Footsteps in Africa – Deception Valley Lodge new owners

Footsteps in Africa is excited to announce that Deception Valley Lodge has new owners with ambitious plans to regenerate their Kalahari lodge and surrounding areas.

Deception Valley Lodge has new owners who are investing substantially in the lodge and the surrounding area. They are entirely refurbishing the lodge, extending the conservancy boundaries and reintroducing endemic species, installing solar power and creating a recycling program. Guests can expect the same warm welcome but with an exciting, fresh experience.

From the 1st of January until the 25th of March Deception Valley Lodge will be undergoing these exciting refurbishments and upgrades. To ensure that no guest experience is affected the lodge will be closed. 

The eight rooms will be extensively refurbished with new glass folding doors, making the rooms feel lighter and more spacious. The guest areas overlooking the waterhole will remain a key feature and the pool area will be enlarged with a gym and spa. Each safari vehicle will be equipped with camera stands and the lodge will set aside an area specially designed for people to display, edit and organise their photographs when they are back from a drive.

The conservancy is being expanded from 15,000 hectares to 40,000 hectares and endemic species of the Kalahari reintroduced such as black and white rhino, eland, springbok and meerkat.

DVL will continue to offer a diverse array of activities including day and night game drives with the ability to go off road. Expert guiding will continue to delight guests, especially those seeking to take the perfect photograph. The San Bushman Activity will still be offered and guided by Braam Badenhorst, who grew up in this area of the Kalahari and remains one of the Lodge owners. Braam works with several of his childhood friends who share the heritage of how the San used to live and survive through their language and storytelling. Stargazing is also available using the new, professional telescope – guests are amazed at what they can see and learn about the immense Botswana sky.

DVL will endeavour to keep its footprint to a minimum by using more solar power and investment in bio tanks for waste – all underpinned by a strong programme of recycling and separating when possible to minimise waste. A vegetable garden will be planted so that guests can enjoy deliciously fresh produce at each meal.

Deception Valley Lodge is adding a brand new family suite with large, bi-folding doors opening on to a spacious deck with views beyond and these artists impressions will give you a flavour of what is in store.