Lodges

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Unexpected luxury in the Kalahari's red dunes and 'dune streets'

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Bagatelle is a tranquil owner-run lodge perched on a ridge in the Kalahari's mixed tree and shrub savanna, where deep red sand dunes lie parallel to each other, separated by valleys commonly known as 'dune streets'. Initially a sheep and cattle ranch, the lodge lies about 2.5 hours by road from Windhoek, and is accessed via the tarred C20 between Hardap Dam and Stampriet. If you're headed for the Namib-Naukluft or Fish River Canyon, this is an ideal stop-over – it's great for birds, game sightings and the ever-watchable meerkats.

At the lodge

The hotel

On approaching Bagatelle, your first sight will be of the four dune chalets that seem to be teetering on a sand ridge. Get nearer, and the rest of the lodge comes into view, including the main area, which you'll find decorated in warm tones that echo the surroundings. There's a lounge and dining area where, in the depth of winter, fires blaze; a library and a curio shop. Meals (good guest-farm fare, and plenty of it) are served indoors or, in summer, beside the pool.

The rooms

The four dune chalets are set on stilts on a sand ridge, with views of the desert and its plentiful game. There's other accommodation too – two exclusive chalets with private splash pools, 10 savanna chalets in a street between the dunes, and four rooms beside the main lodge. All are spacious and well designed, with huge mosquito-netted beds, en-suite bathrooms, aircon, fan and comfortable chairs. Most have mini-bar/fridges.

On safari

Experiences

Take a nature drive on the property, or venture further afield into the dunes to see good populations of springbok, oryx, giraffe, kudu, steenbok, black-backed jackal, warthog, brown hyaena and comical bat-eared foxes. There are several troops of meerkats, including a habituated group. The ranch sometimes has cheetah in enclosures, kept here in association with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. You can also explore the area on horseback.

When to go

Kalahari by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Dry

December

Season: Dry

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