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

By |November 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 |April 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 |March 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 [...]

Living with limited water in the desert

By |November 18th, 2013|Experiences|

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

By |October 29th, 2013|Experiences|

!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

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

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

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

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

By |November 8th, 2012|Nature Conservation|

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 [...]