The French word 'bagatelle' translates as a trifle - something small, of little consequence, not very important. In the southern Kalahari, the word Bagatelle might be interpreted as a little miracle - a life-enhancing experience springing from the glowing red dunes of this arid, fiery desert.
For this is what has been achieved at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch - a permanent, man-made reflection of the miracle that transforms the dry desert into a brief blaze of living colour after rainfall.
Built atop and amid the huge red parallel Kalahari dunes, Bagatelle's luxury chalets and rooms stand defiant against the relentless sun and the searing wind. Inside they exude charm, tranquility and creature comforts to pamper you during your stay and our gracious charming service will ensure you lack nothing, yet still experience an exhilarating thrill reminiscent of the traditional Safari Experience, the Spirit of Africa and The Final Frontier all in one.
Guided Bushman walk ;
Library - wide variety of books available;
Bird / game viewing deck overlooking the waterhole;
Restaurant - set menu / buffet style;
Bar with a wide selection of wines;
The Kalahari - an ancient living desert
A harsh land, a land of relentless sun and searing wind - a land of great thirst and mystery. After the first rains, a land transformed into exquisite beauty with the dunes erupting in a blaze of colour!
The Kalahari conjures up different images in the minds of different people. Some see it as a scorching desert. Others see it as their future, built on cattle and sheep, ostriches and wildlife. The Kalahari is all of this, but also something more.
The word 'Kalahari' means wilderness! Its relative inaccessibility, the harsh unyielding red sand dunes, the uncertain rainfall and lack of surface water, make it truly one of Africa's last frontiers.
In Room Facilities:
Despite different building styles, all the interiors are designed and finished to the same exacting standards of luxury and equipped to exceed your expectations. Each offering air-conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee/tea station, room safe and hairdryer.
In association with the Cheetah conservation fund, we are the custodians of cheetahs kept in an enclosure right next to the recreation area. The facility was built exceeding the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and wildlife and under the guidance of the Cheetah conservation fund. These captive cheetahs are not able to be released into the wild, and have to remain in captivity for the rest of their lives. Our aim is to ensure that this happens in a way that ensures the best quality of life for these speedsters of the African Savanna.
Our Nature drive during the early morning and late afternoon will enable you not only to view our diversified animal and bird life, but also the unique dune topography and vegetation. A great alternative to stretch the legs is the bushwalk with sign posts and marked trees with the option of a accompanying guide. Traditional sundowners on a red Kalahari sand dune will be the perfect way to watch the sun sink away into the distant dunes.