Deception Valley Lodge

Private reserve on the fringes of the Central Kalahari

Central Kalahari
$508 - $635


Central Kalahari - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$508 - $635

Our Rating

Client Rating

Our Highlights

  • Unique Bushman Experience
  •  Kalahari surroundings
  • Large private reserve
  • Swimming Pool

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Safari Lifestyles View


We have based our opinion on the fact that this is a fenced reserved with a fairly classic simple bush lodge. Were it not in a fenced off area this lodge would have achieved higher as it is excellent for its facilities and activities.


Game is not hugely abundant and predators like lions are only in the reserve if the fences are breached. However, the very positive aspect of this lodge is how they make use of their surroundings.


Safaris are undertaken with game drives during the day and night but the highlight would be the bushmen walks which give you an opportunity to explore their culture and hunting skills.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Dry Camp with Game Drives, Bushman Walks and experiences


On the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

How do I get there

Light aircraft transfer to the airstrip then private transfer to camp

Lodge Type

Bush Lodge with 8 suites

Whats Included


  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included


  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy

Children of all ages accepted with conditions


Up to 11 Years:   A private vehicle needs to be booked

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Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities




Afternoon and night safaris in custom built game viewing vehicles with the chance to see:

Kalahari lion





and if lucky, the elusive brown hyena.


The night safari in particular will reveal a fascinating world of nocturnal species. Deception Valley is a bird lover's paradise. Enjoy the amazing Kalahari Sunsets while having sun-downers on Safaris or Walks.






The Camp

Camp Overview


Deception Valley Lodge an oasis in the Kalahari of Botswana, a luxury lodge close enough to the famous Okavango Delta. Experience the Kalahari with Bushman at hand, to share their knowledge, while you can relax in total luxury at this unique destination.

Set on 15,000 hectares of private reserve, bordering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Deception Valley Lodge is the premier Kalahari destination in Botswana.


At Deception Valley Lodge you can experience the vastness of the Kalahari while enjoying some of the most prolific bird life or do some star gazing at night.

Lodge Layout


Comfort set in vibrant and rustic coloured interiors, Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to sixteen people on a sharing basis. The lodge is private and restful.


Attention has been given to every detail ensuring you a completely different experience, in an arid Kalahari bush land stretching for miles. Each unit stands separately, on stilts connected with the main lodge by wooden walkways.


The main complex boasts a dining room, lounge and bar area decorated in warm Kalahari colours making use of Bushmen and other African artefacts. From the deck you can view activities at the nearby water hole. A curio shop and small library forms part of the complex. The lodge has an ethnic African theme and was build to fit into the surrounding bush without altering, damaging or detracting from its ambience and colour.


A swimming pool situated close to the main complex, enhances the enjoyment of guests. The boma features prominently during the African nights when guests enjoy their dinner while gazing across a clear night sky

Room Description


6 of the 8 chalets consist of luxury twin bedded rooms with en-suite Victorian style bathroom, an outside shower and a private spacious lounge.


There is also a chalet with 2 inter-leading rooms for families. For your convenience a hairdryer, shaving plugs and bathrobe is standard. All units are fitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets.


A private mini-bar will ensure your comfort during an afternoon siesta. After a night-cap, turn in for a peaceful sleep nestled among the comfortable and safe surroundings of the lodge.

Camp Environment


The Kalahari has no seasons. Instead there are three distinct phases: the rains, which may commence anytime from November to January, and last through to March, April, making the Kalahari a birder's paradise. A cold dry spell follows from June to August. And the hot dry spell lasts from September until the rains start.


The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (52 000sq km in size) is the second largest game reserve in the world. It is home to large animal populations. The department of wildlife and national parks does not wish to allow the development of lodges within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve but wishes to keep it as a true wilderness area.



In the southern Kalahari area the sand lies in distinct linear dunes. These dunes are covered in grass, shrubs and trees. In contrast with true sand deserts, the sand in the Kalahari is stabilized by vegetation.



Although the Kalahari is generally seen as a desert, it is in actual fact a semi-arid savannah, with average rainfall at Deception Valley Lodge of 300mm per annum.

Rainfall is one of the main ecological driving forces in this area. It determines the quantity of plant growth produced each year and the amount of food for game. The quantity and distribution of rainfall through the wet periods is also important. If for example it rains early in the season certain grass and tree species are favoured. Should it rain at a later stage totally different species are favoured and this phenomena will give the eco-tourist a totally different experience of the Kalahari every season.



The best time to visit Botswana is from April to October, when the days are sunny and warm; around 25ºC. Evening temperatures drop sharply to as low as 5ºC. During the summer months, November to March, temperatures can rise to over 40ºC and usually drops to 25ºC at night.


Plant growth

The waving landscapes consist of vast sand dunes. Between the dunes one encounters low lying areas with small pans. The bigger trees are found on top of the sand dunes and around the pans. The most important large trees in this area are Acacia luederitzii, Terminalia prunioides and Boscia albitrunca.


Grass cover

The grass cover in the Kalahari is abundant and important after rain.


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