The Motse at Tswalu

The Motse at Tswalu: Our full report

9 suites
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Excellent (100%) From 1 review
All year

In the Northern Cape region of South Africa, nestled close to the Kgalagadi National Park and Botswana, Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve is arguably the largest in South Africa. Situated within this 1,000 km2 reserve at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains is The Motse, facing out across the grasslands of the southern Kalahari. The scenery is beautiful and though wildlife isn’t prolific, the diversity of species more than make for this.

Re-opened in June 2019 after an extensive renovation, The Motse is now even better than ever. We are in the process of writing up a new webpage for The Motse at Tswalu, so please call us for further details in the mean time.

Our view

The Motse at Tswalu is a smart lodge in a fascinating area, quite different to the rest of South Africa. Desert wildlife dominates with chances of seeing the famous black-maned lion and meekats, as well as the possibility of catching a rare glimpse of the extremely elusive aardvark or pangolin.


Location: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Ideal length of stay: 5 nights to give you a chance to fully explore.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: All drinks including a full selection from the wine list, as well as in-suite bar.


Property’s age restrictions: The Motse welcomes children of all ages.

Special activities & services: Motse runs a special children's Junior Ranger programme. They also offer a baby-sitting service, though do note that this is usually just one of the female staff who have children of their own as opposed to a qualified child-minder.


Communications: The Motse has Wi-Fi available.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Upington.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

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