The Motse at Tswalu

The Motse at Tswalu: Information from the owner

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Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 9
Last updated 18-Jan-2019

Main description of The Motse at Tswalu

The Motse at Tswalu: Facilities

Property facilities Bar, Gym, Internet Access, Kiddies Club, Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Spa
Room facilities Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Heated Towel Rails, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

Room types at The Motse at Tswalu

Motse Family Suite

Motse Family Suite

Please note that The Motse will be closed until 16 June 2019 for an extensive renovation programme.
This project will deliver a new world of luxury, privacy, and exclusivity to our guests and we have posted renderings of some aspects of the transformation.

Tarkuni Homestead will remain operational during the period that The Motse is closed.

Motse Suite

Motse Suite

Please note that The Motse will be closed until 16 June 2019 for an extensive renovation programme.
This project will deliver a new world of luxury, privacy, and exclusivity to our guests and we have posted renderings of some aspects of the transformation.

Tarkuni Homestead will remain operational during the period that The Motse is closed.

Units at The Motse at Tswalu

Family Legae

Family Legae

Three legae or suites, each accommodating four people, have been designed especially for families. Each offers two separate bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room which leads on to a shady, private terrace overlooking a waterhole. These legae are each over 170 square metres in size and create the perfect environment for any family group.

Features and facilities:
- Indoor & outdoor showers
- Open fireplace
- Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole
- Separate dressing areas
- Broadband Wi-Fi Access
- Direct dial telephone

Motse Legae

Motse Legae

Six standard legaes or suites, each have a spacious bedroom with an open fire, a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers, and a large dressing and study area. A private sun deck overlooks a waterhole and the changing Kalahari animals it attracts.

Features and facilities:
- Indoor & outdoor showers
- Open fireplace
- Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole
- Separate dressing area
- Broadband Wi-Fi Access
- Direct dial telephone

Activities at The Motse at Tswalu

Bush walks

Bush walks

Guided bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. We want people to get even closer to the land. To touch the unique vegetation (and learn about some plants’ extraordinary properties). To inspect nests and burrows. To examine the smallest insect.

A morning can begin by walking to a meerkat colony and watching these engaging mammals warm themselves in the sunshine before they scamper off to forage.

Night walks are now also possible, offering the chance of exceptional sightings such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena at even closer range.

Games drives

Games drives

Game drives at Tswalu are a unique experience because guests have their own vehicles, guide and tracker. Our expert Field Guides have been specially trained in Kalahari wildlife and each contributes personally to the constant programme of research and conservation on our reserve.

In addition to this, Tswalu is over 100 000 hectares in size. This means that you will not see another vehicle on your game drive. It also means that game drives can be completely tailored to the guests' interests.

As well as discovering many rare and endangered species for the first time, every guest leaves with a deep appreciation of the beauty of this entire eco-system.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding

Another exciting game viewing option at Tswalu is a horseback safari.

Horseback safaris allow guests to explore the dunes and savannahs on our well-schooled and well-mannered horses, which are suitable for all ages and all levels of experience.

There is no better way to get close to nature and the wildlife. On a horse safari in at Tswalu, you become part of the landscape and many of the animals react differently to your presence. No-one who experiences this kind of closeness with wildlife ever forgets it.

Our equestrian guides are well trained in the Kalahari ecology, and will lead you on a true safari where you can ride alongside antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, or watch them from a distance without detection.

Children are welcome on horseback safaris. Both trail and English saddles are available and every piece of necessary equipment is provided, in every imaginable size.

Junior Ranger's Programme

Junior Ranger's Programme

Children are welcome at Tswalu and the reserve is well equipped to cater for them. Tswalu believes that they too can be part of the conservation vision.

The youngsters will be introduced to the Junior Ranger programme and given a backpack with guides and tools to help them learn about the Kalahari. During their stay they will make their own bow and arrow for archery, learn how to identify spoor, and track game on foot.

In between game walks and drives there are activities at The Motse specially designed to occupy the kids while mom and dad relax. Tswalu’s stables will create a special “pony camp” for any child who shares their passion for horses. There is no malaria in this part of the Kalahari and the pool is a big attraction. They can chat to the rangers, decorate cup cakes and even cook their own bush dinner in the special children’s boma. A separate children’s menu caters for their individual tastes.

Babysitters can be arranged for younger children if parents want time alone.

Tswalu Spa

Tswalu Spa

Tswalu's Spa is a combination of sensual spaces which combine to create one of the most unusual spa experiences in Africa.

Designed to enhance the natural beauty of the Kalahari and take advantage of the superb climate, the outdoor treatment area is within an indigenous spa garden where guests may find the occasional antelope grazing alongside them and be lulled into a deep state of relaxation by the sound of birdsong.

The indoor spa area is a natural extension of the earth, inspired by nature and the splendour of the Kalahari, with natural finishes and fabrics and simple spaces which together create a sense of tranquility and barefoot elegance.

Guests may also choose to have their treatments at an outdoor tsala, where a rustic structure protects one from the elements and is positioned to give a bird’s eye view of the open grasslands of the reserve against the backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountain range.

Treatments at Tswalu Spa include exfoliation treatments using fine red Kalahari dune sand or desert mineral crystals from the natural mineral rich salt pans of the Kalahari, infused with plant-based emollient rich aromatic oils. Authentic signature massages are performed by local therapists.

Restaurants at The Motse at Tswalu

Dining at Tswalu

Tswalu offers a number of dining options for guests who can dine indoors or out, in the dining room or at the pool deck, and can enjoy their meals at times that suit them. From a late breakfast at the pool, a picnic in the dunes, a feast in the boma, or sundowners and snacks on your private deck... guests will delight in the delicious gourmet meals prepared by Executive Chef Justin Pillay. Justin joined the reserve on 8 October 2012, bringing with him a wealth of experience as a head chef and a fine-dining specialist. He has created an exceptional wining and dining experience at Tswalu, stamping his influence on all the dining options and striving to establish Tswalu as a top culinary destination. Tswalu's wine list has been carefully selected from the best South African wines available and guests will enjoy the food and wine pairing menus. The wine list was awarded Platinum status by the coveted Diners Club Wine List Awards in 2012.

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