9 Days from$8400 p/p in USD
Independent, Self Drive
Discover some of the very best off the beaten track destinations of South Africa. Tswalu Kalahari is a luxury private lodge in Tswalu Reserve, a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World where you can take part in exciting activities. The Cederberg Wilderness Area was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973 and is home to the endemic rare and endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree. Your last stop is the town of Robertson where you will have to opportunity to visit the community and taste some delicious award-winning wines.
Safari types:Cultural Safari, Family Safari, Self Drive Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Cape Town, Cederberg Wilderness Area, Robertson
Wildlife:Birds, Cheetah, Lion, Rhino, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Aardvark, Pangolin, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox, Meercat
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise, Horse, Nature Walk, Optional Activities, Village Visit, Birding, Wine Tasting, Cultural Experience, Swimming, Culinary Experience, Mountain Bike
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle, Rental Car
Start/end:Start in Cape Town, end in Cape Town
- Stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World
- Do some walks along the unique vegetation and learn about some plants’ extraordinary properties
- Take part in a short hike to view some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa
- Marvel at the panorama of the Cederberg Mountains with its raw, rugged beauty
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 8,400 per person
- 3 nights Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
- 3 nights Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge
- 2 nights Robertson Small Hotel
- 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
- Self guided walks and mountain bike trails, use of mountain bikes in Cederberg Wilderness
- Private game viewing vehicle with a dedicated guide and tracker
- Nature walks, including traditional plant use interpretation
- Habituated meerkats experience, horse riding and bird watching
- Short hike to view some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa
- A visit to our community clinic and pre-school
- All guided activities included at the lodges
- Flights & transfers
- Car hire
- Personal expenditure
- Any other items not mentioned as included
Day by Day Overview
Transfer or Self Drive: Cape Town International Airport to Tswalu The Motse
Tailor-make your day by selecting any of the following activities on offer (some activities may not be included and are at an additional rate):
With a guaranteed private vehicle and guiding team assigned to each booking, days on the reserve are entirely your own and unfold at your own pace. Sightings of cheetah, Kalahari black-maned lion, desert black rhino and other rare and endangered species are often a highlight here. Tswalu is also one of the best places in South Africa to photograph elusive species, such as aardvark, pangolin, bat-eared fox, brown hyena and aardwolf.
Guided bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. We want people to get even closer to the land. To touch the unique vegetation (and learn about some plants extraordinary properties). To inspect nests and burrows. To examine the smallest insect. A morning can begin by walking to a meerkat colony and watching these engaging mammals warm themselves in the sunshine before they scamper off to forage. Night walks are now also possible, offering the chance of exceptional sightings such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena at even closer range.
Another exciting game viewing option at Tswalu is a horseback safari. Horseback safaris allow guests to explore the dunes and savannahs on our well-schooled and well-mannered horses, which are suitable for all ages and all levels of experience. There is no better way to get close to nature and the wildlife. On a horse safari in at Tswalu, you become part of the landscape and many of the animals react differently to your presence. Our equestrian guides are well trained in the Kalahari ecology and will lead you on a true safari where you can ride alongside antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, or watch them from a distance without detection.
Tswalu’s Spa is a combination of sensual spaces which combine to create one of the most unusual spa experiences in Africa.
Some other activities offered are (some activities may not be included and are at an additional rate):
Join your guide in trying to puzzle out the hidden meanings in millennia-old rock engravings of animals, birds and abstract shapes. Today, no one knows whether they were created as memories, prayers or maps, but their beauty and mystery endure.
Join a group of habituated meerkats as they emerge from their burrows and warm themselves in the rising sun or meet up with them as they return home at the end of the day and groom and play at dusk.
The Tswalu Foundation – research
Spending time with one of the many researchers whose studies are supported by the Tswalu Foundation provides additional insights into the finely balanced Kalahari ecosystem and lets you see cutting-edge conservation at work.
The Malori Sleep Out
Watching thousands of stars slowly spin through a black velvet sky as you fall asleep makes a night spent on our Malori sleep-out deck an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a glowing Kalahari sunset as you eat dinner, then see the world anew as birdsong and the strengthening light awaken you at dawn.
The Naledi Sleep Out
Naledi, which means ‘star’ in the local Tswana language, is Tswalu’s back-to-nature star bed experience in the Korannaberg mountains. Elevated above a valley with wraparound views, Naledi is for the true adventurer who yearns to sleep beneath the southern Kalahari’s brilliant blanket of stars in safety and seclusion. Spending a night in a star bed, with nothing between you and the night sky, has become increasingly sought after as travellers search for authentic, unfiltered experiences immersed in nature. Naledi has purposely been kept very simple so as not to detract from its private and remote setting in the southern reaches of the reserve. Sleeping in the open, under the stars, is as old as time.
Junior Ranger Programme
Children are welcome at Tswalu and the reserve is well equipped to cater for them.
Transfer or Self Drive: Tswalu Motse to Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge.
There is range of excursions and activities on offer:
Walks (Self Guided)
The scheduled activities change with the seasons with set activities at specific times. These may include guided walks on the farm and Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, rock art excursions, Cederberg full day excursions, Rooibos farm tours, wine tours, sundowner cruises and boating in summer months.
Activities offered (some activities may not be included and are at an additional rate):
Self-guided Walking and Mountain Bike Trails
Walking and mountain bike trails are easy to follow. Ask for one of their maps at reception and borrow a mountain bike from the car park.
Complimentary Star Gazing
This takes place after dinner every 2/3rd night. The Cederberg is a stargazer’s heaven. Throughout the year they have very little cloud cover. Plus with no large cities nearby they have very little light pollution. Witness the breathtaking clarity of the night sky and learn all about the mysteries of stars and constellations at Cederberg Ridge.
Fynbos and Rooibos Tea Farm Tour (Half Day)
The Cederberg is in the montane fynbos biome with over 1000 fynbos plant species. It is also home to healthy (caffeine and tannin-free) rooibos tea plant which is actually endemic to the area. Visit the Rooibos tea farm for a wonderful nature tour.
Enjoy guided walking trails both right from the lodge or in the adjacent Cederberg Wilderness Reserve. Trails range from an easy 45 minutes to a 3-4 hour hike. Why not try their very own Spitzkop peak with its iconic views.
Sevilla rock art trail (Half Day)
The Cederberg is teeming with remarkable rock art, some 2,500 documented sites – one of the best areas in the World. Discover the history of the San & Khoikhoi people on our guided Rock Art walk. Here you can view these delicate paintings, flowing with movement and life, with no crowds to spoil your quiet enchantment. Learn about the life and culture of the San as well as their beautiful homeland. Add lunch at Khoisan Kitchen.
Explore the High Cederberg
Enjoy a full day of touring the stunning Cederberg region. Starting with a scenic mountain pass drive, we admire ancient rock art and the Stadsaal rock formations. Stop for a picnic lunch on the river bank, perhaps take a dip in the natural rock pools in summer. Afterwards, taste some delicious award-winning Cederberg Wines.
Some other activities offered (some activities may not be included and are at an additional rate):
Explore the High Cederberg
Enjoy a full day of touring the stunning Cederberg region. Starting with a scenic mountain pass drive, we admire ancient rock art and the Stadsaal rock formations. Stop for a picnic lunch on the river bank, perhaps take a dip in the natural rock pools in summer. Afterwards, taste some delicious award-winning Cederberg Wines at their cellars before meandering homeward. The exact nature of the tour may vary by season. In summer, they may spend time swimming at the rock pools, enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch. In winter, they may visit Kromrivier for lunch and beer-tasting. Included: Bottled water & soft drinks, snacks, entrances & permits, picnic lunch or lunch.
Explore the West Coast
Head to the West Coast for a delicious seafood lunch on the beach, visiting a Rooibos tea farm and the magnificent Bird Island en route, with its vast array of gannets and cormorants. This is a perfect excursion for spring, summer and autumn. The exact nature of the tour may vary with the seasons. In summer they spend more time at the coast with a brief visit to a Rooibos tea farm. In spring, enjoy either a fynbos or Rooibos tea tour (approx 1 hour long) then a shorter visit to Bird Island followed by lunch. Included: Bottled water & soft drinks, snacks, entrances & permits, lunch at Muisbosskerm.
Cederberg Heritage Trail
Why not add a night on a slack-packing walking trail. They have joined forces with the Cederberg Heritage Route to offer you a 2 day/1 night overnight hike. They drop you off at the start of the trail and at the end you are brought back to Cederberg Ridge. 2 days/ 1 night on Cederberg Heritage Trail.
Transfer or Self Drive: Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge to The Robertson Small Hotel.
Optional activities – some ideas to tailor-make your day:
Robertson Farmers Market
Explore Robertson Wine Valley
Springfield Wine Estate
Excelsior Wine Estate
Have some bubbles at Graham Beck Wines
De Wetshof Estate
Transfer or Self Drive: The Robertson Small Hotel back to Cape Town