Kalahari game lodge

Kalahari Game Lodge is set on a 40,000ha game farm amongst large camelthorn trees on the banks of the ephemeral Auob riverbed. The beautiful remote setting surrounded by stunning red sand dunes is enhanced by the opportunity to observe free roaming black-maned lions. As the lodge is only 18km away from Mata Mata on the Namibian / South African border, it is an ideal stopover for individual travellers, families and self-drive tourists en-route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Facilities at Kalahari Game Lodge include a bar with DSTV, terrace, lounge with fireplace and a small curio shop. Complementary Wi-Fi is at reception. (There is no cell phone coverage at the lodge). Sumptuous breakfasts, a full lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant which includes a vegetarian menu. Step outside to the boma and open-air firepit both ideal venues to chat with fellow guests on your day's wildlife sightings and adventures. Take a dip in the pool after an activity or your road trip and chill afterwards on tanning beds and under a shady umbrella. Towels provided. Enjoy the wildlife visiting the waterhole from the viewing deck.

Solar-lit walkways lead to all of the chalets. Guests stay in 8 individually decorated rooms equally positioned either side of the lodge. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower, twin beds covered with mosquito nets, small kitchenette and seating area, ceiling fan, tea/coffee station, fridge with small mini-bar, hair-dryer, luggage racks and hangers and an in-room safe. Relax and unwind on your own private terrace which overlooks the Auob riverbed and productive waterhole. Prepare meals on an outside braai, ideal for enjoying supper under a stunning Namibian night sky. Tree-shaded parking is available next to your chalet. Please note there are no family units.

This stunning desert biome is home to an enormous array of mammals large and small including the Kalahari lion, springbok, oryx, springbok, eland, giraffe and brown hyena. Over 100 species of bird have been recorded in the area including northern black korhaan, martial eagles, pygmy falcon and both white-backed and lapped-faced vultures.

The lodge main buildings consist of:

Shaded parking bays for five vehicles.

Reception – Used mainly for check-out, booking office and accessing GPS signals of collared lions.

Small curio shop inside.

Restaurant –Seating limited to 16 pax maximum. Pre-bookings required. The restaurant offers breakfast (small buffet with hot orders that is included in chalet accommodation price), Lunch (one-course set menu) and Dinner (three-course set menu).

Campers can only be accommodated if there is space and enquiries to be made upon check-in as no meal pre-bookings from campers can be made. In winter the fire place or gas heaters are lit during breakfast and dinner service as there is only ceiling fans and no air conditioning available at the main lodge buildings.

Bar/Lounge area –Guests are checked-in at the bar area. Here they receive a welcome drink and complete our electronic guest sign in form. A picture is taken of all identification (ID, passport or drivers licence) and signatures of all parties in the group is required. A short introduction to the lodge follows and guests are handed room keys and directed to their chalets. No porters are available to carry luggage asguest can park their vehicles at the chalets.

Swimming pool –Umbrellas and tanning beds set outside. Swimming towels are provided for our chalet guests only.

General Information:

Our water is sourced directly from boreholes on the farm. The water is safe to drink but salty and not very tasty so we do provide the same water filtered through our filtering system and bottled water is available for purchase at the lodge bar.

Electricity - Our power is supplied by Nampowerand operates 24hrs. A generator is located close to the chalets as back up during power outages, which usually occurs during cloudy or rainy weather. Kindly note that the generator is switched off at night after the last guests have left the dining or bar area. We have no power available in our campsites and campers are welcome to charge any electronic devices at the lodge main building. Guests are advised to bring their own torches.

Reception/Wi-Fi – No Cell phone reception is available at the lodge. Guests can make use of our free Wi-Fi in the designated area or make use of the landline at an additional charge.

Time Zone - Namibia operates on Standard time GMT/UTC + 1 (the same as South Africa and Botswana). As of 1 April 2018 Daylight saving time GMT/UTC + 2 will not apply to Namibia and Standard Time will be in place all year round.

Guide Room - Should the lodge be fully booked the guide accompanying guests will be accommodated in our Singleguide room. If there is more than one guide with a fully booked lodge camping is advised or alternative accommodation at neighbouring establishments.

Check-in time is at 14:00, if the chalet is ready earlier guests are welcome to occupy the chalet upon arrival.

Check-out time is at 10:00, if the guest are doing an activity on the day of departure we kindly request that the chalet be vacated prior to leaving on the activity to enable us to get the chalet ready for new arrivals. Guests are welcome to leave their vehicle in the reception parking area until their return.

Payment – Cash in currency South African Rand or Namibian Dollar only is accepted. Credit card facility is available for Master and Visa Cards.

Families – No family units are available and children under the age of 9 years sharing with their parents are accommodated on bedrolls only (2 paxmaximum additional per chalet). No baby cribs are available. Children over the age of 10 year of age are required to book into their own chalet at normal rates.

Pets – Although we are animal lovers unfortunately no pets are allowed with the exception of assistance dogs as we feel it is unfair on other guests, our staff, the pets themselves as well as the safety of the game roaming around the lodge camp.

Insects/Reptiles – As this is a bush area we do have snakes and scorpions so guests should watch where they step and shake out any items of clothing that has been on the floor. Mosquitoes are present but we are a malaria free area and mosquito nets and mosquito repellant are provided in the chalets.

The Kalahari has very high temperatures during September-May up to 45ºC with not much lowering of temperatures during the night. In turn the months June-August can become extremely cold with temperatures reaching -9ºC and lower at night and early mornings with only a minimal raise in temperature during the day. It is advisable that clients prepare for both these temperatures by packing clothing accordingly.

Wheelchair accessibility –KGL is not wheelchair accessible. There are sandy paths, steps to all entrances and bathrooms are not big enough to provide this service.

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Lion Tracking:

Duration of the activity: 3-4 hours (can be 5 hours as duration depends on location of the lions on the day of the activity)

Our lionsare situated in a 24000 ha electrified fenced enclosure.

We have 4 lions that have been collared with GPS collars.

Guests are taken out with an open gamevehicle searching for these lions with the GPS signal. Off road driving does occur through bushes and bumpy terrain. Lion sighting are guaranteed if all GPS signals are in working order.

No children 7or younger allowed.

Departures daily 07:00 or 14:00 Subject to availability (winter times may differ) –Advised to do afternoon and morning drives in March to August and only morning drives in September to February because of the extreme heat of the afternoons.

We have also have brown hyena, black backed jackals and caracal as predators in this enclosure. Other animal sightings can also include Gemsbok (Oryx), Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Giraffe, Eland, Kudu and Ostrich.

Cost: N$780 per person (1Nov19-31Oct20) and (1Nov20-31Oct21).

Fitness level: Medium

Notes: Bumpy roads so preferably not for pregnant women or guests with back problems. Morning drives are advised especially in summer months. Lions tend to bevery inactive and hiding under bushes in the afternoon heat. No toilet available–bush stops are made.

Refreshments e.g. Water and cooldrinks included and coffee&tea and blankets provided in winter.

Availability: Game Vehicle can take 9 pax maximum –pre-bookings advised to ensure availability. Minimum of 2 pax required.

Scenic Drives:

Duration of the activity: 2-3 hours

Description of activity: Normal game and scenery viewing drive in the 24000 ha enclosure where the lions are located.There is a slight possibility to come across the lions but this is not guaranteed with this activity. All children welcome. Departures daily 07:00 or 14:00 Subject to availability (winter times may differ)

Animal sightings can include Gemsbok (Oryx), Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Giraffe, Eland, Kudu and Ostrich.Cost: N$540per person (1Nov18-31Oct18) and(1Nov19-31Oct20)

Fitness level: Medium

Notes: Blankets provided in winter.

Availability: Game Vehicle can take 9 pax maximum –pre-bookings advised to ensure availability. Minimum of 2 pax required.

Sundowner Drive:

Duration of the activity: 2 hours

Description of activity: Short game viewing drive in the 3 500ha lodge camp ending at the lookout deck having light snacks and drinks (beer,wine,water,cooldrinks).

All children welcome.

Departures daily at 17:00 Subject to availability (times may differaccording to sunset times)

Animal sightings can include Gemsbok (Oryx), Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra and Ostrich.

Cost: N$540per person (1Nov18-31Oct18) and (1Nov19-31Oct20)

Fitness level: Medium

Notes: Blankets provided in winter

Availability: Game Vehicle can take 9 pax maximum –pre-bookings advised to ensure availability.

Dune Braai: Enjoy a dune braai inside the game farm. A 3 course dinner is served with the main course prepared on the braai. (Dune braai subject to weather conditions and availability). Departure: 16h00 Duration: 3 hours. Min. 2 Max. 4 diners.

Self-guided drives: Hop in your own vehicle and drive around a 4x4 trail, exploring the area at your leisure visiting known waterholes where wildlife congregate during the early or mid-mornings and in the late afternoon. No driving inside the lion enclosure is allowed; guided tours only.

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Traveller Reviews

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

Nobels, Ingrid

4 Dec 2015

Nice, Scandinavian-looking chalets with a great view of the riverbed. Good food. Lion-tracking activity might be a little bit expensive but definitely worth it when you get the chance to see the black-maned lions. Great, knowledgeable guide, Nicky, with an excellent sense of humour.

Directions

Driving down from WINDHOEK, the easiest route is to follow is the B1 (Tar road) in a southern direction to MARIENTAL, turn left onto the C20 towards STAMPRIET. Head south on the C15 (gravel road) via GOCHAS to KALAHARI GAME LODGE. Entrance on left hand side only 18km from the Mata-Mata border gate.

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