Evolve Back, one of India’s leading luxury experiential resorts has launched their first ever international property in Central Kalahari, Botswana in South Africa. Known as the ‘Evolve Back Gham Dhao Lodge’, the name ‘Gham Dhao’ is from the local San language and translates as ‘Tracks of the Lion’ in English, the luxury resort is located on the northern boundary of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). Situated in its own 11,000-hectare private game reserve, the lodge offers a classic Kalahari experience, with game viewing and personal interaction with the indigenous San people of Kalahari.
For their first international project Evolve Back zeroed in on Botswana because apart from having extraordinary wildlife offerings, it has a stable democracy and the highest per capita income in Africa. Botswana is also a country that is not overtly commercialised and strongly focuses on “high-end low-volume” tourism, maintaining the natural and wild surrounding that Evolve Back resorts are best known for.
Adds Jose Ramapuram, Director-Marketing, Evolve Back Luxury Resorts, “This has been a dream project for us. Africa is the most premium market today and we chose Botswana because we believe in going to non-commercial places and building it up while retaining its natural wilderness. With this property, our aim is to create incredible immersive experiences for our guests by introducing them to every aspect of Kalahari from its famed night skies and unique wildlife to the resident San people and their ancient culture. We want to globally reiterate our belief of being one with the land and while doing that we want to promote low-impact, high-end tourism.”.
Established in 1961 and measuring a little over 52000 sq. km, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world. Located in the centre of the Kalahari Desert, it is a distinct ecological unit that links the woodlands of the northern Kalahari with the thornveld and scrub plains of the south making it home to many exotic species such as the Lion, Leopard, the elusive Brown Hyena, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest and Eland.
The guests at Evolve Back Gham Dhao Lodge will experience personalized game drives led by expert Rangers, nature walks with the San people and bush dinners deep in the African wilderness under the breath-taking night skies.
The property features three categories of luxury tented accommodation with the maximum capacity of twenty guests thus ensuring exclusivity that defines contemporary luxury, allowing you to experience the Kalahari at your own pace. The resort has its own private airstrip located in the heart of the Kalahari to make it easily accessible within Botswana.
The Kalahari Desert is a large basin like plain located in the interior plateau of Southern Africa. It stretches across most of Botswana, eastern Namibia and parts of the Northern Cape province in South Africa. The spectacular location are the highlights of the Evolve Back Gham Dhao Lodge, which is now open for guests across the world.