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"Tarkuni at Tswalu is perfect for families," says Caroline. And to make it even more agreeable for people travelling as a family unit there's easy access from both Johannesburg and Cape Town with daily direct flights.
A big draw card here is the exclusive use of the Oppenheimer's family home. The ultimate private sanctuary, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family's (custodians) own personal homestead at Tswalu. It is set between two rolling mountain ranges, and has recently been refurbished to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance.
An oasis of serenity in the desert Tarkuni has its own dedicated team-the attentive, but unobtrusive staff will take great care of all the big and small details.
This includes a host and private chef to ensure a completely personal service. Caroline loves the flexible schedule, which allows guests to craft their own unique bush stay.
"There's something to suit everyone at Tongabezi; from family getaways to romantic honeymoons. I love this owner-run property," says Caroline.
Privately owned and run by Ben Parker who is a pioneer of eco-tourism in Zambia, the luxury lodge near Victoria Falls combines 'romance and exclusivity with warm and attentive service'. Each house and cottage has its private concierge who takes care of guests throughout their stay.
How do you pass the day here? There is no set pattern, guests are encouraged to do as much or as little as they wish. The game drives, bush walks and boating trips all included in the overall price.
"The majestic Victoria Falls can be viewed on foot in the national park, from inside the gorge, from Livingstone Island as well as from the air."
The ultimate private sanctuary
The Green Kalahari area provides food you won't find anywhere else in the world, including exceptional venison and the seasonal Kalahari truffle.
That's not all, in keeping with the completely personal experience; the camp also has its own private vehicle, personal field guide and tracker for a bespoke safari experience. See some of South Africa's most rare wildlife, including desert black and white rhino, black-maned Kalahari lions, meerkats, cheetah, and rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe. There are over 230 species of birds (including endangered raptors) to spot too. Other animal sightings may include the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine.
The perfect choice for families or groups of great friends the retreat has five luxurious suites, each with an en-suite bathroom. Not to mention the shaded pool area, built for tranquillity.
An overview of Tarkuni's features
Exclusive private home with 5 individual suites
Accommodates 1-10 guests
Tranquil poolside deck
Private game viewing vehicle
Outdoor walk-in showers
2 lounges with open fireplaces
Outdoor swimming pool
Caroline's tip: with a four-night stay, you receive complimentary return flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg or when staying five nights you only are charged for four.
About TswaluTswalu Kalahari is South Africa's largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, Tswalu takes conservation as its absolute priority; ''to restore the Kalahari to itself'. No more than thirty guests at a time can discover the beauty of this landscape, its diverse wildlife, and the serenity of what may well be South Africa's last great wilderness.Enquire now
Victoria Falls, an exclusive island on the Zambezi River, and so much more
"Sindabezi Island is the sister property to Tongabezi," says Caroline. "It offers a private island experience on the Zambezi River upstream from Victoria Falls."
The idyllic, exclusive camp on our very own private island on the Zambezi River it is the only luxury bush camp from where Victoria Falls can comfortably be explored'
Privacy and tranquillity are key here, and is why Sindabezi has only five open-sided thatched cottages to allow guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush. Expect views across the flood plains of the Zambezi and into the nearby National Park.
Some of the activities to look forward to on Sindabezi Island
- Swimming in Devil's Pool-swim in a rock pools that has formed right on the very edge of the sheer drop of Victoria Falls. Followed by a lunch on Livingstone Island
- Go canoeing on the Zambezi River as well as sunrise and sunset boating.
- Enjoy a Big 5 Safari at the conveniently nearby Mukuni Park (only three kilometres away).
- See what life is like in a Zambian village with an introduction to Simonga Village, home to approximately 3000 inhabitants from both the Lozi and Tonga tribes.
Caroline's tip: groups travelling together can have exclusive use of the whole island. To take advantage of this incredible experience we suggest a minimum stay of three nights. There's something for everyone in your party to enjoy; from canoeing down the river, going on a Big 5 safari, relaxing on Livingstone Island to shopping with the locals at the lively Maramba Market. See a taste of the activities above.Enquire now