Although the opulent guest lodges of Motse and Tarkuni blend naturally into their surrounding environment, both draw their power needs from the coal-fired national grid. Behind the scenes the solar-powered staff accommodation is considerably greener, but it is the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve itself that is leading the sustainability charge in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.
What was a severely degraded and divided landscape a couple of decades back, is a thriving desert ecosystem today thanks to the foresight of Stephen Boler and the Oppenheimer family who have invested heavily in the painstaking process of rehabilitating and restoring the ecological side of Tswalu. Long gone are the days of overgrazing and creeping desertification, today the reserve is a model example of a genuinely low impact eco-destination that stands tall amongst the greenest in Africa.
The luxurious lodges of Motse and Tarkuni that comprise Tswalu Kalahari Reserve are both proud to be associated with the top 48 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This important book identifies the mere handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst an ocean of eco-pretenders across the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get your hands on a book, then you can order it here.
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