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Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

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

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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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based on 536 reviews


  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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