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So far !Xaus Lodge has created 16 blog entries.

In the Footsteps of the Great Farini

Recently, SA 4x4 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 [...]

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 faces a dramatic scarcity of water, relative to the home areas of our guests.  The result is [...]

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 [...]

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 fire [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]


Wennman dann so  dasteht unter der Dusche wie Gott einen geschaffen hat, splitterfasernackt, die Zeltfenster hochgeklappt, die Tür sperrangelweit offen, damit man möglichst viel von dem sieht, was der Herrgott an Natur hierher gezaubert hat, dann könnte man schreien vor Freude. Lesen Sie den Rest der Geschichte hier...  (Read the rest of the story here)

‘Lodge-ical’ Thinking : a PhD thesis

Lauren Dyll-Myklebust has recently been awarded her PhD by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for her thesis 'Lodge-ical' Thinking and Development Communication: !Xaus Lodge as a Public-Private-Community Partnership in Tourism. Lauren's thesis is one of a number of academic studies that has used field work from !Xaus Lodge as part of the research. It is [...]