Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

Kalahari Desert Wilderness and Bushman Culture at Xaus Lodge

Flexible Stay |

Explore the unique landscapes of the Kalaharii and experience genuine Bushmen culture at the remote !Xaus Lodge! A destination for the most responsible and adventurous travelers - it is located in a remote desert the Kgaladi Transfrontier Park which means you can unplug and truly immerse yourself. Guests can visit the local craft village, see unique wildlife on game drives, go on guided dune walks with local guides and enjoy incredible stargazing at night. All meals are included and electricity is limited.
The lodge comprises 12 individual chalets and a central lodge building. Communal facilities include a lounge, craft shop, dining room and a central viewing deck with swimming pool.

Right for You?

Duration

Flexible Stay

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature and Family Friendly

Languages

English

Location

Wildlife Reserve, Rural Communities and National Park

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: None

Xaus Lodge

Locally Owned Community Cooperative
Starts at:

$360/adult/night

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Speaks: English

Highlights

  • Unplug and get off the grid for a few days in the middle of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park!
  • Get to know the Khomani San and Mier communities who came together to run this community lodge.
  • Visit the local crafters at the school and gain insight into the modern lives of the Bushman community.
  • Enjoy morning wilderness walks with local guides and trackers.
  • Ride along on game drives in the afternoon and evening to see the game, birds, and 'dune streets'.
  • Watch the sunset from the top of a dune on the opposite side of the salt pan!

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

No cell phone or wifi service. No TV signals. Electricity is limited to 7-10am and 5-10pm.

What's Included

Lodging

Eco Lodge

Activities

Game drives, guided dune walks, stargazing at night, and visit to the Bushman craft village are included in your stay.

Guide

Bilingual guide (extra $)

Room

Private Room, Balcony and Pool

Food

All meals included
All food is driven is from Upington, around 1000 mile roundtrip. Our meals are carefully planned and cooked based on locally available, fresh food, using the best possible ingredients we can source. While the menu is fixed, please tell us about your dietary requirements and dislikes before arrival so we can adjust your meals accordingly.

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Xaus Lodge

Locally Owned Community Cooperative

!Xaus Lodge is a game lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Owned by the local Khomani San and Mier communities, the Lodge offers responsible travelers a unique opportunity to engage with the local people and support them economically.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive and Get picked up (extra $)
The lodge is in a remote, off-the-beaten path location. Most guests fly into the international airport and Upington and arrange transport for the ~300km drive to the Kamqua picnic site where a staff member from !Xaus Lodge will pick you up in an open safari vehicle. You will drive 30 km on sand dunes to the lodge.
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