Tswalu Kalahari Reserve covers 1000km2 (100 000 ha) of land on the edge of the Kalahari desert making it the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa.
Riders cross the Kalahari sands, climbing sand dunes at a pace to suit the group, whilst having a great chance of spotting buffalo, sable and possibly white and black Rhino. The stables house a selection of cross-breeds ranging in size from 14.1hh and 16.1 hh which are all in excellent condition and have been well trained for the trail rides that are on offer. During the summer months, riders spend a maximum of two hours in the saddle while in the winter, up to four hours.
Accommodation & Facilities
The Motse is an African village consisting of eight authentically stone walled and thatch-roofed bungalows. Each bungalow is elegantly appointed with indoor and outdoor heated showers (the outdoor version looks out across the Kalahari plain) and private sundecks. Guests can either enjoy meals in the dining room, or in the privacy of their own suite lounge.
Tarkuni Villa is set in its own private area of the Tswalu Reserve, the ultimate in secluded luxury. Tarkuni is perfect for families and small groups of 8 - 10 guests. This exclusive Villa is completely self-contained; guests at Tarkuni can enjoy flexibility with private game viewing vehicles and a dedicated chef. Built amid two rolling mountain ranges the accommodation contains five luxury bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and outdoor heated shower, open plan lounge and dining room, library, covered patio and heated swimming pool.
Wildlife & Activities
As well as riding, guests can take guided walks across the silent red dunes. Game drives are in open-sided safari vehicles stopping at the scenic spots to allow visitors to enjoy an impressive sunset or splendid bush dinner. Bird-watching, star-gazing and exciting visits to the habituated meerkat dens of Tswalu are just some of the activities on offer.
If you’re interested in Tswalu Riding as part of a safari holiday in South Africa, give our African experts a call. We regularly visit the lodges and camps we recommend and are ready to offer great advice on constructing your perfect holiday.
Tswalu riding - Fact Box
Trail saddles both Western and English style
|Hours in the saddle per day||To suit (maximum 2 in summer, 4 in winter)|
|Standard of riding required||Any standard|
6 years, although younger children can ride in the arena
|When to go?||
|Activities other than riding||Game drives and walks, archery, massages and rock art|