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!

ACTIVITIES Explore the wonders of the Kalahari with us ACCOMMODATION Beautiful private luxury cabins CONSERVATION Find out what we do to protect our nature CULINAIR Delicious "Bush-Food" with an unexpected twist MEDIA Check out our beautiful gallery and articles

What do they say about us?

  • 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
  • star rating  This was certainly a highlight of our stay in Africa. Deception valley is a private lodge and you have the place to yourselves. One of the highlights were the Bushman... read more

    Michael O
    August 8, 2019
  • star rating  Excellent private reserve, where you enjoy this secluded area. The luxury lodge with beautiful room. The game viewing is awesome. I would definitely recommend any one who love the kalahari.... read more

    July 25, 2019
  • star rating  The five nights/six days I spent at DVL was the best part of my 2.5 week visit to Botswana. The staff members were great, and a special thanks goes to... read more

    Kristin H
    June 28, 2019
  • star rating  this lodge is so confortable, the staff was perfect with us : always smiling and taking care of us. the food is good, the wine too thanks to Peter !... read more

    June 16, 2019
  • star rating  We loved every minute of our stay at DVL.
    The lodge and chalets are luxurious, beautifully presented, comfortable and private.
    The relaxing and genial atmosphere created by Peter and Jani... read more

    avatar thumb Joe M
    April 29, 2019
  • star rating  I enjoyed every second of my time at Deception Valley Lodge - there was never a dull moment.
    The sights,sounds,and wonderful atmosphere will be with me forever.
    Many... read more

    avatar thumb Peter H
    March 19, 2019
  • star rating  We fully reccommend this accomodation in central Kalahari. Cuisine is really tasty, served kudu steaks, oryx meat ane really tasty desserts. Rooms are stylish and staff very helpfull. Thanks for... read more

    March 9, 2019

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