Deception Valley Lodge

Safari Lodge | Central Kalahari Game Reserve | Botswana Deception Valley has spacious, luxurious guest chalets in an extraordinary location on a 43,000-hectare private concession in the Kalahari, with open grasslands, shimmering salt pans, and ancient riverbeds.

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In addition to the captivating wildlife encounters, guests can fully experience the rich cultural heritage and traditional way of life of the native San people.

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Rating | Personal and Comfortable

Highlights & What to Expect

  • Guests can explore one of the largest conservation areas in Africa, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
  • The Kalahari is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the renowned Kalahari lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, giraffes, and more than 200 species of birds.
  • Thrilling game drives are led by knowledgeable guides who take guests on captivating expeditions through this stark wilderness.
  • Interact with the San Bushmen, a group of native Kalahari inhabitants who provide fascinating insights into practical survival knowledge.
  • The Kalahari provides exceptional stargazing opportunities with little light pollution.
  • Take advantage of the lodge's specialized photographic safari experience, led by experienced photographers, to capture stunning images of animals and dramatic landscapes.
  • The abundance of bird life in the Kalahari, which includes species like ostriches, secretary birds, hornbills, and vultures, will excite birders.

Location & Setting

Deception Valley, situated in the northeastern corner of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is an exceptional location for an off-the-beaten-track safari in Botswana. The reserve incorporates vast Kalahari landscapes roamed by hardy animals, dry riverbeds, and salt pans. Though it is possible to travel overland the area, clients are advised to opt for a light charter flight from Maun or Gabarone.


Eight large private suites offer accommodation in the unique Kalahari setting. The suites' interiors harmoniously blend rustic elegance and contemporary convenience. Regional artwork and traditional crafts give the suites an aura of authenticity. Each unit features king-sized beds and bathrooms with both inside and outside showers. Each suite also has a private viewing deck.


Central areas include various spaces for relaxing with a book in hand, a dining area, and a bar. The wooden deck in front of the main area leads to a boma where dinners are enjoyed surrounding a fire under the great expanse of the star-studded southern heavens - an experience in its own right. The pool is an ideal reprieve from the heat of summer. Well-trained chefs create mouthwatering dishes. The lodge has a private airstrip.






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