Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge in the southwest Kalahari...
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge: Our full report
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is located in the Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve in the south west Kalahari, which is also home to Zebra Kalahari Lodge and Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp.
Set among the Camelthorn trees that give the lodge its name are 11 chalets spread reasonably far apart, allowing extra peace and privacy. The interiors of the thatched rooms have been decorated with wooden branches from the surrounding trees, making them feel quite dark from the brown of the wood. The rooms are well furnished with a bed, table and chairs, wardrobe, luggage rack and bedside tables. Double glass doors lead out onto a small patio with chairs, so guests can sit and admire the scenery and the red sands surrounding the chalets. Each also has air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with twin sinks.
The main area of the lodge is quite small, but includes a dining room and bar, a small boma with a fireplace and a turquoise pool surrounded by shady trees. There is a small bar upstairs which offers views over the surrounding areas.
Activities on offer at Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge include afternoon game drives where you may spot ostrich or springboks, and sundowner drives with a cool drink on the top of a dune. Guests can also participate in quad biking or have a massage, but they must drive or be transferred to Zebra Kalahari Lodge for these activities. (NB: It’s essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the ‘Health & Safety’ section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.)
Our viewCamelthorn Kalahari Lodge can be used as a stop on the long journey to Fish River Canyon, but for thse who want to stay a couple of nights it offers a few activities for exploring this area of the Kalahari.
Ideal length of stay: 1-2 nights
Directions: Heading south on the B1 from Windhoek, turn left onto the C21 at Kalkrand. After 42km turn right onto the D1268 and follow this for 22km. The gate to the reserve is on the right. Once inside the three lodges are quite badly signposted – make sure you ask for directions at the gate.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Breakfast here is served as a buffet, and dinner is a set menu. A light lunch is also available.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: No drinks are included, these cost extra.
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge.
Special activities & services: None
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: Children must be supervised at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: There is sporadic mobile reception here and WiFi in the main areas.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Mariental
Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is a guarded gate at the entrance to Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are found in each room.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge
Money: The lodge accepts local currencies as well as US$ and Euros.
Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted.