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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.


  • 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)
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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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
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$ 310 USD
$ 310 USD
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Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
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