Transfrontier Park Destinations (TFPD) has a long-held vision of partnering with communities to commercialise their tourism assets, create sustainable job opportunities and encourage sustainable economic activity. It is with the invaluable support of homegrown, global companies that it’s been possible to build on this vision. One of TFPD’s projects is !Xaus Lodge, (pronounced Kaus, with [...]
!Xaus Lodge is the winner of the Most Compelling Sustainability Story for the WTM Africa Awards 2020 inaugural African Travel Week Travel & Tourism Awards. Here's the nomination that was submitted: The International Dark Sky Certification campaign led and developed by !Xaus Lodge for the !Ae !Hai Kalahari Heritage Park resulted in the Park’s certification [...]
Reducing negative impacts on local communities, environments, and celebrating local culture. !Xaus Lodge, by bringing guests into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park who pay a conservation levy, contributes directly to the conservation authority’s revenue and thus its ability to run one of the best desert parks in the world. At the lodge itself, !Xaus [...]
!Xaus Lodge’s most significant achievement in reducing poverty among the local community In the 8 years of its operation under management of Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), !Xaus Lodge comprising a mere 24 guest beds, and located deep in the desert of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP), has contributed more than R28,9 million (US$1,9 [...]
We are tremendously honored to have received a Silver Award in the Best for Poverty Reduction and Inclusion category of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016. As one of the longest standing categories of the World Responsible Tourism Awards, this year the judges were looking for travel providers that are not only using memorable holiday experiences to [...]
!Xaus Lodge has received a Gold Award in the Best for Poverty Reduction category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in Cape Town. The special ceremony took place at World Travel Market Africa, with Heidi van der Watt, managing director of Better Tourism Africa explaining what makes the Award winners the leaders in responsible tourism in Africa: [...]
!Xaus Lodge won the 2010 Imvelo Awards for Best Practice Economic Impact (independent category) In November 2010. This award is an annual is awarded by FEDHASA (The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa ) to recognise tourism and hospitality businesses that make a real, measurable and sustained contribution to Responsible Tourism.