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, and situated some way from the area’s main lodge, in a desert valley of its own, Tswalu Tarkuni is a truly stunning private property.
Another Boyd Ferguson redesign, a thatch and stone build, Tswalu Tarkuni consists of a main house – lounge, kitchen, pool, veranda, 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 game viewing vehicle, and is styled in much the same way as Motse, it’s signature red clays, it’s enormous and centrally placed chimney stack, cavernous ceilings, unfinished stone walls, snug little landings and numerous outdoor seating areas all main lodge motifs, the overall look both beautiful and perfectly suited to the Kalahari’s colours.
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.
Activities at Tswalu Tarkuni include horse riding, guided walks, game 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 game drives, irrespective of age.
Please note that Tswalu Tarkuni is available on an exclusive basis.