Deception Valley Lodge (DVL) in a Nutshell
The name of this lodge is a bit misleading as the real “Deception Valley” is located some distance away, well inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. They just borrowed this famous name. DVL is located on a massive private game farm, bordering the northern fence of the park. This “game farm” has been well stocked and complimented by natural populations and movements of Kalahari antelope. Game densities are in fact higher than in the park and predators (especially lions) take advantage of this. The highlight is to be able to track predators with bushman trackers and guides!
- 6 standard thatched chalets + 1 family suite
- 16 guests Maximum
- Price range from USD510 – USD635 pppn
- Borders the Central Kalahari GR (ckgr)
- Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles
- Day trips into the CKGR
- Cultural walks with bushmen
- Access by road or light aircraft
- Private waterhole in front of the lodge
How to Get There
You can fly into the DVL from any bush airstrip . We like this camp because it is also accessible by road on a self drive safari or as part of your itinerary on a mobile safari.
Game Viewing and Activities
The activities on offer here are game drives and cultural activities with Bushmen. This lodge is located outside of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, on fenced private land. This “game farm” is immense in size so it is unlikely that the fence will interfere with your game viewing. The Bushmen that work here are genuine trackers – it is amazing to watch them follow spoor and locate animals for you. This is the highlight of a stay here. These Bushmen also explain and demonstrate how their families survived in such a harsh environment, long before tourists came. There are excellent predator sightings here as the lodge has at least 2 resident prides of lions and many habituated leopards.
Guides also take guests out on night drives to look for nocturnal Kalahari animals such as aardvark, brown hyena and maybe even leopard.
The best time to visit this lodge (and most other desert camps) is during the wet season (December to March).
Game viewing from the lodge itself is also productive as they pump a private waterhole in front of camp.
This is a classic style camp with en-suite Meru tents.