Most Diverse Game Viewing
Burchell's Sandgrouse in the Kalahari.
The vast, arid Kalahari is Southern Africa's terra incognita, a place of dreaming and of legends. The Kalahari arid savanna covers most of eastern Namibia almost all of Botswana, the western rim of Zimbabwe and a large chunk of northwestern South Africa, where Tswalu is located.
Tswalu offers a bush experience with probably the most diverse game viewing you'll find in Southern Africa - not only the “typical” wildlife species, but also less well-known ones indigenous to this dry region, as well as a proliferation of nocturnal species.
Lost City of the Kalahari
Myths of great empires and wealth as vast as the dry land itself flourished over the ages. Stories of great endeavour as well as of suffering endured. Even well into the 20th century serious expeditions were launched there in search of the "lost city of the Kalahari” but it simply swallows up material desires.
The Kalahari has virtually no permanent standing water; it is larger than France, yet has a meagre human population, most of which is poor and concentrated in the southeast. However, since time immemorial the region has been the home range of hunter-gatherers perfectly in tune with its reticent ways.
Bushman Rock Art
Bushman (San) art on an ostrich egg.
Bushmen, or Khoisan, are from the oldest human lineage on Earth and they still occur in small, beleaguered communities scattered around the Kalahari. In the Korannaberg hills that bisect Tswalu are rock paintings that also date from time immemorial.
Recent digging in Wonderwerk Cave near Tswalu has revealed fireside remains dating back around a million years, suspected to be the work of our recent ancestor Homo erectus.
By David Bristow