Tswalu Kala­hari Pri­vate Game Re­serve

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As South Africa’s largest pri­vate game re­serve Tswalu ex­ists pri­mar­ily as a con­ser­va­tion project started 20 years ago, which seeks to re­store de­nuded farm­lands in the North­ern Cape’s Kala­hari sa­van­nah eco-sys­tem.

Today Tswalu covers an area of over 1,000 sqm and is an eco­log­i­cal work in progress, con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion and recog­nised as a renowned cen­tre of re­search. The Tswalu Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished to pro­vide sup­port to a range of sci­en­tific re­search projects, in­clud­ing projects to un­der­stand the im­pact that cli­mate change will have on mar­ginal species such as the en­dan­gered pan­golin.

The re­serve of­fers an au­then­tic African wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence with a limited num­ber of beds (30 in to­tal) and just seven safari ve­hi­cles travers­ing the area at any one time. While Tswalu is home to most of the “charis­matic” African big game species, the arid habi­tat also sup­ports an ar­ray of smaller an­i­mals, birds and plants and guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore all as­pects of the eco sys­tem.

The word ‘Tswalu’ means ‘a new be­gin­ning’ and Tswalu Kala­hari is driven by two am­bi­tions: to cre­ate an in­spi­ra­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for its guests; and a con­ser­va­tion vi­sion, to re­store the Kala­hari to it­self. These two goals sit in per­fect equi­lib­rium with each guest con­tribut­ing di­rectly to the sus­tain­abil­ity of the re­serve in a true model of eco-tourism.

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