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.
GENERAL MANAGER: LOUWRIE COETZER
JAN GROUP EXECUTIVE CHEF: ANTRO DAVEL
SOUS CHEF: JESSICA FOURIE
RESERVATIONS / HOST: ROBERT DE WAAL
Eat Out Lexus Style Award
La Liste Top Restaurants 2024
JHP Gourmet Guide
(world-class destination dining worthy of a flight)
La Liste 2022:
International Hidden Gem
Hospitality Design Awards:
Condé Nast Traveler:
Most Beautiful Restaurants in the World list
Excellence in Concrete Design
50 Best Discovery list
JHP Gourmet Guide:
(exceptional dining that demands a detour)
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
Due to the nature of the Klein JAN experience,
visiting the restaurant is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
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.
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.