Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Kalahari Desert


Built atop and amidst the huge red parallel Kalahari Dunes, this owner-run lodge is situated in the southern Kalahari, less than an hour’s drive from Mariental.

The main area is a renovated old farmhouse and now has a comfortable lounge, dining room, bar and well-stocked library. There is also a recreation area, complete with a pool table and hammock, as well as a viewing platform that overlooks a natural waterhole. Guests can wine and dine ‘al fresco’ in the open-air-thatched lapa.

There are 20 chalets at Bagatelle, all featuring air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar and a verandah. The Exclusive Dune Chalets also boast their own splash pools and private dining options.

In association with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the lodge are custodians of a number of cheetahs. Cheetah feeding activities are possible, as well as scenic drives and nature walks. The lodge also has a high powered telescope which you can use to stargaze under the dark desert skies.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Waterhole
  • Library
  • Recreation area
  • Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the communal areas
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Optional Activities

The following optional activities are available at this lodge:

Scenic Drives

The reserve is home to some of the highest dunes in the Kalahari and is classic Kalahari landscape – why not take a morning drive, spotting plains game along the way.

Night time game drives

The Kalahari has a wealth of nocturnal beasts and a spotlight night drive is a great way to fill the evening, keep your eyes peeled for aardwolf, wild cats and owls.

Horseback safari

Enjoy a gentle ride over the Kalahari’s rolling red dunes on horseback.  With horses suited to all experience levels this is an excellent way to see the desert.

Bushman walk

Walk alongside the Kalahari’s ancient inhabitants as they show you their world of survival and their secrets of the bush. You will visit a demonstrational village and meet with family members.

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