Discover why Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge is a true Kalahari gem

Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge

In as far as social distancing-inspired vacations go, the Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge, is in a league of its own. It is situated in the vast open spaces of the Northern Cape, only 5km from the popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the heart of the Kalahari.

Here you can breathe fresh air and take time to forget about the troubles of the modern world. Your hosts, SJ and Denise Koortzen have also ensured that your stay is memorable!

Taking inspiration from its natural surroundings, including the magnificent Northern Cape sky and the flora, this family-owned and operated lodge also recently revamped its look and expanded its amenities.

Accommodation at Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge

There is a variety of accommodation options to choose from at Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge. Choose from 32 4-Star Luxury, Family, Standard, Business chalets and 19 4-Star Luxury Campsites. You will find each one clean, sanitised, beautifully-decorated, spacious and fitted with all the necessary amenities to make your stay comfortable. Read more here…

Fully self-catering, the six Luxury Chalets and the four Luxury Camping Chalets come with King-size beds. Inside are en-suite bathrooms with showers; fully-equipped open plan kitchens as well as an outside eating area on the stoep with loose standing braai.

In the Standard Chalet and the four Self-Catering Business Chalets, you can expect a Queen-size or two ¾ bed. It also comes with an en-suite bathroom with a shower; a fully-equipped outside kitchen, an outside eating area on the stoep with loose standing braai.

Sleeping up to four people, the seven Family Chalets boast two separate bedrooms and a shared bathroom in each one. In the first bedroom, you will find a Queen-size bed and in the second bedroom a two ¾ bed. They also have fully-equipped open plan kitchens, living rooms as well as outside eating areas on the stoep with build-in braai.

Accommodating up to six people, the Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge Villa features three luxury bedrooms. In the first and second bedrooms, you will find King-size beds and a 2 two ¾ bed in the third bedroom. The first bedroom has an en-suite bathroom while the other two have a shared bathroom. There is a fully-equipped open plan kitchen and living room as well as an eating area on a closed-off stoep with build-in braai.

Guest amenities in all chalets include air-conditioning and TVs with DStv, as well as duck feather duvets and premium linen.

For those who truly want to experience nature, there are 19 Camp Sites offering 4-Star facilities, each with its own luxury ablution block and outside dishwashing facility. Four of which are situated alongside their own chalet. There is also a small fire pit and a shade net veranda.

Facilities at Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge

Aside from new amenities, the Lodge now includes the Black Mane Butcher & Grill, founded by Head Chef and Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge owner, SJ Koortzen. Expect only the finest quality meat (including game meat) burgers, pies, artisanal sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. With a fire pit and swimming pool section at the restaurant, Black Mane Butcher & Grill offers the perfect ambience for dining in the Kalahari – no matter the season. Black Mane Butcher & Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The fully stocked grocery shop includes Black Mane On-the-Go meals, with eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging for travellers making their way through the Kalahari.

In addition, the Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge has launched its own 4×4 hire, the Oryx 4×4, for visitors to the Kalahari looking to explore the many attractions the area has on offer. Whether guests and tourists choose to fly into the area using Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge’s landing airstrip, require transfer pick-ups from Upington Airport, or arrive by car and choose to utilise a 4X4 for experiencing the Park, Oryx 4X4 offers a range of all-terrain vehicles for hire.

Besides solar energy use and water conservation, they have gone an extra mile to protect the local fauna by planting man-made hedges around each of the chalets.

In 2021, the Black Mane Butcher & Grill will introduce its own crisp, refreshing Black Mane Pilsner craft beer and a fuel station will be built on the Lodge’s property for your convenience.

Reviews from previous Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge guests

“The Kgalagadi accommodation was full and we had to book here. What an absolute gem and suck a lucky find! The houses are beautiful – lots of space – fully equipped and clean. Only 4 km to the gate and you are in the Kgalagadi! We will recommend and be back! The food – though basic due to COVID was tasty and well done!” wrote Violetvz on their TripAdvisor page.

Sandy K added; “A real gem in the desert – this lovely, homely, clean and comfortable guest house, opposite the red sand dunes of the Kgalagadi, is the place to stay. Lovely campsite with the best ablutions as well. And a pool for a dip.”

 Kgalagadi Lifestyle Lodge is located 250km away from Upington Airport, and only 5km from the popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 54 325 0935 | +27 (0) 54 880 0001 | +27 (0) 83 225 0331; email | or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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