Haina Kalahari Lodge
Desert destination harnessing the best of Kalahari wildlife and culture
Haina Kalahari Lodge
Bordering the iconic Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Haina Kalahari sits at the threshold of a harsh and storied landscape. The first reserve in Botswana to be set aside for its rich cultural heritage, the Central Kalahari is the historic home to the San Bushmen, a people group expertly adapted to the severe desert environment. Few places on earth allow such an authentic cultural interaction alongside a truly wild game experience. The desert wildlife ranges from the majestic black-maned Kalahari lion to the truly bizarre brown hyena, the black-backed jackal, and the elegant oryx antelope. This totally off-the-grid camp still manages luxury with its back-to-basics approach.
At the lodge
Nothing beats a classic safari camp on the ground. The textures and design keep with the integrity of the landscape, from the pitched thatch and timber lounge and leather sofas, to the natural bar - everything is rustic and well-crafted. Meals transition between the communal dining area and large open outdoor boma. The sun deck and swimming pool is an absolute necessity during the summer months. But what makes Haina so special is the contrast of its forsaken surrounds.
Together the six luxury and three superior tents sleep a maximum of twenty guests. Cleverly designed slatted canopies and thatch roofs shade the nine tents, giving them a classic bush charm. These simple but well-appointed tents provide necessary reprieve after a full day of adventuring in the Kalahari sun. All tents have en-suite bathrooms; luxury tents are outfitted with indoor and outdoor showers, while superior tents are equipped with a deep bathtub and an indoor shower. A family tent is simply two luxury tents joined by a common deck. You can brew your own cup-a on a small gas burner, then sit out on your large, raised verandah to watch the desert birdlife flit past. The conscientious traveller will be delighted that solar panels heat the water and power the light bulbs.
Drive in an open Land Rover to explore the reaches of this private reserve that neighbours the famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve. A walk with a local San Bushman is a must - watch as he digs up critters, hunts for water and ties a spring trap - learn from generations of desert existence. If you're feeling the need to power through the landscape at your own speed, do a guided quad bike safari (ages 16 and older, please).