Rooiputs luxury lodge is situated 20 kilometers from Twee Rivieren camp on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi
The lodge is perched on a sand dune overlooking the acacia savannah and small waterhole, with great panoramic views of the surrounding dunes. The lodge is awakened by the rising sun as it faces east and beautiful sunsets fall behind the lodge entrance, so a great camp for shooting landscapes.
Rooiputs lodge is a photographers’ delight because of the many beautiful viewing points and wide open spaces. The lodge has electricity and internet access at the communal area. It is not safe to walk around at night because the lodge is not fenced so you need to be escorted to and from dinner.
And remember to shoot star points when there is a new moon...
Martin (the Rooiputs manager) and Sets (the Polentswa manager) warmly greeted us on arrival with singing and dancing done by the staff as we entered the lodge. We were given face cloths to wipe away the days sand and a welcome drink and then they showed us around.
As you enter Rooiputs luxury lodge what strikes you first is the fantastic view - you are then greeted by a cosy lounge and reading room on the left with the dining and bar area on the right where delicious 3-course meals are served; the whole main area is open-fronted to give you an unobstructed view of the acacia savannah and sand dunes.
In front of the lounge and dining area is the open boma that offers a good view of the waterhole below. After dinner you can sit around the boma fire, retreat to the lounge or the privacy of your suite - the evening atmosphere around the boma is very relaxed. We had a wonderful time in the boma with a group of Australian photographers who were out for a Photographic Safari.
Meal times were great and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals of Cauliflower and blue cheese soup followed by stuffed chicken fillet on brown rice and veg and then finished off with a lovely milk tart; or spicy soup, lamb stew on rice followed by Mango pudding.
The one evening Mario and I had dinner on the deck overlooking the waterhole, it was a great evening and one of the warmer ones we had during our 5 day stay!
Each night we heard lions roaring and we found the one lot by day mating and a male after dinner on a night drive but you can read more of that on our Kgalagadi Trip Report page.
Then for brunch, which was served in the dining area, we had eggs of your choice with Russian sausage and meatloaf on mash potato or chicken lasagna and salads, high tea is followed at 2.30pm just before the afternoon game drive and this is served near the bar area.
Two guest toilets lie just behind the lounge area which then leads off to the plunge pool.
From the main area, it’s just a short walk along a wooden walkway to your suite. There are 11 wooden suites, four on the left hand side of the communal area and seven on the right.
The Honeymoon suite (unit number 1) has a bath on the wooden deck and a family suite (unit number 8) sleeps four.
The eleven, beautifully furnished wooden suites have glass sliding doors, thatched roofs, king size or twin beds, toilet and twin hand basins, lovely outdoor shower and private deck. All the suites have a view over the savannah and rolling sand dunes beyond.
With having outdoor showers we showered during the heat of the day during our stay in August as the temperatures dropped during some nights to -7 degrees Celsius - for summer the outdoor shower is great but not so good for winter!
In addition to an indoor shower or bath, a fireplace in the dining-room/bar area would make winter dinners so much better.
Guided game drives in open 4 X 4 vehicles, self drive safaris and wonderful spa treatments are on offer, or you can just relax round the pool. Both Rooiputs luxury lodge and Polentswa tented camp give you an option of self-drives or guided game drives, we like this flexibility that is given to the guests.
The combination of the red sand dunes, traditional cuisine, the warmth of the staff members and the lovely accommodation, ensure an unforgettable Kalahari experience.
Rooiputs luxury lodge has a sister lodge 200 kilometers up north just past Nossob Camp; Polentswa Classic Tented Lodge, which is another favourite of ours!
We enjoyed it all, thank you Rooiputs Lodge for a great stay!
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