Tswalu – The Motse

Tswalu – The Motse 

Kyle sitting near a meerkat looking across the scene
Tswalu Kalahari. The Motse Lodge, South Africa.
Tswalu Kalahari. The Motse Lodge, South Africa.
The outdoor fireplace at Tswalu's The Motse lodge
Tswalu Kalahari. The Motse Lodge, South Africa.
Tswalu Kalahari. The Motse Lodge, South Africa.

Tswalu – The Motse

Tswalu Private Reserve, South Africa

This is a visually stunning lodge, which somehow effortlessly blends rustic charm with contemporary design influences. Tswalu’s The Motse is set within South Africa’s famous Kalahari Desert – offering a unique take on a South African safari adventure. Here, not only will you have access to the usual wildlife suspects but also to a world of rarely seen creatures such as meerkats. 

The lodge has been designed with couples and families in mind. It boasts just nine legaes (suites) that are spacious and beautifully appointed. Families can take advantage of three family suites. Each legae has a sitting area with a wood-burning stove, a study area, and a private, shaded veranda with a large daybed. A waterhole in front of the main guest area attracts a variety of wildlife, especially in the dry season. The guest areas include a selection of areas to unwind and dine, as well as two swimming pools, a fire pit for sundowners, library, boma, boutique store, gym, and Tswalu Spa.

Amenities and Activities:


BEST FOR: couples, honeymooners and families


  • Safari game drives 

  • Meerkat experience

  • Nature walks

  • Horseback riding

  • Rockart excursions

Why We Love It:

The Motse is situated in the largest private game reserve in South Africa. Not only will you be introduced to the country’s incredible and intriguing Kalahari ecosystem , you will also have the opportunity to witness desert adapted animals like the black-maned lions.  Also during your stay, you will have chance to encounter one of three habituated meerkat family groups.

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