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Tswalu Tarkuni

Savannah Biome, Northern Cape, South Africa

Set amid two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is an oasis of serenity with beguiling views on every side. The private homestead accommodates up to 10 guests in five luxurious en-suite bedrooms and boasts a vast open-plan lounge and dining room, and intimate mezzanine library. A covered deck leads to a private tsala and swimming pool. A dedicated guide, tracker and vehicle are at your disposal, while a personal assistant and housekeeper will ensure you are well looked after.

Tarkuni Homestead provides a natural bush camp feel with understated elegance and, above all, a sense of luxury, relaxation and tranquillity. While guests will experience comfort and an incredible sense of space in the shared living areas, they are guaranteed exclusive privacy in their individual suites, and offers exclusive use for a group of guests or families. Two game viewing vehicles have been allocated to Tarkuni to keep the vehicle footprint minimal, and a maximum of two separate bookings will be accepted to ensure that each group has a dedicated vehicle, guide and tracker.

The expansive living spaces including a vast veranda with a number of seating and dining areas, a pool and tsala. Indoors there is an airy sitting room with a double-sided fireplace that also heats the dining room and adjacent cellar. On the mezzanine level is a well-stocked library and games room. Upstairs, a stunning spa therapy suite offers guests the opportunity to indulge in the unique treatments of Tswalu’s award-winning safari spa experience.

The 5 private suites include a spacious bedroom with king-size or twin beds, a luxurious bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower, and comfortable seating and study areas. Beds are dressed with exquisite cotton linen and romantic muslin nets. Sliding glass doors give guests vistas of the open savannah grasslands across to the Korannaberg Mountains. The suites embrace the natural outdoor experience with organic-shaped flowing outdoor decks off the bedrooms and the addition of natural Kalahari stone walls to add privacy and seclusion to each deck space. The sunny decks lead onto private terraces with outdoor star beds. The colours and textures of the fabrics used throughout Tarkuni take their cue from the abundant hues of the surrounding natural palette. Natural fibres like stonewashed linens, hemp and cottons, have been selected to harmonise with the colours of the environment – the grasses, dunes and wildlife.

On the expansive main veranda spaces have been created for guests to relax on comfortable daybeds, occasional chairs, sofas and a hanging basket chair so that they can enjoy the views towards the waterhole, read a book, or doze off for the afternoon. A large fire-pit adds to the romantic southern Kalahari experience. Several indoor and outdoor dining areas provide opportunities for guests to dine privately or in groups. An outside boma creates a warm, inviting space around an open fire to feast on typically South Africa barbeque fare. On the veranda, a barbeque grill under cover and protected from the elements offers another outdoor dining option.

A wine cellar has been built into the dining room wall, transforming the room into a complete wining and dining experience, with opportunities for wine tastings.

Upstairs in the library, comfortable couches and a large square leather ottoman create a space that is conducive to conversation and a casual evening watching television or viewing the day’s game photographs on a smart TV with integrated media
facilities. For the younger guests, this is an ideal space to play games while the adults linger at the dining table or around the boma fire.

The fully inclusive rate for the complete Tswalu experience includes:

  • Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker for all bookings
  • Walking-safaris
  • Nature walks, including traditional plant use interpretation
  • Habituated meerkats experience; Horse riding;
  • Bird watching
  • Short hike to view some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa
  • A visit to our community clinic and pre-school
  • A visit and/or introduction to The Tswalu Foundation research projects
  • Involvement in wildlife project work on property, when available
  • Luxury full board 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
  • Laundry and valet services
  • Wireless internet access and National telephone calls
  • Children’s Junior Ranger programme and baby-sitting