Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Reviews of Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Good(90%) From 154 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 154 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.
Kathryn
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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All too brief visit to Bagatelle

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch was very pleasant, with good food, but again I question the need to drive so far off the road for just a one night stay. It was late afternoon by the time we arrived so we were a bit late to join in any of the activities and we had to leave quite early the next day to get back on the main road to drive to the airport.

Our Dune Chalet was very pleasant with a lovely view over the dunes: however,we had to trudge through quite a lot of dune to get to it, even from the car parking area. I think walkways should be provided - and umbrellas! The bed was also the least comfortable bed we had in Namibia - too soft.

None of the windows are netted so we could not open any windows at night to allow the breeze through, due to the number of kamikaze moths trying to get in. In fact, there were quite a lot of bugs altogether!

The ranch was in the middle of renovations, so the pool area should be more inviting soon - when we were there it was rather bleak.

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa forwarded these travellers' comments to Bagatelle who thanked them for their feedback.

They explained that the Dune Chalets (which these travellers stayed in) are set on a semi-permanent dune. The upper layers of sand shift around, so from time to time the lodge fills up the area around the chalet with sand. For this reason they cannot put pathways on the dune, as they will be permanently under sand. The Dune Chalets are built on stilts for this reason.

The lodge pointed out that they do have umbrellas available in the reception area for guest use.

Bagatelle are looking into the mattress softness, as this is the first time it has been brought to their attention.

The windows at Bagatelle are not netted, but there are mosquito nets over the beds. The large number of moths there during these travellers stay is due to the best rainfall in the area for a long time.

The lodge has recently renovated their pool, including the pathway and a thatch roof.

Mr & Mrs F from Ealing
Arrived on: 25-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A surprising place among red dunes

We used Bagatelle as a transit stop for one night en-route back to Windhoek and it proved so attractive we wished we had been able to stay longer. The camp is located in its own large private game reserve which used to be a ranch. The accommodation is in well appointed, spacious, framed tented chalets safari camp style, and ours was high on a red sandy dune with a pleasing view. As usual we enjoyed good hospitality and good food (buffet self-service) - good as buffets go but not "gourmet".

Activities here are particularly varied and interesting ranging from trips by 4x4 through the game park which extends many km (where a large variety of wild life can be seen in attractive surroundings), to a "bushmen walk" focussing on bushmen culture, to seeing some orphaned cheetahs that are kept in their own very large enclosure being fed.

There is also an observatory with an interesting lecture available on astronomy in the context of the southern hemisphere night sky.

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Mr & Mrs J - Dorking
Arrived on: 23-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Power cut during dinner meant back up generator, but not up to scratch and intermittent.

Buffet style dinner average.

Staff not particularly friendly.

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Mr & Mrs P - Glasgow
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review

Fantastic location. Charming chalet and very helpful staff.

Enjoyed dinner but recommend using insect repellent when eating outside in the evening.

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Mr F and Mrs B from Preston
Arrived on: 19-Dec-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kalahari Delight

We loved Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch and the accommodation was idyllic. Nice sundowners and views. In the evening we had a very spectacular storm with lightning. Not too much rain but some. We did the Bushmans Walk and this is highly recommended. A very interesting activity but the morning was cool and so were the bushmen !!!! Their story of the Love Bow and the dual purpose tree for constipation and diarrhoea.... is well worth seeing as the miming is great !!

Visit was one night only but unfortunately marred by the fact my wife lost her mobile smartphone. This only discovered at the next lodge and we immediately contacted Bagatelle as the only place it could have been lost was in the jeep transfer from dune house to our car. Unfortunately they could not find it so this was a bit of a black mark. Someone has it I am afraid.

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Mr & Mrs T - Hampshire
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Lovely location Bagatelle Game Ranch

Our chalet No 2 overlooking the waterhole among beautiful dune was brilliant. Everyone friendly. Would not go Cheetah feeding again since they are only 50 meters from the ranch.

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Ms G and Mr M from Spain
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Amazing place!

A very interesting place. The location is excellent. We had a quite good dinner there, in a beautiful area.

We highly recommend the morning activity with the local San people.

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Mr & Mrs G from Surrey
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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 from Winchester
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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
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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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