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Tswalu Private Reserve

As the largest Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari stretches over an area of 100 000 hectares. Owned by the Openheimer family, the vision at Tswalu is ‘to restore the Kalahari to itself’. As a member of the Relais and Chateaux group, this experience of the bush is exclusive and pricey, however, for the champagne and caviar set, it provides everything one’s heart could desire. The reserve has a limit of 30 guests at a time, to ensure exclusivity and privacy and visitors are provided with their own dedicated compliment of staff, in the form of butlers and guides. Spa treatments, game drives, private gourmet picnics and horseback safaris are all on offer, or if you prefer you can relax on your private deck overlooking the sprawling Kalahari. The reserve holds one third of South Africa’s highly endangered desert black rhino and also black-maned Kalahari lions, cheetah, rare antelope, such as the roan, sable and tsessebe and an extraordinary variety of birds, including endangered raptors. Tswalu’s executive chef, Theresa Fehrsen reinterprets classic South African dishes or takes inspiration directly from her Kalahari surrounds to provide tantalising dishes, for diners, in keeping with the highest standards of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux group.