!Xaus Lodge at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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!Xaus Lodge is a highly recommended Northern Cape game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Kalahari.

About !Xaus Lodge

Owned by the Khomani San (Bushmen) and Mier communities, !Xaus Lodge is the first fully catered luxury lodge located in the heart of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This 3,9 million hectare transfrontier peace park transcends the border between the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and Botswana and is one of the last pristine conservation areas on earth.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • Guided game drives included
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Some of the Big 5
  • Conservation fee applicable

Accommodation

!Xaus Lodge offers a selection of chalets with either a King-size bed or twin beds. Every chalet has an en-suite bathroom with a toilet, a large walk-in shower and a vanity. Shower water is saline, but purified drinking water is provided.

Each chalet has its own private viewing-deck, which overlooks the salt-pan. A tea / coffee tray is provided daily. Lodge electricity runs via the generator for five hours a day, cut off at 22h00. A ceiling fan is in the room, but there is no air-con.

Facilities

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.

!Xaus Lodge offers visitors an opportunity to experience the scenic unspoilt splendour and the remoteness of the vast and arid Kalahari wilderness; to be drawn into the fascinating rituals, traditions and historical cultures of the Bushmen, the remarkable “first people” of southern Africa; and at the same time enjoy the comforts of a luxury lodge that captures the essence of the Kalahari.

At night, gathered around the camp-fire, the Bushmen share with visitors their legends of the night sky, their health secrets and the history of their culture and existence.

Dining

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the rates and served in the dining area.

Game Drives

Enjoy a fantastic sunset game drive on the pan and an after-dinner drive to explore some of the night creatures the Kalahari has to offer. Sunset pan drive and dune walk to ‘listen’ to the sun set over the Kalahari with an early evening game drive back to the lodge. After-dinner night drive, with the accompanying sounds of barking geckos, insect shrills, and larger animal calls to break the silence.

Guided Walks

Set out at day-break with the guides and Bushman trackers to walk through the dunes as you learn all about your natural surroundings. You will be shown how to identify animal spoor, birds, trees and plants, and discuss their medicinal uses. You’ll return to the Lodge in time for a hearty brunch made by the local Mier ladies. The length of the walk, and distance you cover, depends on the fitness and interest of the guests. Children under the age of 12 may not participate on walks.

Stargazing

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 into the sky to light hunters’ paths home. Prominent all through the year are the Southern Cross, Carina, and Centaurus. Hundreds of other stars and constellations nearly leap out of the blackness.

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Features you'll appreciate

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In Room / Unit

  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room

Transfers

  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Twin / King Bed Chalet

These chalets have twin beds which can be set up as King size standard length on request (you can request this after you have confirmed your booking). Each chalet with its own deck overlooking the waterhole in the pan. Every chalet has an en-suite bathroom with a toilet, a large walk-in shower and a vanity. Shower water is saline, but purified drinking water is provided. A tea / coffee tray is provided daily. Lodge electricity runs via the generator for five hours a day, cut off at 22h00. A ceiling fan is in the room, but there is no air-con.

Qty: 11
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-16 years are allowed; over 16 years treated as adults

Family Unit

These family units have twin and king beds. Each chalet with its own deck overlooking the waterhole in the pan. Large shower, wash-hand basin and separate flush toilet. Every chalet has an en-suite bathroom with a toilet, a large walk-in shower and a vanity. Shower water is saline, but purified drinking water is provided. A tea / coffee tray is provided daily. Lodge electricity runs via the generator for five hours a day, cut off at 22h00. A ceiling fan is in the room, but there is no air-con.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-16 years are allowed; over 16 years treated as adults

RATES INCLUDE:
• Full board (all meals)
• Accommodation
• Game drives
• Wilderness walks (For safety considerations, regrettably children under the age of 12 may not participate on the wilderness walks)
• Night sky’s star gazing
• Visit Bushman craft village
• Return transfer Kamqua picnic site

RATES EXCLUDE:
• SANParks entry fees
• Beverages
• Craft purchases
• Gratuities

Guest Reviews

1 Review from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Dear people, what a trip we had!! 5 weeks in Namibia and South Africa have just been exciting and wonderful. We are back home since a couple of weeks and after refelcting this trip guess what our highlight was? Correct - The !Xaus Lodge! We had a wonderful warm welcome at the lodge and a surprising one at the same time. We expected the lodge to be very special and exceptionally - but it was even better: Wonderful rooms, very nice staff, perfect surrounding, lekker food, great night drives, a spoiling pool and even a bunch of lions (!!!) in the morning right next to the lodge. What an exciting experience!! Now we just want to say hello and thank you to everyone of the staff again! It has been a real great pleasure: Allan the chef, Grietgies in the service, Hannes, Elvis and Hendrik as scouts and drivers, and of course Pieter and Arné and all the others. Just brilliant! The explanation about the bushmen and the basic concept of !Xaus Pieter gave to us the other day was just very revealing and helpful!! Thank you very much again! Special thanks to Mariechen, our contact and booking-agent, for the professional, pleasant support and the ease with which we worked together!! We definitely recommend this venue and are looking forward to stay with you next time! Cheers! Greezes from Hamburg!

September 2009

Horchler (Hamburg, Germany)

Need to Know

Response time!Xaus Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Upington Airport - 350km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h30
Check-out by 10h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since October 2019

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