Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch offers a unique and private desert setting in the heart of the pristine Kalahari; this small and intimate lodge offers luxury and style and tread lightly on the environment. Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is about 50km northeast of Mariental and 270km from Windhoek.
The design and decor, materials and furnishings, gardens and natural settings, all combine to ensure our guests live their dream of an African Safari.
A rambling old farmhouse was extensively altered, upgraded and renovated to not only serve as a residence, but also as the main nerve center of the Lodge. An entrance hall leads to the reception, lounge, dining room, bar and cellar, library and office.
Interior of Bagatelle chalets on dunes Bagatelle's flagship accommodation
Although three styles of chalets are provided, all have the same standard of luxury and finished quality. Four chalets, constructed of wood and on stilts are built on top of a Kalahari sand dune, with unsurpassed views to the Southwest. The other six chalets are built in the valley between the dunes. These chalets are built of ‘hay bales’ with walls 600mm thick, the insulation and atmosphere are equally effective and tranquil.
Strohbale chalets interior Bagatelle strohbale chalet
The four garden rooms are next to the lodge with a thatched veranda. The main difference between the styles of chalets besides the construction method, is the fact that the dune chalets have a bath and shower, while the ‘hay bale’ chalets only have a shower. The garden courts are adjoined. The standard and quality of finish is the same for all our chalets, with exquisite décor and equipped to exceed your expectations.
Game drive, cheetah feeding and sundowner on the dune. A game drive in the reserve with a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest, eland and much more. The reserve has some of the highest dunes in this region with views over the pan, characteristic to the Kalahari. Between the dunes, which are called streets, are the beautiful Acacia trees. The Kalahari has more than 150 species of birds. The well know suricate (meerkat) is also to be seen, although they are very scarce. Cheetah feeding allows one the opportunity to come up close to the cheetah, great for taking photos. Our guides will provide interesting facts about this incredible cat and the history of the cheetahs in our care. After this, a sundowner on the dune will await you, with refreshments and a Namibian snack, while enjoying a breathtaking sunset in the Kalahari.
Afternoon & Sundowner Drive
A game drive in the reserve with a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest and eland.
The reserve has some of the highest dunes in this region with views over the pan, characteristic of the Kalahari. In the streets between the dunes beautiful acacia trees abound. The Kalahari has more than 150 bird species. The well-known suricate (meerkat) can also to be seen, although they are very shy.
As the day draws to a close, a sundowner on the dune will await guests, complemented with refreshments and a truly Namibian snack, while they can enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the Kalahari.
Afternoon Cheetah Feeding & Sundowner
Cheetah feeding allows one the opportunity to come up close to the cheetah, great for taking photos. Our guides will provide interesting facts about this incredible cat and relate the history of the cheetahs in our care.
After this, a sundowner on the dune awaits guests, complemented with refreshments and a truly Namibian snack, while they enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the Kalahari.
Night Game Drive
After dinner, this drive offers the more adventures of heart the opportunity to look out with the aid of a strong spotlight, for various nocturnal animals such as aardwolf, wild cats and owls.
This will be accompanied with a hot glühwein/sherry in winter or something refreshing in summer.
View the spectacular Southern Hemisphere Sky from the Bagatelle Observatory using a state-of-the-art computerized telescope. Planets, brilliant star clusters, galaxies and the Moon will be revealed to you by the Resident Astronomer.
A relaxing walk with the Bushmen (San) to their deomonstrational village, sharing with you their ancient survival skills and secrets inherited from their forefathers. Keeping the past alive. On arrival at the traditional Bushman village, you will meet a family who will present you with the way they used to store water in ostrich eggs, plants for medicinal use, setting up traps, the making of ostrich and bead jewellery, etc. This is really an unforgettable experience.
Your guide will do the necessary translation into English, as the Bushmen will speak their own language.
Bagatelle has a variety of horses suitable for children, beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Experience the Kalahari 's silence on our well-trained quarter horses (Cowboy horses) accompanied by a guide.
Enjoy a refreshing drink on the dune before heading back to the ranch.
There is a swimming pool and recreation area. An open air boma for outdoor dinners captures the atmosphere of an African Safari.
Facilities in all the rooms: • Minibar • Coffee / Tea Station • Air Conditioner • Roof Fan
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