Bagatelle kalahari lodge

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge lies on the edge of the southern Kalahari only 50mins drive from Mariental. This is a peaceful owner-run lodge located in a mixed tree and shrub savannah setting, broken by deep red parallel sand dunes. The valleys in between the parallel dunes are commonly known as 'dune streets'. As it is only a two and a half hour drive from Namibia's capital city Windhoek, Bagatelle provides a the perfect stopover en-route to the attractions of southern Namibia such as the Fish River Canyon and Luderitz.

In association with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the lodge are custodians of cheetah, kept in an enclosure right next to the recreation area. This facility was built exceeding the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and under the guidance of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. These captive cheetahs can never be released into the wild, and will remain in captivity for the rest of their lives. It is the aim of Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge to ensure that these beautiful animals experience the highest quality of life in this time.

A rambling old farmhouse has been extensively altered, upgraded and renovated over the years, and serves as a residence and administrative centre of the Lodge. An entrance hall leads to the reception, lounge, dining room, bar/cellar and office. There is also a well-stocked, small library with a broad selection of mainly Africa books and matters relating to African flora and fauna. Their video library contains over 100 videos on African wildlife.

The main dining area at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge is a huge, enclosed porch area. Their chef is on standby to provide breakfast, lunch or dinner and coffee, tea, snacks and drinks are available from their honesty bar. Their wine cellar, stock a range of well-known South African wines, for your enjoyment. They also have an extensive range of brandys, whiskeys, cognacs and liqueurs.

There is a swimming pool and recreation area, complete with a pool table and hammock. Guests can wine and dine 'al fresco' in the open-air-thatched lapa. Wi-Fi access is available in the communal areas. Rejuvenate and refresh with a treatment or massage from the Spa. Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge has it's own viewing platform that overlooks a natural waterhole. From here guests can watch the lodge's own cheetah at play.

At Bagatelle guests can choose to stay in one of 4 different styles of chalet. They all have identical standards of luxury and quality finishing. Extra beds for children can be arranged (except for the Dune Exclusive Chalets).

Dune Chalets: 4 Dune Chalets are constructed of wood, raised on stilts and built on top of a sand dune. The views to the south-west are unsurpassed. An en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, toilet and wash basin, air conditioning, fan, writing desk, tea/coffee station, chairs, in-room safe, bed-side lights, fridge/mini-bar are standard.

Dune Exclusive Chalets: There are 2 Dune Exclusive Chalets with the addition of private splash pools. The facilities are similar to the Dune Chalets. Private dining can also be arranged if you stay in an Exclusive Chalet.

Savanna Chalets: There are 10 Savanna Chalets. 8 of them are well-placed in the street between the dunes. The other 2 are located next to each other in one building and are ideal combination for families or a small group of friends. Each chalet has 2 x quarter beds and facilities similar to the Dune Chalets.

Garden Court: 4 x Garden Court rooms are next to the lodge, so-called because they are set in their own 'garden court' with similar facilities to the Dune Chalets. They are equipped with twin beds but do not have a mini-bar/fridge.

There is a wide selection of activities run by the game ranch all to the backdrop of beautiful landscape. Bagatelle are custodian of a number of captive cheetah. Feeding time is both very popular and a highlight. Morning scenic drives, afternoon sundowner trips, an early walk with the San, birdwatching, stargazing and night drives can be arranged. Nature loves can explore the region on a leisurely horseback safari.

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Cheetah Feeding: In association with the Cheetah conservation fund, Bagatelle is the custodian of cheetah kept in an enclosure right next to the recreation area. The facility was built exceeding the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and wildlife and under the guidance of the Cheetah conservation fund. These captive cheetahs are not able to be released into the wild, and have to remain in captivity for the rest of their lives. The aim is to ensure that this happens in a way that ensures the best quality of life for these speedsters of the savanna.

Morning Scenic Drive: The quiet of the early morning is best experienced in the dunes. An amazing diversity of animal and bird life live here. Learn about the unique dune topography and vegetation on your route.

Afternoon Sundowner Drive: Watching the sun set and the ever changing colours of the landscape is a photographers delight. Cool sundowner drinks add to the enjoyment.

Morning Walk with the San: The Kalahari Desert is alive with desert-adapted creatures large and small. With your knowledgeable guide the opportunity to explore the dunes is not to be missed. This is a fascinating excursion to learn how these hardy creatures can survive in such harsh conditions.

Horseback Safari: Horseback safaris around the ranch can be organized. Booking in advance is necessary.

Night Game Drive: As Bagatelle is on private property a night drive can be organized. Search for some of the more elusive creatures that only appear after dark. Stargazing: The beautiful bright Namibian skies offer unparalleled stargazing opportunities.

Birdwatching: Birdwatching trips at Bagatelle can be organized around the Kalahari dunes. Doves and raptors have been recorded here and the spectacular displays of the white-quilled korhaan in the breeding season are of great interest.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Lybeck, Stig Olof

12 Apr 2016

Changed our room to a chalet up on the dune. Nice food and service, relaxing for the drive to Windhoek.

Gaboardi, Andrea

3 Sep 2012

Nice place, dune chalet is very good, service and food ok even if not as good as other places. Vote 7/10

Harten, Johann

27 Aug 2012

Beautiful location, lovely rooms, friendly staff. We all enjoyed the Cheetah feeding drive in the evening.

Portaluppi, Simona

29 Jun 2013

really beautiful!!!! It was like being in a Wilbur Smith romance.... only problem was no hot water in our room..

Ritz, Nicoletta & Udo

9 Apr 2012

As always very good - expecially since Paul is there caring for everything and always good for a chat and a laugh!

Ferguson, Rob

22 Oct 2012

Definitely a bit quirky. But comfortable rooms and food and staff great. Not as luxurious as other places but fine.

Habluetzel, Karin

11 Dec 2012

The best place I have ever been! Thanks so much to the entire team there! It was also the best food we had on our trip!

Gullstrand, Jonas

7 May 2015

Very nice ranch with a variety of activities and beautiful landscape. Perfect for families with kids. Good food and service.

Baldi, Michele

17 Jul 2013

Very beautiful; very kind. For our honeymoon they prepared champagne and fruit basket and a paper with them congratulations.

Michel,philipp

22 Aug 2017

Nice place to stay. The garden court rooms are very well suited for families with kids. Horseback riding is highly recommended.

Porretta, Alessio

21 Sep 2014

The dune chalet was excellent. Their game reserve is much more interesting than expected and we really enjoyed their game drive.

Mccarr, George

24 Mar 2010

Absolutely fantastic; the accommodation and staff were superb. On of the best places I have ever had the pleasure of staying in.

Ostermand, Inge

6 Aug 2009

Nice lodge with very friendly staff. Not a lot of activities being offered so we were glad that we were only staying there for one night

Morrisey, Don

1 Jan 2016

Nice camp sites with game wandering around, friendly helpful staff and nice pool. Afternoon tea and cake and good night drive and walking tour with San guides.

Mcgrath, Catherine

14 Jan 2015

after having seen so many other places and so many animals, this was not our favorite but a fine layover on our way south. next time we wouldn`t do the game drive.

Nilsson, Lars Erik

7 Mar 2017

Nice camp with very good facilitie and access to the lodge's facilities restaurant, pool, bar etc. Nice game rides and a Swedish Cheetah guy :-). Highly recommended.

Powell, Susan

29 Nov 2014

The first stop on our journey and we were pleasantly surprised. The surroundings were spectacular, the activities very reasonably priced and a good variety and lovely staff.

Hayward, Mark

10 Jan 2016

Of all of the places where we stayed, Bagatelle won the prize for the best overall service. The staff really went out of our way to help us and make sure our stay was perfect.

Wilkinson, Colin

31 May 2018

Bagatelle has improved a lot since my last visit two years ago. Its one of those lodges that are constantly good. The food very good and the staff friendly. I like their dining boma.

Maganza, Florian

24 Aug 2014

Perfect from every aspect. We loved our stay there and this was made particularly special by our horse ride with Tash whose kindness and humour we have taken back with us from Namibia.

Benocci, Massimo

21 Aug 2015

We stayed here 2 days, maybe 1 day is enough. Service good and food excellent. We dind't like to see the cheetah inside a fence. We would like to see them in a greater reserve, as Okonjima for example.

Blake, Shelley

3 Dec 2009

Loved it. Great atmosphere & friendly, well-informed staff. The dune chalet was spectacular & comfortable. Sadly we both got food-poisoning. These things happen, but might be worth pointing it out to them!

Twilly, Sheila

15 May 2014

Excellent accommodation - we were just a bit disappointed that we did not have a cabin on the dunes but really enjoyed our stay. The walk with the Bushman was fantastic and so was the cheetah feeding and sundowner.

Humm, Grant

26 Apr 2017

Amazing place, saw and fed Cheetahs, room was excellent, safari's were great (we did a horse safari, night safari and sundowner) Food was just amazing, and what a cool setting. Kids had a ball with the tame animals hanging around

Mounier, Corinne

29 Mar 2018

very very nice ;beautiful area ; our favorite ! garden rooms : clean and functional rooms ; activities at the top : we do sunset nature drive and cheetah feeding and bushmen walk ; very nice and friendly guides ; excellent dinner outside

Scores, Nikki

26 Oct 2017

the cheetah feeding was great! the accommodations were nice, and the dinner superb, but the staff seemed a little bit overwhelmed at check-in. they have various friendly animals roaming through the common areas, we pet a gemsbok and an ostrich!

Lovegrove, Tom

18 Nov 2015

Good location for us to break up the journey back to Windhoek but not as inspiring as some of the other places. The food was really good and the staff very friendly but it felt a little overpriced compared to some of the other places we stayed.

Clement, Sally

25 Jun 2012

Nice place to stay seeing the cheetah feeding and being so close to them was very good. The only thing I think they could improve on would be to have someone help you with your cases to the rooms as we found it difficult carrying them across the sand and our room was one of the first.

Durand, Pierre

25 Aug 2015

Great Place , the staff is really friendly . The restaurant, bar and shop are very good and the activities too. Ablutions of campsites are good but we did not have hot water at the campsite number 2. Fortunately the staff was very nice and offered us the opportunity to shower in a bungalow.

Directions

Bagatelle Game Ranch is 50 minutes from Mariental on the C20 and the D1268 district roads. 270km from Windhoek on the B1 main road, turn off onto the C21 at Kalkrand, then onto the D1268 district road

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