The Motse


Our main property, the Motse, nestles at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse means “village” in Tswana and our village consists of just nine spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites.


Rooms at The Motse


Each suite comprises a spacious bedroom with an open fire, a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower, and a large dressing and study area. Your private sun deck overlooks a waterhole and the changing Kalahari animals it attracts.


Three legae have been designed especially for families. Each offers two separate bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room again leading on to a shady, private terrace. These legae are each over 170 square meters in size and create the perfect environment for any family group.


The Motse accommodates no more than 24 guests at any one time to make for a truly intimate Kalahari safari experience. The main house is a spectacular space in which to meet, with its elevated decks and elegant lounges. An infinity pool offers an endless view over the savannahs and a secluded spa is designed to complete your total relaxation. The mezzanine library is equipped with satellite TV (the Motse also has full broadband Wi-Fi access throughout) and its museum cases display rare artifacts from the area. All profits from our exclusive Foundation Gift Shop go directly to fund important new research on the reserve.


Safaris at The Motse


A Tswalu Kalahari Safari experience is very different.


African Safaris at Tswalu Kalahari Bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. Tswalu offers unrivaled privacy in a vast, pristine wilderness. We have a maximum of six vehicles in over 100,000 hectares. As Nicky Oppenheimer says, “If you see another Land Rover, complain!”


Our expert Field Guides have been specially trained in Kalahari wildlife and each contributes personally to the constant program of research and conservation on our reserve. Game drives at Tswalu Kalahari will be completely tailored to your own interests. As well as discovering many rare and endangered species for the first time, every guest leaves with a deep appreciation of the beauty of this entire eco-system.


Bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. We want people to get even closer to the land. To touch the unique vegetation (and learn about some plants’ extraordinary properties). To inspect nests and burrows. To examine the smallest insect. A morning can begin by walking to a meerkat colony and watching these engaging mammals warm themselves in the sunshine before they scamper off to forage. Night walks are now also possible, offering the chance of exceptional sightings such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena at even closer range.


And for a Kalahari safari experience unlike any other, our guests can explore the dunes and savannahs on our African Horseback Safaris. Few moments can rival gently walking through a herd of sable antelope on horseback, sharing the magical stillness that defines the Kalahari.


Motse Cuisine


Tswalu’s recently appointed Executive Chef, Justin Pillay, is dedicated to creating exceptional dining experiences for guests with a variety of exciting and unusual venues and menus.


As an experienced fine-dining specialist, Justin uses global food influences and the best available seasonal ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible, to create his constantly changing and evolving menus, which he describes as a ‘journey’.


The Green Kalahari area provides food you will never see anywhere else in the world, including some of the most exceptional venison available and the seasonal Kalahari truffle.


Tswalu is a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux which demands exacting standards, and Justin spends considerable time training and developing his team. The result is a highly passionate and committed kitchen brigade, who have been employed from the local community, working together to create multiple unique dining experiences at Tswalu.


Sundowners are followed by spectacular sunsets and dune dinners. Tswalu’s Kalahari Feast is a modern reworking of the traditional “boma” braai. Breakfasts may take place with panoramic views of the waterhole where our southern pride of black-maned lions could also start their day. At any time, you can choose a romantic dinner in the privacy of your own deck, with a vintage wine and a telescope to gaze at a thousand stars.


Our exceptional meals are complimented by an award-winning winelist which features some of the best available South African wines. The winelist recently received a Platinum award from the Diners Club Wine list Awards.


Our service aims to be gentle yet meticulous. As Justin Cartwright wrote in Condé Nast Traveller, “this unobtrusive professionalism is the special quality of Tswalu.”


Rates - 2015
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Please call us at 1.800.414.3090 for more information about incorporating The Motse Tswalu Kalahari into your safari.
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