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Deception Valley Lodge is set in a private concession on the north eastern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Professionally run by the owners, the lodge offers all the facilities that ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay.

With a stunning location overlooking the waterhole, each of the 8 spacious suites has a bedroom, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with Victorian style bath and outdoor shower.

The lodge boasts a swimming pool, several indoor and outdoor areas in which to relax and dine and, in a nod to the remoteness of the location, wireless internet delivered by satellite.

Kalahari Manor is a nearby colonial style residence accommodating just four people in two double, ensuite bedrooms.  With its own chef, guide and vehicle, the Manor is available to those guests wishing for privacy and exclusivity in their Kalahari experience.





Open Season

Open all year round

Safari Experience

Activities  are varied. The reserves extensive network of roads makes for perfect game- and night driving terrain, and off-roading is permitted due to the exclusive use the owners enjoy.

The lodge also operates a highly acclaimed Bushman (San) experience. ʻBraamʼ Badenhorst, one of the owners, grew up in the Kalahari with the San, and several of his old playmates live on the reserve and are available to take guests on a fascinating walk.

The terrain appears to the uninitiated to offer little in the way of sustenance, but is exposed as a treasure-trove of fruits, berries, tubers, barks, herbs and flowers used in cooking, medicine, ceremonies and for a plethora of other purposes – and this before we turn to the mammals, birds, reptiles and insects that form part of the fascinating part of their desert world.

One of the major strengths of the Safari Experience here is the the fact that the Bushmen can track game alongside the guides.  Guests find this process fascinating.

Wildlife & Birdlife

The famous Kalahari Lions, leopard, cheetah,brown hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, jackals, chacma baboons, and several species of antelope (including the eland, gemsbok,springbok, hartebeest, steenbok, kudu, and duiker), and many species of birds and reptiles can be found here.

Added Extras

Both the Safari experience with the ‘San’ bushmen, and the cultural aspect of meeting the Bushman. It really is the best of both.