This property is amazing for travellers seeking a variety of activities, including private activities, and rarer wildlife! There are just nine authentic dwellings, making for a really exclusive experience.
Tswalu The Motse re-opened earlier this year (2019), following extensive renovations. Together with sister camp Tarkuni, the property provides exclusive experiences of the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. Please note, there are no elephants on the reserve, so if it’s your first time on safari we suggest a stay here in combination with an ele-filled area. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, in-suite tea-and-coffee station, in-suite mini-bar and pantry, Junior Rangers programme, babysitting, national telephone calls, Wi-Fi, valet services, and a laundry service. The property is open throughout the year.
Acess & location:
The property can be accessed via road transfer from Tswalu’s airstrip. It’s situated in the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, in the north-west of South Africa.
Accommodation & facilities at Tswalu the Motse:
Guest accommodation consists of nine ‘legae’ (dwellings), including three for family use. Made out of desert sand, rock, and thatch, each blends beautifully with its surroundings. Entering a standard-size legae, you’ll find a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a separate dressing and study area, and a cosy open fireplace. Additional amenities include a standing fan, a tea-and-coffee station, a mini-bar and pantry, a safe, a direct dial telephone, and access to Wi-Fi. The en-suite washroom offers a flush toilet, twin washbasins, and a walk-in shower. There’s an outside shower too! From the bedroom, doors lead out onto a private veranda, offering a couple of easy chairs, a table, and beautiful views over the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. The standard legae can sleep up to two adults and two children aged under 12, while the family legae is suitable for larger families as it has an extra en-suite bedroom.
The communal facilities at Tswalu The Motse are housed in and around another sand, rock, and thatch structure. In the lounge, chic and comfortable sofas and armchairs are positioned around coffee and occasional tables, which are adorned with a few interesting artefacts and some reading material. A large and very welcoming fireplace occupies this space, extending into the dining area. This area is also very chic – it’s a great setting for communal meals. The Motse has a walk-in wine cellar too, as well as a National Geographic library on the main structure’s mezzanine level. Guests can enjoy a little retail therapy in the on-site Tswalu Foundation gift shop, or head to the well-equipped gym for a full workout. The spa supplies a range of relaxing and revitalising treatments, while a swimming pool and smaller plunge pool are perfect for cooling off in between activities! The plunge pool has thrilling views of a popular waterhole.
Activities at Tswalu the Motse:
Tswalu The Motse offers an exhilarating variety of activities:
Expertly guided game drives- Covering a thousand square kilometres of semi-arid grasslands, open savanna, and mountains, the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest reserve in South Africa! It’s home to approximately 80 mammal species, among them black-maned lion, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, black and white rhinos, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and all sorts of antelopes – eland, red hartebeest, springbok, gemsbok, roan, sable, and many more besides. Drives from camp are offered on an exclusive basis, so your party can set the schedule and decide whether there are any particular mammals you’d like to see.
Walking safaris- Please note, this activity has a minimum age requirement of 16 years. Also accompanied by an expert guide, walks are fantastic for anyone who’d like to take a look at the smaller lives within Tswalu Kalahari – for example, the reserve’s plants, insects, and birds.
Horse riding- Many species are at ease with horses, making for close encounters with the wildlife. The Motse owns various sized horses, from 14.2HH to 17.1HH, and all levels of experience are accommodated. A guide will be with you throughout the ride, ensuring your safety.
Birdwatching- At last count, 240 types of bird were counted here! Specials include crimson-breasted bush shrike and the fierce pygmy falcon.
Habituated meerkat experience- Fans of these fascinating mammals can enjoy some quality time in their company, observing them foraging, dining, being alert for predators, and resting or at play.
Excursions to rock engravings site- Take a trip to the Korannaberg mountains, and you can admire some local San rock art. Geologists reckon it dates back 380,000 years!
Local visits- You can also take tours of the Tswalu community. This includes a school, a healthcare centre, and a very successful vegetable garden.
Helicopter rides- This activity is available at extra cost. Rides involve a picnic in the mountain and even a few flips over the Kalahari!
Sleep-outs- All ages can take part in sleep-outs. You’ll head out to a satellite camp with your guide, tucking into sundowners and a delicious dinner before drifting off to sleep under a canopy of stars and with the sounds of nature all around you. The camp has washing facilities, and there are camp beds for children.
Junior rangers programme- Youngsters can get stuck into all sorts of things to do as members of this programme! Archery, bush walks, guided horse trails, picnics, tracking… there really is something for everyone here.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.