On the eastern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Deception Valley Lodge makes an entrance. Inspired by African art, print and colours blending subtly into the environment, this five-star lodge makes relaxing pretty easy, 400km away from town and gives you a chance to meet the locals.
Here you can stay in either a twin-bedded room or a family room. The twin-bedded room (obviously) consists of a double bedroom with a Victorian en-suite as well as an outdoor shower and lounge.
The family room can accommodate a family of four and this is where the 5-star comes in, you get your own chef, game ranger and services. Also, did we mention the splash showers? Just a bit of extra pampering...
The main area consists of multiple lounging areas, a bar and a restaurant. We told you this is a place for relaxation. Emily Le Rouz is the in-house chef and she really knows how to put a spin on traditional "bush" food that will make you want more and more. The outdoor area is simple with a pool and a Boma fireplace. It's easy, outgoing and goes great with a glass of the good stuff.
Your evening meal might even be enjoyed around the boma fire, three courses to be exact with silver and fine china to set the mood in the bush.
For those who need or rather, who want the postcard moment, some guides will take you out on a safari to witness icons such as the black-maned Kalahari lion or the cheetah. For a more cultural experience, you will be welcomed to the bushman tribe to learn about tracking and survival skills. It will also be an opportunity to see how they hunt and gather.
While the food is one to remember, the private chef and game ranger makes you feel spoiled and the safari is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The price, although very steep, is definitely something worth considering when planning a holiday like this.
Game drives in the park to see animals such as the black-maned lion, giraffes, antelopes and hyenas.
A day with the bushman to learn about their cultures, traditional, survival and how they hunt and gather.