!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.
Community Cooperative started in 2007| Locally Owned with 95% local staff
A Unique Story
!Xaus means 'heart' in the Nama language and represents the healing of relationships. In 2002, the Khomani San and Mier communities reached an historic land settlement agreement with the government of South Africa which restored a large tract of land to the communities that once roamed or farmed in the area. The communities received an allocation of funds to construct a community lodge and thus the !Xaus Lodge was born.
Deep Community Connections
!Xaus Lodge is owned by the local communities. They give employment preference to locals. They also offer opportunities for local artists to sell their crafts at the lodge and they receive 100% of their sale income.
Active Environmental Stewardship
!Xaus Lodge is in a protected reserve and is almost totally off the grid. Water is pumped and purified on site and no bottled water is brought in. Electricity is only generated for a limited number of hours. Meals area arranged to meet guest dietary requirements so that only the food needed for the day is cooked. The !Xaus Lodge footprint is very low impact.
Exceptional Quality and Authenticity (Culture)
The lodge decor is filled with local art and the people who work at the lodge are members of the community. Local traditional crafters are given free access to the guests to sell their crafts.
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Dune 91, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Mier, Northern Cape, 8814, South Africa