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The vegetated Kalahari is a fascinating environment to explore and Bagatelle Game Ranch is one of the options in the area to explore the area.
The lodge has 20 rooms of various styles. Six are located around the garden or the pool of the farmhouse, while six are termed dune chalets and built straddled across the red dunes characteristic of this region. The remaining eight are called savannah chalets, they are not quite as large as the dune chalets and set at the base of the dunes, therefore lacking such expansive views. While the chalets look relatively plain from the outside, the rooms are spacious, with comfortable double beds, local artwork and a cosy feel.
Bagatelle Game Ranch has a varied garden area and encompasses an area of savannah and small red sand dunes.
The main farmhouse has had an upgrade since its humble beginnings and now includes a comfortable lounge, dining room, bar, wine cellar and library with books and videos on ‘everything Africa’.
There is also a swimming pool at Bagatelle Game Ranch, and a dip, or a nap in one of the hammocks, is the perfect way to relax after the three-hour drive from Windhoek.
There are a number of activities on offer from the lodge including guided walks and nature drives. In collaboration with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) Bagatelle has two cheetahs in a large enclosure, when we last visited you could watch them being fed and guests were encouraged to stroke the animals while they were being fed. This made us feel uncomfortable and it is not an activity we recommend or condone.
Bagatelle Game Lodge is a great stopover when on the way south to Fish River Canyon or if you want to see the lesser visited inland areas of Namibia.
Bagatelle offers three types of chalet, dune chalets, savannah chalets and garden chalets. They are all are comfortable and finished to a high standard, but they sit in different areas of the property. The savannah chalets have the unusual construction of being insulated by hay-bale chalets. These insulate the rooms well, and keep the chalet cool in the summer and warm in the winter Kalahari nights (which can drop to as low as -10°c). The rooms are slightly smaller than the dune chalets but have a couch that can be converted into a family room for up to two children.
The six dune chalets sit on stilts atop a red sand dune and offer great views over the sandy plains to a nearby watering hole. While they are not as well insulated, there is a heater in each room as well as lots of warm blankets and hot water. The en-suite bathrooms also feature a bathtub, perfect for relaxing after a long drive or safari.
Bagatelle has a pleasant swimming pool, a reading lounge, a telescope to view the incredible night sky and a number of activities to explore the area.
The main dining area at Bagatelle Game Lodge has both an indoor and outdoor porch for dining. The wine cellar stocks a range of popular South African wines, as well as a large range of liqueurs and spirits.
Bagatelle Game Lodge works with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and are custodians of cheetahs that were raised in captivity. These cheetah are unable to be released in the wild, as they were born and raised in captivity. With the help of CCF and the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Bagatelle Game Lodge has offered the cheetahs 12 hectares to roam, play and explore, while the lodge cares and feeds them. In the wild, they would likely die of starvation or injury, so Bagatelle Game Lodge aims to offer them the highest quality of life and freedom. Please see our note above regarding interacting with these cheetah at the lodge.
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