Teufelskrallen tented lodge

Situated on the edge of a private nature reserve in the Kalahari Desert is Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge. The lodge is close to the village of Kalkrand and about 190km's south of Windhoek, the Namibian capital. This lodge offers a great setting for self-drive individual travellers, families or small groups with its breathtaking views of the superb Kalahari Desert landscape. The landscape in this part of the Kalahari is punctuated by camelthorn trees growing in a red sand dune environment.

Check in at the reception in the 'old farmhouse', which is located 3km away from the tented accommodation. It is set in a beautiful fertile garden with shaded areas to relax and unwind. Facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, free Internet with wireless LAN and a safe to secure your valuables. Breakfast and dinner are served in the old farmhouse.

Accommodation is in 6 tents / cabins. Each unit is equipped with a fridge, tea / coffee station,, private bathroom (shower) connected from a board walk and a private shaded viewing deck.

Giraffe, eland, black and blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, Hartmann's and Burchell's zebra, nyala, blesbok, springbok, impala, oryx, kudu and steenbok can be observed, although sightings cannot be guaranteed. Smaller mammals such as pangolin, porcupine, warthog and aardvark live in and around the reserve. Ostrich as well as many smaller species of Namibian birdlife including water birds in the rainy season can be observed.

Activities and excursions are conducted by customized 4x4 safari vehicles (from the neighbouring Kalahari Red Dune Lodge) or guided and unguided walks by foot. All trips are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable guides.

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Enjoy the Kalahari Desert from the safety and comfort of a morning or afternoon safari. The leisurely drive gives ample opportunities to observe the many species of Namibian mammals that live on the reserve. The energetic can opt to climb some small dunes of around 30m high. Experience the vegetation and wildlife of the pristine wilderness environment as nature intended.

Sundowner drive:

A great way to finish your day in the Kalahari red dunes is to participate on a sundowner drive in an open off-road car under expert guidance. This is definitely one of the most dramatic hours of the day in the desert.

Another great way to explore the Kalahari Desert is to take a guided or unguided walk around the private reserve. All trails are clearly marked and drinking water is available at designated stops. Distances range from between 5-20km and last from 2 hours to all day. Tour guides can provide advice and assistance to set up a hike of a suitable distance and duration catering to your own fitness and requirements.

Mountain biking:

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge have 2 mountain bikes available for guests to ride on original bike trails in the private nature reserve. Crossing the Kalahari Desert on a modern mountain bike entails a bit of hard work but is great fun and healthy exercise at the same time. Experience the breathtaking vastness of the camelthorn savannah from a rather unusual mode of desert transport.

Visit to the Protection of the Devil’s Claw Site:

The Devil's Claw is a rare plant that produces healing ingredients for rheumatic and arthritic diseases. This has resulted in the roots being harvested out of the dry Kalahari sand almost to extinction and has recently been classed as an endangered plant species. The name is derived from the way this plant spreads its seeds.The Devil's Claw Project aims to provide a certain amount of water, falling as rain, to enable the plants to sprout and produce seeds in October not just March.

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Traveller Reviews

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

Fehrsen, Rod

9 May 2013

Excellent food and service. at 40 degrees the fridge in the tent should have been on before arrival and had water in it.

De Witt, Tom

15 Nov 2017

Very nice tent but it thought the area would be bigger. The domain ends after the tents. Restaurant was 3km away and gates weren't that easy to open but further very good.

Gambrill, Mary

17 Oct 2016

We were late arriving but we had warned them and they were very helpful and provided our evening meal without fuss. The tent was perfect if quirky and the outside loo and shower very interesting!,

Holtmann, Barbara

11 Jan 2014

Undoubtedly the best accommodation experience of the trip. We were warmly welcomed, the food was delicious and the tents are gorgeous. Because they weren`t full, they had very kindly allocated us a superior tent. The whole experience was excellent.

Directions

From the B1 (Near Kalkrand) turn east on the C21 towards Hoachanas. The entrance to Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge is 100m along this road

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