Exciting Activities

Thota Lodge offers the visitor a variety of exciting activities:

  • Bakkie ski (a potentially dangerous sport for which you will be required to sign an indemnity form. No children under 16 allowed)
  • Hiking trails (see map of hiking trails on the farm)
  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Horse riding
  • 4 x 4 routes
  • Donkey cart rides
  • Or simply lounge on the deck with your favourite book, sundowner in hand.
If you want to participate in any of the farming activities, this can be arranged subject to season.
Thota Lodge - Kalahari Desert, Northern Cape, South Africa, Camp Sites, Bed and Breakfast,Guest Lodge, Self-Catering Accommodation - Activities

Animals at Thota Lodge

Thota Lodge - Kalahari Desert, Northern Cape, South Africa, Camp Sites, Bed and Breakfast,Guest Lodge, Self-Catering Accommodation - Activities
Thota Lodge - Kalahari Desert, Northern Cape, South Africa, Camp Sites, Bed and Breakfast,Guest Lodge, Self-Catering Accommodation - Activities
If you walk quietly you may come across a Springbok grazing in the pans, or even see the elusive jackal. Another animal to be on the lookout for is the porcupine. They are however shy and you may see only their huge burrows in the sand. Tortoises are usually near the water during the hot summer months. The suricates (meercats) have a very interesting social structure and do not mind being watched. Bird life is abundant and diverse and you may notice the Yellow billed hornbill near the lodge begging for scraps of food. We do encourage our visitors to feed them.

The area is also renowned for its Raptor Route. The nests of the sociable weaver are remarkable and can weigh up to 1000kg (2200lb). It provides a comfortable home for up to 300 paired birds.

The following birds have been recorded at Thota Lodge, and is listed here according to their Robert's numbers: 764, 659, 567, 426, 845, 834, 445, 541, 497, 203, 239b, 255, 356, 580, 454, 779, 861, 869, 563, 589, 457, 459, 595, 615, 685, 799, 800, 500, 344, 186, 806, 465, 803, 182, 739, 878, 870, 451, 814, 625, 847, 447, 194, 884, 804, 354, 856.

Experience endless horizons

Build a bonfire, watch a unique Thota sunset and meercats (suricates) at play whilst relaxing on the sundeck and sipping your sundowner.

Experience endless horizons, stargazing in deafening silence and see why the Milky Way is called just that. For the bird lover we offer bird watching (over 100 species), and for the adventurer horse riding and hiking trails. Feast your eyes on breathtaking Kalahari dawns and fabulous sunsets, with the typical Thorn trees etched against orange to purple skies.

Tourist Attractions and towns in the area

  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - 270km
  • The Eye, Kuruman - 130km
  • Moffat Mission, Kuruman - 128km
  • Hotazel (Samancor)
  • Black Rock ASSMANG (Manganese mine tours) - 50km
  • Kuruman - 130km
  • Upington - about 300km
  • Kathu (Kumba Resources) - about 113km (Iron ore mining)
  • Van Zylsrus - 70km
  • Botswana through border post at McCarthy's Rest
  • Raptor Route
  • Frylinckspan - about 7km (dunes for 4x4 fun)
  • Tswalu Game Lodge
Thota Lodge - Kalahari Desert, Northern Cape, South Africa, Camp Sites, Bed and Breakfast,Guest Lodge, Self-Catering Accommodation - Activities