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Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Characterful lodge in private reserve
- Distinctive, spacious accommodation
- Restaurant, bar, and pool
- Unspoilt wilderness views

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Overview

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is a charming, mid-range property situated in a 10,000-acre private reserve in south central Namibia. The lodge offers distinctive accommodation in 12 individual guesthouses along with a bar, restaurant, an inviting swimming pool, and amazing surroundings comprising stunning sand dunes, valleys and the striking Kalahari and Great Karoo Desert savannahs. The lodge sits in a dry lake or vlei, with superb views across the surrounding wilderness, and overlooking a water hole which attracts wildlife including springbok, giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, eland, oryx, and ostrich. Conveniently located between the renowned Fish River Canyon and Windhoek’s international airport, the property offers friendly service, comfortable accommodation and tranquil wilderness views away from the beaten track.

The thatched main lodge and accommodation are accessed via a series of wooden boardwalks. Communal areas include a reception area, bar, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a sundowner terrace overlooking the water hole. Outside is an inviting swimming pool and loungers. Battery charging facilities are provided, and complimentary Wi-Fi is available in main areas, although due to the property’s remote location the signal can be intermittent at times.

Activities include game drives, including atmospheric sundown drives, and guided and self-guided walks following a series of marked trails. Keen hikers can experience a guided two-day walking excursion into the wilderness including an adventurous overnight camp. Mountain bikes are available for exploring the stunning landscape.

Accommodation comprises 12 distinctive guest houses, built on stilts and featuring stone and canvas walls, traditional thatched ceilings, and teak floors. Spaced apart for privacy and flanked by the sand dunes, each spacious property has a double or twin beds, a lounge area with a wood burner for colder nights, and an ensuite bathroom, with an additional, super-refreshing alfresco shower. Each unit comes with air conditioning, mosquito nets, a minibar, and hot drink facilities. Outside is a private veranda with comfy sofas and stunning views of the savannah. Larger ‘superior’ units also come with their own private plunge pool.

Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge. Two of the houses can connect via a boardwalk to make a larger single unit, ideal for families or groups. Little ones up to four years of age stay free of charge, and there are discounts offered for children age four to 12 years when sharing with adults. Parents are reminded that both the swimming pool and the camp are unfenced; accordingly, adult supervision is required at all times.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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