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The Motse at Tswalu
The Motse at Tswalu
The Motse at Tswalu
The Motse at Tswalu
The Motse at Tswalu
The Motse at Tswalu
The Motse at Tswalu

The Motse at Tswalu

27°12’33.6"S 22°26’29.6"E

The Motse at Tswalu: Our full report

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 1,000km² 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 meekats and black-maned lions, as well as the possibility of catching a rare glimpse of the extremely elusive aardvark or pangolin.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Country manager: South Africa


Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Ideal length of stay
5 nights to give you a chance to fully explore.
Accessible by

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included
All drinks including a full selection from the wine list, as well as in-suite bar.


Attitude towards children
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.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from The Motse at Tswalu

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at The Motse at Tswalu have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Black Rhino

100% success

Brown Hyena

100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success

Roan antelope

100% success

Sable antelope

100% success

White Rhino

100% success

Wild dog

100% success


100% success


100% success


50% success


50% success


50% success


The Motse has Wi-Fi available.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
The nearest doctor is in Upington.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Fire safety


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Horse-riding


  • Night drive

    Night drive

  • Sleeping under the stars

    Sleeping under the stars


Disabled access

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