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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.