About four hour's drive from Windhoek, Lapa Lange makes for an ideal first night. Especially after a long-haul flight and what will no doubt be a strong urge to get out into the African bush, under the enormous blue skies and to heave a happy sigh. Lapa Lange is that place.
Part of a large private game reserve, the action begins immediately with some of Namibia - and Africa's - more rare wildlife species including rhino, cheetah, giraffe, eland and sable swinging past the waterhole that is the focal point of the lodge.
The rooms are refreshingly modern and well-furnished with large comfortable beds, crispy-clean linen, air conditioning and large en suite bathrooms. All open onto the lawn and face the floodlit waterhole so, while it's perfectly safe, you're never far from a wild animal or two.
Dinner is a venison bonanza often cooked campfire-style and served al fresco beneath the mesmerising Kalahari night sky. Piet's slow-cooked venison pot is legendary. The lodge has a large, cool swimming pool that is just heaven on a hot Kalahari day and you'll need after your game walk or drive.
Self-catering or full-board accommodation including four luxury self-catering chalets and one honeymoon suite (with hot-tub) and 14 luxury suites all with private patios, en suite bathrooms, satellite TV and air conditioning; camping site; restaurant; bar; campfire lapa; swimming pool; wi-fi
Game drives and birdwatching; cheetah feeding; game viewing and birdwatching at the lodge waterhole; walking trails