Deception Valley Lodge
Deception Valley Lodge is a remarkable setting from which to learn about the Kalahari Desert. The lodge is located on a private concession of 15,000 hectares which is fenced although much game can move in and out despite the fences. There is a high density of leopard as well as frequent lion sightings. The reserve does contain a lot of thick scrub bushes. With these shrubs leafed out in the green season, sightings take some work. This is the desert and not the Delta so patience is required but with outstanding guiding and the incredible skill of the Bushmen, applying the art of tracking sightings can be extremely rewarding
Deception Valley Lodge has eight well constructed luxury chalets. They have well appointed living rooms, bedrooms, indoor bath tub and outdoor shower as well as long decks perfect for relaxing. Food at this camp ranks amongst the best that can be found on safari, utterly surprising considering the remoteness and the harsh environment.
Paramount to the experience is the emphasis on the Bushmen culture; the use of bushman trackers who are without a doubt the most skilled trackers in the world. It is extremely exciting tracking one of the many leopards or lions in the area and locating the animal.
During the Green Season it is recommended to take an all day trip to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in the world, to look for large herds of oryx (also called gemsbok) and springbok. With finding these herds, comes good possibilities for cheetah and enormous black-maned. If you do not find the herds it can be quite empty but the solitude and enormity are staggering and well worth the visit.
Going on a cultural walk with the Bushmen is a must. They are proud to share their encyclopedic knowledge of the bush as they show you how they survive in the harsh desert environment. This is a view into the life of the first people from whom we originate, a homecoming you will likely never forget.
- Intensive San Bushmen experience
- Swimming pool
- Night drives and off-road driving