Bagatelle Kalahari Main Lodge & Campsite is indeed a miracle in the Kalahari Desert. A permanent, man-made reflection of the miracle that transforms the dry desert into a brief blaze of living colour after rainfall. Built atop and amid the huge red parallel Kalahari dunes, Bagatelle’s luxury chalets and rooms stand defiant against the relentless desert climate, inspiring a sense of the traditional Safari, The Spirit of Africa and The Final Frontier, all rolled into one. The lodge's nerve centre is an old rambling farmhouse, renovated as reception area, comfortable lounge, dining room, bar, cellar, office and well-stocked library.
The lodge chefs will tease your taste buds with delicious meals morning, noon and night, and the cellar offers an excellent selection of South African wines together with an extensive range of brandy, whisky, cognac and liqueurs.
When not relaxing in or around the pool, or watching the waterhole with a drink at your side, try a morning nature walk, a nature drive to explore the amazing red dunes, a sundowner atop a dune, viewing the resident cheetahs, or even a horse-back safari. All these and more may be enjoyed during your unforgettable visit to Bagatelle.
The Bagatelle cheetahs live at the lodge under the auspices of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Their backgrounds make it impossible for any of them to be released and to survive in the wild so we care for them within their 12 hectare enclosure in order to guarantee them the best possible quality of life.
Bagatelle Campsite: Campsites are situated 1 km away in a nearby gravel street amid the dunes. Each has a fully tiled ablution block with toilet, shower, washbasin and mirror, gas-fired hot water, romantic oil lamps (and solar-powered lighting).