2 Night Desert Explorer (Standard) – Deception Valley Lodge
Experience Botswana – Beyond Wildlife
|Why we love it:||Excellent Value for Money|
|Best Combined With:||2 Night Big Game Safari (Luxury) – Machaba
2 Night Okavango Explorer (Luxury) – Kanana Camp
2 Night Maun (Standard) – Thamalakane River Lodge
|Seasons||Date||Price (pp sharing)||Single supplement|
|Low Season||Jan – Mar & Dec 24||USD||USD|
|Shoulder Season||Apr – Jun & Nov 24||USD||USD|
|High Season||July – Oct 24||USD||USD|
Includes: meals, local drinks, activities, park fees, return flights, laundry, Okavango Air Rescue & intermittent WiFi in the main area
Excludes: premium drinks
Activities: day & night game drives and bushwalks
Situated on the northern edge of the central Kalahari Game Reserve in a private reserve, Deception Valley Lodge provides a unique experience for those who wish to soak up the true atmosphere of the bush in one of Africa’s remote semi-desert areas where Bushmen once roamed. The Bushman experience is a highlight at this safari lodge.
Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to sixteen people in six chalets and one family suite with two en-suite bedrooms, a large terrace and a private pool. Each unit offers an en-suite Victorian-style bathroom, an outside shower and a private spacious lounge. All units are fitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets. The chalets are connected with the main lodge by wooden walkways.
The main complex boasts a dining room, lounge and bar area decorated in warm Kalahari colours and a large deck from which guests have an amazing view over the waterhole which frequently gets visited by a variety of animals. Guests can exercise in the lodge’s very own gym or relax by the swimming-pool. A curio shop completes the offer.
Activities at the lodge are undertaken in the Kalahari Private Reserve and include game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles (with trackers), night drives in the reserve, bird watching and guided game walks with experienced guides. The Kalahari Desert is a harsh environment where water supplies are limited and the wildlife has adapted accordingly.
Departure TimeDependent on flight times
Return TimeDependent on flight times
Included2 Night Desert Explorer (Standard) – Deception Valley LodgeReturn FlightsLaundryPark feesActivitiesLocal drinksMeals
Not Included3 Hr Maun Immersive TourBreakfastAccommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)Boat CruiseReturn TransferAir-conditioned vehicle2 Waters ppLunch PackCurio purchasesHotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)WaterDeparture TaxesTraditional snack and drinkEntry FeesScheduled Group TourPersonal GuideBreakfast
Maun International Airport - Deception Valley Lodge
2 nights spent in camp
Deception Valley Lodge - Maun International Airport
The Deception Valley Private Reserve provides a soft introduction to the harsh expanses of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve next door. This is also one of the best places in Botswana to get a glimpse into the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the San people, who have survived in the arid desert for tens of thousands of years. This private reserve contains desert-adapted wildlife from giraffes to ostriches, gemsbok and springbok. Ease of access, together with high chances of finding black-maned Kalahari lions during the winter months are key draw cards for heading out on safari here. Unlike other desert safaris in Botswana, you won’t be restricted by national park rules here. The freedom to look for nocturnal desert creatures on a night drive, sit out in a hide to soak up the sightings or to explore the bush on foot is what makes this area unique. Despite the fences, big predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah move in and out of the concessions throughout the year. During the dry winter months, the big cats often prefer the easy access to water at the pumped waterholes here over the Central Kalahari itself. When you’re done with the typical safari routine, head out into the desert with the San bushmen. Watch in awe as these traditional hunter-gatherers pull food, water and tools for survival out of the sand in front of your eyes. For self-drivers, the Deception Valley Private Reserve provides an ideal stop for experiencing the desert without the risks of heading into the vast Central Kalahari hundreds of miles from the nearest creature comforts and assistance.
|Deception Valley Lodge Overview||Deception Valley Lodge Website|
|Area /National Park / Community Area / Private Concession||Privately owned game conservancy, bordering CKGR|
|Accommodation||8 rooms Plus 1 Family room|
|Age Restrictions||Minimum age 6 years|
|Self-Drive Access||Yes + Strictly 4x4|
|Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi||Yes|
|Laundry Service Available||Yes|
|Air-Cons or Fans||No|
|Activities||Game Drives, Day & Night, Bushman Walks (Bushman Overnight 3 night stay) Cultural Experience|