Deception valley lodge safari


Deception Valley Lodge is located on the northern-eastern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on one of the largest privately-owned game conservancies in Botswana and exists of a staggering 43.000 hectare pristine Kalahari bushveld.

One of the highlights of Deception Valley Lodge is the rare opportunity to meet and explore this remarkable environment with Bushman Guides of the Naru-speaking San tribe. The San people were the first people of Africa, they are direct descendants of the first people ever lived on earth.

Experience safaris and walks accompanied by the Bushman

Morning and afternoon game drives take place in open 4X4 game drive vehicles and are led by professional guides as well as Bushman trackers. You have the chance to see a variety of different species, amongst them e.g. the magnificent black maned Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog as well as giraffe, elephant, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, zebra and kudu. Quite often we also have sightings of the elusive brown hyena, pangolin, aardvark and aardwolf. Night safaris reveal nocturnal species such as porcupine, honey badger, spotted genet and springhare. Exploring the bush on foot, while your Bushman guide will teach you about their hunting and survival skills. You will also learn all about the culture and crafts of the San people, who over the centuries have adapted their lives to survive in the most inhospitable environment of them all.


The remote and isolated location of this owner runed Lodge offers total privacy on 43.000 hectare in the vastness of the beautifully rugged Kalahari, even though Maun is only 30 minutes away by air from Deception Valley Lodge own private airstrip. The hands-on owners ensure guests have a comfortable, relaxed stay in an area with abundant wildlife, ancient Bushman culture, stunning stargazing and rewarding safaris.


Deception Valley Lodge offers excellent service at the facilities that ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. With a superb location overlooking the waterhole, each of the 8 very spacious suites has a bedroom, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The lodge has a swimming pool, multiple indoor and outdoor areas in which to relax or enjoy your meal.

Explore our website and take a glimpse of the beauty Deception Valley Lodge has to offer. Feel free to contact us for any questions!

What do they say about us?

  • star rating  This is an incredible experience! The lodge is fantastic! The staff just wonderful! The facilities and service top notch! Food and wine super. The water hole outside the terrace gives... read more

    avatar thumb Kristina A
    November 15, 2022
  • star rating  Site of the famous book „cry of the kalahari“ we chose deception valley for our one week kalahari experience.
    Lucky choice! With elephant, leopard and lion we saw all three... read more

    September 1, 2022
  • star rating  Our family of 5, 2 adults and 3 teens from the USA had an amazing time at Deception Valley Lodge (DVL). Our stay was impeccably planned by Anton and Rebecca... read more

    August 8, 2022
  • star rating  When we arrived at the lodge we were immediatly blown away by the stunning location and the kindness of the staff. After a delicious dinner we sat down in front... read more

    June 5, 2022
  • star rating  Luxuary accomodation, fresh food expertly prepared by Chief Jack, Game Drives with expert guide Knowlege (animals NOT surrounded by circle of vechicles of noisy tourists) , every staff member... read more

    June 5, 2022
  • star rating  The lodge is in a private fence 40'000 ha game reserve North of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge as such and the staff were excellent, and... read more

    Martin F
    May 14, 2022
  • star rating  We flew into Deception Valley from Maun on a very small plane. Here are all the “pluses” of DVL — and there are no “minuses” there. The... read more

    April 9, 2022
  • star rating  We got delayed on the way because we got stuck in the sand. One of the owners came to look for us himself & guide us back to the lodge.... read more

    November 17, 2019
  • star rating  My mom and I just returned from an INCREDIBLE trip to Botswana. We stayed at Deception Valley lodge for a few days and I can't recommend it enough. The guide... read more

    October 1, 2019
  • star rating  These folks set the standard for excellence! The service we received from the moment our small aircraft landed at the airstrip to our return to that strip 3 days later... read more

    September 24, 2019

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