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Head to the amazing Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to escape the fast pace of everyday life and revel in the silence and beauty of the Kalahari Desert at !Xaus Lodge.
Pronounced “kaus”, the lodge’s name means “heart” in the local Nama language which seems only fitting as it not only overlooks a heart-shaped salt pan, but it’s also at the heart (or meeting line) of the land restored to each of the Mier and Bushman communities. 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking the vast saltpan and waterhole, offer comfortable and African-inspired lodging. There is also one family unit. Purified desert water is provided, along with winter sheets and gas heaters during the cooler period. Ceiling fans help to keep you cool in the summer.
The central lodge building is warm and welcoming and features a statement wall-hanging created by the ladies of Vezokhule. The lounge is kept cosy with a fireplace while the small library provides you with some great reading during your stay. The dining has wonderful saltpan views with locally produced furniture and authentic burnt by Bushmen artists.
There is also an art and craft shop where you can purchase a selection of locally made Bushman crafts as well as pieces created in the wider Kalahari. The cherry on top at the lodge has to be the incredible observation deck which offers spectacular views of the night sky. The swimming pool provides a welcome escape from the heat, while the boma with its roaring fire is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the evenings.
Being unfenced from the Kgalagadi, the space is open to explore. Lodge activities include morning walks through the dunes with expert guides who help you ‘’read the newspapers in the sands’’, afternoon and night game drives, bird-watching, time spent with the local crafters and at night, fabulous sky viewing.
Get away from it all and enjoy a true digital detox and eco-tourism experience in one of the most still and quiet places in the world.
Please note there is no WiFi access.
Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.
The distance from Upington to Tweerivieren is 260km.
Travelling time: 2.5 – 3 hours
From Tweerivieren (entry gate to KTP) to Kamqua picnic site (meeting point for !Xaus Lodge) is 64km. It is a game drive all the way along the Auob river bed and takes approximately 1.5 hours. Note: We always meet guests at 2.30pm on their day of arrival at Kamqua Picnic Site.
From Kamqua picnic site to !Xaus Lodge is 30km on a single-track soft sand road through the dunes. A 4×4 vehicle is necessary for this leg of the journey.
Travelling time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Allow a minimum of five hours from Upington to Kamqua picnic site to meet the Lodge transport/convoy.
The self-drive to Kamqua picnic site can be done in any standard sedan motor vehicle although a vehicle with good ground clearance is preferable. Guests are met at Kamqua picnic site at 2.30pm on the day of arrival, and escorted to the !Xaus Lodge turnoff at the Rooibrak waterhole. Guests who do not want to take their vehicles over the dunes, park in a demarcated zone off the road behind the dunes for the duration of their stay at !Xaus Lodge and are then transferred in an open safari vehicle. Guests with 4×4 vehicles, and the ability to drive over sand dunes, may drive to the Lodge, in convoy with the Lodge vehicles.