Nestled in the heart of the untouched Kalahari is The Lodge at Feline Fields. Launched at the start of 2017, this six-suite lodge is the first in the area to the west of the Okavango Delta, opening this untouched environment to small numbers of guests. Eschewing the strict schedules of many safari experiences, each day at The Lodge is built around the guest, from meal times to daily activities.
With the beautiful landscape ripe for exploration, guests can take a walking or horseback safari to experience the Kalahari. Wildlife-lovers can get up close to wild animals — including the rare brown hyena, wild dog and bat-eared fox — on guided game drives by day and night. Special ‘fat’ bicycles, adapted for use on sand, allow visitors to explore the environment accompanied by an experienced guide.
Back at The Lodge, three luxury tented suites offer an idyllic hideaway with an outdoor bath under the stars, while three two-storey suites have a raised king-sized bed, spacious bathroom and lounge area with a daybed. Visitors opting for this style of accommodation can take a dip in their private pool or relax on the breathtaking thatched upper deck. Here, guests can indulge in a private dinner, enjoy a massage in the open air or rest surrounded by the sounds of the savannah.
The lodge offers plenty of leisure facilities: guests can work up a sweat at the Bush Gym or on the tennis court — constructed from an old termite mound — before cooling off in the 25m lap pool.
Visitors can explore one of the wildest areas of Botswana on a fly-camping excursion to Gcwihaba Caves, an ancient labyrinth of caves, caverns and passages rarely visited by tourists. There’s also the chance to interact with the San Bushmen at nearby Kaure Bush Camp on a guided nature walk. Further afield, a mobile camping safari experience in Khwai Community Concession in Moremi Game Reserve is available from Feline Fields, giving the chance to see some spectacular wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe and hippo.
The Lodge at Feline Fields employs low-volume, low-impact ecotourism to support the Feline Fields Trust. This non-profit organisation facilitates sustainable conservation through local community and wildlife projects.
Need to know
• Three pool suites with upper deck, suitable for families
• Three tented suites
• 25m lap pool
• Bush Gym
• Tennis court
• Africology spa treatments
• Guided game drives
• Guided walking safaris
• Guided sand bike excursions
• Kalahari nature walk with the Bushmen
• Volunteering opportunities