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The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Tswalu offers a true wilderness experience on the southernmost edge of the Kalahari, with access to the largest privately protected area in South Africa. Offering a private and exclusive safari experience for a maximum of 40 guests in one of three luxury safari camps, the ratio of guests to wilderness space is one of the lowest in South Africa. With wildlife conservation at its core, Tswalu offers privileged access to unique safari experiences in South Africa’s biggest privately protected wildlife reserve. A private safari vehicle, field guide and experienced tracker are guaranteed with every accommodation booking.

The 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 the village consists of just nine spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites.
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The Motse Camp, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Room Information

This luxury safari camp is designed with individual couples and families in mind, accommodating a maximum of 18 adults in 9 legae or suites. 6 legae (suites) for two guests, and 3 family legae (suites) for up to four guests – two bedrooms linked by a living room. All suites have en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and a freestanding bath (no bath in the children’s bedrooms). Each legae has a sitting area with a wood-burning stove, a study area, and a private, shaded veranda with a large day bed. A gourmet snack pantry filled with homemade treats and personalized mini bar – your choice of refreshments, including still or sparkling water, soft drinks, beers, spirits and fresh milk or a dairy alternative for tea and coffee.

Indigenous gardens throughout the camp are a haven for antelope and birds, while a waterhole in front of the main guest area attracts a variety of wildlife, especially in the dry season. The main camp’s communal guest area comprises a series of generous spaces for relaxing and dining indoors and outdoors. Covered verandas lead to two swimming pools and a fire pit for sundowners. The main lounge has a feature stone fireplace, mezzanine library and walk-in wine cellar stocked with premium South African wines. An intimate boma is the setting for barbecue dinners under the stars.

Things To Do

Must Do's at Tswalu

• 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
• Be pampered in the spa – from a massage to a facial – because you deserve it
• 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
• Explore the authentic flavors, heritage foods and cultures of the Northern Cape in a culinary journey of flavors and culture 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



Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa



Available Amenities:


In-Room Dining

Internet Access

Laundry Services

Mini Bar

On-Site Activities



Swimming Facilities

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Price Guide

$ = Up to $299
$$ = $300 to $599
$$$ = $600 to $999
$$$$ = $1000 to $2499
$$$$$ = $2500+
Starting price per room, per night, in USD and based on double occupancy.