Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Reviews of Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Good(90%) From 122 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 122 of our travellers who have visited Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr G & Mrs S - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

A friendly reception, comfortable accommodation and good food.

The evening game drive was good but the excursion to see the rescue cheetahs was disappointing - we could have achieved the same thing by standing at the fence to the enclosure. We were unable to access the field with the meercats due to a psychopathic zebra that was liable to attack strangers - we relied on a telephoto lens.

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 26-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Charl (manager) and Dube (guide) were fantastic. Charl bent over backwards to help us with 4X4 advice and even checked our tyre pressures and evened them up for us! The Dune Chalets had a gorgeous view, heating and hot water bottles and the warmest dressing gowns on earth were very welcome. The food was lovely with lots of choice. It was great to see lots of game animals right at the start of the trip, ostriches were particularly fascinating.
This was a superb place to break the trip to Fish River Canyon.

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Mr & Mrs R - Northumberland
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

We stayed in the 'garden court' rooms which should have been for drivers or guides rather than guests and the accommodation was poor.

Staff were very helpful and made sure we saw the meerkats and cheetahs.

Catering was excellent and the chef made a real effort to cater for our vegetarian requirements.

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Mr R & Mrs E - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

We were shown meekats and cheetahs for free.

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Mr & Mrs C - Woking
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Stuck in the sand

The 3km from the road to the ranch was our first experience of driving in sand and we got it wrong! A slightly daunting experience on only our second day in the country but everyone (staff and other guests) was helpful, full of useful advice and managed not to make us feel foolish.

We did the evening sundowner game drive with an excellent and informative guide and enjoyed it and the morning visit to the cheetahs. Seeing the meerkats was a bonus.

Our dune stilt room (no 2) was lovely - very spacious, clean and comfortable.

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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So much game in the Kalahari

The afternoon drive in this official desert was remarkable for the amount of game on view - especially impressive if you haven't already been to Etosha in the north. Even if you have, the Kalahari landscape with its parallel red-coloured dunes is stunning.

The best accommodation is built on stilts overlooking the desert and there are also a few 'tame' animals around the place, including Skank, a female springbok with a short length of hosepipe covering her horns - just as well since she has a tendency to nut people (playfully) in the groin! Excellent gift shop here which is very good value for money.

Best oryx of the trip was served here!

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Mr & Mrs F - Lancashire
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

A lovely relaxing place to stay for one night. There is a resident springbok and oryx allowing an unusual opportunity for a close encounter.

The food here is excellent and meals are taken at separate tables, I am delighted to say.

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Mr S & Mrs K - West Midlands
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Comfortable accommodation.

Friendly and helpful owner.

Game drive OK as a first day drive, but wouldn't have been worth it after seeing wildlife in more productive areas.

Good place to spend first night.

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Mr G and family - Philadelphia
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Stayed here for one night before heading to Windhoek for departure. While the location was a convenient stopover it really added about two hours to our trip to Windhoek and I wonder if we could have used the time differently. The game ranch description is accurate and while the safari was enjoyable the guiding and wildlife experience was not comparable to other locations.

We stayed in the cabins on the "flat" rather than on the dunetop and I think the experience is pretty different between the two. The dunetop locations have great views, overlook a watering station, see the sun rise and set and could be quite special; the locations on the flat feel more like a trailer park setting. I would suggest specifying the "dunetop" location for future visitors or going elsewhere.

The ranch seems to grow springbok, wildebeest and oryx and hence these are the dominant species on the game drive. We also saw many foxes, giraffe, mongoose. Probably the best wildlife viewing is the rehabilitated cheetah in the enclosed field adjacent to the homestead and the semi-domesticated meerkat colony behind the house.

Finally, the per person charge for "cheetah viewing" in the enclosure behind the house seems unreasonable for a half hour excursion.

Overall this is a very comfortable location but for several reasons not one we would go out of our way to revisit.

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Mr & Mrs R from Berkeley
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Great introduction to Namibia

Plus; - Where else can you sit around the pool in the heat of the afternoon with a tame springbok nibbling grass right beside you!
Lovely ranch. Dune chalet really nice with a fabulous view across the dunes and the waterhole.

Excellent game drive into the local reserve.

Negatives: - As a first stop from the airport (midday landing), it is a long way and we only just made it before sundown. If there had been delays we would have had a problem driving in the dark on strange roads in a strange car. The location itself is lovely.

Cheetah drive takes you inside the enclosure which is only metres from the ranch. We were only "inside" for 10 minutes and saw little more than through the wire fence. At £15 each - not very good value.

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Expert Africa comments

Bagatelle has got back in touch with us to thank us for the constructive feedback. They would also like to extend an apology to these travellers as the cheetah drive should have been 30 minutes long. They have looked into this, and are also making adjustments to make the drive more interesting.