Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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In one of the country's more remote locations, the quality of construction and furnishing used at Deception Valley Lodge ranks it as one of Botswana's top lodges.
The quality of construction and furnishing at Deception Valley Lodge puts it up amongst Botswana's top accommodations. The lodge has eight thatched chalets, each containing a separate lounge and bedroom. The walls have framed Bushman artefacts and rugs are spread across the floors. The bedroom has heavy teak furniture, copious wardrobe space and a couple of adjacent twin beds with mosquito nets. All around the chalet large sliding doors can be opened by day and closed at night for warmth and to keep out the Kalahari lions! Each of the bungalows is widely spaced out from the next and linked by slightly raised wooden walkways, lit up at night by gecko-shaped lights.
The main lodge itself is very homely. The lounge and dining area are either side of a large bar. Various sliding doors all lead on to a deck extending around the length of the building, and this steps down into the Kalahari bush; a desert in winter yet lush green grass in summer rainy months. To one side of the lodge there is a small, raised pool overlooking the waterhole and on the other side is an outdoor dining area overlooking an open fire boma.
Activities centre around drives and walks on the lodge's private concession, which shares its southern boundary with the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This area encompasses a number of natural pans surrounded by larger trees, and there's a bird-hide beside one of them. Lions are frequently seen and there is also plenty of birdlife and other smaller aspects of the African bush to enjoy. The majority of the walks are led by the lodge's San guides, who will provide a fascinating insight into their incredible culture.
The Kalahari Manor is a recent addition to Deception Valley Lodge. Perfect for families or couples who want a bit more privacy, this amazing house is located a short distance away from the lodge. The Manor is designed in an East African style and consists of two ensuite bedroom, a sitting room and dining areas. The manor comes with a private guide and chef who are entirely at your disposal throughout your stay.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the world's largest game reserves. The big game is here, but occurs in low densities due to its harsh and arid environment.
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