Kalahari Red Dunes is located just east of the main B1 road, surrounded by the Kalahari Desert
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge: Our full report
Kalahari Red Dunes is located just east of the main B1 road, about 197km south of Windhoek, and 70km north of Mariental – making it a very convenient stop-over between Windhoek and the Fish River Canyon. It stands in its own 40km² private game reserve and has 12 individual guesthouses around a dry lake, surrounded by the classic vegetated dunes of the Kalahari Desert.
No one from Expert Africa has yet had the chance to stay at Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge, but we have sent some travellers here as an alternative to the Bagatelle Game Ranch. Here’s what we know about it currently:
Each of the 12 guesthouses has its individual style. They are situated around the dry lake, with sufficient space in between them to guarantee a high level of privacy. The houses are decorated with many African specials and artifacts. Every house is named after a wildlife species of the area. We understand that all of them offer hidden outdoor showers, a private WC, a panorama view for game viewing and they are all build from high quality local products like teak terraces and natural stone tiles.
From the restaurant you get a panoramic view of the area, while you enjoy the European dishes (often with African influences). Since it is very cold in the mornings and evenings during winter, a stylish fireplace heats the huge restaurant. You can, of course, always decide if you want to eat inside or outside – and we’re told that you can also opt to dine between the dunes, choosing from a variety of wines or a locally-brewed beer for a special dinning experience.
Many activities in Kalahari Red Dunes give the option to see more of the Kalahari environment around the lodge. They tell us that they have set up many hiking trails and offer special hiking opportunities, from a few hours’ hike up to a three-day hiking trip. Besides these trails they also offer some mountain bike and jogging trails to experience southern Namibia’s nature and wildlife. In addition they offer game viewings on an off-road vehicle and those who are interested in botany might like to learn more about their fascinating Devil’s claw project.
It’s difficult to say anything too definitive until we’ve been here – but we do know that this area has a very lovely Kalahari environment, and it’s in a very convenient location to use as a stop-over. We’ll bring you more about this lodge when we have it …
Food & drink
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: No
Health & safety
Medical care: Closest doctor in Mariental, about 70km drive
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk