- Overall Impression
- Common Areas
Bushmen, famous for their tracking and hunting abilities, and western guides led our early morning game viewing drives. We spotted leopard, porcupine, eagles, vultures, kudu, steenbok and other animals. Our favorite game viewing hours were in the early morning. Sparse game viewing, uncomfortable seats and a chilly breeze made the night game drives less desirable than the morning ones during our visit.
We especially appreciated the opportunity to learn a little about the traditional Bushmen culture and lifestyle during an interesting afternoon demonstration.
Cook Jackie Minaar and her staff served delicious, freshly prepared meals including local venison dishes such as kudu steaks, springbok mini-steaks and Southern Africa desserts. Although relatively simple fare, they were some of the most memorable meals we enjoyed over several weeks in the bush.
Length Of Stay 2 nights
Location 120 kms southeast of Maun just north of the Central Khalahari Game Reserve
Managed Braam and Susan Bodenhorst; Johnny and Jackie Minaar; Mathew Stares and Fabienne Delacourt (training)
Senior Bushmen Trackers:Malati, Dagan and Xhase
Owned Braam and Susan Bodenhorst
Size 5 chalets and a maximum of 10 guests; concession size: 15,000 hectares (150 km2) and 16 staff
Year Opened-Renovated August 1998
The sleeping area included two double beds together. They had hard, comfortable mattresses and wonderful duvets for cold nights; there were night tables with lamps on each side of the bed and mosquito nets above each bed (there were no mosquitoes when we visited so we did not use the nets); a small closet stood to one side of the bedroom and a large trunk with a lock (for valuables we were told) was on the floor next to sliding glass doors leading to the porch. There were two chairs in the front porch. In spite of five years of age, the chalet was in excellent condition and spotlessly clean; it was a comfortable place to spend the day.
Facilities Game viewing private concession, small swimming pool and curio shop (opened on request)
Pool There were small dead birds in the water. They plunged to their death so frequently the staff sc arcely had enough time to retrieve them. The swimming pool water was slightly murky, a common situation we observed in many of the lodges we visited.
By prior arrangement: Specialized hands-on Bushmen Excursion; Central Khalahari Day Trip into the Central Khalahari Game Reserve.
Curio Shop A number of Bushmen artifacts were for sale including ostrich shell jewelry, traditional dancing adornments, dolls, and lodge brand clothing.
Other We made good use of the Lodge’s Spotter’s Guide we found in our room. The Guide listed 67 of the most common mammals and 861 birds in the area. It was easy to find the name of the animal, especially the birds, on the list once we saw it and the guide told us the name.
We had heard that Braam and Susan were wonderful hosts, and we carried greetings from some of the other owners. Much to our disappointment, they avoided us entirely and instructed their staff not to allow us into the non-public areas of the property.
Date Of Last Visit May 2004
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Service We quickly warmed up to our Afrikaans and European hosts. Two western couples and 12 other staff members looked after the entire property and a group of six guests. The service was excellent and all of our needs were cared for.
Would You Stay Again? Yes
- Deception Valley Lodge
- P.O. Box 1315
- Pretoria , 0001 South Africa
- No. 91, Wenning street , Groenkloof
- Pretoria , South Africa
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