At over 100,000 hectares, Tswalu Kalahari private game reserve is vast, the largest private reserve in South Africa; and yet there will only ever be a maximum of 30 guests staying there – this translates to 33 square kilometres of prime Kalahari landscape per guest! Amidst the red sand dunes and low-lying scrub, you’ll find black-maned lions, inquisitive meerkat families, majestic oryx, rare sable antelope, black rhino and cheetah. The main lodge is called The Motse, and has eight suites built from local stone and packed red earth. At the heart of each suite is a cast fireplace (Kalahari nights can be cold), surrounded by contemporary, stylish furniture and with a private deck that enjoys unspoilt views over the reserve. For families and small groups, there is the Tarkuni homestead, personal home of the Oppenheimers (who own the reserve) and available for exclusive use.