Kalahari Arms Hotel

Kalahari Arms Hotel: Our full report

Traveller's rating
Good (72%) From 15 reviews
All year

The Kalahari Arms Hotel offers an ideal 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 recommend the Kalahari Arms Hotel to travellers on a self-drive safari between Namibia and Botswana. It’s a convenient, inexpensive and comfortable overnight break on the long drive between Windhoek and Maun or the Okavango Delta panhandle area. The facilities available in Ghanzi allow you to stock up on provisions, fill up with fuel and pick up some local currency as required.


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: B&B

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor Dining


Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at the Kalahari Arms Hotel.

Notes: Triple and family-sized rooms are available.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

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