- Stunning dunes location
- Great variety of activities
- Adopted cheetahs in camp
- Horse riding excursions
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is a tranquil, owner-run camp in a private enclosure on the edge of the southern Kalahari, southeast Namibia. Set in a scenic landscape of stunning red-ridge sand dunes and savanna studded with shrub and acacia trees, this former cattle ranch offers traditional hospitality and well-appointed, comfortable accommodation. Two and a half hours south of Windhoek, the camp is a good stop-over point for visitors to Fish River Canyon and the south, and there are several activities on offer including game drives, horse-riding, and guided walks. This area is home to over 150 bird species, along with a range of desert wildlife including giraffe, ostrich, zebra, oryx, kudu, springbok, and the reclusive meerkat, and the ranch has adopted a number of orphan cheetahs in collaboration with the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
The main reception area leads to a traditionally furnished lounge with a fireplace, and a dining room, library, and well-stocked bar. Outside is a patio area leading to a good sized swimming pool with loungers, and a ‘boma’ with fire pit where alfresco dinners are regularly served. The delicious cuisine features African influences and ingredients, presented as a buffet or several separate courses.
The various activities on offer comprise day and night game drives, guided walks, and horseback safaris, suitable for beginners to experienced riders. Guests are encouraged to meet the camp’s resident orphan cheetahs in their 12 hectare enclosure, and partake in their feeding. Also available are cultural visits with San Bushmen, and star gazing with the ranch’s resident astronomer. Massages and beauty treatments can also be arranged.
The varied accommodation includes six wooden ‘dune’ chalets on stilts, perched on top of the sand dunes and boasting panoramic views. Each ‘dune’ chalet features double or twin beds, and ensuite bathrooms with bath and shower, basin and WC, with two of them housing a private outdoor splash pool. A further six ‘savannah’ chalets are located on the valley floor. These feature a distinctive straw-bale construction to regulate temperature, and comprise double or twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with shower, basin and WC. Two additional, larger, chalets are suitable for groups or families. Within the main lodge itself, six double rooms offer ensuite facilities along with a private thatched veranda. All units have air conditioning and ceiling fan, a minibar and a tea/coffee station. There’s also a small onsite camping area offering six pitches, each with individual bathroom.
Children are extremely welcome in camp. Guests under five are accommodated free of charge, and there are discounts for six to twelve year olds. The camp offers two ensuite family chalets, the first with one double and two single beds, and a further unit with four single beds. Extra beds may be supplied upon request. Parents are reminded that wildlife is present, so children should be supervised at all times.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019