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Named 'kaus', this lodge offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to immerse yourself in this distinctive desert landscape. It serves as the perfect accommodation for visitors exploring the wilderness of the Kalahari. Perched atop the 91st dune along the Auob River Road, the lodge boasts individual accommodation units connected by an elevated walkway leading to shared facilities.

This serene setting is ideal for a peaceful reflection of the desert and provides an exceptional backdrop for stargazing under the shimmering night sky.

Highlights

  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife and Birdwatching
  • Guided Nature Walks and Game Drives
  • Unique Rustic Accommodation

You Should Know

Children are welcome.

For safety considerations, regrettably, children under the age of 12 may not participate in the wilderness walks.

The Details

!Xaus Lodge, nestled in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is the perfect destination for visitors seeking an authentic Kalahari experience. The lodge consists of a central building lodge and 12 individual chalets, each with a private deck offering sweeping views of a saltpan and a freshwater-fed waterhole. For families, they do have a family unit that can comfortably accommodate up to four people.

The welcoming reception area has a unique wall hanging created by the Vezokhule sewing co-operative in Upington. The cozy lounge, with a fireplace and a library, is ideal for relaxing before dinner. The dining area has hand-made furniture from Upington and is decorated with art by Bushman artists. It overlooks the pan which offers a mesmerizing view during meals.

A visit to the arts and crafts shop at the lodge allows guests to purchase locally-made Bushman crafts and other Kalahari-inspired items. The large observation deck is an ideal location for stargazing, a truly magical experience under the open skies. In keeping with the local environment, the boma fire is made traditionally, providing a warm, communal space for guests to gather.

The chalets are comfortably equipped with modern amenities to enhance your stay. Each en-suite chalet is supplied with purified desert water, found in a flask in your bathroom. To ensure comfort throughout the year, electric blankets are provided for chilly nights, and ceiling fans offer relief during the hotter months.

!Xaus Lodge operates within an ecosystem where water is significantly scarcer compared to the regions where most of our guests come from.

Price Include

Full Board (All Meals)
Accommodation
Sunset Game drives
Wilderness walks
Night sky’s star gazing
Visit Khomani San craft village
Return transfer Kamqua picnic site

Guests who stay for four nights or longer at the lodge are treated to a complimentary game drive that lasts about six to seven hours. This adventure takes you through the dunes and along the Auob River, complete with a packed breakfast and a picnic lunch to enjoy during the journey.

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Sara Van Coillie has been extremely…
Sara Van Coillie has been extremely helpful in making our Namibia trip fantastic! We have emails up on emails of Sara answering all my (many) questions months and months before our trip. I've had last minute questions and requests right before and during our trip and she always responds with record time and helps us out. I feel all of our needs have been met and I couldn't be happier with Sara as our travel representative! Highly recommend her! :)
Alisha Strand
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Sara - great travel agent!
Sara was amazing to work worth and was very quick to respond with any questions I had!! She put together multiple safari packages for me to choose from and guided me every step of the way. I highly recommend working with her!
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I made a reservation for a 7-night safari trip to two specific Private Game Reserves in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, for one of the busiest months in Kruger: August. This reservation was made at the last minute. (3 days ago). A reservation that had some special features, with choices from someone who has already done (my husband and I) several safaris in other African countries. The architecture and design of the lodges are important to us on a professional level. And the Private Game Reserves had to be the best. Anja Meyer, from Safari.com, started and completed the reservation process in 4 days, two of which were weekends. Very efficient, fast and understanding what we wanted for our week in the bush. We are "addicted" to safaris, wildlife, bush, landscapes, nature... and we love Africa and the Africans. We can't wait for August to arrive. Thank you!
Maria joao Demony
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PT
Jun 12, 2024
My first experience a number of months…
My first experience a number of months back wasn't as I wanted. I picked up with Dolan a little after this to find when the best time to Safari was with the chance of seeing the "big 5" and he was so helpful, guiding me to July-September. With the cooler winter months being the better chances to see more wildlife and the big five. This lead me on to deal with Jayson. Jayson has pulled out all the stops, working past 9pm Cape Town time( 8pm London UK) to help meet my needs. I travel out on 6th July and cannot wait, Thank you Dolan and Jayson. Julian Bingle, London, UK.
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Jun 11, 2024
Sara Van Coillie has been extremely…
Sara Van Coillie has been extremely helpful in making our Namibia trip fantastic! We have emails up on emails of Sara answering all my (many) questions months and months before our trip. I've had last minute questions and requests right before and during our trip and she always responds with record time and helps us out. I feel all of our needs have been met and I couldn't be happier with Sara as our travel representative! Highly recommend her! :)
Alisha Strand
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Jun 10, 2024
Pascal John extremely helpful,efficient and knowledgeable
Pascal John was very helpful with recommendations for our Safari Booking. He responded to all our emails and txt messages extremely quickly, especially given the time difference. He also sent videos of his recent experience at the lodges which was especially helpful.
Paul Dempsey
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Leche was very responsive and really…
Leche was very responsive and really helpful. She found a reserve in the Sabi Sands that is perfect for our budget and our dates. We are very excited for our trip!
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US
Jun 9, 2024
South Africa Trip
Shann was very helpful and was always quick to respond to any questions that I had. She provided with multiple options for each stage of our trip, and overall provided a great service. Would highly recommend!
Tom
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GB
Jun 8, 2024
Thanks Pascal you are amazing!
From the moment we arrived in South Africa, our safari adventure was nothing short of extraordinary. Nestled in the heart of the African wilderness, we found ourselves surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Kruger National Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Our accommodation was luxurious yet seamlessly integrated into the natural environment, offering us stunning views of the savannah from the comfort of our private deck. Each day began with an exhilarating sunrise game drive, where our expert guide shared his deep knowledge and passion for the local wildlife. Witnessing the "Big Five" was an awe-inspiring experience that left us in complete awe of nature's magnificence. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and made sure we felt safe while immersing ourselves in the wilderness. Evenings were equally enchanting, with sundowner drinks enjoyed against the backdrop of a fiery African sunset, followed by sumptuous dinners under the starlit sky. The cuisine was a delightful fusion of local flavors and gourmet dishes, perfectly complementing the day's adventures. The sense of community at the lodge was heartwarming. The staff were attentive, ensuring every need was met with a smile, and fellow travelers quickly became friends as we shared stories around the campfire. Our South African safari was more than just a holiday; it was a transformative journey that connected us with nature and left us with lasting memories. For anyone seeking an adventure that combines luxury, education, and unparalleled wildlife encounters, a safari in South Africa is an absolute must. We left with hearts full of gratitude and a profound appreciation for the natural world, eagerly planning our return to this magnificent land.
Shila
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GB
Jun 8, 2024
A great experience
Pascal was wonderful to work with! When one camp option fell through he quickly found an equal alternative for our group. He was always very responsive to my many emails and texts. I would highly recommend Safari.com.
Stephanie
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US
Jun 7, 2024
Leché was fantastic - thank you!
Leché was fantastic - super helpful and so patient with me. Provided all the options and was so quick responding to any questions (of which I had many!). So grateful and I can't wait for our holiday!
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