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Haina Kalahari Lodge
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Volketswil, Switzerland
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“A great stay at a great place”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

Our stay at Haina belonged definitely to the best we had during our travel in Botsuana.
The warm and friendly welcome on arrival, the great evenings sharing time with the staff (Dion, David, Trust and Crystal), and the location of the tents it all made our stay wonderful.
It was a once in a lifetime experience seeing a Leopard so close to the car in the darkness. Especially when the car breaks down! Also getting so close to a group of Lions was a great feeling.
All together we would definitely go back here, we loved the place and our stay!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Roodepoort, South Africa
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

The warm traditional song of welcome set the tone for the next 4 days. The beauty of the lodge, the luxurious tented en suite accommodation and its surroundings pealed away the tresses of city life, while the friendly and efficient staff catered to all our pleasures.

Each day was filled with the wonders of the African bush - lions, leopards, black back jackal. All this, was accented by the colourful array of bird life.

Watching the sun slip down over the Kalahari horizon was the perfect entre to scrumptious the dinners served each night.

Thank you to everyone at Haina Kalahari Lodge for the most memorable and we believe the best stay in Botswana.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

We stayed 3 nights at Haina Safari Lodge and the experience has been phenomenal. Safaris are an experience, not simply a room, some food and game drives. Hence, the management team, staff and guides are as important as the rooms themselves. But let's go step by step:

- Rooms/Lodge: Haina Safari Lodge provides with very nice and confortable tents. This is a mix of 'the real adventure' plus the modern life needs (ie, you have a nice bed, nice shower, desk, lamps... - see pics). The tents are quite far from the main camp and one from each other, so during you get the feeling of being alone in the middle of the bush. Creepy if you are not used to, but definetly one of the highlights! You feel in a real real safari as animals are very very close to your room!!!!

- Staff/guides: Warm and very attentive. 10/10. Jaques, Christelle and Bafana (our guide) made us at home. They care personally about all guests and make sure everyone feels confortable. Flexibility is the name of the game: we did quads, Bushmen visit, early game drives (even before the scheduled time), night drives almost until midnight tracking lions....best 'service' ever in a Safari

I would definetly come back. Highly recommended!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

Definitely, this was our best stay this year in SA, Namibia and Botsuana.
Already the "road" to reach the lodge was very special!! It was so long to go there (off the main road). And we doubted several times if we are still on track. But yes! Go on! You will find it!! (it is not so difficult to find the lodge finally!)

The reserve is located directly in the bush. All the tents and the main house are decorated individually and tastefully! Everything you need, you will find!
The distance between the tents is more than enough to have the feeling to be "alone" out there. Really good! And the lion yawing close to our tent during night made our stay exceptionell!

The hosts were very nice! We enjoyed a lot to share dining and chatting next to the fireplace! All the stories they told us were so interesting and exciting!
Trust, our guide, was perfect! We "hang on his lips" to discover all the interstings things he told us about Botsuana, the locals, Bushmen, Botsuanien lifestyle ...

Alltogether: We loved this place and the stay!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

Very nice place, the Owners are very kind and are careful to guests's needs.
The luxury safari tents are well furnished, and the meals are fantastic!!! The idea to have meals all together it's good and help to build a friendly atmosphere.

Who loves the technology can use wifi satellite internet connection.

We traveled through Botswana for three weeks, and this Lodge was one of the best.
The only point of attention is about the game watching: in two days we were not able to see any lions :-( .

Bye
M.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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oregon
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Reviewed June 10, 2009

Haina Lodge is in the Kalahari Desert so the experience here is much different than the other game parks. There aren't any elephants here but there are plenty of lions, antelope, birds. Our hosts, Crystal and Deon have operated many camps before and provide terrific hospitality over tasty dinners sharing stories about their game park experiences. Our guide, Tepelo, taught us all about the wildlife and plants in the area. The highlight was our evening visit and walk with one of the bushmen that live wild in the area. Although he spoke only in the clicks and whistles, we learned how bushmen use resources of the area to live in the desert. The local pride of lions visited both nights we were there. Very exciting hearing them all communicate to each other. The tents are permanent and have many luxuries such as king bed, claw foot tub and mahogany floors. Each tent is very private as they are about 30 yards from each other. I recommend the tents with the large thatched roofs over the top which keep out the heat of the day. Terrific camp! Our teens loved it!

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed July 27, 2007

Me and my family spent a few wonderful days at Haina Safari Lodge.
The lodge is located about 35 minutes flight in light airplane from Maun, in an upper corner of the Kalahari desert. Accomodation is in very comfortable tents, all nicely decorated and with convenient facilities. One great feature is that the lodge is in the middle of a conservancy area, unfenced, so there are all types of animals walking around, including kudus, impala, warthogs, etc. At night you cannot go alone to your tent because a pride of lions oftens shows up (as it did during our stay, roaring for a big part of the night!)

Service is very friendly and the food is simple but tasty. We were always looking forward to the next meal.

Maipa, the guide that led us to our game views (and to the exciting and wonderful 2-day mobile safari in the Central Kalahari Reserve), is a great guide and individual, showing a great knowledge of the local fauna and flora, as well as being great company by the fire under the stars above the Kalahari desert.

It was certainly one of the great trips ever!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Haina Kalahari Lodge
Address: Farm 67 | Hainaveld, Central Kalahari, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana (Formerly Haina Safari Lodge)
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Location: Botswana > Ghanzi District > Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Haina Kalahari Lodge on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Classically African, relaxed and informal accommodation is offered in luxury safari tents. The main boma of wood and thatch houses the lounge, dining room and bar area. Mobile overnight and day trip safaris are offered into the Game Reserve. Activities on offer include game drives, quad bike safari and an unforgettable experience with the local Bushmen people. ... more   less 
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Haina Kalahari Lodge Botswana/Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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