On game drives in South Africa, most travelers share vehicles and guides with one or two other couples. This can be great fun, but for those who do require a private vehicle, it can sometimes be prohibitively expensive to arrange or difficult to confirm.
Tswalu Kalahari, however, makes it quite simple. Guests who reserve three or more nights at this eight-suite lodge owned by the Oppenheimer family are guaranteed to have a safari vehicle and guide entirely to themselves. The 220,000-acre Kalahari Desert game conservation estate over which the lodge presides ensures that visitors have as private a safari experience as possible.
This lodge offers another notable feature: the option to sleep under the stars. Tswalu Kalahari recently unveiled its “Malori” deck, a raised wooden platform complete with a plush king-size bed. Guests can sleep under a thatched roof with weatherproof blinds, or have the bed moved out into the open under a spectacular canopy of stars. A private chef provides dinner and breakfast. It’s an absolutely unforgettable way to spend the night.
May through September offers the best game-viewing, but the drama of the Kalahari Desert can be enjoyably observed at almost any time of year (November through April are the warmest months), making a visit here easy to combine with other regions in South Africa.