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RESTAURANT
KLEIN JAN

RESTAURANT KLEIN JAN IS SITUATED ON ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LEADING PRIVATE GAME RESERVES, TSWALU KALAHARI, A REFUGE – UNTAMED, UNTOUCHED, UNSPOILED – THAT CELEBRATES THE SIMPLE, AUTHENTIC SPLENDOURS OF THIS MAGICAL REGION. KLEIN JAN TELLS THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN CULTURE THROUGH FOOD, FROM THE WAYS OF OLD TO THE NEW.

Creating Restaurant Klein JAN has been Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s great homecoming project. Growing up on a farm in South Africa’s rural Mpumalanga province, he felt an instant connection to the vastness of the Kalahari and knew that the time had come to return the spirit of JAN – his Michelin-star restaurant in Nice – to home soil.

The Kalahari felt like a blank canvas with unlimited possibilities. The region’s underexplored ingredients were the perfect inspiration to open a new restaurant and bring fine dining home – giving the food from the Kalahari the global stage it deserves.


HEAD CHEF: JESSICA FOURIE
GUEST RELATIONS MANAGER: ROBERT DE WAAL

RECOGNITION

2023
Eat Out:
Two Stars 
Eat Out Lexus Style Award

La Liste Top Restaurants 2024

JHP Gourmet Guide
Three Plates
(world-class destination dining worthy of a flight)
Haute Performance

2022
La Liste 2022:
International Hidden Gem

Hospitality Design Awards:
Upscale Restaurant 

Condé Nast Traveler: 
Most Beautiful Restaurants in the World list

Fulton Awards:
Excellence in Concrete Design

50 Best Discovery list

JHP Gourmet Guide: 
Two Plates
(exceptional dining that demands a detour)

2021
Tourism and Hospitality Counsel of South Africa, 3rd annual Luxe Restaurant Awards: 
Culinary Pioneer (Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen)
Restaurant of the Year (Restaurant Klein JAN) 
Chef of the Year (Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen)

Klein JAN opens (April)

TIME TO DINE

RESTAURANT KLEIN JAN IS OPEN TO DAY VISITORS FOR A LUNCH SERVICE ON SELECT DATES EACH MONTH. BOOKINGS OPEN THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE.
We offer a seven-course tasting menu and wine pairing at ZAR 2850 per person.
Lunch services are from 12:00-15:00.

Due to the nature of the Klein JAN experience,
visiting the restaurant is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
We can accommodate reasonable dietary requirements indicated at the time of booking.
Regrettably, we are unable to accommodate any dietary requirements or menu adaptations
on the day of service.
CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations are confirmed when the full upfront payment has been secured.
 
Reservations that have not been secured with a full upfront payment within
72 hours of making your booking, will be cancelled automatically.
 
Cancellations or changes made within 7 days of the reserved date are non-refundable.
EXCLUSIVE RESERVATION OF RESTAURANT KLEIN JAN
Restaurant Klein JAN offers an exclusive reservation option for a maximum of 20 guests.
Exclusive reservations are confirmed when a 50% upfront payment has been secured.
Exclusive reservations are ZAR 57 000 for a party of any size, up to a maximum of 20 guests.
Bookings for the exclusive use of Restaurant Klein JAN can be made by emailing reservations@restaurantkleinjan.com
  

Please note that our online booking process has been updated due to the high volume of reservations requests that we receive.

Our reservations now operate on a queued system and are only confirmed once you have received a payment request. If you have not received a payment request, please note your reservation is not confirmed.

WEDDINGS AT RESTAURANT KLEIN JAN
Restaurant Klein JAN can host weddings for a maximum of 40 guests.
Enquiries can be made by emailing reservations@restaurantkleinjan.com
You’re welcome to contact us if you have any enquiries about reservations.
Our office hours are 10:00 – 14:00 from Mondays to Fridays
Guests should arrive at the Tswalu Kalahari meeting point at 11:30 on the reserved date.
More details will be communicated after booking confirmation.
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KLEIN JAN IN THE PRESS

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.