!Xaus Lodge

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

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  • Watch the sky turn crimson as the sun sets over the endless Kalahari dunes and waterhole as you enjoy a cold drink from the lodge's deck.

  • Walk out through the desert as oryx graze in the distance, guided by bushmen who demonstrate and teach the ancient methods of tracking and finding water.

  • Search for the famous black maned Kalahari lions as they stalk on a morning game drive.

  • With no towns for hundreds of miles, the heavens blaze above the lodge, which makes star gazing an awe inspiring experience.

  • Escape from the desert heat in the lodge's pool while you watch wildlife drinking from the waterhole nearby.

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The Northern Cape is the second largest province in South Africa and it shares its northern border with Namibia. As a result, the area is mostly dry and arid and receives under 400mm of rainfall each year. However, places such as Namaqualand and the Green Kalahari are blessed with a higher concentration of winter rains which means that between July and October, visitors will find the ground covered with beautiful flowering fynbos, for which the region is so well known for. The vast area that the Northern Cape covers means there is varied topography and fluctuating temperatures, during the summer months, day temperatures tend to hover around 35-40°C (95-104°F). In the winter, days remain fairly warm, but temperatures at night can drop significantly.

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Located on the 91st dune within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, !Xaus Lodge sits on raised decks with a magnificent view overlooking a huge salt pan. This community run lodge offers complete seclusion in a beautiful park in South Africa.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a semi-arid desert which sits across both Botswana and South Africa, remote but beautiful, the landscape consists of rolling red sand dunes and is peppered with salt pans. This landscape might not be what you would expect from a desert, as there is still lots of greenery and life that is able to survive here. !Xaus Lodge is located deep within the park, on the 91st dune, the last part only accessible by 4x4. As a result the lodge receives limited luxuries of modern life; water is salted and hard and must go through a reverse osmosis process to become drinkable, electricity is generated in the mornings and evenings only and there is no phone, WiFi, or television signals that reach this part of the world.

Although this may not appeal to every guest, the lodge offers a respite from technology where guests can instead focus on the beautiful surroundings. The lodge itself is a Fair Trade Tourism destination, and its location in the tranquil desert surrounds offers spectacular scenic views and a feel of total isolation. An active involvement in the Bushman community in the area gives guests the opportunity to interact with both communities that own the lodge and the chance for a unique bushman experience. Sleeping 24 guests in total, the lodge also has a central lodge which includes a lounge, craft shop, dining room, and central viewing deck with a swimming pool and Lapa. It is important to note that although chalets are not air-conditioned, traditional methods are used to keep the buildings cool.

The biggest selling point of !Xaus and it's wonderful location are the type of activities on offer. Guests are invited to meet the Bushman people and to interact with them. Game activities in this area have a completely exclusive feel and guests could head out on a morning walk with a guide and tracker to learn about plants, desert life and to study animal spoor. Afternoons will probably be spend in a game vehicle to explore the vast desert landscape and to try and find some of the animals that live there. Furthermore, with virtually no light pollution, star gazing in the evening is a sight like no other.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

!Xaus Lodge overlooks the dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa's wild Northern Cape.

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