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Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers guests a number of unique activities not found elsewhere. The lodge is not far from the iconic Okavango Delta, which is in itself a destination worth having on your bucket list. However, it is the rare opportunity to meet and explore the semi-arid environment with Kalahari bushmen guides of the San people that it is likely to be the highlight of the visit to the Deception Valley.

Accommodation at Deception Valley Lodge is in eight deluxe suites, six of which have a double bedroom and two have single beds. All units are fitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets, a sitting area, and a private deck with breathtaking views over the Kalahari. The bathroom is equipped with Victorian-style facilities , a tub, and an outside shower that is completely private.

The lodge’s common area has a dining room, lounge, and bar. They are decorated in the earthy colors of the Kalahari, paying homage to the bushmen through its use of appropriate colors and artefacts. The outside deck has wonderful views of a waterhole, and in this region water attracts animals and birds in quantity. A curio shop and small library are part of the complex and worth a visit. The lodge has an ethnic African theme and was built to fit into the surrounding bush. The boma is where nighttime meals are enjoyed while guests gaze at the starry sky.

The quality and variety of the food at the lodge is impressive. Guests enjoy a light breakfast before the morning game drive, and upon their return a decidedly more substantial brunch is served. Dinner would include a soup starter, a deliciously cooked Kudu steak with sauce, vegetables, and dessert.

Activities at the Deception Valley Lodge center around daily and nightly game drives. The afternoon and evening drives in particular will reveal a fascinating world of lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, kudu, and, if luck is on your side, the elusive brown hyena. Nature walks with San (Bushmen) guides will be a highlight of your trip. The Kalahari is also a birdwatcher's paradise, as it is home many species ranging from small finches to large vultures. There is zero light pollution here, and thus the stargazing in these southern skies is outstanding.

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