Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Reviews of Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Good(90%) From 127 travellers
Excellent
72
Good
46
Average
8
Poor
1
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 127 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.
Mr & Mrs G from Surrey
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Disappointed at Bagatelle Game Ranch

We had 1 night in a Dune chalet and 1 in a Straw Bale chalet. Dune chalets have a bath, are more expensive and give views over their not very impressive waterhole. But BEWARE - you need a 4 wheel drive car to get up to them. With a 2 wheel drive Nissan we got stuck in the sand, and had to be towed out! In the day the lack of wall insulation, and inefficiency of the air con unit in the Dune chalet made it feel as if we were literally in an oven - definitely NOT to be recommended, whereas we were quite comfortable in the straw bale chalet, all of which are closer to the Lodge reception.

Excellent early morning game tour - we saw a lot, though no Meercats! Also good sundowner tour. They have 3 orphaned cheetahs there, and we went on a short evening feeding tour into their enclosure, but it lacked the feel of the wild.

Good food, specialising in springbok, oryx and kudu. They even have a "tame" springbok, oryx and pheasant wandering around. Nice pool and pool bar.

Bad management - the owner/manager took no interest in his guests at all, never once greeting us or other guests, or asking if we were enjoying our stay. Would not return.

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Mr J & Family - Cape and Botswana
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Perfectly placed as your first stop in Namibia (on your way to Fish River Canyon), or as your last stop on the way back to Windhoek airport.

The chalets are good and the owners and staff very friendly and helpful (we asked about the meerkats and we were treated to our own private viewing). The tame springbok that wanders around the lobby/bar/restaurant area is cute (feed it the ginger biscuits).

We elected for just the cheetah feeding activity - this was very well organised and good value.
Perfect for a over-night stay

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

The sundowner jourmeys are very scenic, informative and good value. There is also an extensive wine list under the relatively new owners and very good food.

It's a bit of a slog up the hill through thick sand to the best accommodation if you don't have a 4 by 4.

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Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Bagatelle was absolutely lovely

Unfortunately, as the pick up of the hire car had taken such a long time, we did not arrive at Bagatelle until 8.30pm, by which time of course, it was dark, making it difficult to read the signs to the ranch.

The owners were very welcoming, took us by car to our rooms, and back, for a superb dinner. A time to be collected from our rooms in the morning, was arranged, and the jeeps were there for us. The driver took us to see Meerkats, and Cheetah before breakfast.

The rooms were beautiful, food excellent, and owners & staff a delight.

We all wished that we had had 2 nights there, especially after our very late arrival. There were interesting activities, in which we were unable to take part, due to lack of time.

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Ms S & Mr B - Charlotte
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Pending review
5 of 5 stars
We made it in time to do IT ALL! and we are so glad we did. We stayed in one of the room on the dunes. Be careful driving your car out there. We almost got stuck. The view was gorgeous. We were secluded enough to feel romantic. We went on the safari...and since we hadn't been to ETOSHA we were really impressed. I was a little shy to ask for the driver to stop where I wanted him too ...and am still kicking myself ....but we enjoyed it. We loved the cheetah feeding...but needed more preparation about how fast it was going to be. I thought we would at least stop the vehicle and have a 1.2.3 before they were fed. We had run the cheetah to the other side of the enclosure and at the end of the run back they were fed. I had on the wrong lens and missed it despite a warning.

I loved getting out of the car to watch them eat. Really fun. We went for the sundowner and as photographers we often appreciate the sunset more after it has gone down so we felt a little rushed to leave. We went on the night drive. Our driver tried for 3 hours to find us a leopard. I appreciate the effort but likely we could have in retrospect skipped this.

The room was beautiful...but Americans need to be instructed that that white rectangle on the wall was a heater that would keep the room from freezing. Loved the robe and hair dryer. Not many places we stayed in Namibia had these. One of the highlights of our entire trip was the Bushmen walk. LOVED IT. They were freezing and I felt a little bad but the pictures were amazing.

The meerkats, stinky the springbok, the oryx were surprising. I highly recommend the meerkats. We saw meerkats here on safari and no where else and then the following morning we photo'd the meerkats behind the lodge. They were adorable!

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Mr C & Mrs S - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Outstanding

Excellent choice as shown in our rankings below, with the bonus a good game-drive and feed-time for their cheetahs.

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Amigos de Espana
Arrived on: 25-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

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Mr & Mrs W - VIC Australia
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great spot. Great chalets and views

Had problems with the air conditioning which took 3 visits to rectify but all in good grace and apologies all round.

Free bottle of wine offered as compensation which was good as temperature reached 40 degrees in chalet.

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Miss T and Mr H from Somerset
Arrived on: 10-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Relaxed start to our trip

Great welcome from the owners, an entertaining evening and wonderful dinner. Certainly a place we would return too. There are lots if plans and ideas from the new owners who have a passion for the place.

We loved the dune chalet room as you were surrounded by the warm colours of the kalahari and could enjoy the sunset.

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Mr & Mrs E - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okay for one night

Perhaps we would have enjoyed our stay more if we had been in one of the chalets on the ridge. We had a wonderful early morning walk with three bushmen - booked the night before as an extra. It was fascinating.

However, on our return for a shower before checking out, they were working on the toilet (why could they not do so when we were out or after our departure ?). It was just rather irritating as we were not aware of any problem.

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa forwarded these travellers' comments to Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, who thanked the guests for their constructive feedback. They apologise for the disturbance when they arrived back from their Bushman Walk. A new member of the maintenance staff was not familiar with the time that guests check out and the maintenance team had not informed reception that they would be in these travellers' room at this time. Bagatelle will ensure that this will not happen again.