Dqae Qare San Lodge!
The main San Lodge has sixteen rooms. The old Lodge has six old farmhouse/family rooms en-suite with a queen size double under mosquito nets and up to two singles plus a small guide room at the back. The new Lodge comprises 9 twin rooms en-suite with mosquito netting. All rooms have a patio overlooking a floodlit waterhole which attracts a variety of game, especially ostrich, wildebeest, kudu, warthog and hartebeest. Both cheetah and brown hyena have visited the waterhole on rare occasions.
The rooms are usually offered on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. Our meals are substantial including a full English breakfast with yoghurt and cereals and a three-course dinner served in a thatched lapa also overlooking the waterhole. Lunch can be provided but must be booked in advance as must all meals, we do not offer an al la carte restaurant. We strive to offer food of a high quality including local produce such as game meat off the farm along with San specials like Bushman truffles when available. A cheaper, non-catered option is available on the rooms although no additional indoor catering facilities are available for guests although we do offer a barbeque/braai with free wood and a washing up facility.
The Lodge enjoys solar power keeping it wonderful and quiet at night and provided 220V power 24/7. However, as with most solar systems, power is limited and only suitable for charging phones and laptops and not for any heated appliances such as hair dryers. Phone reception is limited and there is no WiFi in this remote location. Water is provided from a solar borehole and is safe to drink from the tap.
Dqae Qare San Camping
Our extensive campsite is situated 300 metres from the Lodge under large Camelthorn trees. There are ten individual campsites with traditional San windbreaks and including a circular fire pit with barbeque (braai) facilities. There is also a large Overland Campsite with a covered area that includes a washing up facility. The ablutions have solar water heaters or donkey boilers and simple solar lights. Guests at the campsite are welcome to join us at the Lodge for meals by prior arrangement and are free to enjoy the Lodge facilities.
The San people have constructed a traditional San village a short walk from the main Lodge. The village was carefully selected and designed to show the old ways of the San with small grass huts, grass windbreaks and a central dance area. We offer a comprehensive San Experience to guests at the village (see San Activities) and our guides also offer a cultural tour of the village where they give a presentation on the history of the San and the culture of hunter-gatherer people.
Adjacent to the main Lodge is a large enclosed swimming pool with thatched shade and also overlooking the waterhole.
Adjacent to the campsite is the amphitheatre style circular dance arena that can accommodate up to 1000 people. This is the home of the Kuru Dance Festival, an annual event held over the full moon in August to celebrate San culture with San groups from throughout Southern Africa. It is available for large functions on request.