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Botswana Safari

Deception Valley Lodge

Central Kalahari, Botswana

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Discover an oasis in the Kalahari of Botswana not far from the famous Okavango Delta, a luxury lodge called Deception Valley Lodge. The lodge offers the best Kalahari experience available, with native Bushmen at hand to share their knowledge while you can relax in total luxury in this unique and remote safari environment.

Combining a visit to the Kalahari with a visit to the well-known Okavango Delta in the north provides a superb contrasting experience with the big-game in the Delta and the well-adapted animals and Bushman experience found in the Kalahari.

The Bushman experience is the highlight at this safari lodge. The Bushmen (or San people) are believed to have inhabited Botswana for at least 30,000 years. A visit to Deception Valley allows guests to know the Bushman way of life, their strategies for survival and their hunting skills. Interacting with the Bushmen of the Kalahari on one of the cultural walks is an experience well worth the visit.

The star gazing in this remote area of Botswana is reputed to be some of the very best in all of Africa.

Accommodation            For images of Deception Valley Lodge, click Deception Images
Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to 16 guests on a sharing basis.  The Lodge offers 6 luxury suites and 2 luxury family suites, each with bedroom(s), a lounge, and a Victorian-style bathroom with tub and an outside shower. A private deck permits amazing vistas over the Kalahari. All guest chalets include single beds which may be combined to form double beds.

The main complex boasts a dining room, lounge and bar area decorated in warm Kalahari colors - making use of Bushmen and other African artifacts. From the deck you can view activities at the nearby water hole. A curio shop and small library forms part of the complex. The lodge has an ethnic African theme and was build to fit into the surrounding bush without altering, damaging or detracting from its ambience and color.

The Lodge offers an inviting swimming pool situated close to the main complex to enhance guests' enjoyment. Additionally, there is a boma for night time meals, affording amazing views across a clear night sky with its abundance of stars while listening to the enthralling night calls of the wild.

Comfort set in vibrant and rustic colored interiors, Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to ten people on a sharing basis. The lodge is private and restful. Attention has been given to every detail ensuring for a completely different experience in an arid Kalahari bush land stretching for miles. Each unit stands separately, on stilts connected with the main lodge by wooden walkways.

Each unit consist of a luxury twin-bedded room with en-suite Victorian style bathroom, an outside shower and a private spacious lounge. For your convenience a hairdryer, shaving plugs and bathrobe are standard. All units are fitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets. A private mini-bar will ensure your comfort during an afternoon siesta. After a night-cap, turn in for a peaceful sleep nestled among the comfortable and safe surroundings of the lodge.

Pilots and guides are accommodated via 2 guide tents, with separate shower and toilet. If lodge accommodation is requested, it depends upon availability and must be arranged prior to arrival.

Children above the age of 6 are welcome – must make use of Family suites and private game vehicle

Activities at Deception Valley Lodge include:
• Games drives with open 4 x 4 vehicles;
• Night drives to explore the nocturnal species;
• Bird watching - over 200 species, from the deck at the main lodge or in a hide at one of the water holes;
• Nature walks with experience guides;
• Guided walks with the Bushmen to explore their culture, survival and hunting skills and their extraordinary knowledge of the veld and animal life (extra cost);
• Two night mobile safari in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (extra cost);
• Specialized Guided walks - survival of plant, animal and man in this arid semi desert - by prior arrangement.

The guided walks with the Bushmen take around 3 hours although it is a short distance. Guest will be able to interact with the Bushmen and learn from them, experience, taste, feel and experience the way these wonderful people of the African continent used to live, and how they adapted in this arid land.

Sample Itinerary: Arrival at the lodge via a charter generally just after lunch. Drinks on arrival at the airstrip and a 20 minute drive will take you to the lodge. Formalities will be handled and you will be checked into the lodge to settle into the comfort of your private unit before tea and the afternoon activity, a game drive in an open 4x4 with experienced guides to enjoy flaming sunsets and return to the camp after dark just in time for a pre-dinner drink After enjoying a romantic African dinner you can retire to your room or have coffee in the lounge or around the fire depending on the mood.

The next morning an early wake up call, and light breakfast will put you on your way to a morning activity.

A walk with the bushman will surely be a highlight of your stay in Botswana. This educational experience will enhance your appreciation for the survival skills of the plants, game and humans in this harsh environment.

Brunch will be served, and guests may then relax around the pool, read books from the library, do some birding from the deck or take a siesta.

After teatime another game drive or walk will be arranged according to the groups needs, sundowners overlooking the valley and then a dinner served in the boma around a fire admiring the great view of the galaxy.

The second night ends with a night drive where the guest can look forward to encounter some nocturnal species and some of the rare smaller cat species.

Depending on the time of departure an activity will be arranged before breakfast and departure the next day.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and drives and walks might be alternated between morning and afternoon activities.

The Central Kalahari is home to an amazing variety of wildlife including Cheetah, Wild Dog, Leopard, Lion, Springbok, Gemsbok, Hyena, Giraffe, and Zebra. Some of the most wonderfully adapted inhabitants are the Barking Geckos, which limit their day to a few cool hours of evening. The Tsamma Melons are a vital source of food and moisture to the Gemsbok, which has evolved its striking markings to generate a cooling airflow across its face. The flow reduces the temperature of the animal's blood which circulates through the fine capillaries occuring all down the length of its snout.

This part of the Kalahari is also home to a huge array of colorful and exotic birdlife as well as an adequate sampling of Africa's "little brown jobs." Among the birds likely to be spotted are the Ostrich, various vultures and other raptors, the Little Bee-eater, the stunning Lilacbreasted Roller, and the Secretary Bird, which trounces snakes by hopping upon them with its long legs.

Nocturnal species bring the Kalahari alive at night. On game drives at Deception Valley, guests can expect to encounter Genets, Civet, African Wild Cat, Caracal and Serval among various others. Game drives will also concentrate on tracking down species such as Black-backed Jackal, Ant Bear and Porcupine.

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Water / Land Activity Table for Botswana camps:  Water/Land Botswana
Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

For further information about the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, click More Kalahari
For further information about Botswana, click More Botswana

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