Grasslands Bushman Lodge
“The most comprehensive San (Bushman) experience in Southern Africa ”
The Grasslands Bushman Lodge, located on the western boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is operated by a family whose forebears have lived in the western region of the Ghanzi district for over 120 years. Access is via a private airstrip.
The lodge accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 ensuite thatched chalets with shower, basin and wc (below right). Electricity is provided during most parts of the day by means of a generator. There is a main guest area comprising a lounge and dining area, and a covered bar area; this also is where the swimming pool is located (below left). The lodge overlooks a waterhole, where a huge variety of wildlife can be seen from the comfort of chairs or from the pool area.
The focus at Grasslands is on the Kalahari, the San people who live there, and the abundant life of the desert. You will enjoy an intensive Kalahari experience, encompassing San clan activities (hunting, gathering, games and ritual), game drives both off-road and at night, the lodge's predator conservation project, and horse-riding.
LOCATION: on the western boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, on private land.
THE FOCUS: is on the Kalahari, the San people who live there and the abundant life of the desert.
ACCESS: via private airstrip, 50 minute flight from Maun.
CATEGORY OF SAFARI EXPERIENCE: intensive Kalahari experience, encompassing San clan activities (hunting, gathering, games and ritual), game drives both off-road when following a predator and drives during the afternoon, our predator conservation project and horse-riding.
ACCOMMODATION: 16 guests in 8 spacious, ensuite chalets.
- The most comprehensive San ‘Bushman’ experience in southern Africa including walks, Bushman games and dances
- Day and afternoon drives with guide and tracker
- Predator interaction including walking with semi-habituated Cape Hunting Dogs (African wild dogs)
- Swimming pool
- Sandgrouse experience
- Horse riding
CHILDREN: are welcome, we have two family rooms. A private vehicle must be booked at an additional cost.
WILDLIFE: Experience the famous Kalahari sunset with the silhouette of herds of Cape and Livingstone Eland, Gemsbok and Blue Wildebeest on the horizon. Several of the smaller species such as Duiker and Steenbok are also seen regularly on game drives. Grassland Bushman Lodge also has an abundance of birdlife for the birding enthusiast. and guests also enjoy the occasional sightings of nocturnal animals such as the Porcupine, Aardvark, Brown Hyena and Jackal that visit the large floodlit water pan.
CONSIDERING THE WILD: The sun shines throughout the year in the Kalahari. Grassland Bushman Lodge is using this to their advantage by installing 27 x 240W solar panels which charge 24 maintenance free batteries, 1 x 10kw 48v Inverter and 3 x 60 Amp Regulators. They also have 3 low energy refrigerators and 2 low energy freezers. The rest of the camp is also run on this solar system, which includes the 8 ensuite chalets, kitchen, inside and outside dining area, managers house, staff village as well as a spotlight at the waterhole and a swimming pool pump which are both on a timer. This has been done to save on fuel costs as well as preventing air pollution from a fuel generator.