Set like a diamond amidst the dusty red plains of the Northern Cape, Loch Maree guest farm stands as a lone sentinel in the surrounding vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert. Named by a Scottish surveyor in the late 1800’s, our guest farm stands out in the semi-arid South African landscape as much as it does for its name, derived from long forgotten misty Scottish highland lakes and glens.
Kalahari (Tswana: Kgalagadi) literally means, “Great Thirst” – but here at Loch Maree guest farm, we offer you an oasis. With a luxurious family suite, field camp and bush camp, you can relax and enjoy friendly Kalahari hospitality with your hosts, Johann and Retha Stadler. You can take in the scenery and wildlife on a game drive; or you can enjoy sundowners with a braai and fall in love with the magnificent panoramic view of the red Kalahari dunes and contrasting white salt pan.
Our camps are unfenced, so you are truly at one with nature with the veld right on your doorstep. You may be tempted to think of the Kalahari as just being sand, but that is not entirely true. There is a rich abundance of flora and fauna to be seen, and it is these resources that have made existence in the Kalahari possible for the San people. These nomadic hunter-gatherers have lived here more than 20,000 years, and are believed to be the oldest permanent residents of southern Africa.
The beautiful tree and savannah veld of the Kalahari has a rich birdlife, with colonies of social weavers busily constructing their haystack-like nests. Here, you can also find sand-grouse, vultures, eagles, falcons and the striking Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill. South Africa’s national emblem, the Springbok, can also be seen roaming the hot sand, as well as the rare Scimitar Oryx, which formerly inhabited the whole of North Africa, but has been classified as extinct in the wild.
You can also watch the antics of the delightful meerkat; the Kalahari being the place where British television series, Meerkat Manor, was filmed.
With a thousand hectares of game reserve to explore and horizons that seemingly stretch forever beneath big skies and fiery sunsets, this is a land where you can truly lose yourself – and find yourself at the same time. Join Johann and Retha for an unforgettable experience in the beautiful unspoiled wild of the Kalahari.