The entrance to Bagatelle

These unique wooden stilt chalets on top of the dune belt offer an unsurpassed view and is perfect to see and breathe in the colours and smells of the Kalahari.

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Bushman demonstration

A relaxing walk with the Bushman (SAN), sharing with you their ancient survival skills and secrets from their forefathers.

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Combination Drive (2hrs 30 mins)

Game drive, cheetah feeding and sun-downer on the dune.

Star gazing

Star viewing

Namibia is known for its incredible clear, starry night skys. Observe the stars with a compu-terised night telescope.

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Certificate of Excellence

2014 Certificate of Excellence from TRIP ADVIOR has been awared to us. Thank you to all our valued guests for the incredible high rating of 4,5 points out of 5.

Jacky, the Oryx at Bagatelle

Jacky was known by many guests who had visited Bagatelle before. The big storm we had here a few days ago when the rain gauge showed 45mm rain, must have affected her - perhaps catching ammonia. We found her on the other side of the dune, close to Dune Chalet 1. We buried her next to the lodge, where we have put up a sign in remembrance of her. She had a remarkable life going back to when she was raised from small by the previous owners of Bagatelle, Fred and Onie Jacobs. She was 25 years of age. Oryx in general only reach about 15 to 18 years in the wild.

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A further addition to our sundowner is that we have the sun scope on the dune at the sundowner spot for guests to see the sun setting with all its beauty and colors.

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The Kalahari covered with a grass carpet.

About us

Cheetahs running to feeding session

Bagatelle - this French word refers to something small, of little consequence, not very important!

The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savanna. The ranch is charac-terised by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction.

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This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller.
The Kalahari – an ancient living desert
A harsh land, a land of relentless sun and searing wind – a land of great thirst and mystery. After the first rains, a land transformed into exquisite beauty with the dunes erupting in a blaze of colour!
The Kalahari conjures up different images in the minds of different people. Some see it as a scorching desert. Others see it as their future, built on cattle and sheep, ostriches and wildlife. The Kalahari is all of this, but also something more.
The word ‘Kalahari’ means wilderness! Its relative inaccessibility, the harsh unyielding red sand dunes, the uncertain rainfall and lack of surface water, make it truly one of Africa’s last frontiers.