Tswalu Desert Reserve: SOUTH AFRICA

Bedroom(s): 9  Locale: Wildlife. Wildlife Preserve

price $1,040 - 2,880 /night

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Our South Africa Safari Lodge, The Motse, is 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.

At the South Africa Safari Lodge, the legaes are built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Recently redesigned by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson, the suites define an elegant, barefoot luxurious atmosphere. Writing in Condé Nast Traveller, Justin Cartwright describes their charm:
“A style has evolved in southern Africa of safari chic, which involves a fusion of African artefacts and art with very contemporary furniture. Nowhere I have seen does it as well as Tswalu.”
– Conde Nast Traveller, December 2009

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 chalets have been designed especially for families at the South Africa Safari Lodge. 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 accommodations are each over 170 square metres in size and create the perfect environment for any family group.

The South Africa Safari Lodge house 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 gather, 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 (our South Africa Safari Lodge also has full broadband Wi-Fi access throughout) and its museum cases display rare artefacts from the area. All profits from our exclusive Foundation Gift Shop go directly to fund important new research on the reserve.

Keen supporters of wildlife and conservation projects, Nicky and Strilli Oppenheimer have won awards for their generous commitment to preserving the habitat and encouraging education in the field of conservation.

They were jointly presented with the prestigious World Wildlife Fund - Lonmin Award for environmental conservation. “The award recognizes those who promote a culture of sustainable use and conservation of our natural heritage,” said Rob Little chief executive officer of WWF South Africa.

“It is awarded to individuals or organisations which make an outstanding contribution to conserving the environment. The award was made for the Oppenheimers’ active and involved support of conservation projects aiming to foster the bio diversity of the county’s mammals, birds, invertebrates (insects), fish, reptiles, vegetation.

Strilli Oppenheimer launched the Diamond Route, a partnership between the Oppenheimer family and De Beers, at the World Summit on Sustainability in Johannesburg in 2002. This project is culmination of years of dedication and commitment to environmental conservation across nine properties and is aimed to maximize their potential for conservation and research, environmental awareness and tangible social upliftment as well as to create further opportunities for nature lovers to experience these diverse and unique product offerings.

Says Strilli, “...conservation of the environment, which we have inherited as custodians, is not a subject of only specialist and activist interest; rather it is an imperative for society as a whole to hand on a less distressed situation than that we have caused. There is a growing public awareness in appreciating what we have, and doing what we can together, to ensure we do not continue to lose species on a daily basis, as each loss impacts on everyone and everything in some way”.

Make a lasting contribution to this fragile and unique environment…… The Tswalu Foundation (TF) was created as a result of the forward thinking and love of the Kalahari by Mr Jonathan Oppenheimer in 2008. His founding vision for the Foundation was to develop a platform on which local and international visitors could contribute and involve themselves in community and environmental research on Tswalu Kalahari – either to an existing project or to suggest and fund specific projects in areas of particular interest to the funder.

The Kalahari system is a unique, vast and understudied area, thus this Foundation assists in developing research programs and protocols and therefore assists in the development of a better understanding of its unique fauna and flora in a direct, hands-on manner. The Foundation is fundamental in not only developing a greater appreciation for the beauty of the Kalahari and its abundant wildlife, but also provides encouragement and support to gain knowledge to better manage this unique part of Africa.

Tswalu Kalahari is driven by a strong conservation and community development ethic, and whilst the Oppenheimer family have sanctioned numerous projects, the Foundation affords more researchers to study in the Southern Kalahari. Experience over the years has taught us that the longevity of the project is determined by the interactive nature of the project. We encourage researchers to share their concepts and progress with our guests – who, if inspired by the work, will continue to contribute to funding the project through the Foundation. Essentially, it becomes a self-funding campaign through guest contributions.

Each project is obliged to provide some form of research material to be displayed at the main lodge, and the staff will undergo an induction into the reasons and objectives of the research. In this way, they are fully equipped to share information and to create interest on behalf of the researcher – who in turn is given ample opportunity to present the project to the guests at Tswalu Kalahari.

The Tswalu Foundation is registered as a NPO (non- profit organisation) which supports species, ecological and applied research in the Kalahari system. It also provides grants for the development of social and community projects.

The appropriators of the South Africa Safari Lodge encourage staff to stay with their families on the property. Children in remote areas such as Tswalu may not have the same developmental opportunities as children in more urban areas. In order to ensure that the Tswalu pre-school children are not left behind by their urban counterparts, the team provides a crèche for local children. The children benefit from interaction with other children as well as having access to a range of early learning opportunities under the eye of a qualified teacher.

The Tswalu crèche has been developed internally by Tswalu Kalahari Social Responsibility.

MORE DETAILS: http://www.tswalu.com/about-us/the-tswalu-foundation

Hotel Facilities & Features

  • Airport transfer
  • Biosphere reserve
  • Child-safe
  • Dining
  • Jeep safari
  • Mountain
  • Nature tour
  • Staff
  • Walking/trekking/climbing
  • WIFI
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga

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