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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Reviewed 9 May 2016

The difference between DVL and the lodges within Chobe National Park is that the owners of DVL actually own all the land around it. That means that they can drive off road and at night. We spent most of the time with Braam, a 5th generation Botswanan from a cattle ranching family. He was unfailingly attentive and gracious and was...

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15dvl123, Owner at Deception Valley Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Your feedback is important to ensure guests enjoy their stay in all respects. I hope the memories of your encounter with the Bushmen, lion and other game will stay with you and remind you of Africa

Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

We loved this lodge. The staff here are absolutely fantastic the place has a real family feel. The bushman experience was very enjoyable and we learnt a lot about their culture. There are a couple of young male lions who you can't help but bumping into whenever you go out on a game drive. For the kalahari we saw a...

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15dvl123, Manager at Deception Valley Lodge, responded to this review

The male lions are still making regular appearances. Glad you found them as delightful as we do

Sydney Australia
Reviewed 27 April 2016

After 2 days aboard a boat on The Chobe River, and 3 days on the Okavango Delta, my wife and (adult) son wanted to experience a new safari experience around the drier grasslands of the Central Kalahari. And this lodge delivered. After previously seeing a variety of animals around the rivers, we were hoping to see more of the antelopes...

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15dvl123, Owner at Deception Valley Lodge, responded to this review

The dry season is certainly good for tracking game. During the rainy season the birds come into their own, as do wild flowers. Glad you enjoyed your stay

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 March 2016

For us the last of five Botswana "lodges" and pehaps the best. Family-owned and run. Extraordinarily welcoming and friendly even by the very high Botswanian standards. Very comfortable private accommodation, delicious food (and drink),good sightings alround but the lion-spotting was fantastic and pleasantly scary. A unique point was the presence of a Bushman tracker of demonstrably great skill. We'll be...

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15dvl123, Owner at Deception Valley Lodge, responded to this review

Looking forward to your next visit!

Ashland, Oregon
Reviewed 22 March 2016

This was the last of four safari lodges we stayed at in Botswana. Because it is family owned and because it was in the Kalahari, it was quite different than our Okavango Delta experiences. The room was large, really two rooms, and a bit funky. The doors didn't shut all the way, there were a couple of leaks when it...

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15dvl123, Manager at Deception Valley Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for forgiving the lodge its quirkiness! The bats are not so easy to deal with but the leaks and door can certainly be corrected! Nimsi and Nishka thank you for your kind comments.

Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

We have spent 2 extraordinary days at deception valley lodge together with Jaco. The search to the lion pride and afterwards the lonesome lion were unique. The testimony of the bushmen were so refreshing and insightful. We highly recommend this place. Olivier & Sybille de GROOTE

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Maun, Botswana
Reviewed 1 February 2016

We were fortunate enough to experience the guiding skills of Braam, the owner/guide from Deception Valley Lodge, although we unfortunately did not get to stay there. Although we will soon! We were staying at another lodge and had the fortune of Braam from DVL coming to guide us and show us the Kalahari in full bloom - his intimate knowledge...

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Not a "corporate" lodge. Family run with knowledge and committment and it shows. lions roar most nights from the waterhole in front of the lodge and Nemsi the tracker was amazing and he and Jaku are a great combination, able to track or find birds, game and predators so much better than other lodges we stayed. Bushman experience excellent. Staff...

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Camrose, Canada
Reviewed 18 December 2015

The people, the food (and you won't find better anywhere), the cabins, the animals the game drives......everything we could wish for. Do take the walk with the bushmen., Sip wine while you watch giraffes drink at the water hole. Excellent experience. Thank you.

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Germany
Reviewed 9 December 2015

I can only add to what some of the other reviewers have said, this is an extraordinary place in the Kalahari with a very knowledgeable owner who cares about his land and the wildlife which depends on the water he provides for them. We stayed at DVL, a privat game reserve, for 3 nights and I have nothing but praise...

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Address: Farm 65 Haneveld | Private Bag HA 58 HAK, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Region: Botswana > Ghanzi District > Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,307 - $1,682 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Deception Valley Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“All cabins are apart, privacy and peace guaranteed. People not good on foot: take a cabin near to the main lodge.”
gonefar, 29 May 2016 | Read review
“All should be good- they are individual cabins. Choose one close to the lodge for the least amount of walking to the lodge”
JaneB87, 20 May 2016 | Read review
“All the cabins are good with views towards the savannah.”
NancyJax, 8 May 2016 | Read review
“Each room stands apart from others- pleasantly private”
wrighteous2015, 26 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The Lodge offers free wifi in the main building and on the wooden deck watching the animals.”
AquilaGermany, 8 Dec 2015 | Read review
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