Written by Graham Williams, management consultant and storyteller with Halo and Noose I’ve returned from spending a week in the arid Kgalagadi, listening to the desert silence, taking in the 360° horizon, and encountering a small group of Bushmen. About the Bushmen and how we/others see them The original inhabitants of the sub-continent, Southern Africa’s [...]
!Xaus Lodge has been certified as a Fair Trade in Tourism Southern Africa (FTTSA) partner. Announced at the launch of Indaba 2011, this certification comes soon after the November 2010 winning of the Imvelo Awards for Best Practice Economic Impact. “We are now in our 4th years of operation” says management operator CEO Glynn O’Leary [...]
We recently hosted a very special wedding at !Xaus Lodge - the marriage of Phil and Sam Hockey. It was a dramatic day with the backdrop of huge thunderclouds, promising the blessing of the Kalahari: rain. Nature co-operated with the wedding plans, and one of the results is a set of spectacular photos by the wildlife photographer Hannes [...]
At dawn, I sit on my wooden balcony at !Xaus and watch Venus. It’s a dazzling sight. It pulsates with golden-red light as the swathe of the Milky Way and the countless bright desert stars begin to fade. Then, as the sun rises, I watch a herd of 50 gemsbok wander across the pan, stopping [...]
If you stand, barefoot, amidst the rolling red sand dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which forms the Kalahari’s’ southwestern tip, you can hear volumes. The loud hush of 40-degree heat fills the day, backed by the ubiquitous twitter of scaly-feathered finches and the wind rising from the south in the afternoons. At night the [...]
!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.
!Xaus Lodge is so isolated, living as we do in a remote corner of the Kalahari desert, that we pump our own water from underground. Because Lodge is at the edge of a large salt pan, this natural water is more saline than the Dead Sea! [...]
I grew up on an isolated farm in the Karoo, a semi desert part of South Africa. So there is little wonder that I am not daunted by the enormous distances that are the reality of the lives of the people who live at !Xaus Lodge. [...]