Situated in a private concession on the border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Deception Valley Lodge offers an authentic African theme, while the surrounding area offers excellent wildlife sightings. The lodge is an oasis of comfort in this rugged terrain and promises a memorable experience of Botswana’s wilderness.

Embark on guided walks with the Bushmen to learn about their culture and hunting techniques, and about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Head out on day or night game drives, occasionally going off-road to follow tracks. Alternatively, sit back and relax with sundowners while admiring the flaming sunsets and star-filled sky.


  • Authentic African desert lodge
  • Just outside of the Central Kalahari
  • Small & intimate with only 8 chalets
  • Home to fascinating bird & animal life
  • Interaction with the San
  • Unique experience for an adventure safari

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Relax in the main lounge with a great book from the small library, or step out onto the deck and watch the wildlife at the nearby waterhole.

Cool off during the heat of the day at the swimming pool, or relax in a lounger to catch some sun.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available


Deception Valley Lodge offers delicious traditional meals that usually include game meat and local flavours. While breakfast and lunch are typically in the dining area, the outdoor boma is used for evening meals under the stars.

Standard Suite

Accommodation at Deception Valley Lodge consists of eight luxury, thatched chalets raised on stilts that connect with the main lodge by wooden walkways.

Each chalet consists of a spacious twin-bedded room with an en suite Victorian-style bathroom, an outside shower and a spacious lounge.  All the chalets are fitted with ceiling fans, mosquito nets, a mini bar, hairdryer, shaving plug and bathrobes.

One of the chalets offers inter-leading rooms - perfect for families.

Standard Suite AMENITIES

    Mini bar
    Mosquito net
    En-suite bath only
    Outdoor shower


  • Birding
  • Cultural tours
  • Full-day safari
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Picnics
  • Specialist guides

Traveller Reviews

  • Deception Valley Lodge had clean and well-maintained interiors, and the guide, food and the naro bushmen were all exceptional.

    Emily Zants, May 2011
  • Our second stop was Deception Valley Lodge. More than the other locations, the season did seem to impact our ability to see animals. The brush was dense and our game drives mostly focused on birds. The highlight of our stay was the hour spent tracking cheetah by car and on foot through the brush and finally finding 3 of them - very exciting! Despite the lack of animals, though, the lodge was very nice and the food in particular was fantastic.

    Jenny Semmel, February 2009

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Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

Africa Safari Expert

"Such a special and unique experience. The Central Kalahari will add a different aspect to your trip with a focus on the lesser known and rare species of animals as well the way of life of the Kalahari bushmen. Definitely something not to be missed.."

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Deception Valley Lodge had clean and well-maintained interiors, and the guide, food and the naro bushmen were all exceptional.

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