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      Tswalu Tarkuni

      An Oasis of Serenity in the Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve, South Africa

      Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over nearly 400 square miles. There is a perception that the Kalahari is a sparse and desolate desert. In reality, it is a semi-arid grassland with wide open savannahs and a diversity of habitats. Tswalu is unique because it combines the typical Kalahari savannahs and sand dunes with the Korannaberg Mountains. The Korannaberg offer a sheltering influence which increases the biodiversity of the area enormously. The mountains also provide spectacular backdrops for the landscape. The diversity of habitat (and climate) has resulted in an extremely diverse animal population. There are about 80 species of mammals and approximately 240 species of birds. The open habitat makes game viewing excellent and the animals can be appreciated within their habitat rather than amongst bushes. Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary. 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 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. Tarkuni’s quiet pool and shady poolside lounging area offer calm and contemplation. Its own traditional boma (open fire pit) has seen many celebrations. And its beguiling charm has led many guests to return to what becomes their home in the Kalahari. Tswalu Kalahari believes that the day's activities should be created around your individual needs; a personal consultation upon arrival ensures that you select exactly what you want to do, from activities which include game drives in open-sided, canopied safari vehicles; bush walks, allowing the chance to get closer to the land; and for adult guests, night walks can be arranged which uncover the magic of the Kalahari after sunset; and even tracking of desert black rhino on foot by day. Horse-riding safaris led by experienced guides, accompanied by grooms, are available for all ages. Fifteen top-quality horses can accommodate all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the advanced equestrian. Tuition in an enclosed arena can also be arranged and all riding equipment is supplied.


      The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.

      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $1,765 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, South Africa
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      • # of Beds: 10 beds
      • Age Minimum: 0 years old
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Pool, Recharge Facilities, Wi-Fi, Workout Room
      • Type: Lodge
      • Includes: Rates include: accommodation, meals prepared by your personal chef and host, all house beverages and specially selected wines, private open-sided canopied safari vehicle with dedicated guide and tracker, walking safaris led by experienced field guides and trackers, horseback safaris, laundry and valet services, all child activities, free baby-sitting, wireless internet access

      Activities at this Accommodation

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        Cultural Connection

        A True Taste of Local Culture

        Get a better understanding with another culture. You're invited in to connect with a completely different lifestyle…a rare opportunity in life.

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        Curios/Fine Art Shopping

        Bring a Little of Africa Home

        Bring home a piece of Africa, whether it's a small momento or an incredible piece of art that captures how you feel in this incredible environment.

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        Family Friendly Activities

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        Game Drive

        Head out into the wilderness to see the incredible daily drama of predator/prey and the ancient circle of life.

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        Horseback Riding

        On horseback, animals seem to accept you as part of their natural surroundings a little more. You can spend more time with them…and get a little closer.

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        Night Drive

        At night, the nocturnal animals awaken and treat you to a show that daylight game drives miss.

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        Outdoor Dining

        A lunch or dinner out in nature is one of the hallmarks of a luxury African experience. Your connection to the landscape is undisturbed and the food tastes even more special in this most wonderful of settings.

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        Photo Specialty

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        Spa Service

        Treat yourself to a spa service. It's a great way to feel civilized in between wild experiences.

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        Walking Safari

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