!Xaus Lodge provides luxury accommodation in the Kgalagadi TFP for eco-tourists and visitors to the Kalahari
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.
The central lodge building comprises 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.
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.
Excursions and activities
Experience life in the Kalahari, it's animals and people when you visit !Xaus Lodge. Enjoy game drives, guided dune walks and the Bushman craft village.
Game drives: 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.
- A complimentary six to seven hour game drive through the dunes and along the Auob River, with packed breakfast and picnic lunch, is available for guests staying four nights or longer. Guided dune walks:
Guided wilderness walks through the dunes identifying animal spoor, birds, trees and plants, with a discussion on their medicinal uses.
Guided walks onto the pan to see the 'heart' of the Kalahari and then to our re-created cultural village to visit the Bushman crafters at work, see young Bushmen demonstrating their traditional games and purchase traditional crafts hanging from the branches of the tree under which the crafters sit peacefully at work.
Visit the Bushman Craft Village: Walk to our re-created cultural village to visit the Bushman crafters at work, see young Bushmen demonstrating their traditional games and purchase traditional crafts hanging from the branches of the tree under which the crafters sit peacefully at work.
Night skies: Join us on the observation deck after dinner and gaze through our telescopes at the splendour of the Kalahari night sky.