Tswalu Loapi Tented Camp
Tswalu Loapi Tented Camp is a collection of six safari homes designed as contemporary glass and steel pavilions, subtly tucked into the contours of the Korannaberg Mountains. It joins sister properties Motse and the exclusive-use Tarkuni Homestead in the 247,000-acre southern Kalahari wilderness of Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. These three properties are the only ones found in the reserve; counting no more than 40 guests at a given time, it’s a most exclusive retreat.
Each generously sized safari home (measuring upwards of 3,000 square feet) is operated as a mini-camp and distanced at least 165 feet from neighboring pavilions. There are no common areas or shared services, assuring complete privacy. Instead, private service is offered by a dedicated butler, spa treatments are taken in-room, and all meals are prepared by a private chef in the fully stocked kitchen. Bedrooms are described as “cocoon-like sanctuaries under canvas, connecting guests to the sights and sounds of nature.”
Between private vehicle game drives (spot desert black rhino, black-maned Kalahari lions, elusive pangolin—and more), lounge on the day beds under shaded decks, dip into the private plunge pool, horseback riding over the dunes, and visit groups of adorable, habituated meerkats. The pace of your day is dictated only by you.
As shadows lengthen across the ochre landscape, toast to another splendid day in South Africa with a sundowner. When the veil of night falls, watch the stars blink into focus, sweeping across the southern Kalahari sky.
Guests shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a multi-course dinner at Klein Jan, where the seasonally shifting menu is stewarded by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, the first South African chef to receive a Michelin star.