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Graslands Bushman Lodge (Central Kalahari Region) Botswana

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Graslands Bushman Lodge (Central Kalahari Region) Botswana

 
 
 
Location:

Grassland Bushman Lodge is situated to the west of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on a private wildlife reserve of some 15 000 hectares.

The Central Kalahari has been the home of the De Graaf family for seven generations – since Cecil John Rhodes, eager to create a buffer between his interests in central Africa and German settlers encroaching from the west, granted vast swathes of the Kalahari to Boer ranchers. The Germans duly arrived and faced with the task of stopping their westward migration, the Boers brought out their daughters. Mission accomplished!

With the courtliness and hospitality peculiar to people living in deep solitude, they love to share their passion and first-hand knowledge of the Kalahari with their guests.


 
 
 
Accommodation:

The lodge is a family concern, and the rest of the staff is made up entirely of San (Bushmen), from a clan that has lived and worked alongside the family for many generations.

The lodge accommodates up to 16 guests and includes two family units. The lodge is well appointed, with a swimming pool for the hot desert days, and overlooks a waterhole which attracts a large variety of wildlife Accommodation is in comfortable, en-suite thatched chalets.

 

 

At Grassland, you will be amazed by the comfortable chalets, dining facilities, and hospitable staff. Grassland has eight extremely well furnished chalets, each with their own en-suite bathrooms, beds, fans, closets, and dressing table. Each facility has constant hot water and your laundry is done daily at no extra costs. We can accommodate up to 16 guests in these chalets and have a family suite as well.

We have two beautiful main buildings that contain both an outdoor and indoor dining room. Our meals are extraordinary, well prepared, and a far cry above most other safari outfits. We provide 3 meals a day, snacks, mid-day tea and dessert, cold drinks, wine, and a fully stocked bar for evening nightcaps. Another unique aspect of our camp is our large swimming pool. Guests can enjoy taking a soothing swim after a long day of game drives and cultural walks.  Likewise, guests often enjoy sitting by the bricked fire pit and watch as hundreds of animals come in at dusk to feed at the large illuminated water pan - a mere 50 yards away.

 

 
 
Activities / Wildlife:

At Grassland Bushman Lodge, the focus is on four main activities:- An authentic, comprehensive San (Bushmen) experience. Distinct from most lodge-based San activities, the San experience at Grasslands takes place not with a couple of ‘hunters’, imparting their knowledge, but with the entire clan on a genuine foraging expedition.

One becomes immediately sensitized to the important role every member of the clan plays, and how the tasks are performed, and the opportunities exploited, by the different age and gender groups within the clan. Fascinating to western eyes, and instructive to witness a culture in which people become responsible and make real contributions to the common weal from a very early age.

 

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There's never a dull moment at Grassland Lodge! Guests are free to take life at their own pace and soak up the unique atmosphere of the lodge, but you'll always find there's something different to do. Because of the lodge's unusual location, many of the activities offered are either exclusively available at Grassland or will be sufficiently different from anywhere else, to make the experience truly memorable. Having been brought up through childhood alongside the local bushmen, your host, Neeltjie Bower, has a close affinity with these fascinating people. A shared love of all things natural is apparent from the outset.

Guests at Grassland Safari Lodge are able to take advantage of this special relationship, as Neeltjie is able to introduce you to the local people, who are all too willing to give you an insight into their world and give guests a true bushman experience. Communicating in Naro (a bushman language which some refer to as "clicks", because of the curious clicking sounds made with the tongue) there is an obvious close bond between the local people and Neeltjie.

 

 

Real-life activities include looking for food and medicines amongst the many different types of plants and trees that grow in the region (and you will be astounded by the wealth of resources around you at any one time). The bushman will show you how they hunt for meat, make fires, prepare their food and build their nomadic homes. They will also show you some of their interesting past-times and communal games, which all have benefits towards maintaining fitness and health or improving essential skills.

A highlight is to see the bushmen perform one of the many story-telling or ceremonial dances. The entire bushman experience at Grasslands is authentic and charming. Guests sometimes find it difficult to leave, because of the genuine warmth of the welcome and hospitality offered by the bushmen.

Day and night drives.

The desert fauna and flora is very different to that of the Okavango and Chobe, and driving across the vast plains of the Kalahari by both day and night reveals the richness of this extraordinary environment, in which water is plentiful, but always beneath the earth’s surface.

 

 
 
The unique predator rehabilitation centre.

Surrounding ranchers experience constant conflict with the Kalahari’s many predators. The De Graafs offer an alternative to the traditional response of shooting predators on sight – they will capture them (we’ll leave the jaw-dropping descriptions of experimental lion capture to the family) and bring them into their 10-acre enclosures behind the lodge.

Consequently they offer guests the unique opportunity to walk with Cape Hunting Dogs, and experience first-hand these fascinating creatures’ expression of curiosity, and of superb viewing of the legendarily large Kalahari lion in their natural environment.

 

 

  Accommodation Rates:- From $400 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary. 

 

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