Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge: Our full report

11 chalets
Best for 8+
All year

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is located in the Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve in the Namibian section of the south west Kalahari. The Kalahari offers some gentle wildlife watching as well as interesting cultural experiences with San tribespeople.

Whilst we have never stayed at Camelthorn Kalahari we have visited on several occasions and the Intu Africa reserve is relatively well known in Namibia. Camelthorn shared the reserve with its sister properties Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp and Zebra Kalahari Lodge.

Set among the camelthorn trees that give the lodge its name are 12 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 red sands surrounding the chalets. Each also has air conditioning, a mini bar, electronic safe and a tea and coffee facilities .The en-suite bathroom is simple but functional with twin sinks, shower and toilet.

On our last visit in May 2018 the lodge was in the process of updating and refreshing their rooms with new furniture and a fresh coat of paint in much the same style as the old rooms. In short the formula works and they are sticking to it.

The main area of the lodge is quite small, but includes a lounge and bar that doubles as reception, a small boma with a fireplace and a turquoise pool surrounded by shady trees. Up a small flight of stairs is the dining area with views of the surrounding Kalahari dunes. Not only are meals enjoyed here but with tea and coffee available throughout the day it is a nice spot to relax at take in the view.

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 view

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is a relatively simple option in a less visited area of Namibia and we believe that there are better options in the area. However for a not thrills stop on the long journey to Fish River Canyon it could work well, and it offers a few activities for exploring this area of the Kalahari.


Location: Southern Namibia, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 1-2 nights

Directions: Camelthorn is located in the Intu Africa reserve west of the town of Kalkrand in the Namibian Kalahari.

Accessible by: Self-drive

Key personnel

Owner: Leading Lodges

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: We have not stayed at Camelthorn but we understand that breakfast here is served as a buffet whilst dinner is a set menu. A light lunch set menu is also available.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

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

Equipment: Up to two stretcher beds can be added to rooms for children.

Notes: With the potential for wildlife in camp and an unfenced pool children should be supervised at all times.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: There is a back up generator in case of a power failure.

Communications: There is sporadic mobile reception here and WiFi in the main areas.

TV & radio: None

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: There is hot and cold running water and flush toilets in each chalet.

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.

X  Close