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Deception Valley Lodge

At a Glance


  • if you're looking for solitude, this is the place as it's the only lodge in the area
  • great curio shop


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

Fodorite Reviews

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Deception Valley Lodge Review

This striking thatch-and-stone lodge is one of only two lodges in the Central Kalahari and is worth visiting for this reason alone. Built entirely 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 8 chalets
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-11-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    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.

    by unclemike1776, 3/25/09

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