Deception Valley Lodge

From the luxurious comfort of this solid, timber and thatch lodge you’ll enjoy game drives in this enormous, unspoilt reserve. Animals are far more abundant here than is realised: herds of springbok graze on open plains, preyed on by cheetahs, wild dogs and leopards. Bigger animals such as giraffe, eland and gemsbok fall victim to the reserve’s famously large lions. Jackals, wild cats, honey badgers and meerkats are among the Kalahari’s smaller creatures most commonly seen.

Set in a private concession, the lodge offers the best of both worlds: game drives in the reserve itself plus night drives in the concession. Rare and unusual animals are seen with the aid of a spotlight and this, together with the chance to interact with San Bushman on guided walks, delivers a comprehensive Kalahari safari.

There are only eight chalets at Deception Valley Lodge – each with their own spacious bathroom and private lounge. One chalet has inter-leading rooms – perfect for families; close by, the Kalahari Manor is ideal for two couples. Choose the timing of your visit carefully: the dry season promises excellent waterhole-based game viewing but it’s in the green summer months that the Kalahari comes alive. Animal concentrations and predator interaction are high, and the bird watching is simply fantastic.

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  • Beautiful, private Kalahari location
  • Majestic brick & thatch suites
  • Game drives, night drives & birding
  • Four-sleeper accommodation available

Fast Facts

  • Type of Accommodation:  Kalahari Lodge
  • Comfort Level:  Midrange
  • Number of Rooms:  8 Chalets
  • Location: Kalahari Region
  • See our Travel Guide: Botswana Safari

Luxury Chalets

  • Four-Poster Bed & Mosquito Net
  • Large En Suite Bathroom & Outside Shower
  • Private Lounge & Shaded Viewing Deck
  • Family Chalet & 4-Sleeper Villa Available

Wooden walkways connect each of the eight chalets to the main lodge. Inside, you’ll find a well-apportioned bedroom plus a separate lounge with a comfortable sofa and ottoman. You’ll enjoy all the privacy of an en suite bathroom with indoor bathtub, washbasin and flush toilet. An outside shower completes the set. There is a ceiling fan and mosquito net over the bed, a lockable storage chest and a mini bar – choose a drink and sit out on your shaded veranda.

Deception Valley Lodge has an inter-leading chalet (with two bedrooms and two bathrooms) designed for families with younger children. Families and groups of friends might also consider the colonial-style Kalahari Manor House. Boasting a lounge with dining table, two en suite bedrooms and large veranda, this private villa is booked on an exclusive basis for up to four people. It is fully serviced and comes complete with private chef, guide and game viewing vehicle.

Deception Valley Lodge Facilities

  • Swimming Pool & Sun Loungers
  • Viewing Deck & Waterhole
  • Bar, Library & Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor eating area

The swimming pool, with its shade umbrellas and sun loungers, is popular with guests on hot afternoons but most of the focus is on the lodge’s shaded and breezy lounge and dining area. Looking out over a waterhole, you don’t have to move from the comfort of your leather armchair to see animals below you. There is a cosy, pub-style bar, a curio shop, small library and even Wi-Fi access. Meals are served communally in the dining area or in the open-air boma, a traditional eating place.

Activities at Deception Valley Lodge

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Spot-lit Night Drives
  • San Bushman Encounter
  • Bird Watching

A private concession setting means Deception Valley Lodge is able to offer game drives in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as well as night drives and guided walks in the concession. San Bushman trackers accompany you on the walks, sharing their knowledge of the Kalahari environment with you and bringing your attention to the smaller details. You also have the option of an all-day 4X4 safari, ranging deep into the reserve where remote grassy plains support large antelope herds and predators – such trips are long but often very rewarding, especially in early summer.

Deception Valley Lodge Rates 2016

  • Green Season 2016
  • USD508 pps
  • Mid Season 2016
  • USD508 pps
  • High Season 2016
  • USD607 pps

Green:  January – March and November – December    |   Shoulder:  April to June    |   Peak:  July – October

Includes & Excludes

Includes: Accommodation, all meals, local drinks, tea’s & coffee’s, laundry, goverment taxes.

Excludes: Premium drinks, light aircraft transfers, tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

A Single Surcharge is applicable to bookings during all seasons and is charged at USD140.

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Deception Valley Lodge on 11/12/2014 rated 5.0 of 5