Visit !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Pronounced ‘kaus’, the lodge is a place to experience a unique desert environment, providing accommodation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for eco-tourists and visitors to this wilderness area in the Kalahari. A unique living space, highlights of the lodge include a cosy lounge with a fireplace, an art and craft shop, a large observation deck perfect for stargazing, 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 a 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. 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.
Thank you to the People’s Weather production that was broadcasted on DSTV channel 180 for this fantastic piece on !Xaus Lodge. We take a look at the inner workings of a successful community owned lodge in the Kgalagadi.
“Absolutely excellent experience in a completely peaceful and blissful environment. The staff and management are incredibly friendly and professional. Was delightfully relaxing and beautiful scenery with excellent weather. Will definitely recommend this to all my friends and family as it was a brilliant life experience.”
“The lodge is perfectly situated overlooking a salt pan where animals meet day and night. We enjoyed two great bushwalks with Koos and John, a night drive and a sundowner drive. We even saw six mighty lions passing the lodge so close that you could touch them… Food was fantastic and comfort regarding the very remote area very good. We’ll surely return!”
“The stay was excellent and the guests with Richters Safaris enjoyed the stay so much. The service, the helpfulness and the friendliness of the people was very good, and will recommend you to other tour operators and tourists. Richters Safaris will always book with you in the future.”