JAN Comes TO THE KALAHARI
Born and raised on a farm, first South African Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen always knew he would one day return to the bush; to the campfires and the open skies of his beloved South Africa.
A global partnership with the Oppenheimer family, which was born of a shared passion and vision for all things South African – including the country’s food, people, and shared culture and arts – has led to an incredible project that celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari.
KLEIN JAN will open its doors on one of South Africa’s leading private game reserves, Tswalu Kalahari. Tswalu is a refuge – untamed, untouched, unspoiled – that celebrates the simple, authentic splendours of this magical land.
Driven by the values of local authenticity, heritage, and sustainability of the environment, KLEIN JAN will become a culinary focal point for the region’s vast offering, and where local ingredients will be translated into world-class cuisine. Discovering this unexplored culinary territory with its unlimited potential has been Jan Hendrik’s dream for many years.
Designed and sited to make the best of Tswalu’s dramatic and expansive views, The Motse and Tarkuni provide exclusivity, privacy, and unfettered access to one of southern Africa’s last true wildernesses.