!Xaus Lodge provides luxury Kgalagadi accommodation in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for eco-tourists and visitors to the Kalahari. Our Kgalagadi accommodation comprises of a central lodge building which consists of a welcoming reception area, lounge and dining area. and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. It is truly a unique living space. Pronounced ‘kaus’, this is a place to experience a unique desert environment. Highlights of the lodge include a cosy lounge with a fireplace, an art and craft shop, a large observation deck prefect for star- gazing, a refreshing swimming pool and a heart- warming fire in the boma, perfect for enjoying the beauty of the silence of the night while keeping warm.
The ‡Khomani San and Mier communities reached an historic land settlement agreement with the government of South Africa and SANParks in May 2002, which restored a large tract of land to the communities that had once roamed or farmed this area. The agreement saw the transfer of ownership of 50 000 hectares of land from SANParks, to the two communities who then leased the given land back to SANParks. It was named the !Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park Agreement. SANParks is responsible for the environmental management of the park, while the land settlement agrees to provide the communities with an allocation of funds for the purpose of constructing a tourism facility to be jointly owned by the two communities.
!Xaus Lodge’s luxury Kgalagadi accommodation is situated in the heart of the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This conservation area at over 3.5 million hectares, is almost twice the size of the Kruger National Park. It offers stunning scenery, excellent birding and overpowering silence. This captivating landscape was formed through the amalgamation of The Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. Managed by SANParks, it comprises over 3.6 million hectares making it one of the very few parks left of this magnitude in the world. SANParks is responsible for the development of the Kgalagadi’s management plan which is set in place to ensure the conservation and protection of the area as well as its flora and fauna.
Activities at !Xaus
Your visit to the Kalahari can be accompanied with a selection of great activities:
- Game drives – enjoy a fantastic sunset game drive on the pan or an after- dinner drive to explore some of the night creatures the Kalahari has to offer. A complimentary six to seven hour drive through the dunes is available to guests staying four nights or longer.
- Guided walks – An early start with the guides and bushman trackers will take you through the dunes as you learn all about your natural surroundings.
- Cultural village – Take a walk to our recreated cultural village and see the Busman crafters at work.
- Star gazing – Clean air and no light pollution makes for a wonderful opportunity to gaze at the night sky. The best night- sky viewing is during the new moon when the sky is at its darkest.
We’ve had a magnificent stay at this superb Lodge. Some fantastic star gazing and nice wild game drives!We were exremely charmed with the warm welcome, the hospitality and nice charm, fine food.The night talks with Richard were great as well!
Lots of superlatives here and all well deserved. This is a unique camp in a special place, and as long as it doesn’t change too much will see you again next year and thereafter. Thanks to Richard and all the staff, and John: where’s our honey badger?
Unique, exotic and beautiful. I really enjoyed my stay here and the professionalism with which I was looked after. The venue is amazing and the love and attention unsurpassed. Good luck for the future and thanks.
An amazing place. Food was wonderful, especially given the challenges. Setting memorable. Good luck with future management plans.