Kalahari Bagatelle Game Lodge

 

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge is only 50 minutes drive from Mariental. It styles itself a "game ranch" and is located in a mixed tree and Shrub Savanna setting, broken by deep red parallel sand dunes running parallel in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. The valleys in between the parallel dunes are commonly known as 'dune streets'.

A rambling old farmhouse has been extensively altered, upgraded and renovated over the years, and serves as a residence and administrative centre of the Lodge. An entrance hall leads to the reception, lounge, dining room, bar/cellar and office. There is also a small library with a broad selection of mainly Africa books.

In association with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the lodge are custodians of 3 cheetah, kept in an enclosure next to the lodge. This facility was built to the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and under the guidance of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. These captive cheetahs, which have been taken from the wild because of injury, can never be released into the wild, and will remain in captivity for the rest of their lives.

The main dining area at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge is a huge, enclosed porch area. Guests can wine and dine 'al fresco' in the open-air-thatched lapa, and this is where we had an excellent meal. We did not know it at the time, but it was to prove the best cooked meal of all those we ate in Namibia.

There is a swimming pool and recreation area

Accommodation is in 3 different styles of chalet. Ours was a "dune chalet", and I would commend those to anyone wanting to stay here. They are perched on top of the dunes, and one can see the animals coming in to the water hole below you.

We took their sundowner game drive. This takes you over the road to their extensive private bush area, where there are lots of small game, but nothing like the variety or types we were to see later in the country. It ended up with a "cheetah feeding" which I would not recommend and a drink on the dunes to watch the sun go down (again nothing special, and rather commercial)

The lodge itself was very pleasant, complete with a tame deer that wanders round everywhere. All in all we enjoyed our night here, and it was a good introduction to Namibia and safari lodges. .

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All very pleasant and a good stop on the road to Fish River if you don't fancy driving there from Windhoek in a day. The Dune Chalets are the place to stay. Good BBQ.
 
The game we saw was all small, but abundant, except for the enclosed cheetahs. The boys were delighted with this introduction to Africa and its delights.

 

On to Fish River Canyon

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