the oldest art on Earth
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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.