Central Kalahari Game Reserve camps - Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley earned its name from early travellers, who, seeing the mirage on the pans, mistook it for water only to be sorely disappointed. The camp lies on a private concession to the far north of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Earthy-coloured chalets with thatched roofs and wooden verandahs look over the flat, dry bush of the Kalahari, where water is scarce.

The private concession on which the lodge stands benefits from five permanent waterholes which is the only permanent water for miles around and attracts a variety of game. The main lounge and dining area is furnished in earthy, African colours and offers a cool shelter in the heat of the day or a cosy refuge on a chilly evening.

After the wildlife bonanza of the Okavango Delta, it is quite tricky for other areas to compete but Deception Valley does offer a good variety of game, though a little less in the green season which is between December and March.   It also has something that is found in very few other places in southern Africa; the San or Bushman tribes are the most incredible game trackers and their knowledge of the intricate details of their bush environment is unparalelled. A walk with a Bushman guide is a real experience and one not to be missed.

Another awe-inspiring aspect of the Kalahari is the night sky. Unpolluted by light and smog-free, the stars take on a clarity and nearness that will have you giving yourself a crick in your neck from looking up. Evening meals under the starry canopy is a highlight at Deception Valley. For longer stays here, a two night mobile safari into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve can be arranged to give you a real taste of safari under canvas.

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