Guest farms and lodges
To the east of Mariental, on the Kalahari side, there are several excellent lodges/guest farms, as well as the flying centre at Bitterwasser, which is a major attraction in its own right for accomplished glider pilots.
When the Namibian–South African border is re-opened at Mata Mata, then the area southeast of Mariental will open up to guests, as more people pass though. The huge Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is Africa's first 'Peace Park' – a truly integrated trans-national wildlife reserve – although perhaps to the chagrin of the Kalahari Gemsbok's small band of existing devotees, who have always regarded this out-of-the-way corner as one of the best national parks on the subcontinent.
Anib lodge is a simple yet comfortable place that has a welcoming and homely atmosphere.
Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve
The building is substantial, with comfortable furniture and an airy lounge. It also has a well-stocked bar and a stylish swimming pool that is overlooked by some marvellously knurled old Acacia erioloba trees.
Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre
This specialist lodge caters to glider pilots of a world-class level. Note that this is not a school for gliding – it is a place for those who know how.
This place has the atmosphere of a Continental hotel, with heavy furniture, a bar, pool room, lounge and separate restaurant.