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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch


24°18’1.9"S 18°1’58.2"E

Reviews of Bagatelle Game Ranch

Wildlife sightings and reviews

185 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Bagatelle Game Ranch and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in May-2018, 15 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Bagatelle Game Ranch.
Leopard

0% success

Cheetah

38% success

Oryx

79% success

Wildebeest

79% success

Eland

77% success

Giraffe

62% success

Zebra

62% success

Meerkat

36% success

Aardvark

21% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

White Rhino

0% success

Showing 1-10 of 185
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Arrival date
Mr J.
Makati

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

1 night Arrived 8 May 2022
"Too commercial and impersonal. Few animals off in distance only.

Pet, trained rhino seemed sad. Cheetah "show" also sad. Nice scenery only." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Average

Location:
Good
Service:
Average
Activities:
Poor
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Average
Sightings Report

Giraffe

1 sighting

Wildebeest

1 sighting

Mr and Mrs G
London

"More than just a stopover"

1 night Arrived 28 Jan 2022
"Bagatelle makes an obvious stopover destination when travelling south of WIndhoek and one night is probably enough, but it really beat expectations.

The staff were superb, the game drive exceeded expectations, as did the dinner. There is decent game viewing here, including two white rhino, although these are habituated to people to the point of being tame rather than wild." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Sightings Report

Eland

1 sighting

Giraffe

1 sighting

Oryx

Multiple sightings

Wildebeest

1 sighting

Zebra

1 sighting

Mr & Mrs P
New Jersey

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

1 night Arrived 17 Apr 2021
"We stayed 1 night at Bagatelle on our way to Sesriem, and Bagatelle was our least favorite lodge of our trip through Namibia. This is a good, non-luxury stop if you are transiting through the area but wouldn't recommend it for more than one night maximum.

The chalet rooms have great deck views overlooking the red Kalahari dunes and a small manmade watering hole. The atmosphere is very casual and relaxed. However the room interiors are very basically equipped and in need of renovation (e.g., mosquito nets do not cover the bed, shower tile grout is almost black with age, window screens had holes).

The main building and attached boma/breakfast patio is very nicely decorated and it is easy to walk unaccompanied between the main building and chalet rooms at all hours of the day. Golf carts are available if needed. Hand sanitizer stations were positioned through the main building during our stay in April 2021, but Covid protocols were very relaxed and not enforced despite "wear masks inside" signs being posted on lobby doors. Most guests ignored any mask-wearing or social distancing guidelines. Dinner was plated and average-to-good quality, served at isolated tables in the main building's boma. Breakfast was buffet with optional hot menu options (eggs, sausage, etc) to order. For those needing to stay connected: there is spotty MTC mobile connectivity in the rooms but no wifi. Wifi is available but extremely slow in the main building only.

The staff and family/owners were all exceptionally friendly and accommodating. The ranch is a family-run establishment and while it houses a lot of different animals (horses, cheetah, 2 white rhino, sable antelope, wildebeest, oryx, giraffe, eland), the ranch feels more like a petting zoo than a conservation reserve. We paid the separate charge upon arrival for a sunset game, which was a shared vehicle with another couple. Most of it was spent driving around the fenced property with the guide calling out the prices paid for each animal. Enjoyable for sundowners but felt like a zoo, which was disappointing.

Overall we did not find Bagatelle to be a good value. It underwhelmed in many areas (room interiors, food, zoo atmosphere) to justify the room rates compared to other lodges throughout Namibia. Will look to stay elsewhere if we return to the area." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Good
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Good
Sightings Report

Cheetah

1 sighting

Eland

1 sighting

Giraffe

2 sightings

Oryx

2 sightings

Wildebeest

1 sighting

Mr K
Channel Islands

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

1 night Arrived 17 Sep 2019
"This is an old favourite and hopefully a future destination to.

It gives a real introduction to a trip, there is plenty of wildlife to see and the guides and staff are very friendly.

Hope to return again soon." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Aardvark

1 sighting

Cheetah

1 sighting

Eland

1 sighting

Giraffe

7 sightings

Meerkat

3 sightings

Oryx

4 sightings

Wildebeest

4 sightings

Zebra

3 sightings

Ms B
N London

"Hidden and Exceptionnal place"

1 night Arrived 4 Aug 2019
"Great location, great views, great Safari!" See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Cheetah

Multiple sightings

Meerkat

Multiple sightings

Zebra

Multiple sightings

Mr J.
Ireland

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

1 night Arrived 26 Apr 2019
"A lovely ranch. Nice reception, dining area. Highlight was the dinner which was excellent.

Rooms were fine, somewhat basic but suited us grand and the four of us were accommodated in the one chalet.

Staff friendly and helpful.

Good that kids were half price on activities." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs A
Hants

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

2 nights Arrived 15 Dec 2018
"Good welcome and great pool for tired youngsters after our car hire experience." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Eland

Multiple sightings

Giraffe

1 sighting

Meerkat

Multiple sightings

Oryx

Multiple sightings

Wildebeest

Multiple sightings

Zebra

Multiple sightings

Ms H
Canada

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

1 night Arrived 28 Oct 2018
"Great view of the dunes and wildlife from the boma, and boma very comfortable. However not a feeling of 'immersed in nature' as guide book states: peacock very noisy; donkey in the bar; 4-wheeler and horse noises/smells make if feel more like a farm. Restaurant staff not well-trained nor particularly friendly. No automatic porter service; needed to be requested.

strongly recommend the northern route to lodge if coming from Windhoek: this is marked on the brown highway signs, it gives a great view of the dunes, and best examples of social weaver bird nests we saw in Namibia.

Oryx for supper was badly overcooked though asked for rare (also over spiced). No complimentary wine as listed in guide book." See all these reviews: 6n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Average
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Average
Sightings Report

Eland

2 sightings

Pat
Robin Hoods Bay

"It rained!"

1 night Arrived 22 Oct 2018
"Animals not quite as wild as in previous locations, supplementary feeding taking place.

A bit concerned about the number of dead animals we saw.

Our game drive was in pouring rain - in the Kalahari desert!" See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia; 3n in Zimbabwe; 2n in South Africa
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Oryx

Multiple sightings

Wildebeest

Multiple sightings

Zebra

Multiple sightings

K+R, J+P
Stirling

"Night Drive at Bagatelle was amazing"

1 night Arrived 30 Sep 2018
"We had great game drives at Bagatelle. We saw all the wildlife we had hoped to see and on the night drive we saw 5 aardvarks!!

Also lots of other unusual wildlife such as spring hares, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and zorillas." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Aardvark

5 sightings

Eland

2 sightings

Giraffe

2 sightings

Meerkat

1 sighting

Oryx

10 sightings

Wildebeest

2 sightings

Zebra

2 sightings

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