From the moment the Oppenheimer family took over the Tswalu Kalahari game reserve back in 1998 we knew it was going to be good. From the moment they opened doors, we’ve loved sending our clients to South Africa’s largest private game reserve.

We love that the reserve is malaria-free, so perfect for families. And with an outstanding Junior Ranger Program and near endless activities such as walking, night safaris, horse riding, participation in conservation projects, and so much more … kids also have a blast here!

tarkuni pool

At Tswalu you can expect totally unique animal viewing such as pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, desert black rhino, black-mane lion, and the adorable habituated meerkats. These animals, adapted to the dry, desert landscape, offer an excellent compliment to a more traditional big game safari in the Kruger National Park region.

NOW, we’re thrilled to announce that the Oppenheimer Family’s personal home and ultimate private sanctuary, with a maximum of 10 guests in 5 suites, has been completely renovated and is now available for exclusive use guest bookings!


Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families or groups of great friends.

With just five luxurious suites, each with a magnificent en-suite bathroom, the villa accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in total.


The homestead has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure meticulous and completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker complete this bespoke safari experience. And we love the private, tranquil poolside deck and glorious outdoor swimming pool here!

And for travellers looking to get involved in conservation, there is perhaps no better place than at the Tswalu Kalahari game reserve and the Tarkuni villa. The Tswalu Foundation was founded by Jonathan Oppenheimer in 2008 with a single purpose; for visitors to involve themselves in Tswalu Kalahari’s ambitious research program.


This foundation works to create new knowledge and understanding that is so fundamental for the management and conservation of this unique part of Africa, as well as the development of a greater public appreciation for the elemental beauty of the Kalahari and the life it supports. Over the years, conservationists here have learned that the success of a project is usually determined by how interactive it is; so researchers are encouraged to share their progress with our many guests who often then contribute to further work!

To learn more about this beautiful corner of South Africa and discover some of our favourite ways to include this on your southern Africa safari, please contact us today!