Tswalu Kalahari introduces the unique Truffle Safari
Tswalu Kalahari is offering an exciting and innovative package for foodies and adventure lovers who would like to search for the elusive desert gold – the Kalahari Truffle (formerly Terfezia pfeilii, now known as Kalaharituber pfeilii).
Called !nabas by the San, these truffles are distantly related to French truffles but are not as aromatic and have a smooth brown skin. Like the French truffle, which is always found near the roots of oaks, the Kalahari truffle has a symbiotic relationship with a plant – the desert melon.
Russel Binks, MD of Tswalu Kalahari said that the truffles found at Tswalu are a naturally occurring desert truffle specific to the Kalahari. “This year, because the area has had excellent rainfall, we are expecting a bumper season in April and May.
“The truffle season is brief, lasting only until the first frost, and searching for them is an adventure because they grow beneath the ground within the sandy crevices.”
Tswalu Kalahari’s Truffle Safari package includes the truffle hunt, with the option of cooking and eating your own truffles, or allowing Tswalu’s chef, Theresa Fehrsen, to prepare and cook them for you. Scheduled flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg are complimentary.
The four day package allows guests to experience all the luxury of award-winning Tswalu, with its vast expanse of malaria-free wilderness, and superlative game and sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including the desert black rhino, black-maned Kalahari lions, meerkats, cheetah, and rare antelope.
Tswalu Kalahari caters for just 30 guests in two luxury lodges, and the emphasis is on privacy, flexibility and exclusivity, where the guests can tailor their own experience to include game drives, bush walks and horseback safaris, animal encounters, sundowners in the dunes, star-gazing and sleep-outs, spa treatments in the indigenous Spa Garden, bush dining, boma dinners or intimate meals for two on your own private deck.
Families are welcome and children will revel in the special children’s programme which includes bush walks, picnics and tracking lessons.
Says Binks: “This is Africa’s most unique safari package…we don’t guarantee that you’ll find truffles, but we guarantee you an unforgettable experience.”
For enquiries, contact +27 (0)11 274-2299.
For more information about Tswalu see:
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve