The rooms are beautiful. There is air con although we didn't use it. They have nice shaded seating areas outside each room which are very private and catch the breeze.
The service lacks the personal touch. The food is ok but nothing special.
We went on a sundowner game drive which was a bit disappointing. The driver ignored all the birds and inevitably put us in a spot that was either looking directly into the sun at the animals or had a bush between us and them. Not so good for taking photos.
We also did the nyala self guided walk which we enjoyed.
There is a tame meerkat who runs around the lodge. The owners of the lodge found him and his sister abandoned when they were pups and they hand reared them. They released both meerkats when they were old enough to survive on their own but toffee decided he preferred the good life around the lodge than life in the wild. When we were there he showed up for afternoon tea to beg for cake.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge Namibia/Mariental