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HERO South Africa Tswalu Kalahiari Reserve

LOCATION

Buried deep in the remote southern Kalihari, Tswalu’s village of nine luxurious lodges exist in harmony with the ochre dunes and imposing peaks of the surrounding landscape. Simply built but carefully considered, the sandstone and thatched-roof buildings come complete with exposed dark wood beams, an open fire, and an outdoor deck ideal for an alfresco dinner beneath the pristine night sky of this distant corner of the Northern Cape.

If you’re traveling as a larger group or family, check into Tarkuni. Its five deluxe suites lead off from a capacious open-plan living area perfect for post-safari debriefs. An outdoor swimming pool, games room, and library offer a distraction from obsessing over the Big Five. A private chef adds that final tier of exclusivity to this sumptuous African residence.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

The opportunity for a horseback safari experience, galloping across the sand dunes with the Korannaberg Mountains in the distance, is surely a universal life goal.

You’ll find yourself among the huge diversity of wildlife—think giraffes, zebra, buffalo, to name a few—found in this conservation hotspot. Although the landscape, sunsets, and immaculate Kalahari night skies will all vie to pull your attention away from the tail-swishing locals.