Here we are in the vast and beautiful Tswalu reserve, officially referred to as the 'Tswalu Private Game Reserve'. As its name suggests, it is a private place and it is not any old place in South Africa. In fact, it is the largest private reserve in the country measuring no less than 254,519 acres!
As was explained to us at the reserve, the animals don't come here of there own accord - the owner buys them and brings them to the reserve. Of course, when you learn this, it takes away some of the magic of the place, but it has been here for over 10 years so the animals are now very much part of the landscape. The reserve currently has over 15,000 animals, so you're sure to spot a good few as you walk around.
As far as the staff are concerned, Tswalu is run by an extremely professional and efficient team. Safaris are generally accompanied by a two-man team of a tracker and a ranger. Jo and Sammy, our guides when we visited, showed us round their environment and we left the reserve very much enriched by the experiences they shared with us. The team is also responsible for the safety of visitors to the reserve, so it really is essential that you follow their instructions to the letter.
Transfers by small private aircraft are organised for visitors to get to the reserve. The journey only takes around an hour and a half and you'll soon forget the time once you get comfortable and sit back and enjoy the refreshments and snacks available. These notably include pieces of dried meat, some of which can take a fair bit of time to chew!