Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is a perfect place to break the journey down to Namib Naukluft, or to the Wolwedans; a homely ranch, originally housing sheep and cattle, Bagatelle nestles in the red Kalahari dunes and offers a warm welcome.
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Bagatelle Kalahari makes for a wonderful stop en route through Namibia - the lodge has a beautiful main area, once a working farmhouse, decorated in rustic, warm, earthy tones which mirror the colors of the Kalahari dunes which surround it.
A welcoming, homely atmosphere can be expected here - wonderful meals created by Bagatelle's chef, and taken in the farmhouse's own dining room - perhaps accompanied by wine from the lodge's very own well-stocked wine cellar. Before dinner, sundowners on the surrounding dunes are a highlight. The lodge also has a swimming pool and a small library.
Activities here focus on the lodge's association with the Cheetah conservation fund - they are proud custodians of cheetahs which have been rescued and are now houses in an enclosure close to the lodge, with the primary purpose being their rehabilitation. Also offered are nature drives and bird walks, accompanied by one of Bagatelle's excellent guides.
The lodge offers two types of accommodation - first the dune chalets, which are perched atop a dune ridge and offer amazing views over the orange landscape - each has a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath and are very spacious. The lodge also has the "strohbale" chalets - these are built in the valley between dunes, using an innovative straw bale construction.
Bagatelle makes for a perfect stop for a night or two en route south in Namibia - a warm welcome awaits.
There is a total of nine chalets to choose to stay in. Three chalets are constructed from wood and are on stilts above the sand dunes whilst the other six are built of hay bales and are located in the street or in the valley between the dunes. Despite their differences, all chalets have the same standard of luxury and high spec. The rooms have a mini bar, air conditioning and coffee/tea making facilities.
The ranch has a glorious swimming pool and comfortable loungers you can relax in whilst soaking up the african sun. There is a well-stocked small library where you can find lots of interesting reading material about the local culture. You can spend some time on the viewing platform with a pair of binoculars to catch some game sightings. Or head to the cheetah conservation to be mesmerized by their habits.
The nature drives which take place early morning and late afternoon will give you the opportunity to take in the surrounding area and to observe the animal and birdlife. Alternatively, you can follow the bushwalk trail on foot with the option of an accompanying guide.
Traditional sundowners on the red Kalahari sand dunes provide the perfect compliment to the spectacular sunset.
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When to go
If you're visiting Southern Namibia, the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit southern Namibia is in winter (May to September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be quite cold at this time of year.