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Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge – Intu Afrika is aptly named as it finds itself between two sand dunes in an area peppered with Camelthorn trees which are endemic to this region.
The 12 rondavel-style thatched huts are sparsely set against a backdrop of red dune sands, yellow grasses, piercing blue skies and the greens and browns of the wide-spread Camelthorn and Acacia trees.
The 12 rooms are smaller than those at Zebra lodge but are styled the same way with crisp white linen on comfortable beds. The San-inspired décor compliments this stylish yet rustic style. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with a large shower, air conditioning and a tea and coffee station. This lodge is designed to cater for the more young at heart and the rooms are therefore at an adequate distance from one another. Each rondavel has a small stone patio from which the captivating scenes of the Kalahari Desert can be taken in.
An inviting, sparkling blue pool which attracts the odd Oryx despite there being a waterhole in close proximity is the first sight to catch your eye as you enter the main area of the lodge. The lounge has comfortable leather seating and is next to the bar that leads to a boma area where large fires are lit and barbecues can be enjoyed at night. An upstairs restaurant overlooking the majestic sights serves an alternative area where sumptuous meals are served. The kitchen is also replenished with organically grown vegetables from the neighbouring farm, Twilight and guests truly enjoy the finest and freshest culinary delights that the Kalahari has to offer.
Guests of the Intu Afrika Game Reserve are encouraged to spend more than one night at the lodge because of the variety of activities with which guests can occupy and enthral themselves with. Guests can explore the neighbouring lodges and choose to have dinner at one of the other lodges or to spoil themselves with the ever popular dune dinner.
All the activities on offer at the Game Reserve can be enjoyed at any of the lodges and the friendly staff efficiently facilitate the client’s desires. So whether it’s a game sunset game drive on an open-air 4×4 vehicle or on a quad bike, or a walk with the Bushman (San) or simply a massage, simply ask, it shall be done.
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- Air Condition
- Outdoor pool
- Private bathroom
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The Kalahari Desert stretches across endless plains and paints the landscape in rusty reds, golden yellows and splatters of green. Rolling dunes dotted with patched of yellow grass gives new meaning to the phrase “middle of nowhere”. The horizons are seemingly endless and incredibly beautiful. In Tswana the name Kalahari means “the great thirst” due to water being sparse with scorching temperatures during the day. Omurambas or dry riverbeds do hide sources of life giving sustenance, especially during good rains. Despite the harshness of its name and nature, the Kalahari supports scattered herds of oryx, springbok and ostrich while shepherd trees and thorny acacias add shades of green. This beautiful expanse reaches out from north eastern Namibia through to western Botswana and even extends down into South Africa to cover a total area of 900,000km. Large sheep farms and nature reserves exist within its boundaries and incredible scenic opportunities await the eager visitor. The Kalahari is regarded as the traditional homeland of the San Bushmen. They have traversed its sands and sparse vegetation to eke out an existence in harmony with the land and its animals. In seemingly inhospitable conditions, they have managed to survive and even thrive on only that which they gathered and hunted on the vast plains. Flora species have cleverly adapted to the sweltering heat and shortage of rain. Smaller leaves and thick trunks sporting sharp thorns reduce the amount of moisture that evaporates into the atmosphere. The Kiwano fruit or Horned Melon is just one of the endemic species found in the Kalahari.
Culture and history infoDerived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst", or Kgalagadi, meaning "a waterless place", the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. Drainage is by dry valleys, seasonally inundated pans, and the large salt pans of the Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana and Etosha Pan in Namibia. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest, forming marshes that are rich in wildlife. Ancient dry riverbeds—called omuramba—traverse the Central Northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during the rainy season.