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Safaris Hotels

!Xaus Lodge

  • Dune 92 Kgalagadi Map It
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Fodor's Choice
  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    The Lodge at night

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    View of the salt pan from the Lodge

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Gemsbok at the waterhole

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Lounge area

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Morning dune walks with San trackers & guides

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Bathrooms with a view

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Dining room

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Nigh view of the pool and dining room

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    King bed option

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Twin bed option

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    The reception area with wallhanging made by local team

  • !Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Around the fire in the lapa


  • Unique wilderness setting
  • Only private lodge in area
  • Opportunities to interact with the local people


  • It doesn't get much more remote than this
  • Not a Big Five destination

Updated 11/11/2014

Fodor's Review

If you want to experience one of South Africa's most beautiful and isolated parks without hassle, then this luxury lodge owned by the Khomani San and Mier communities and jointly managed with SANParks is the place for you. You'll be picked up in a 4x4 from Twee Rivieren, fed, watered, taken on game drives and desert walks, and introduced to the local San. Located deep in the desert 32 km (20 miles) from the Auob River Road along a track that crosses the red dunes of the Kalahari, this enchanting lodge overlooks an amazingly scenic saltpan. The twin-bed, en-suite chalets perch on sand dunes overlooking the pan, which is 1 km in circumference; each chalet has a private deck. A fan will keep you cool in summer, and a gas heater, hot-water bottle, blankets and warm sheets will help you stay warm on winter nights. A welcome swimming pool is set in a deck overlooking the pan. The attractive rustic furniture and eye-catching artwork throughout this delightful, unique lodge are all made by local

craftspeople and artists. Activities include game drives in an open safari vehicle, walks with San trackers, and a chance to watch San artists at work. At night the stars and planets are bright and clear, especially at new moon; a telescope brings ancient tradition and modern technology together as the San interpret for you their legends of the night sky. But !Xaus (pronounced kaus) comprises so much more than its activities: it is solitude, peace, and silence as you "listen" to day turn into night, plus interaction with the cheerful and willing staff, the majority of whom come from the surrounding local communities.

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Dune 92 Kgalagadi, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 12 chalets
  • Rate includes All-inclusive

Updated 11/11/2014

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