Reviews of Kalahari Bush Breaks
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A good end to our holiday
Very comfortable room and excellent food and service. Not a great deal to do but a nice way to end our holidayRead more about the whole safari
An oasis in the desert
Fantastic accom with excellent food and v pleasant hosts. Once again we were the only guests that night but meat was braai'd and served with excellent accompanyments.
Morning dawned wonderful blue sky but windy and - 3 degrees - freezing. Unfortunately we had to eat breakfast outdoors as repairs were taking place to their home roof so could not offer indoor facilities but not their fault.
Thought this lodge was brilliant and wished we could have stayed 2 nights then continued on to airport. Safari vehicle had puncture so we were unable to do game drive - pity.
Taxidermy Manor is a better name!
This is a hunting lodge. My grandaughter was horrified by the stuffed baby giraffe and it's mom standing next to the breakfast table. Every room was filled with examples of stuffed animals representing the best of every species, deleted from the gene pool. If you are interested in taxidemy this is the place for you!
Our room was nice, clean and ICY COLD. One thin blanket on each bed. When we realized how cold the room would get we got dressed at 11 pm and went to the reception to get more blankets. In every other place we stayed we had had plenty of warm quilts, blankets or covers.
There were 17 for dinner, divided into 4 parties of which we were one. It was freezing cold (41 degrees) yet they served everyone outside at 730 pm. All of us 17 wore our warm everythings, hats and mittens and were still very cold. The hostess/owner seemed extremely stressed and had difficulty managing getting the food out in a timely way. She was not especially pleasant; when others complained about being cold she replied, "Cold? Oh, I am roasting. How can you be cold?"
For us this was a no-star place.
Expert Africa comments
If travellers are driving from Ghanzi, in Botswana, to Windhoek, in Namibia, the the distance usually dictates that they have an overnight stop somewhere in the middle. Somewhere around the Namibian town of Gobabis. 'Kalahari Bush Breaks' has a very convenient place on this road - and so is often chosen for an overnight stop for its convenience.
This traveller is right that there is hunting done on this guest farm. In common with many guest farms in Namibia, Kalahari Bushbreaks have cheetah, leopard and plenty of antelope on their property, but no lion. Hence a limited amount of hunting is done to manage the game numbers – typically a maximum of about 10 hunters per year, who never stay in the lodge at the same time as our ‘photographic’, non-hunting, guests. It’s usually the farm’s older animals are either left for nature to take its course, or made available for hunting.
In fact, sustainable hunting like this is part of the economics of most of Namibia’s guest farms. In the last 15-20 years, many of Namibia’s traditional guest farms have abandoned farming cattle and turned instead to game farming. They have learned that the revenue from ‘photographic’ tourism, when combined with limited sustainable hunting, is a much more economic choice.
This move has resulted in Namibia’s natural game species being reintroduced to large swathes of the country – and hence much larger populations of most game species. Witness the fact that, like similar game farms, Kalahari Bushbreaks also capture game live, and sell it live to other game reserves – often ones which are just starting to reintroduce the native animals.
It’s great news for the population of Namibia’s wild animals, and has resulted in a reduction in the area being used for commercial cattle farms. This is development which Expert Africa generally applauds: it’s good the for land, it’s good for the livelihood of many Namibian people and it’s great for our visitors; so we’re very pleased to be supporting this move from cattle to game even in a very small way.
A convenient stopover
Being the only guests made the place a little soleless although the owners were pleasant and attentive.
We were not offered activites but were happy to relax after long day driving and early walk at Erongo.
We enjoyed the food but just felt a little uncomfortable alone at the big table!