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Botswana Hotels

Deception Valley Lodge

  • Local Flavor


  • 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

Updated 10/11/2012

Fodor's 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.

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Hotel Information


Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana


27–11-234–9997-in South Africa

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 7 chalets, 1 suite
  • All-inclusive
  • No children under 6 years old

Updated 10/11/2012


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