swalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa's largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares (1,000sqkm or almost a quarter of a million acres). For comparison, this is twice the size of Pilanesberg National Park and bigger than the entire Madikwe reserve. This vast and magical landscape takes conservation as its first priority; Nicky Oppenheimer's vision is to "restore the Kalahari to itself". Tswalu has superlative game and offers sightings of some of South Africa's rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including Desert black rhino, Black-maned Kalahari lions, Meerkats, Cheetah, Rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe as well as regular sightings of species such as the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine. Tswalu accommodates a maximum of 30 guests in two beautiful locations, Motse and Tarkuni, both designed by the world-renowned Boyd Ferguson in an atmosphere of barefoot luxury.
Until 31 December 2016
|R11,885 p.p. Land only|
Package prices unless indicated on the offer are per person sharing, for the full duration of stay & include return flights & approximate taxes ex ORTambo International Airport, accommodation & return resort transfers. Package offers exclude meals & drinks not indicated, items of a personal nature, medical & travel insurance. Peak season surcharges & block out dates may apply. Prices are correct at the time of publishing, however are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases & availability. Supplier terms & conditions may apply. These offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Service fees apply. Errors & omissions excepted. All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights
South Africa has been billed as 'a world in one country', and any visitor who has experienced its delights, from the jumble of the gold mining city of Johannesburg in the north, to the sophistication of Cape Town in the south, to the sunny laid back beaches of Durban in the east, and all the mountains, game reserves and picturesque coastlines in between, is bound to agree.
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