Land of many diverse cultures
A land of frontier history and brave missionaries, offers countless challenges for adrenaline junkies, hikers, hunters and 4×4 adventurers. It has impressive parks with endless game and some of the most unique flora in the world.
The Kalahari Desert can be likened to a colossal sweeping river of another kind. Its red sands that once rippled and moved are now mostly stable and home to hundreds of diverse species of flora and fauna.
A place of vastness and silence, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park extends across much of the Kalahari. Every now and then, the unmistakable cry of an African fish eagle rings out, or the gut-wrenching roar of a black-maned Kalahari lion carries across the landscape.
Many old buildings, museums and one of South Africa’s most important art galleries lend an historic ambience to the city of Kimberley, that thrust its way to prominence during the diamond rush. A reconstruction of the original ‘rush town’ stands alongside the incredible Big Hole, the largest hand-dug excavation in the world, offering visitors insight into the lives of those who lived and worked through the dreams and nightmares of a vibrant history we take for granted.
A rich archaeological heritage, including stunning examples of ancient rock engravings, reflects a past that reaches back to the very origin of humankind.
Where valleys of lush green vineyards follow the mighty Orange River through the surrounding red sands and black granite rock. The massive body of water meanders through a giant valley of its making, being at its most impressive at the Augrabies Falls National Park. Today, you can travel from wine cellars to tearooms in the desert; from a luxurious lodge to the desolation of Verneukpan.
The reserve provides sanctuary for gemsbok, springbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, lion, leopard, cheetah and smaller game.
The sun-drenched Kalahari, with its ancient, undulating landscape and endless horizons, evokes memories of a land before time. Beneath the Kalahari's great blanket of red sands, hides a treasure trove of iron, manganese and other precious ores. Home to 40 raptor and vulture species and 7 owl species, the red sands also support a vast selection of game farms which are plentiful with wildlife and hardy unusual plants.
Throughout this wonderful part of the great Karoo, you can visit, hunt or hike on game farms and nature reserves teeming with every species of antelope. Small, isolated villages with distinct Karoo architecture and imposing churches welcome guests from all over.
Each spring the dormant arid winter lands come alive with a flamboyant spread of wild flowers including many rare, unique and endangered plants. Here you can enjoy the cultural interaction of the Nama people, raft or canoe on the Orange River through deep canyons, take a 4x4 on an adventure in the haunting moonscapes of the sawtoothed mountains of the Ai Ais, Richtersveld and Transfrontier Park.
Where to Stay
Tswalu Private Game Reserve
Situated in the heart of the malaria-free Northern Cape Province, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is the ultimate safari experience and can accommodate up to just 30 visitors at any one time. The Two properties strive to create an atmosphere of barefoot luxury in the desert.
The Motse, lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari, with 6 standard suites and an additional 3 family suites that accommodate 4 people in two separate bedrooms, plus all amenities of a 5-Star luxury hotel.
Tarkuni has 5 luxurious suites, each with a magnificent en-suite bathroom that accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in total. The homestead has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure meticulous and completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker complete this bespoke safari experience.
The Malori offers a sleep-out deck, safely under the stars, in the wilderness.