!Xaus Lodge provides luxury accommodation in the 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.