Returning to my happy space: Thirstland

By |Oct 25th, 2017|Experiences|

Story and photos by Louise de Waal Driving through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park gate after a three-year absence, feels like returning to my happy space. This endless arid landscape of red dunes, dry river beds, and camel thorn trees, swallows me in my tiny rental car, but that doesn’t take away from the pure [...]

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Transfrontier Parks Destinations certified by Fair Trade Tourism

By |Mar 27th, 2017|Experiences|

Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), South Africa’s leading group focused on promoting community-based tourism, has become Fair Trade Tourism certified. The group, which is headquartered in Cape Town, launched in 2004 with a mission to manage community-owned properties in transfrontier parks and adjacent conservation areas. Since inception, responsible tourism and conservation has been at the heart of [...]

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First rains of the season – 27 December 2016

By |Jan 5th, 2017|Manager's Diary, Uncategorized|

Anthony Manley (Manager at !Xaus Lodge): First decent rain of the season. 20mm so far and it still looks like more to come. Just what the Kgalagadi needs to sprout some green. 27 December 2016 at 07:34 - Travel For Wildlife: Beautiful! We are so excited to visit in April. It has [...]

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The Impact of Responsible Tourism – Part 3

By |Nov 15th, 2016|Responsible Tourism|

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 [...]

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The Impact of Responsible Tourism – Part 2

By |Nov 10th, 2016|Experiences|

The ownership model and funding. !Xaus Lodge; the land, the infrastructure and the fittings and furnishings are wholly owned by the Mier and ǂKhomani San communities. They appointed commercial management and marketing operators, Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD) on a long-term basis. TFPD have paid their Joint Management Board (JMB) a percentage of turnover [...]

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The Impact of Responsible Tourism – Part 1

By |Nov 8th, 2016|Responsible Tourism|

!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 [...]

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!Xaus Lodge receives Silver at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016

By |Nov 8th, 2016|Awards & Accreditations, Responsible Tourism|

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 [...]

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!Xaus Lodge takes Gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016

By |Apr 10th, 2016|Awards & Accreditations, Responsible Tourism|

!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: [...]

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In the Footsteps of the Great Farini

By |Mar 17th, 2015|Experiences|

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 [...]

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