Spending a couple of days in Cape Town helped my wife and I adjust to the time zone and after an early morning pick-up from the hotel and a quick 2-hour flight, we finally arrived at Tswalu. After deplaning, we were greeted by our guide for the week, Sian, and after about a thirty- minute drive through the reserve we arrived at our accommodations at The Motse. Before the afternoon drive we settled into our legae, met the staff, had brunch and had a few hours to relax. During the 4 days at Tswalu we spent each day going on early morning drives that started at 06:30 followed by a few hours back at The Motse where we could have lunch or brunch, a spa treatment, naps or just a few hours to relax. At 15:30 we would go for an afternoon drive for a few hours and then back to The Motse for dinner and rest at our legae in preparation for the next day’s adventure.
The time spent on the drives through the reserve was absolutely fantastic. The vistas were breathtaking especially in the early morning with the sun rising with its golden light and the moon in the blue sky.
The evening vistas were just as spectacular with sunsets of bright orange and red. With Tswalu being a private reserve, the amount of people traffic is very minimal as they will only accommodate 30 guests a day. On our particular stay there were only 12 guests and the isolation on the drives truly made it feel exclusive. The abundant and varied wildlife which we came to see didn’t disappoint. A couple of the highlights were the lion cubs that slowly approached our vehicle in all its curiosity. Occasionally “hiding” behind blades of grass to observe us. My wife’s favorite were the giraffes and on our first evening drive we came upon one that was basked in the evening light in a regal pose.