Khutse Kalahari Lodge
Khutse Kalahari Lodge is situated at the eastern gate of the Khutse Game Reserve, just a three hour drive, 220 km north-west from Gaborone, and is the final frontier before one enters the renowned Central Kalahari Desert and Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Our lodge is only reachable by 4x4 and therefore gives the outdoor enthusiast an unparalleled encounter with the bush.
With no light pollution, encounter the splendour of the African sky in all its
majesty. The sunset, sunrises and starry night skies experienced at Khutse are
like no other.
Khutse also has a conference / function room that can seat up to sixty delegates. This facility is supported by a restaurant.
Our visitors also enjoy
exploring the many ancient pans in our area and taking in the panoramic views of
With all this at your fingertips, it’s hard not to understand that Khutse Kalahari Lodge is your “Gateway to the Kalahari.”
Khutse means "place to kneel down and drink", and we invite you to drink in this
beautiful part of the world in style and magnificence. With its unique African
architecture, Khutse Lodge really puts one in nature’s cradle. Opened in 2003 on
Bakwena tribal land, the lodge now has twenty four thatched rondavels with
either double or twin beds including two family rondavels, which can accommodate
two adults and two children. Each rondavel comes with en-suite bathroom. Simple,
yet stylish decor ensure maximum comfort and opulence whilst remaining right on
nature's doorstep. Experience the bush in true luxury.
The main lodge is situated on the highest point in the area with an elevated bar and deck which allows for a spectacular panoramic view over the surrounding bush and waterhole. We also offer the only swimming pool in the Kalahari Desert! The sunrises, sunsets and starry night skies experienced in Khutse are like no other.
Activities on offer are a complete range of bush experiences from game drives into the reserve, fly camping and the popular bush breakfast. Or you could try our guided walks that interpret the tracks and signs of the wild. All activities are focused into the Khutse Game Reserve. Khutse is renowned for its ancient pans that once formed part of Africa’s largest inland lake. The waterholes now attract a wide variety of game and bird-life and in turn attracting the predators including leopard, cheetah and our famous black mane lion.
Absorb the local culture and traditions of the San (Basarwa) people by enjoying our compulsory bushman experience and reflect on centuries of the local history of the land. The Bushmen are hunter-gatherers, who for thousands of years supported themselves in the desert through their skills.
They hunt (mainly various kinds of antelope) but their daily diet has always consisted more of the fruits, nuts and roots which they seek out in the desert.
They make their own temporary homes from wood that they gather.
Our popular nature walks will bring
you into the bush where you will meet the large variety of African bird-life
that are specific to our area.
History & culture
The ‘Bushmen’ are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa. They are traditionally hunter-gatherers and have lived in harmony with nature for the better part of 20, 000 years. The ‘Bushmen’ have supported themselves through various hunting methods and found fruit, nuts and roots. They live in temporary homes made from wood that they have gathered. Not only are the ‘Bushmen’ famous for their rock art but also their myths and folklore. Bushmen know how to captivate an audience with their suspense, humour and wit.
At Khutse, we take an in depth look into the past, present and future of the ‘Bushmen’ of the Central Kalahari Desert. We offer our popular ‘Bushman Walk’ which allows you to observe the culture and nature of these hunter-gatherers. We also plan to add a ‘Bushman Cultural Centre’ to our lodge.
Here is a list of things that we at Khutse recommend you should bring on your trip:
Rates per person per night: on request
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|Traditional Bushman dance||-|
|Conferencing: accommodation, full board, 1 x game drive + 1 x Bushman walk, including park fees|
Contact & reservations:
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