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Kalahari Arms Hotel
Kalahari Arms Hotel
Kalahari Arms Hotel

Kalahari Arms Hotel: Our full report

The Kalahari Arms Hotel offers a basic overnight stop for travellers taking the Trans-Kalahari Highway between ...

... Windhoek in Namibia and Maun, or elsewhere, in Botswana. It’s a simple hotel in the small outpost town of Ghanzi that offers a comfortable night’s stay in an area where there is relatively little by way of accommodation choices.

The small town of Ghanzi is located in Botswana’s fairly unpopulated west. An administrative centre to the surrounding ranching and village communities, Ghanzi has two banks, a supermarket, petrol station and selection of small shops.

Situated in town, the Kalahari Arms Hotel offers basic rooms either in the main hotel building or in round chalets known as rondavels in the grounds. All the rooms are en-suite with air-conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also has a campsite.

The hotel’s restaurant offers a menu of basic but good meals. Outside, a small garden area has a thatched lapa under which guests can enjoy a drink from the bar. A large swimming pool in the grounds is good for cooling off, but not for lounging around, as there is no poolside area and chalets surround it. A small playground is set up for young children and there’s a bbq area.


Our view

We'd generally encourage travellers passing through this area to spend a couple of nights enjoying Edo's Camp as a destination. However, for those who don't have the time, or perhaps the budget, the Kalahari Arms Hotel is a convenient and simple overnight break on what is usually a long drive. In addition the facilities available in Ghanzi allow you to stock up on provisions, fill up with fuel and pick up some local currency as required.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Country manager: Botswana

Geographics

Location
Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Ideal length of stay
The Kalahari Arms Hotel is best for a quick overnight stay to break up a long drive between Windhoek and your destination in Botswana.
Directions
The Kalahari Arms Hotel is approximately 200km from the Namibian border to the west and 300km from Maun to the northeast.
Accessible by
Self-drive

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Bed & Breakfast
Dining style
Individual Tables
Dining locations
Indoor Dining

Children

Attitude towards children
Children of all ages are welcome at the Kalahari Arms Hotel.
Notes
Triple and family-sized rooms are available.

Communications

Communications
You will get cell phone reception in Ghanzi and the hotel has a phone available for use on request. The town has a small internet cafe.
TV & radio
Each room has a TV and the choice of satellite channels.
Water supply
Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
There is a hospital in Ghanzi.
Dangerous animals
Low Risk
Fire safety

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

    Night drive

Extras

Disabled access

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