Deception Valley Lodge

Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Botswana


Nestled within the vast and captivating landscape of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Deception Valley Lodge awaits to immerse you in the wonders of the pristine Kalahari bushveld. Spanning an expansive 43,000 hectares, this privately-owned game conservancy offers a truly unparalleled experience.

A standout feature of Deception Valley Lodge is the extraordinary chance to engage with the Naru-speaking San tribe, whose ancestral roots trace back to the earliest inhabitants of Africa. With their profound connection to the land and rich cultural heritage, the San people serve as knowledgeable Bushman Guides, leading you on an exploration of this remarkable environment.

Step into the footsteps of history as you learn about the ancient traditions, survival skills, and spiritual beliefs of the San people. Delve into their deep connection with nature and gain insights into their way of life, passed down through generations. This unique encounter with the San tribe provides a profound appreciation for their enduring presence as direct descendants of the earliest inhabitants of our planet.

At Deception Valley Lodge, the captivating blend of pristine wilderness, cultural encounters, and the untamed beauty of the Kalahari bushveld creates an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature and the remarkable legacy of the San people.

Room Amenities

  • En-Suite
  • Mini Bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Housekeeping
  • Bathrobes
  • Desk

What to Expect

Morning and afternoon game drives take place in open 4X4 game drive vehicles and are led by professional guides as well as Bushman trackers.

You have the chance to see a variety of different species, amongst them e.g. the magnificent black maned Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog as well as giraffe, elephant, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

Quite often we also have sightings of the elusive brown hyena, pangolin, aardvark and aardwolf. Night safaris reveal nocturnal species such as porcupine, honey badger, spotted genet and springhare. Exploring the bush on foot, while your Bushman guide will teach you about their hunting and survival skills. You will also learn all about the culture and crafts of the San people, who over the centuries have adapted their lives to survive in the most inhospitable environment of them all.



Deception Valley Lodge offers excellent service at the facilities that ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. With a superb location overlooking the waterhole, each of the 8 very spacious suites has a bedroom, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The lodge has a swimming pool, multiple indoor and outdoor areas in which to relax or enjoy your meal.

Game Drives

From beautiful early morning safaris to late afternoon/early evening safaris and exciting night drives to explore the nocturnal species. Deception Valley Lodge safaris has it all!
We have knowledgeable guides and legendary bushmen trackers guide you, and teach you about their survival, hunting and culture.

Stargazing Experiences

The Kalahari boasts vast skies and is one of the best regions in Africa for stargazing. Nights of clear skies offer enthusiasts a chance to see many constellations unhindered by civilisations light polution. Stargazing experiences at Deception Valley Lodge are led by our general manager who is a astronomy enthusiast and takes you into the basics of astro-photography. Stargazing in the Kalahari is truly an unforgettable experience!

Bushmen Experience

The Bushmen people were the first inhabitants in Southern Africa and have survived for the past 20 000 years in this arid region. At Deception Valley Lodge you will meet the traditional San Bushmen from the Naru speaking tribe. Listen to the Naru language, the first written Bushmen language that contains 37 different clicks.


  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Free parking
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