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Deception Valley Lodge

  • Fodor's Choice


  • If you're looking for solitude, this is the place
  • Great curio shop


  • There's game here, but it's not always easy to find

Updated 12/03/2014

Fodor's Review

Situated on private land bordering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, this striking thatch-and-stone lodge was the first to be built in the Central Kalahari and is arguably still the best. Built largely by hand by the desert-dwelling Naru people, the main lounge has deep-red sofas and kilims with wooden sliding doors leading out onto a wraparound deck, which faces a busy water hole. You'll sleep in a large thatch bungalow where the roomy lounge has polished wooden floors,

more kilims, wrought iron, wood chairs, a deep comfy sofa, and framed bushman memorabilia. Your bedroom will have a hand-carved headboard, crisp white linens, and plump duvets. There's a separate en-suite bathroom with a claw-foot bath and outside shower. Enjoy delicious food (try the tender oryx fillet marinated in Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and herbs) including homemade bread and rolls, before sitting out under the blazing desert stars for a nightcap. Although you'll be taken on game drives and birding expeditions, the absolute highlight of your stay at this unique lodge will be a walk with the bushmen themselves. Dressed in skins and thong sandals, with their bows and arrows over their shoulders, and carrying spears and digging sticks, they'll lead you through the dry grass and bush on a three-hour walk through one of the most remote areas on earth. You'll be shown how to trap a bird or animal, how to make fire, which plants and trees will heal and sustain you, and at the end of the walk, they will dance and sing for you. This is pure magic.

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Hotel Information


Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana


Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 7 chalets, 1 suite
  • Rate includes All-inclusive

Updated 12/03/2014

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Mar 25, 2009

The Kalahari is worth a trip!

DVL is a great addition to a several camp safari trip. The bushman walk is a real learning experience. Lions, leopards, jackals, brown hyena, aardwolf, oryx, kudu, and many other animals can be found. The guides and trackers are great. If it's there they'll definately track it down. I really enjoyed the meal schedule here, early morning quick meal, late morning brunch, tea-before evening drive,and dinner after dark. (great food ,but not over doing

it (some lodges constantly had food out). Rainy season makes the Kalahari green, with lots of butterflys and birds. Star gazing and the sunsets are great.

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