Experience life in the Kalahari, it’s animals and people when you visit !Xaus Lodge. Enjoy game drives, guided dune walks and the Bushman craft village.

Game Drives

Game drives:

Kalahari Safaris & Activities

  • Sunset pan drive and dune walk to ‘listen’ to the sun set over the Kalahari with an early evening game drive back to the lodge.
  • After-dinner night drive, with the accompanying sounds of barking geckos, insect shrills, and larger animal calls to break the silence.
  • A complimentary six to seven hour game drive through the dunes and along the Auob River, with packed breakfast and picnic lunch, is available for guests staying four nights or longer. At an additional charge, this game drive is also available to those staying for two or three nights. Please discuss the availability and cost of this with our management.

Bird List from !Xaus Lodge and the Kgalagadi

Fauna List from !Xaus Lodge and the Kgalagadi

Flora List from !Xaus Lodge and the Kgalagadi


Guided Walks

Guided dune walks:

Set out at day-break with the guides and Bushman trackers to walk through the dunes. You will be shown how to identify animal spoor, birds, trees and plants, and discuss their medicinal uses. You’ll return to the Lodge in time for a hearty brunch made by the local Mier ladies. The length of the walk, and distance you cover, depends on the fitness and interest of the guests.

A shorter guided walk is also arranged to see the ‘heart’ of the pan.

Child Policy

Children under the age of 12 may not participate on walks.

Cultural Village

Kalahari Bushmen

Visit the Bushman Craft Village:

Walk to our re-created cultural village to visit the Bushman crafters at work. You may join young Bushmen demonstrating their traditional games and purchase traditional crafts hanging from the branches of the tree under which the crafters sit at work.  These crafters also sell their goods at the Lodge curio shop.

Star Gazing

Night skies:

Join us on the observation deck after dinner and gaze through our telescopes at the splendour of the Kalahari night sky. If night-sky viewing of the stars is of interest to you, we suggest that you plan your visit to coincide with the new moon when the sky is at it’s darkest. Because the air is so clean, and there is no light pollution, you will be able to see more with the naked eye than you’ll see on almost any other place on earth. Committed to meeting the requirements of the International Dark Sky association for IDA-accreditation for the entire !Aei !Hai Heritage Park, !Xaus Lodge is leading the application for this status.