Awarded: Bronze

With architecture that reflects the surrounding landscape, TSWALU The Motse is one of two camps in South Africa’s largest privately owned game reserve. Going almost unnoticed within its vast desert surrounds, the camp offers contemporary luxury, sweeping vistas and activities which are entirely suited to each guests interests and desires.


Plan your journey

Location

TSWALU The Motse lies at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains on the edge of the 1000km² Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve. Motse is one of only two camps in Tswalu and the size of the reserve means game drives are peaceful and uninterrupted. As it shares the land with no other camp’s, no areas are off-limits to guests and exploration can go on throughout the day and evening. With its mountain range, rolling dunes and vast grasslands, Tswalu is home to 240 bird species and 80 mammal species including Hatmann’s Mountain Zebra.

Rooms

There are eight rooms at the camp including six one-bedroom suites and two two-bedroom family suites. Each has a private deck facing the mountains and interiors boast soft, earthy tones, high ceilings, stone fireplaces and African-style décor. En-suites have outdoor showers overlooking the waterhole and the family suites have the addition of separate, comfortable lounge areas.

Communal Areas

The split-level indoor lounge is an elegant space with high ceilings, sofas, a roaring stone fireplace and plenty of unique furnishings. Guests can relax on wicker furniture on the shaded deck adorned with succulents, which leads to two swimming pools surrounded by loungers and endless views of the savannah. The Tswalu Kalahari Spa offers soothing outdoor treatments in the spa garden where guests may find antelope roaming.

Activities

Guests have the benefit of a private consultation upon their arrival to tailor activities to suit their interests. Take game drives through the large reserve with each drive focused on a particular species, visit ancient archaeological sites and take guided walks across the breathtaking red dunes. Guests can visit the two habituated meerkat dens, venture out on horseback with guides and even take scenic flights in the camp’s own helicopter. For a unique experience, sleep out on The Malori, an elevated and isolated deck underneath the stars.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
All meals including a variety of dining experiences from boma dinners to dune picnics
All beverages and full selection from our award-winning wine-list
In-suite tea and coffee making facilities
In-suite private bar and gourmet pantry
Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker for all bookings
Walking safaris
Nature walks, including traditional plant use interpretation
Habituated meerkats
Horse riding and bird watching
Visit to see some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa
A visit to our community clinic and pre-school
The Tswalu Foundation research projects
Involvement in all wildlife project work currently on the property
Children's Junior Ranger programme and baby-sitting
Laundry and valet services

When to go

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WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, yet days with rainfall are very spread-out. A season of change as the landscape totally transforms to a green flowering ‘desert’, a beautiful time to visit. Great birding with migratory species present and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. This period also marks calving season with the birth of many young animals; these ultimately also draw in predators.

Midday temperatures are however very high during this period, averaging 35°C/95°F, but can often rise well over this to 45°C/113°F or more. Humidity levels though are surprisingly low, so this extreme heat can be bearable and as this is a desert landscape after sunset the temperatures rapidly drop off to a much more pleasant 19°C/95°F. Occasionally mornings can be cold, so do pack a light fleece.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, yet days with rainfall are very spread-out A season of change as the landscape totally transforms to a green flowering ‘desert’, a beautiful time to visit. Great birding with migratory species present and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. This period also marks calving season with the birth of many young animals; these ultimately also draw in predators.

Midday temperatures are however very high during this period, averaging 35°C/95°F, but can often rise well over this to 45°C/113°F or more. Humidity levels though are surprisingly low, so this extreme heat can be bearable and as this is a desert landscape after sunset the temperatures rapidly drop off to a much more pleasant 19°C/95°F. Occasionally mornings can be cold, so do pack a light fleece.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, yet days with rainfall are very spread out. A season of change as the landscape transforms to a green flowering ‘desert’, a beautiful time to visit. Great birding with migratory species present and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. This period also marks calving season with the birth of many young animals; these ultimately also draw in predators.

Midday temperatures have cooled slightly, averaging 33°C/91°F, but temperatures can still occasionally climb over 40°C/104°F. Humidity levels though are surprisingly low, so this extreme heat can be bearable and as this is a desert landscape after sunset the temperatures rapidly drop off to a much more pleasant 17°C/62°F. Occasionally mornings can be very cold, so do pack a warm fleece.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, yet days with rainfall are very spread out. A season of change as the landscape transforms to a green flowering ‘desert’, a beautiful time to visit. Great birding with migratory species present and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. This period also marks calving season with the birth of many young animals; these ultimately also draw in predators.

Midday temperatures have cooled slightly, averaging 33°C/91°F, but temperatures can still occasionally climb over 40°C/104°F. Humidity levels though are surprisingly low, so this extreme heat can be bearable and as this is a desert landscape after sunset the temperatures rapidly drop off to a much more pleasant 17°C/62°F. Occasionally mornings can be very cold, so do pack a warm fleece.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

DRY SEASON

Whilst the occasional shower is still possible, May is the beginning of the dry season. The landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains, with great game viewing opportunities! Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings are cold, with an average minimum low of 6°C/42°F. Sub-zero mornings are very much a possibility here, so do pack appropriately for those early game drives!

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

DRY SEASON

Whilst the occasional shower is still possible, May is the beginning of the dry season. The landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains, with great game viewing opportunities! Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings are cold, with an average minimum low of 6°C/42°F. Sub-zero mornings are very much a possibility here, so do pack appropriately for those early game drives!

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

DRY SEASON

Whilst the occasional shower is still possible, May is the beginning of the dry season. The landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains, with great game viewing opportunities! Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings are cold, with an average minimum low of 6°C/42°F. Sub-zero mornings are very much a possibility here, so do pack appropriately for those early game drives!

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

DRY SEASON

Whilst the occasional shower is still possible, May is the beginning of the dry season. The landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains, with great game viewing opportunities! Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings are cold, with an average minimum low of 6°C/42°F. Sub-zero mornings are very much a possibility here, so do pack appropriately for those early game drives!

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape is rapidly returning to a semi-arid desert. Game viewing opportunities remain strong.

Midday temperatures are pleasant, averaging around 31°C/88°F. The mornings are cold, with a minimum low of 8°C/46°F. Sub-zero mornings are still very much a possibility here, so do pack appropriately for those early game drives!

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate. Game viewing opportunities remain strong.

Temperatures begin to climb, especially towards the end of the month. Midday temperatures average around 29°C/84°F, but occasionally temperatures can climb over 40°C/104°F. Mornings remain cool to cold, with an average minimum low of 12°C/54°F – so do pack a warm fleece!

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

WET SEASON

A season of change as the landscape totally transforms to a green flowering ‘desert’, a beautiful time to visit. This great birding with migratory species present and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities.

Midday temperatures are however very high during this period, averaging 35°C/95°F, but can rise well over this to 45°C/113°F or more. Humidity levels though are surprisingly low, so this extreme heat can be bearable and as this is a desert landscape after sunset the temperatures rapidly drop off to a much more pleasant 19°C/95°F.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

WET SEASON

A season of change as the landscape totally transforms to a green flowering ‘desert’, a beautiful time to visit. This great birding with migratory species present and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities.

Midday temperatures are however very high during this period, averaging 35°C/95°F, but can rise well over this to 45°C/113°F or more. Humidity levels though are surprisingly low, so this extreme heat can be bearable and as this is a desert landscape after sunset the temperatures rapidly drop off to a much more pleasant 19°C/95°F.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain occurs sporadically usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to April, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. Although the Kgalagadi offers great game viewing throughout the year we would generally recommend visiting the area at the back end of the rains, when wildlife is drawn to the riverbeds. If your timing is right, you can be rewarded with great game viewing, birdlife and a beautiful green flower blooming landscape! Temperatures during the summer months (November – February) can however be very hot, so we could recommend visiting shortly after, when midday temperatures are more pleasant.

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TSWALU The Motse

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