Tswalu Tarkuni

Exclusive private home in the Kalahari

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Surrounding the rugged Koranneberg Mountains in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve covers 1000km2 (100 000 ha) of land on the edge of the mysterious desert wilderness that is the Kalahari.

Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home in Tswalu, and the ultimate private sanctuary.The villa has its own dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure a completely personal service. A private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker ensure an equally bespoke safari experience. Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families or groups of friends. Its 5 luxurious suites - each with an impressive en suite bathroom with outdoor walk-in shower, accommodate a maximum of 10 guests. Tarkuni’s quiet pool and shady salas promote calm contemplation. Its outdoor pool beckons at the end of a long day’s explorations, as do its 2 open-fireplace lounges. Its own traditional boma has seen many a celebration.

There’s an abundance of activities to engage in during your stay. In the Kalahari, the thornveld and sweeping sand dunes are home to some of the world's most fascinating wildlife.Take a safari on horseback or a walking tour. Tarkuni has a private game-viewing vehicle to steer you to famed Kalahari species like the gemsbok, aardvark, tessebe, desert black rhino, and Kalahari lion, among others. Marvel at the ancient bushmen cave art - some 380,000 years old, and a photographer’s delight.

Tarkuni creates an exclusive oasis of serenity in the desert, and its beguiling charm has led many guests to return time and again to what becomes their ultimate private home in the Kalahari.


Why we like it

  • Exclusive bush villa
  • The Kalahari eco system
  • Oppenheimer‘s private reserve
  • Ideal for families & small groups
  • A bespoke safari experience
  • The Sanctuary spa

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