Dinaka (meaning ‘’horns’’) Safari Lodge is set in a 20 000 hectare private reserve located on the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge is some 100 kilometres west of Rakops, the nearest village and fuelling point, and 140 kilometres south of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
Dinaka hosts part of one of the most unique bio-diverse parts of Southern Africa. This ever-changing desert landscape gives refuge to a surprisingly rich mix of wildlife.
Guests are accommodated in seven spacious twin and double-bedded spacious and luxurious safari tents. Each en-suite bathroom has an indoor and outdoor shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. Families are accommodated in a two-bedroomed tent, sharing a spacious en-suite bathroom.
Dinaka’s tents are well spaced and as they are raised up on wooden decks, guests are given an excellent vantage point over a permanent water hole. Connected by wooden walkways all areas of camp are also accessible by wheelchair.
The new Sleep-Out Deck offers you a panoramic vista and the opportunity to spend the night under the stars, where lack of ambient light allows for unparalleled vies of the magnificent sky.
The spacious main lodge area at Dinaka is furnished with comfort in mind and gives guests a choice of lounges, a dining and bar area, and a splash pool. It is also good to know that the Lodge is 100% solar powered.
The annual (seasonal) rains transform the arid desert into a lush profusion of Kalahari vegetation, which offers you a unique insight into this fascinating desert experience.
Dinaka allows to explore the Kalahari experience on game drives and on bush walks. Wildlife is diverse, and includes giraffe to the antelope, small mammals (such as the honey badger, bat eared fox and porcupine) to predators which include lion, cheetah, leopard and brown hyena.
There are morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, with afternoon game drives often continuing into the evening. At Dinaka you are guaranteed a window seat, as there are no more than four guests per vehicle when out on game drives.
Alternatively, you may get more up close and personal with nature on foot with guided bush walks. Birding is particularly spectacular as Dinaka is known to be home to some 200 species including the Kori Bustard and Crimson Breasted Shrike and a high concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk.
Year-round water holes result in spectacular photographic opportunities either from the vehicle, on foot or one of several hides/bunkers.