We had not realised how close to the B1 road the lodge is - but this was not a problem! We could have been in the middle of nowhere despite being only 2km from the main road. We spent three nights at the lodge giving us two full days to hike in the Kalahari dunes.
The room was a little too small - they could have been a tiny bit larger. It felt as if they were not designed for stay overs of more than one night and started to feel somewhat cramped quite quickly. In addition the outside thatched seating space was poorly organised and in the process of being repaired in our room and this meant we could not really use this at all so were somewhat restricted in our space. We did, however, spend time in the very nice pool area and this was fine.
We went on one drive the first afternoon to orient ourselves to the reserve and then spent the other days hiking on the reserve. We saw some animals, but not a large amount as the grass was very high and lush due to the good rains that they have had in the area. In fact, we thought it could almost be called the Kalahari Green dunes lodge! It is stunningly beautiful at present and quite unique.
We found the service excellent and the staff extremely helpful and friendly. The food was fine if not outstanding but more than adequate.
The little tame meerkat is cute and adds to the flavour of the place as does the extremely laid back tomcat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comforting and charming best describes the mood at the Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge. This is where Africa will captivate you in a laid-back and cheerful manner. The long-gone atmosphere of Africa safaris from centuries past seems to hover in the air. Enjoy the Kalahari desert from one of twelve individual guest houses nestled into the bankside of a natural dry lake where lots of wild animals are frequent to be spotted. The Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is a very special place - let its magic work on you. Directions: From Windhoek, drive 190km south on B1 to Kalkrand. Continue on B1 for another 6km and turn towards the lodge until you reach the visible entrance to the lodge after 3km. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge Namibia/Mariental