Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Reviews of Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Good(90%) From 163 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 163 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.
Family H & L - Berkshire
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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great!

Your rep at Windhoek - very nice - told us Bagatelle was a 2 hr drive away.

Maruska's paperwork - suggested 3.5 hrs. Maruska was correct! But we slowed down so we could see he animals on the way - to the point that we missed the cheetah feeding at Bagatelle - and were only there one night - and also had to drive in dusk / dark. Might be useful for guests staying anywhere for just 1 night to have some idea of the itinerary at their destination so they can plan accordingly?

Place good - wine expensive - but OK. Freezing on the early morning drive!!!

did not see the rooms much as we arrived so late and had the early start - but the rooms were very cold first thing in the morning. great safari drive in the morning - loads of deer things -

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Mr & Mrs M, London
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bit of a 'filler' in our itinerary

This was our lasts to and a bit of a filler in our itinerary, as we booked quite late and had been unable to get into another camp that we wanted to stay at. The staff were friendly but the young white woman who we took to be the owner - or at least was managing the staff - was only interested in them and not in any contact with the clientele, which seemed odd. What's more, while most of the staff were smartly dressed, an older white male, who seemed to function both as a guide and odd job man, was as scruffily dressed as you can imagine and definitely gave off a totally wrong image. Give the man a uniform and tell him to wear it! Another odd experience was that we booked a cheetah feeding tour (half an hour, two cheetahs and five minutes of action, not worth the money) but the guide wasn't around as we arrived too late! Went again the following night. So overall definitely a bit hit and miss on the staffing front, with more consistency needed
This part of the Kalahari seemed in no way like a desert during our visit, which was shortly after an unusually wet rainy season. It was more like prairie grassland. However the riding was excellent for the experienced riders in our family, and they were very happy with that.
Rooms are pretty basic and not up to the standard of other camps we stayed at. However the food, especially dinner, was excellent
to sum up. like the curate's egg, good in parts. But this isn't the most exciting part of Namibia we saw, and this location is probably best as an overnight stopover, or two nights at most.

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Expert Africa comments

Following these comments we felt we should mention that as noted on our website the Kalahari Desert is not a true desert: it receives more rain than a true desert should and is therefore classed as a fossil desert. The dunes here are very different from those of the Namib and are usually greener and less stark.

Ian & Vivienne
Arrived on: 8-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Convenient when travellling South

This property is a three and a half Drive south from Windhoek airport and is a lovely introduction to Namibia. Two nights would be ideal as we felt we had not truly appreciated what it had to offer in just one night.

The evening meal was served al fresco and the quality was good.

We stayed in a Dune chalet which had a wonderful view as they are elevated but are the furthest from the reception area.

You can ask to be driven to and fro but the walk was nice and not difficult unless you have a disability.

As with most accommodations in Namibia, you need to ask reception for a hairdryer to borrow during your stay.

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Mrs B. from Lancs
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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good overnight stay

this is fine for an overnight stay. dinner was good, service was good, room was good pool was good

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Ms J. from Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 15-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Accommodation had great setting, but no water on one occasion, and no hot water once we did get it!

Outdoor buffet was not great, food cold, burners kept blowing out.

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Mr E & Ms S - Sweden
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Very nice place as the last stop. The only remark would be that they get somebody that knows how to organise their kitchen. At lunch with 6 tables with guests all coming at different times, all got served at the same time.

For dinner the same thing, but just with all tables busy. All staff was there, it's just that the owner seemed to create more chaos then bringing order, we left halfway into the dinner, despite great food.

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Dr N. from King's Lynn
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

The game drive and the cheetah feeding were a great introduction to Namibia

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Miss M. from Margate
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautiful place

Beautiful room, amazing food, great service - we did a sundowner trip which was stunning and had the added bonus of Skundy the pet Sprinbok, a pool visit by some goats and meerkats constantly scurrying around.

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Mrs A & Mr J T - Namibia in three weeks
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Well worth arriving for afternoon game drive

We were well greeted and were lucky enough to get an upgrade, to the Honeymoon Suite, a large chalet complete with Jacuzzi. However we did not have a chance to try this out and given the warnings of acute water shortages and the need to keep showers brief it would not have been appropriate to use it.

We arrived early enough to get on the afternoon game drive & sundowner which were well worth doing. We had a very good, conscientious and knowledgeable guide; we got the impression that the others were too.

All staff were very friendly and helpful.

A very good start to the holiday and a realistic and excellent place to break the long journey south. It was also an introduction to driving on gravel and sand roads.

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Ms R and Mr M from York
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

This was a very pleasant stopover.

Our chalet had great views and we enjoyed the terrace. We thought the food was of a high standard.

We did not have time to book any activities but liked the short self-guided walk.

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