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Caught on Camera

Here in the heart of the Kgalagadi Game Reserve the laws of nature prove their power every day. There is another force, however, which prevails everywhere, and doesn’t skip !Xaus Lodge in the slightest: they call it Murphy’s Law.

We had a busy month in March, with guests coming and going, and two special guests from […]

By |April 20th, 2015|Experiences|1 Comment

In the Footsteps of the Great Farini

Recently, SA 4×4 Magazine featured an article written by adventurer, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast, Jacques Marais, set off to seek the “Lost City of the Kalahari” but landed up in the heart of it instead.

“Apparently there is a mythical Lost City of the Kalahari, situated somewhere amidst the shifting dunes and arid outcrops of the […]

By |March 17th, 2015|Experiences|0 Comments

Breathless Beauty

Jaco Bezuidenhout & Brad Corbi won a competition to visit !Xaus Lodge, and shared these words and photos with us. They promise that they’ll be back, and we look forward to seeing them again.

Two words, “breathless beauty”! No photos or websites can show the absolute sheer magnificence of the Kgalagadi Transfronteir Park and its […]

By |June 17th, 2014|Experiences|0 Comments

Living with limited water in the desert

Visiting a desert environment with limited water challenges all of us to be responsible travelers. Welcome to some of the tips and tricks that make living in the desert so interesting.

!Xaus Lodge is in an ecosystem that is currently facing a dramatic scarcity of water, relative to what the area has experienced over the […]

By |November 18th, 2013|Experiences|3 Comments

Manager’s Diary April – September 2013

!Xaus Lodger Manager’s update 3 – Mid April to Sept 2013

Hi Family, Friends and Guests

I do hope you are all well.

Right. The reverse osmosis machine was serviced and is behaving well or so I thought. We acquired super new bling bling tubes and it was pushing 400 litres per hour and our tanks were […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Experiences|0 Comments

Seeing the light about dark skies

“I AM a big fan of dark nights. I dream about living in a place where, when I flick off the last light in the house at night, only the moon and stars will remain illuminated. I’ll not see the single flicker of an artificial light or the tiniest reflection thereof anywhere around me.

Darkness […]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Experiences|0 Comments

At night, you see the universe

You may feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing at !Xaus Lodge. The Milky Way arcs over you like a giant swathe of smoke – reminiscent of the Bushman tale of its origins. A girl from an ancient race, the story goes, threw the cinders from a […]

By |August 12th, 2013|Experiences, Nature Conservation|0 Comments

Manager’s diary: Autumn 2013

The Manager’s Diary –  Richard Illet, General Manager’s letter to friends about the fun and games of life at !Xaus Lodge

by Richard Illet, General Manager, !Xaus Lodge

 

Hello Family and friends
Hard to believe March and April has come and gone, it seems like just the other day that I was getting ready for the !Xaus […]

By |April 15th, 2013|Experiences, Manager's Diary|0 Comments

2012 Eland Migration : a conservation challenge

SANParks have recently released an interesting article about the 2012 eland migration in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Written by Micho Ferreira, Section Ranger: Twee Rivieren, and originally published here on 24th October 2012
During June 2012, large herds of Eland started migrating out of Botswana into the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP). This movement is a natural phenomenon […]

By |November 8th, 2012|Nature Conservation|0 Comments

National Rural Tourism Strategy: !Xaus Lodge leads the way

The recently released Rural Tourism Strategy document issued by the South African National Department of Tourism in April 2012 contains reference to an academic thesis which used the !Xaus Lodge case study as a significant portion of the work.

We are pleased to note that the document contains reference in paragraph 2.8.1 (pages 50 – 53) […]

By |May 30th, 2012|Experiences|0 Comments