Big Valley Game Lodge

Big Valley Game Lodge

The pool area is appealing
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The (limited) lunch option was tasty but over priced for what you get
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#3 of 3 lodges in Lobatse
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We have a total of 72 Rooms, being; 22 Deluxe Lodge Rooms, 40 Luxury Hotel Rooms and 10 Executive Lodge Rooms Our Lodge Rooms are found in our thatched upmarket state of the art chalets with each having 2 Deluxe Lodge Rooms downstairs and an Executive Lodge Room upstairs coupled with an executive lounge. Our rooms are all ensuite with flat screen TV connected to DSTV with 36 channels, ensuite shower or bathtub, tea/coffee making facilities and an overheard fan to increase the coolness in the thatched chalets. On either side of the chalets are braai areas ideal for a family weekend. All our chalets are strategically positioned in full view of the Lake visible while you are in the room or the deck. You will enjoy the view from the chalets where you can see wild animals while you enjoy your morning tea or coffee. Our Luxury Hotel Rooms are in our Luxurious Hotel situated on top of the highest valley in the game farm.
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Property amenities
Free breakfast
Boating
Horseback riding
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Rooftop terrace
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Water sport equipment rentals
Kids pool
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Room features
Allergy-free room
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Air purifier
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Lobatse-Ramatlabama Road, Lobatse Botswana
Getting there
Mmabatho Intl Airport
56.1 km
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Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport
91.3 km
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Prudence Nthwana wrote a review Jul 2020
Gaborone, Botswana
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I came here on Saturday with my family for a day out. Reception was okay. We booked the game drive with the kids, and 15 minutes into the drive, we had not seen any animals yet! The kids were starting to get bored but our guide was hopeful. Eventually we got to see plenty of animals throughout the safari drive, the highlight for the children was seeing the lions. In my view, lion viewing should be included in the game drive fee. Paying an extra P100 per person only to view, the lion ( 1 lion, for that matter, as the other one walked away when we approached them in the enclosure) for 2 minutes or so, was not worth it! The same goes for the entrance fees charged at the gate!!

The food in this place is however very good, and the service is not so bad at all. Family was happy with the service rendered at the restaurant.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Tashie M wrote a review Nov 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to try the Lion Viewing and Zipline.

Reception at gate was fine. To go on zipline you give the lady the receipts and she tells you to keep checking for your turn. She was not very polite and I could not tell if she was overwhelmed or simply rude.

We decided to go see lions while waiting our turn on zipline. There is no social distancing on the safari vehicle. Neither was there sanitizer. I asked if they did not adhere to social distancing on their trucks and was told no. All and well.

The lion viewing. What a disappointment. Firstly there is only one lion
..we were told there was a second one but we did not see it. Chalet the lion was old and tired and the guide did not provide any information on him. Guys...what a waste of my P100.

When we finally got on zipline it was short but thrilling. That was the only thing I enjoyed. The food was not nice either and took forever to prepare.

It was honestly way below my expectations and the only thing that saved the day was the zipline and the beautiful view.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Khunde K wrote a review Dec 2023
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Its OKAY, not really worth it, maybe go if you have nothing to do for the day. The food and service was HORRIBLE. Maybe if you are a foreigner you''ll receive better service. Never going back. I am disappointed
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Date of stay: December 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: go there in the morning, get the steak with veggies don't get the rice or the fries as they may...
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matshidiso t wrote a review Feb 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The service is extremely poor, reception was cold and discriminatory ,rooms and bedding not up to cleanliness standards one would expect. Furthermore,the lodge is setup for clients to experience the natural wilderness but fails dismally to provide seamless service between dining , conferencing and overall enjoyment of ones stay. Access to cellular network is disrupted most of the time and Wifi provision is erratic and unreliable.I do not recommend the place at all.
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Date of stay: February 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Expect no Wifi coverage even with your own mobile devices.
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daryl w wrote a review Aug 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
comfy rooms and friendly staff. the vistas were out of this world. can easily spend a few days their chilling and taking part in the activities.

The menu is fairly varied and although it takes a while for the food to come, was very nice when it arrived.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Zee86 wrote a review Nov 2016
Somerset West, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
On 30 Oct I went to Big Valley Game lodge , with 9 of my friend.I had started making arrangements with Mason from 13 Oct. He was very swift with his replies. When I called him, he was friendly and helpful. He even assured me that I will be able to travel the gravel road with my little car, saying, and I quote : " I travel that road with my Volvo S40 everyday , and it is fine" It turn out to be a very difficult drive. I do not recommend this place , but if you do go , make sure you drive a 4x4.
On the day of our visit, I called Mason I asked him if the swiping facilities work and he smsd me back to say they do. When my friend called him for assistance at the gate , he told her he was at Church, but she should contact Mike.
We arrived at BVGL to find out that Mason hasn't been working there since May!

Neo came to tell us about all the activities they have available and also gave us a 50% discount for entrance.We asked her about the meal options , since the website, Dintshakae, that comes up when Googling Big Valley Game Lodge, stipulates Buffet.
She said , she doesn't know anything about food and we should speak to the chefs .
The two chefs were seated 3 tables down from us. There were dirty plates and cutlery all around us, the lawn was strewn with pieces of balloon remains and there were empty bottles everywhere. The chefs did not come to assist us.
The toilets were filthy, empty bottles in the bins, no toilet paper and all surfaces were covered in dirt.

We went into the building, which was also very disorganized, to speak to the chef. The chef was not very clear or helpful with providing us with options for meals , there were no menus and even though we communicated in Setswana, we still could not understand what she was attempting to tell us.
Eventually we became annoyed and asked to speak to the person in charge.

Mike showed up, very unapologetic ally and told us that there is no food , and that they need to go to town to go buy supplies . He said they had 30 unexpected guested the previous day and also told us that he had heard we were going to be a party of 7, and now we are 10 people.
We explained to him that we would appreciate it if he could make a plan with the Kitchen to just serve us a breakfast.

He told me that can Prepare breakfast for 6 people, with the supplies they have. They did that and the food arrived after an hour later. The potatoes were tasty, the mince mixture too. There was not butter for the bread and no condiments.

We wanted to purchase water and soft drinks and was told they didn't have any.

We tried to make the best of a terrible situation. The pool was dirty when we arrived and was cleaned subsequently. The water was refreshing and the pool is quite decent.

I would not return to this Lodge and definitely would not recommend it to anyone.
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Date of stay: October 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Patience_Mosarwa wrote a review Aug 2016
Gaborone, Botswana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Best out of town getaway. Activities ranging from horse riding, boat cruise & a game drive. The chalets are each facing a different direction so one has their own balcony privacy moments. It was one of my many trips their & I'm definitely going back again.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Gwen-Watkins-SA wrote a review Mar 2016
Gaborone, Botswana
1.0 of 5 bubbles
1. The map to the place was totally inaccurate and there were no signposts to indicate where you had to turn off the Lobatse/Mafikeng main road. The person I phoned was (as usual) completely unable to explain the directions, so we got lost. The signs actually advertise an Arabian horse breeder (Dansawil) and a thatching company, Thatching Express. The distances were also wrong, the map indicated that it was about four kilometres and showed one portion of the road as one kilometre – it was actually 9.2 kilometres and the ‘one kilometre’, was 5.1 kilometres
2. We arrive and ask for reception – there is none. We ask which room we have – they have no idea. They tell us there are 7 executive suites and 18 ordinary rooms. There are nine board members, so we take an ordinary room at the first chalet they take us to. They have no idea what is going on
3. Inside the room, the one bedside light is broken off its mounting, so it hangs at 45 degrees. There are not enough towels and a request to get more takes nearly an hour.
4. The generator that runs the three bedroom chalet breaks down and starts flickering, giving us a all headaches from the strobe effect – it takes until 10pm before it is fixed, as the replacement generator stops after five minutes because they have not put in oil.
5. Horse riding is supposed to be on offer – never arrives.
6. Dinner is scheduled for 7.30pm. at 7.30pm, the chef drives over and asks what we want, though it is supposed to be a buffet. We tell him that dinner is scheduled for 7.30pm; he tells us that the cars will fetch us to take us to the main open air venue at 8pm. At 9pm, we drive over to discover the food is ready and is now stone cold. I go back and fetch more guests, the driver fetches a few more but forgets one chalet altogether – they only arrive at 10pm!
7. The food is atrocious – cold macaroni, cold pap, cold chicken and overcooked cold T-bones. No vegetables except butternut, which is not in a bain-marie but in a bowl with the salads. The salad was nice. The desert was Black Forest cake, served with strawberry yoghurt – I am told it worked.
8. There is no bar – apparently, the person in charge told one of the guests, as they were driving there, “Oh, you can bring a cooler bag.” Little late on a Sunday, with no liquor trading.
9. The next morning – cold bacon, scrambled eggs, chilli pork sausages, sandwiches with cheese and polony – the chairman of the board is Muslim, so no breakfast for him then.
10. I had to go and fetch someone from the road, as I was sure they would not find it. the gate was locked, so I drove back and met the driver coming down, who said, “Oh, the key is there under the stone.” As if I should know this!
11. The ‘meeting room’ – is upstairs in the open thatch boma – they let down the canvas sides with no fan or aircon – very rarely for Botswana, it was only 29 degrees and cloudy.
12. The projector did not work and the ‘screen’ was a sheet draped over the canvas wall, which swayed constantly with the wind
13. The lunch did not have enough chicken and the other option was bone stew.
14. The board opted to have its board meeting and leave that afternoon, almost no one wanted to spend another day there.
15. I went back to pack and discovered that at 4pm, no one had serviced the room yet.
16. Excluding the conference costs, the package was P1000 for accommodation, P175 for dinner and P100 for breakfast.
17. The highlight was the game drive, run by Dallas, who is competent and found all the animals we wanted to see – giraffe, zebras, wildebeest, a warthog, kudu, impala, a duiker, ostriches and a camel
18. There is no management or maintenance and staff who cannot (or will not) communicate in English, which is so unusual for Botswana. Someone has spent millions on the structures, which have been up for under a year, and on game animals but nothing on day-to-day running of a game lodge.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Jovan D wrote a review Aug 2017
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our day-visit from Gaborone, was rather short and not all that enjoyable. It was pleasant enough but one would be forgiven to think they hadn't even opened yet, as there was still work being done around the kitchen, there were trucks passing by and the kitchen/bar options were very limited.

We sat outside by the pool under a shady thatch roof and admired the view of the valley. There was one other group of 4-5 people who came to relax by the pool for the afternoon. The waitress/hostess was friendly and informative but the overall service was poor. We were told that for lunch there was only chicken and steak, there was no beer (even though no one asked), cold drinks (Coke, Fanta etc.) were only served along with lunch and coffee was brought in a "DIY" manner - a tray with a saucer of coffee grains, a saucer of sugar, hot water, milk and two teaspoons...

The lunch itself wasn't too bad, although it took too long to prepare, considering the two of us were the only ones that ordered anything to eat. It was pricey too - P150 (+/- $15) for a small piece of chicken, a few fries and a salad, which doesn't include the Coke and Fanta, which are charged extra...yet you can't order them without ordering the lunch?

An entrance fee of P100 (+/- $10) is charged per person as well and for that you can basically just sit by the pool as everything else is charged extra. Game drives cost around P250 (+/- $25) per person (if I recall correctly), but we were hoping to go for a self-drive, which isn't allowed. Pedal-boat rides are P350 (+/- $35) (if I recall correctly), but a ride around the small water hole in the midday sun didn't seem that appealing. While sitting around the pool we noticed a large crack in the concrete pavement between the one side of the pool and the wooden fence at the edge of the ledge. This didn't seem all that safe nor pleasant to look at, especially considering the lodge is only about two years old.

One more group of young people came up from the campsite a short while later to hang out by the pool. It turned into a mix-music party at this point, as the kitchen radio was blaring music, the first group of visitors had their car radio going (with all doors open) and the group from the campsite played completely different music (but equally as loud) from their car (with all doors open). Subsequently we paid our hefty bill, thanked the waitress for her friendliness and made our way back home.

The overall service of the lodge did leave quite a bit to be desired. Perhaps with time, more effort on part of the managing team and perseverance, the Big Valley Game Lodge may reach it's full potential yet and we hope to come back then and have a more enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: August 2017
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pamtutor4computers wrote a review Dec 2015
Chicago, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Looking for an eco friendly get away, place well this is it, if you can find it. No one drops in unannounced. That's the beauty of it. There's something for everyone. For me it was the game drive, the horseback riding, the BBQ at night, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the staff. Mason, Peter and everyone were great!
It's worth searching out. They have great secluded chalets. Spend a couple $ more and upgrade to the suite. You'll be glad you did. If you're more into nature and being closer to the animals you can stay in tents as well. I woke up in the morning, looked out my balcony deck and up walking the road were a bunch of ostriches going for a stroll. I look forward to returning and seeing what else they'll get done there. If you're looking for Cats and elephants though this isn't the place. Since you can hike there for safety reasons, you'll only maybe stumble upon friendly animals that'll be more afraid of you than them. Great way to enjoy a weekend, before going back to work.
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: higher up on the hill will be more secluded, but closer to the lodge is the pool area.
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Khunde K wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"go there in the morning, get the steak with veggies don't get the rice or the fries as they may not be fresh"
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matshidiso t wrote a tip Feb 2023
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Expect no Wifi coverage even with your own mobile devices."
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Sean M wrote a tip Aug 2019
Gaborone, Botswana4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"its all good"
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Pamtutor4computers wrote a tip Dec 2015
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"higher up on the hill will be more secluded, but closer to the lodge is the pool area."
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,604 - R 2,622 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
BotswanaSouth-East DistrictLobatse
NUMBER OF ROOMS
72
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Valley Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Big Valley Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Big Valley Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Big Valley Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Big Valley Game Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Is Big Valley Game Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.