Kalahari Accommodation at !Xaus Lodge

!Xaus Lodge offers Kalahari accommodation as a game lodge situated in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for eco-tourists and visitors.

The complex comprises a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. One family unit (sleeps 4 people).

This Kalahari game lodge offers a unique living space. The central lodge building consists of a welcoming reception area with its unique wall-hanging made by the ladies of Vezokhule, a sewing co-operative in Upington. The cosy lounge has a fireplace and a library of selected books for paging through before dinner. Our dining area overlooks the pan, with furniture hand-made in Upington and images burnt by Bushmen artists.

At the art and craft shop, you can purchase locally made Bushman crafts as well as crafts made in the wider Kalahari. Visit the large observation deck from which we gaze in wonder at the night sky, and by day the swimming pool provides cool relief from the desert heat. Wood is a precious commodity in the Kalahari, so the inviting fire in the boma is made in the traditional method with three or four crossed sticks around which everyone huddles companionably.

In the en-suite chalets we provide purified drinking water from the desert which you will find in a flask in your bathroom. Winter sheets and gas heaters provide comfort for the cold nights, and ceiling fans bring relief in the hot months.


Water is an extremely scarce resource in our environment, any contribution made to using it sparingly is most valued. Read More…


The lodge is equipped with a generator. In order to limit the environmental impact, the generator operates between 7 – 10am and 5 – 10pm.


No cell phone, Wi-Fi or TV signals. Telecommunications signals don’t reach the Lodge.  The Lodge and the vehicles have 2-way radio links with SANParks facilities.  Satellite phone and email available only in cases of emergencies. Wonderful hours of silence and an opportunity to unwind from day-to-day life, enjoy the digital detox!

xaus lodge swimming pool and exterior
xaus lodge sitting area
xaus lodge sitting area
xaus lodge exterior at dawn
driving through the kgalagadi transfrontier park
kgalagadi transfrontier park
xaus lodge cultural village
xaus lodge swimming pool
xaus lodge pan view
xaus lodge exterior
xaus lodge view of the pan
xaus lodge walking safari
xaus lodge walking on the pan
bush walks at xaus lodge