Tswalu Kalahari

Tarkuni Lodge

Tarkuni Lodge

The Tswalu home of Nicky and Strilli Oppenheimer, located south of the Botswana border, on the 100,000 hectare malaria-free Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Tarkuni is a truly stunning private property.


Situated some way from the area’s main lodge, in a desert valley of its own, Tswalu Tarkuni, is a thatch and stone build; another smart Boyd Ferguson redesign. The property consists of a main house – complete with a lounge, kitchen, pool, veranda, and dining room – and 5 suites.

With accommodation for up to 10 guests, separate and self-sufficient, the house comes with its own chef, guide, house manager and private wildlife viewing vehicle, and is styled in much the same way as Motse. Its signature red clays, enormous and centrally placed chimney stack, cavernous ceilings, unfinished stone walls, snug little landings and numerous outdoor seating areas all main lodge motifs, create a distinctive look beautiful perfectly suited to the Kalahari’s colours.

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Food & service

While obviously all private, cooked on site, and tailored to needs and diets, the food at is very much a main lodge affair, the Theresa Fehrson trained kitchen able to conjure up anything from gourmet bush picnics to 5 course silver service dinners.


Like the main house at Tswalu Tarkuni, the en-suite bedrooms are large, open-plan and possess fantastic views across the Kalahari. Again, the style point here is unashamedly desert-chic, the former represented in each room’s carefully choreographed run of colours, the latter in the craftsmanship of the bed frames, the chairs, the roll-top baths, the quality of fittings. Beautifully thought through, it’s a very comfortable stay.

Please note that Wi-Fi with a good speed is accessible in main area and bedrooms.



Activities at Tswalu Tarkuni include horse riding, guided walks, wildlife drives, rock art trips, educational and cultural visits, star-bed sleep-outs and. Horse riding is offered to all, with horses and trails for beginner, intermediate and experienced riders. Children are welcome on all wildlife drives, irrespective of age.

Please note that Tswalu Tarkuni is available on an exclusive basis.


Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is a momentous conservation project which provides vital protection for numerous endangered species of mammals, birds, reptiles and sensitive vegetation. A dedicated Research Centre –  funded and run by the Tswalu Foundation – facilitates projects designed to understand the impact of climate change on species and ecosystem processes. Tswalu also supports a Tracker Academy which seeks to keep the dying art of tracking alive and ensure that tracking skills are formally recognised.

Tswalu employs nearly 200 people, most of whom are local, and provides crucial opportunities, skills training and career development for the community.

Tswalu funds a primary Health Care Centre which offers family planning, trauma, dental and ophthalmic services. It also provides preschool facilities to staff families, which allows parents to work.

To find out more about Tarkuni Lodge and to arrange your tailor-made trip, get in touch with us today.

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